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Ignite NYC 13 @ Web 2.0 Expo

Monday, October 10, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

Ignite NYC 13 @ Web 2.0 Expo

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The next Ignite NYC takes place during Web 2.0 Expo Monday, October 10th at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in the Metropolitan Ballroom.

5 minutes and 20 slides rotating automatically in front of NYC’s brightest geeks, what would you say? Ignite NYC has cultivated a vibrant community of artists, technologists, thinkers, tinkerers, and personalities to connect, develop new relationships and projects, and answer this challenge. Enlighten us, but make it quick!


    • Tickets must be purchased online and will not be sold at the door
    • Ignite attendees do not require a Web 2.0 Expo badge


  • Doors & Cash Bar open at 6:30pm 
  • Talks begin at 7:30pm
  • Afterparty at The Three Monkeys - 236 w. 54th street (between broadway & 8th ave)


Alexis Ohanian

Make the World Suck Less

This talk is about how the nonprofit model is broken and how it's up to innovators to flip the script on do-goodery and get people excited about it - not make them feel guilty.



Alexis is the cofounder of Reddit, founder of Breadpig, launched Hipmunk as head marketing dude, and is now a fulltime investor, advisor, and writer. 

Amy E. Herman

How Picasso Helps to Solve a Murder Case

Yes, Picasso is dead but his art is being used in my program to help police officers solve murder mysteries. Van Gogh is being talked about to renew the sense of smell at a crime scene and Cezanne is getting FBI agents to articulate what really constitutes suspicious behavior. The Art of Perception uses works of art to help law enforcement agents reconsider their observation and communication skills and improve them on the job. Everyone needs better perception skills—most people really stink at communicating what they see but the world of art and my program are redefining what it means to be observant.


I am a recovering lawyer and art historian who has developed a unique program that teaches first responders—cops, FBI agents, ambulance drivers,  ER doctors, special military personnel-- to rethink how they see the world by learning to look at art.

Caroline Drucker

How To Get More Women in Tech In Under A Minute

I share Gina Tripani's hyper-retweeted sentiment: "Every time I get invited to an adult gathering with "geek girls" in the title, I want to light myself on fire." This presentation is about women taking themselves seriously in the field of technology and offering advice on how to solve the lack of females in key positions at emerging tech firms, by starting at the linguistic core.    



She’s a Partner Marketing Manager at SoundCloud, has a die hard love for high-heels, spent 42 days in the wilderness on a canoe trip, hiked the Himalayas, has furious disco dancing skills, and makes a mean vegetarian chili. She’s passionate about women's issues because if she wasn't, she’d be letting Betty Friedan, my mum and all of her friends down and she already carries enough guilt for breaking her mother's favorite vase when she was 14.  

Corvida Raven

How To Unstale Your Cheerios

Don't you hate when a box of your favorite cereal goes stale? Wish you could magically unstale that box of cereal? Whether it can or can't be done remains to be decided, but this talk will show you the many ways you can try.



Corvida pens technology pieces on SheGeeks.net and is Community Catalyst for TED. Corvida is passionate about the power of technology and community and teaches tech in plain English. 

David Phillips

Los Angeles Survival Kit

David Phillips presents key tips and tricks for surviving a lifestyle filled with peeing in your own decapitated head and teaching child stars. This insight comes from working as a actor/writer/improv teacher/production assistant in LA for 8 years. 



David Phillips is currently a HackStar at TechStars after graduating from ITP.  When he's not hiking the Long Path, he's writing zombie comics, memorizing movie trivia, or doting on his ridiculously awesome fiancé.

Emma Persky

How to Win at Karaoke

In 2008 Emma Persky travelled across the country from San Francisco to Montreal in a Karaoke RV on an adventure called The Whuffaoke. This travelling karaoke party stopped at 13 cities along the way hosting a party in places as diverse as the parking lot of the Circus Circus RV Park in Las Vegas to outside the Roger Smith hotel on the corner of 47 and Lex right here in NYC. Along the way, Emma captured pictures of the faces of hundreds of eager karaoke enthusiasts singing their heart out. This presentation is about the patterns in the faces people make when they are karaoking.



