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Confessions of a not-so-public speaker

Confessions of a not-so-public speaker
By Suzanne Axtell
November 11, 2011

Stepping out of our comfort zones and into the spotlight at events (and encouraging others to do likewise) can help address the perception that the tech community is solely populated by young white guys.

Ignite at Google I/O

Ignite at Google I/O
By Brady Forrest
May 10, 2011

Ignite takes place at Google I/O on Tue. May 10 at 5 PM PDT in Room 11 at Moscone West. If you can't be there, you can watch live on the I/O Live site.

Ignite Smithsonian examines the evolution of museums and culture

By Alex Howard
April 13, 2011

Ignite Smithsonian featured innovative ideas about museums, design, art, technology and culture. This Ignite, the first to be held the Smithsonian, brought speakers from in and outside of government, including an international contingent.

Ignite Education

Ignite Education
By Dale Dougherty
March 29, 2011

As was on display during Ignite Petaluma, the Ignite format offers a great way to bring together students, faculty and members of a community.

A perfect dystopian storm: Interview with "Flashmob Gone Wrong" speaker

By Brady Forrest
November 12, 2010

At Ignite London 2, Tom Scott told the story of a "Flash Mob Gone Wrong." It's struck a nerve and is gathering a lot of momentum on Reddit, MetaFilter and Twitter. Scott explains why and how he created the presentation in the following short interview.

Join us for Global Ignite Week: February 2011

By Brady Forrest
November 2, 2010

Global Ignite Week returns Feb. 7-11, 2011. Last year, more than 600 Ignite talks were given in 67 cities on six continents. The bar is set even higher for round two.

Ignite Bay Area @ Web 2.0 Expo Tonight

By Brady Forrest
May 3, 2010

Ignite Bay Area is happening tonight to help kick-off Web 2.0 Expo. We will be returning to the Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street, SF). As always these will five-minute, 20 slide presentations on geeky topics. We will hear from the likes of Jen Bekman, Derek Dukes, Jesper Andersen, and Tobias Peggs and we are sponsored by .CO. Expect to be...

Global Ignite Week: Starts Monday with 65 Cities, 6 Continents, 500 Speakers over 5 Days

By Brady Forrest
February 24, 2010

From March 1-5 there will be ~65 Ignite events happening around the world. Ignite is an opportunity for geeks to share their passions and ideas with local peers. Each speaker gets 20 slides that each auto-advance after 15 seconds for a total of just 5 minutes. The result is bite-size chunks of information that inform the crowd on new...

Ignite, Syndicated Events, and Social Media Marketing

By Tim O'Reilly
February 9, 2010

As we approach Global Ignite Week, a collection of Ignite events around the world during the first week of March, I can't help but think about the future of conferences, one of O'Reilly's major businesses. Here are some of the things we're learning from Ignite. People love the rapid-fire format. Steven Levy once said that Foo Camp is the wiki...

iPhoning His Way To Retirement

By Brady Forrest
January 22, 2010

My friend Eugene Lin wanted some iPhone App Store money. So he made one iPhone app that was eventually accepted, then another that was rejected and then he found a hit with the racy Peek-a-boo. Along the way he learned the ins and outs of the App Store approva process and made quite a lot of money in Japan....

Global Ignite Week: 40+ Ignites Coming Next March

By Brady Forrest
December 16, 2009

Just over three years ago, Bre Pettis and I threw a geek night in our home town. We called it Ignite Seattle. About 200 people joined us for a hectic night of geek contests, five-minute talks, and beer. I've been hosting them ever since--we just held our 8th Ignite Seattle and had over 700 people in attendance. Since that...

Ignite Show: Andrew Hyde on The Posting Economy

By Brady Forrest
October 30, 2009

Andrew Hyde runs Ignite Boulder and works for Techstars. In this week's episode he shares his thoughts at Ignite ATL about the rapid economic shifts that can be caused by user-generated content. Andrew calls this the Posting Economy. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License...

Ignite Show: Mehal Shah on Winning At Scrabble

By Brady Forrest
September 11, 2009

Scrabble isn't a game of who can get the best 6 letter words. It's a game of points and squeezing 2 letter terms into corners. In this week's Ignite Show Mehal Shah takes us through clean and sometimes dirty ways to win at Scrabble. Some of his tips include: Thinking of Scrabble as a numbers game, instead of a...

