The cool thing about Ignite Seattle, beyond the crazy fun format (5 mins, 20 slides, 15 seconds a slide), is how positive and supportive the vibe is. Everyone talks about cool things they’ve seen and heard, and there’s a buzz of learning and doing that’s superior to most conferences. It’s geekish, for sure, but it also surprisingly cross-discipline. There were talks about parenting, libraries, biology, medicine, raising chickens and more.
Perhaps part of the magic is that it’s just one intense night – the fact that’s an evening thing and there’s always a bar at the venue perhaps changes who comes and why. Kudos to @Brady and @BryanZug and the all the folks that volunteered to help out.
Last night I was lucky and got to a talk on how to give an ignite talk, and if the video makes it online I’ll post.
In the meantime here’s what I learned last night (from memory – forgot my notebook):
- Creativity is fueled by contact with weak social links – you need points of contact that are not your primary circle to stimulate you (Shelly Farnham)
- Assuming your users have Alzheimer is a hack for better design thinking (Roy Leban)
- There are many people with Lego-addiction and Hillel is one of them (Hillel Cooperman)
- I learned about clipping (drop vowels) and thesauri (vocabulary wins) for twitter (Jason Preston)
- If you think you’re competent, you probably aren’t (Ron Burk)
- Native Americans/?Micronesians had cool map technology (@kbeegle)
- All good marriages are creative partnerships (Jen Zug)