Emma Persky is technology evangelist,  avid traveler, and storyteller. When Emma is not at home in New York, doing science with data at Hashable she can be found on an intrepid expedition, collecting stories for her blog, travellerwithatale.com.

Jack Aboutboul

Let's Talk

How does communication affect our existence? How will communication be different in the future and what impact will it have?



Technologist Jack Aboutboul has worked on far reaching tech projects including serving as the Community Architect for Red Hat, Inc., and on the One Laptop Per Child initiative.

Jonathan Levy

Life of an Infomercial Before and After Model

During the winter of 2009 I was selected to be a model for a late night fitness infomercial. Over 100 days I learned the ins and outs of the fitness industry and all the crazy things people do to change their body.

Jonathan Levy leads digital strategy and social media for Rodale, the world’s largest health and wellness print company and is writing a book about the science of adventures.

Lucianne Walkowicz

Explosions in the Sky: the New Era of Time-Domain Astronomy

People all over the world have been captivated by the Hubble Space Telescope's images of the deep universe. However, these astounding pictures are but static snapshots of the heavens, frozen in time billions of years into the past. What if, instead, you could see a movie of the sky-- what if you could capture astronomical events that happen on human timescales of days, minutes, and seconds? In the coming decade, a new telescope survey called the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (or LSST) will reveal our changeable universe as never before by making a huge cosmic movie. The data LSST takes will be immediately available to the public, digitally democratizing astronomy in the hopes of not only enabling new science, but new engagement by people everywhere with the universe around them.



Lucianne Walkowicz is a stellar astronomer, multimedia artist, newly-hooked marathon runner, competitor in costumed road races, devotee of karaoke, former burlesque dancer, and bang-up cook.  She studies stellar flares and starspots, using data from NASA's Kepler mission to learn about how stellar radiation influences a planet's ability to support life. She recently moved back to NYC but does her research at Princeton, and so hopes NJ Transit is conducive to thinking deep thoughts about the cosmos. 

Mark Malkoff

Stretching Boundaries, Challenging Society, Testing Limits

With perseverance we can accomplish some incredible things. Mark shares lessons he has learned through his stunts which include: visiting and consuming purchases from all 171 Starbucks in Manhattan in less than 24 hours, living 30 days on an airplane non-stop to get over his fear of flying, convincing IKEA to allow him to live in a store for a week, and beating a NYC bus in a race while riding a child’s Big Wheel. 



Mark Malkoff is a comedian/filmmaker known for pulling crazy stunts that have been covered on "Anderson Cooper 360", "The Today Show", MSNBC, Fox News, and the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno".  

Matt LeMay

Everything I Need To Know About Tech I Learned From Being in a Band

Music is the stupidest software you could possibly make. The bugs in your first release can never be fixed. Your market is flooded with free product. Your most vocal evangelists are often giving away your product for free. But, being in a band also means constantly trying to balance old and new business models, deciding when to embrace your competition and when to freeze them out. And, above all else, it means managing a volatile product in a hostile industry. 



Matt LeMay started his music journalism career at 16 when he began writing for Pitchfork, spent five years touring his band Get Him Eat Him, playing with bands like the Arcade Fire and tiny, miserable shows at places like Columbus Ohio's "Taco Ninja," often in the same week. He is a platform manager at bitly.

Michelle Broderick

Yellow Cab, Gypsy cab, Dollar Cab, Holla Back...
Michelle is currently the GM of Uber in Seattle and Mentor at 500 Startups, previously she was the Marketing Director at Yelp. She frequently suffers from wanderlust, design envy, and food comas.


Nick Crocker 

Floss The Teeth You Want To Keep - How To Change Yourself 

1 Million people die every year in the US from lifestyle diseases, that is, diseases of choice. We are at a point in history we're suddenly, in the industrialized world, our biggest killer is our inability to moderate our own desires. So why are we so bad at change? What makes it so difficult to do?