Submit a Talk For Ignite at PICNIC

By Brady Forrest
September 1, 2009

This year we are going to Ignite PICNIC. PICNIC Network is an excellent conference in Amsterdam that is happening September 23-25. I attended last year and got a lot out of the combination of technology and art (Radar post). Other speakers this year include Nicolas Negroponte, Linda Stone, Kevin Slavin and many others. PICNIC is a part of the...

Ignite Show: Jeff Veen on Great Designers

By Brady Forrest
August 26, 2009

Good designers copy. Great designers steal. In this week's Ignite Show Jeff Veen, well-known for his design work on Google Analytics, Wikirank and Typekit, lays out a strong argument for why iPhone imitators are the cargo cults of the digital era. The people building touchscreen knock-offs don't understand what makes the iPhone great. So instead of creating an end-to-end...

Four short links: 27 July 2009

By Nat Torkington
July 27, 2009

Ignite OSCON -- 56m of video from Ignite OSCON. They're all great, but Dan Meyer remains the highlight for me. gheat -- a maptile server in Python, delivering heatmaps to be superimposed on Google Maps. Handy for visualization fiends. CaDNAno -- open source software for design of 3-dimensional DNA origami. One of George Church's projects. I love the combination...

Tonight's Ignite OSCON Line-Up

By Nat Torkington
July 21, 2009

Bring the duct-tape, your head will explode. Here's the line-up for tomorrow's Ignite OSCON, starting 7.30pm in Exhibit Hall 3 of the San Jose Convention Center. (It's just before the 8.30pm Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards) Jesse Vincent (@obra) - Hacking the Kindle The Kindle is not a read-only platform. One intrepid explorer reports back from the frontier. Skud (@skud) -...

Ignite Show: Greg Elin on Hackers in Washington

By Brady Forrest
July 14, 2009

The Obama Administration has taken broad steps to open up the government. It's created Twitter accounts, launched data portals, and released spending dashboards. Even with these steps Washington D.C. can seem a strange place to geeks. Greg Elin (@gregelin) is a hacker living inside the beltway working with government officials to help with the process of opening up. In...

Ignite Sebastopol on June 10th

Ignite Sebastopol on June 10th
By Mary Rotman
June 5, 2009

Ignite is finally coming to Sebastopol, the hometown of O'Reilly Media! Join us June 10th at the Hopmonk Tavern for a night of contests, presentations, and overall fun.

Ignite Show: Veronica Belmont on the Do's and Don'ts of Making Memes

By Brady Forrest
June 4, 2009

At Ignite SF on 4/1 Veronica Belmont shared some do's and don'ts on businesses and their attempts at viral marketing campaigns. Her advice is simple (Don't be a jerk, Don't try too hard, Be funny). Vanessa's examples run the gamut from one of the best (Subservient Chicken) to the recent and risky (Skittles). You can get the Ignite show...

Ignite Show: @MSG on Some Images are REALer Than Others

By Brady Forrest
May 21, 2009

Snopes became a household word by debunking fake internet images -- like this wonderful shark attack. These images are the product of programs like Photoshop or Aviary. In this Ignite Show Michael Galpert shows us how to detect these fake images. For more reading on this check out eHow's article. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share...

Ignite Google IO Line-Up; 5 Passes to Give Away

By Brady Forrest
May 16, 2009

I will be hosting an Ignite at Google IO on 5/27 from 4:15-5:15 at Moscone. I did an open call for speakers and I'm happy to announce the following will be joining me onstage: Leo Dirac - Transhumanism Morality Why only geeks and hippies can save the world. Michael Driscoll - Hacking Big Data with the Force of Open...

Ignite Show: Lisa Katayama on Japanese Gadgets and Toys

By Brady Forrest
May 7, 2009

Lisa Katayama is a tech journalist and an expert on Japanese culture. She combines the two in her Ignite talk this week where she demystifies Japanese gadgets and their society's fascination with them. You've probably read Lisa's writing before. She is the author of Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan (a fun book that I got for...

Ignite @ Google I/O; Submit Your Talk

By Brady Forrest
May 1, 2009

Ignite is coming to Google I/O later this month. On May 27th, the first afternoon of the conference, I'll be hosting an Ignite at the Moscone Center. As with all Ignites each speaker will only get 20 slides that each auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of five minutes. We'll be looking for talks that geeks will like....

