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The Secret Superpowers of Being Deaf – Alex Alviar

January 17, 2013

Being deaf, it turns out, helps you see things others don’t. Alex Alviar was born deaf and has lived much of his life with a cochlear implant. In this talk, he shares how he engages the world, how the world reacts, and the unexpected things his senses have shown him. “It’s like having a secret [...]

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Pitches vs. Talks

January 15, 2013

For every Seattle Ignite we get dozens of submissions. Some fall right on the line between being an interesting talk and being a sales pitch. Sales pitches have their place, but Seattle Ignite isn’t it. We know our audiences don’t like it. They don’t want to merely be sold something. Instead the heart of any Ignite [...]

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How To Grow a Park – Dawn Hemminger

January 4, 2013

Dawn Hemminger‘s story began with a great idea to create a beautiful, safe and sustainable green space in her East Ballard neighborhood. This idea is no different than any one you may have that could enrich your life and the lives of those in your community. This talk proposes that the difference between just having [...]

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The Long Lost Art of Explanation – Lee LeFever

January 3, 2013

Lee LeFever, creator of CommonCraft, is on a mission. He wants to help everyone become more effective explainers. In this Ignite talk, Lee discusses — well, explains actually — the basics of explanation and how to take a complex idea and explain it with context, connections and stories leaving viewers with ideas for how they [...]

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Steven Stone – Ignite Booze: The Creation of Sound Spirits Distillery

January 19, 2012

About Steven Steven Stone is the Founder and Head Distiller at Sound Spirits, Seattle’s first craft distillery since Prohibition. Steven moved to Seattle in 1997 to work in engineering for Boeing (he still has his day job there). Plans for the distillery started taking shape in 2007 and Sound Spirits finally opened it doors to [...]

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Shannon Houghton – From Helicopters to Jetpacks: Using Your Geeky Powers for Good, Not Evil, at Your Kid’s School @MsHoughton

January 19, 2012

You’ve procreated and now your spawn has entered the education system. How can you help support your kid reach their superhero potential without being the overbearing helicopter parent that teachers talk about in the staff room? Elementary Gifted/Talented teacher Shannon Houghton will detail the top three actions you can take to help navigate the world [...]

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Jen Waak – How a Keyboard Athlete Climbed Kilimanjaro

January 17, 2012

Climbing one of the seven summits takes more brains than brawn. Find out how this self-proclaimed Keyboard Athlete, non-camper, and non-hiker put her research and Energy Bank manipulation skills to work to out-think Kilimanjaro and make it to the summit with energy to spare. About Jen Jen Waak is a wellness coach in Seattle, WA [...]

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Hillel Cooperman – I give you permission to be a shitty parent

January 17, 2012

“I expose the secret world of parenting that nobody ever tells you about.” About Hillel Hillel Cooperman is co-founder of Jackson Fish Market, a user experience consultancy, and software startup in Seattle, WA. You can find him on Twitter (@hillel).

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Ignite Seattle 16 is TONIGHT!

December 7, 2011

We’re super excited about our list of our lineup for the tonight’s Ignite Seattle. We’re back once again at the King Cat Theatre. The event starts at 7pm and speakers go on stage at 8:30. And now, presented in no particular order, our speakers for Ignite Seattle 16. Ignite Seattle 16 Speakers Rich Lengsavath (bigstove) [...]

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Molly Nixon – mousonomics

December 7, 2011

Almost all of the medical advances we enjoy today were first tested in mice. Most what we know about human physiology was first studied in mice. However, the general public’s understanding of lab mice is usually limited to a few characteristics – they’re white, and they’re probably trying to take over the world. In truth, [...]

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Pascal Schuback – Tech; Disasters and YOU! @schuback

December 7, 2011

Crowd sourcing has always been around but with the current technologies, its capabilities have grown tremendously. This presentation will focus on the use of these tools in an environment vastly growing by the number catastrophic events around the world. The month of September is National Preparedness Month and with that CrisisCommons, a volunteer technical community [...]

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George Dyson – Reinvention of the Kayak

December 6, 2011

About George Dyson From his TED bio page: A member of the fabulous Dyson clan, George Dyson is sometimes defined as a son-of and a brother-of, but he has found his own voice as a chronicler and a philosopher of science and the future. The son of physicist Freeman Dyson, George grew up inside one [...]

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Bennett Haselton – Circumventing Internet censorship around the world

December 6, 2011

My full-time job is working on software to help people in get around Internet censorship in countries like China and Iran, where the government filters what people can access on the Web. I can talk about the history of methods used by repressive government to censor the Web, and the parallel history of the tools [...]

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Amber Straub – Unparenting tips from a geeky mom

December 5, 2011

Now that many of my geek friends are having children (I had mine in my early twenties, somewhat “early”) I want to share some shortcuts and musings that my partner and I have discovered on the way. About Amber Straub Amber works at Swedish, and dreams of someday helping make healthcare simple stupid. She enjoys [...]

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Jason Quick – The Juggling Act of Life

December 5, 2011

As a professional one-armed juggler and inspirational speaker, I strive to make every show about an important aspect of being human in relationship with other humans. I am a juggling geek, a relationship geek, and a circus freak who loves to juxtapose the tragic with the comic in order to bring the audience to a [...]

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Amanda Shumack – What is all the Hoopla?

December 1, 2011

Amanda (aka Sirin) will talk of the hooping sub-culture and how this modern take on an old fitness craze has taken a very new and different look. It’s become such an addiction to some that they’ve built careers out of hooping, branched off the sub-culture into sub-sub-cultures such as fire hooping, hoop yoga, hoop aerobics [...]

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