Co-founder of WeAreHunted.com and Native Digital. Former Product Manager, Boxee NYC. Runner, writer, rugby league obsessive.

Ron Goldin

Workcation in the Modern Era

A Workcation is a moment in time, anywhere from a few days to a few months, where you or your work pull yourself out of your daily grind into a new context where you have the freedom to both work and play. If done right, it's as rejuvenating as it is productive and can reap personal and business opportunities that were a stone's throw away from your comfort zone. Workcation today can fit into different lifestyles and employment situations, and doesn't require you go to a tropical island and drink Mai Tais on the beach while sheepishly checking your email and hiding from your boss.



Ron Goldin is the principal designer and creative director of Studio Akko, a user experience, branding and strategy consultancy based out of New York and San Francisco. Originally from NYC, he's jumped back and forth between coasts a few times over the past decade, picking up life lessons and good ceviche recipes. He moved back to Manhattan's East Village from San Francisco the day before Hurricane Irene with nothing but a guitar, a bed to sleep on, and some useless summer clothing.


Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Outdated: 5 Reasons Dating Is Ruining Your Love Life

Like diet books, dating books never work because the advice in it does not apply to how we are living our lives. This talk will look at some of the most toxic myths that are ruining our loves lives and why they are doing that. It's time to rewrite our fairy tales, but figuring out what is wrong is the first step in that direction. 



Samhita Mukhopadhyay is a writer, speaker and technologist residing in Brooklyn, NY. She is the Executive Editor of Feministing.com and is the author of Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life.

Sarah Feingold

The Laws of Ring Pops

Five minutes, three types of US intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent), and one delicious piece of finger cradling candy.  Etsy.com's in house attorney will illustrate that intellectual property is everywhere, even in a sweet treat.  



Born an artist, Sarah Feingold decided that the best way to protect creative folk like herself was to go to law school. She currently serves as counsel of Etsy, Inc. and specializes in intellectual property, business and ecommerce law. When she’s not practicing law, she's writing about legal issues, hammering silver in her tiny Brooklyn apartment kitchen, or eating candy.

Suraj Patel

The Social Media Echo Chamber

In the political sphere, Twitter users merely reinforce their opinions by selecting whom they surround themselves with. This has enormous implications for our political discourse given that 20 years ago, everyone received their news from the same 20 pages of a newspaper and were forced to read all sides of an argument.  By creating echo chambers, Twitter helps users believe that their beliefs are shared by "everyone" and helps turns opinions into "facts" for subset of the population. 



Suraj Patel is a reclaimed lawyer who did a brief stint at McKinsey before joining the Obama campaign.  In the process of building his first startup, ImUp4, he started thinking of ways to use Twitter to get a pulse of the country's mood and started SocialCaucus to help campaigns and media make sense of social media for the 2012 Elections.  When he's not arguing about public policy or trying to discover every bar, restaurant, and coffee shop in the East Village, you can find him mourning Peyton Manning's neck injury.

Tereza Nemessanyi

I Digitized My Mom

Tereza set out to make an app that let’s you do market research on yourself.  She calls it "Honestly Now".  At its core, she wanted to digitize the experience of having a mom available to you, at your fingertips, to ask advice. Honesty is the best policy, and if we can all get better at both giving and getting honesty, in a compassionate and intelligent way, the world will be a little better.



Tereza is a wife, mom of two, and cofounder of Honestly Now. In the past she had big-swinging-vagina kinds of jobs.  But after she became a mom, a few people told her she lost her brain and what she had to say didn't really matter anymore.  This made her sad.  And then pissed off. So she started typing.  She wrote an Op Ed called the XX Combinator and has posted about 2000 comments on AVC.com. 

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Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
811 7th Avenue
The Metropolitan Ballroom, Second Floor.
New York, NY 10019

Monday, October 10, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

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