Ignite Seattle (and elsewhere) Tomorrow, 4/29

By Brady Forrest
April 28, 2009

Ignite Seattle 6 is tomorrow, Wednesday 4/29, at the King Cat Theatre. Ignite Seattle is free. We've got a great line-up of speakers. Here's the evening's schedule: 7PM - Doors Open 7:30 PM - Paper Tower Contest Begins - Build the tallest tower you can out of just 5 sheets of paper and tape (See Details) 8:30 - First Set...

Ignite Seattle Line-up

By Brady Forrest
April 15, 2009

Ignite Seattle 6 will take place on 4/29 at the King Cat Theatre. Doors will open at 7PM and talk will start at 8:30PM. We are very grateful to be getting sponsorship from Google and Biznik. We'll feature 16 speakers doing great 5 minute talks and geek contest to kick off the night. We're still looking for 8 more...

It's Really Just a Series of Tubes

It's Really Just a Series of Tubes
By Jesse Robbins
April 7, 2009

Molly Wright Steenson hit the Ignite jackpot at Etech this year with her explanation of the steam powered network of pneumatic tubes of the 1800s. If you're someone that, like me, has a [somewhat obsessive relationship with Internet Infrastructure](http://conferences.oreilly.com/velocity), you must watch this talk.

Ignite Seattle Returns! Submit a Talk

By Brady Forrest
April 6, 2009

After a year-long hiatus Ignite Seattle is returning to a bigger and better venue. We'll feature 16 speakers doing great 5 minute talks and geek contest to kick off the night. Ignite Seattle 6 will take place on 4/29. Doors will open at 7PM and talk will start at 8:30PM. We are very grateful to be getting sponsorship from...

Ignite Show, Episode 7: Molly Wright Steenson on It's Really Just a Series of Tubes

Ignite Show, Episode 7: Molly Wright Steenson on It's Really Just a Series of Tubes
By Mary Rotman
April 3, 2009

In this new episode of the Ignite Show, Molly Wright Steenson talks about the history of pneumatic tubes in our society. For more information about the Ignite Show or how to host your own Ignite event, see ignite.oreilly.com.

Ignite Show, Episode 6: Dr. Jayson Falkner on DNA Science, It Works!

Ignite Show, Episode 6: Dr. Jayson Falkner on DNA Science, It Works!
By Mary Rotman
March 25, 2009

In this new episode of the Ignite Show, Dr. Jayson Falkner explains the latest in DNA Science, how its effected human evolution and what it's doing to our society. The title is a tribute to the classic XKCD cartoon "Science! It Works...".

Ignite SF @ Expo: 4/1 at Mezzanine

By Brady Forrest
March 24, 2009

Ignite is coming back to San Francisco. On April First, the second night of the Web 2.0 Expo, I'll be hosting an Ignite at the Mezzanine (just four short blocks away from Moscone). As with all Ignites each speaker will only get 20 slides that each auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of five minutes. Folks with a...

Two New Episodes of the Ignite Show

Two New Episodes of the Ignite Show
By Mary Rotman
March 19, 2009

The last two episodes of the Ignite Show feature talks from Ignite NYC II and Ignite Boudler, respectively. Keep reading to see presentations by Andrew Schneider on Experimental Performance Devices and Amber Case on Cyborg Anthroplogy.

Ignite Show: Andrew Schneider, Experimental Performance Devices

By Brady Forrest
March 11, 2009

This week's Ignite Show features Andrew Schneider, a performance artist, and his DIY experimental performance devices, but first a cupcake decorating contest. If you're at ETech this is a preview for his performance tonight with ZoŽ Keating before the ETech Fest. The cupcake decorating contest and Andrew's talk were filmed at Ignite NYC II. The Ignite Show will feature...

Ignite Show Episode 3: Rob Gruhl on Buying a New Car

Ignite Show Episode 3: Rob Gruhl on Buying a New Car
By Mary Rotman
March 4, 2009

This week's Ignite Show features Rob Gruhl. Rob loves to buy cars, but more than that he loves to bargain for cars. He shares his secrets today. This talk was filmed at Ignite Seattle III.

Ignite Show: Kati London on Botanicalls: Homegrown Terra-rists

By Brady Forrest
February 24, 2009

Today we are releasing "Botanicalls: Homegrown Terra-rists" the second episode of the Ignite Show. This week's speaker is Kati London, the co-creator of Botanicalls, a device that will let you know when your plant needs watering via Twitter. Kati doesn't spend much time explaining Botanicalls instead she talks about some fun(ny) uses for it. If you want to learn...

Ignite Launches Weekly Video Series Highlighting the Best of Geek Culture

Ignite Launches Weekly Video Series Highlighting the Best of Geek Culture
By Mary Rotman
February 20, 2009

Ignite captures the best of geek culture in a series of five-minute speed presentations on topics ranging from "The Best Way to Buy a Car" to "Hacking Chocolate" to "Transhuman Technology Trends." Imagine that you're on stage in front of an audience of hundreds of people, doing a five-minute presentation using a slide deck that auto-forwards every 15 seconds, whether you're ready or not. What would you do? What would you say? Could you stand the pressure? Every week, find out how some of the smartest minds on the planet dealt with this situation as your host, Brady Forrest, highlights a different talk from Ignites around the world.

Ignite Show: Jason Grigsby on Cup Noodle

By Brady Forrest
February 19, 2009

Today are launching the first episode of the Ignite Show. The Ignite Show will feature a different speaker each week. This week's speaker is Jason Grigsby doing a talk that was originally performed at Ignite Portland. Jason takes fun look at how Cup Noodle was created and how the team had to embrace constraints and new ideas to create...

Wanting to Ignite Your City?

Wanting to Ignite Your City?
By Mary Rotman
January 23, 2009

You may have noticed Ignite events springing up around the world recently--maybe you've even had one in your town! Regardless of where you live, chances are there either has been or will be one in your area soon. From Denver and Boston to Helsinki, Bangalore, and Paris, Ignite events are "igniting" every community.

Ignite Boston 5

By Mike Hendrickson
January 13, 2009

Ignite Boston 5 - February 12th @ the Hooley House

Ten Ignites Around The World

By Brady Forrest
October 27, 2008

Ignite is a fun geek event featuring a series of speedy presentations on topics that geeks hold dear--anything from crypto to beekeeping. Speakers each get five minutes on stage with twenty slides that auto-advance after fifteen seconds. The format is a challenge for presenters, but a boon for the audience, because speakers have to be focused and prepared (or...

Ignite Philly II

By Jim Stogdill
September 25, 2008

Philly delivers a second great evening of Ignite talks.

Ignite Boston 4 -- Videos Uploaded

By Mike Hendrickson
September 23, 2008

Ignite Boston 4 was an interesting and insightful event. We have many things to take away as we plan our next event for January.

Cupcake Champions at Ignite NYC

Cupcake Champions at Ignite NYC
By Mary Rotman
September 19, 2008

Cupcake champions at an Ignite event? More like cupcake decorating... and it was a hit. From AC/DC battery cupcakes to a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge (albeit not to scale) to the winning iPhone cupcakes. This Ignite event was a huge success and kicked off the start of the first ever Web 2.0 Expo conference in NYC.

Ignite Boston 4

By Mike Hendrickson
August 27, 2008

The fourth Ignite Boston will be on Thursday, September 11, from 6 to 10pm at the Hooley House, one block from Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA. THIS IS A LARGER VENUE. So the acoustics will be better than our last event and there will be room to sit, stand and mingle. From 6-6:45 pm, mingle and talk tech with your fellow FOOs, alpha geeks, and techies from the greater Boston area. After the mingling and social stuff, we'll have a couple of special keynote presentations to kick off our Ignite talks. Then, onto guest speakers who'll catch you up on the cool, new, innovative stuff going on in technology today. Don’t blink or you’ll miss their lightning-fast, five-minute presentations.

Philly's First Ignite was a Smash

By Jim Stogdill
June 17, 2008

Philadelphia's inaugural Ignite was a smash success.

Ignite Philly Tomorrow Night

By Jim Stogdill
June 10, 2008

First Ignite Philly

Ignite Boston 3 - Next week

By Mike Hendrickson
May 23, 2008

beer, boston, cambridge, conversation, geeks, ignite, microsoft, o'reilly, tech talks

Ignite Boston 3

By Mike Hendrickson
May 7, 2008

The third Ignite Boston will be on Thursday, May 29, from 6 to 10pm in Harvard Square


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