Geek Jeopardy will be kicking off the night! Brush up on your knowledge of the entire internet if you hope to win. Your host, Alex Trebek, will facilitate the game and test your knowledge of five categories. The champion will be declared the grand master of all internet knowledge. Study up! Game Designer: Summer Bedard (in collaboration with Merv Griffin!)
Suggested donations and VIP seating are a first for Ignite NYC. Why are we doing this? Because we need money to sustain Ignite NYC and to provide even better offerings for the NYC technology communities going forward.
- If you pay the suggested donation of $10 or more, you will be let in first upon presenting your tickets at the door. You must arrive by 7 PM to be guaranteed a spot.
- If you purchase a VIP seat for $40, you will get to sit in one of two "pods" directly in front of the stage.
- Those who do not pay $10 or more will be on standby and will be let in at 7:20 PM upon availability.
If you have any questions regarding our ticketing system, please contact Ignite NYC's Director, Tikva Morowati at tikvais [at] gmail [dot] com.
Stick around after the talks are over for our afterparty! Galapagos will keep their doors open until 12 am for us to celebrate!
Can't wait to see you on March 4th!
Thanks to kornhaberbrown.com who will be filming our speakers!
ANDY CARVIN: "The New Volunteers: Crowdsourcing And Disaster Response" ...As recently as 10 years ago, the only way most of us could volunteer after a disaster was to either donate blood or money. But the Internet has changed all of that, making it possible for people to donate their technical skills, building tools that are literally saving lives during crises like the Haiti earthquake. NPR's Andy Carvin gives this whirlwind tour of how the Internet has changed volunteerism.
Carvin is the Senior Strategist at NPR; runs NPR's social media desk.Former director of the Digital Divide Network. Has helped coordinate online volunteer efforts in response to crises including 9-11, the Boxing Day Tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, and the Haiti earthquake. @acarvin, http://acarvin.posterous.com
ANTHONY TOWNSEND: "Cities, Disasters, Networks, Resilience: Why You Should Design For Crisis Communications" ...Townsend will speak to the many ways communications networks and services fail during disasters (i.e. Haiti's earthquake), and how they drive new uses. He will finish with a challenge to webheads - why they should anticipate unanticipated uses of their sites/technologies and design with that in mind. His research is based on a study he conducted for Homeland Security while at NYU in 2005: http://www.nyu.edu/ccpr/pubs/NYU-DisasterCommunications1-Final.pdf
CINDY GALLOP: "If You Ran The World, What Would You Do?" ...The single biggest pool of untapped natural resource in the world is human good intentions that never translate into action. Cindy Gallop talks about how www.ifwerantheworld.com is designed to help change the world one microaction at a time, and why the future of the real-time web is real-time action.
Gallop's background is brandbuilding, marketing and advertising. She started up the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year. She is an entrepreneur who launched www.makelovenotporn.com at TED 2009 and has just launched www.ifwerantheworld.com in beta with a demo at TED 2010. She acts as board advisor to a number of tech startups and also consults, describing her consultancy approach as "I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business." @cindygallop1, @ifwerantheworld, http://www.ifwerantheworld.com
DEANNA ZANDT: "What Would Kermit Do? How Being a Muppet on Social Networks Can Change the World" ...Sure, you can market your product, or you can raise money for your cause, all with the magic of social networks. But did you know that living the Muppet ethos -- *and* posting what you had for breakfast, even! -- can change the world? Deanna Zandt will cut through the hype and show you why *you* matter most in the wild west frontier of online social networking.
Zandt is a media technologist and the author of "Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking" (forthcoming: Berrett-Koehler, June 2010). She is a consultant to key progressive media organizations including AlterNet and Jim Hightower's Hightower Lowdown, and hosts TechGrrl Tips on GRITtv with Laura Flanders. Zandt specializes in social media, and is a leading expert in women and technology. @randomdeanna, http://deannazandt.com
EMILY SPIVACK: "Sentimental Value: Clothing Stories from eBay"
When someone auctions clothing on eBay, s/he usually provides a basic set of information: a simple description, the size, the condition, etc. Sometimes though, the person feels the need to say more. Maybe s/he thinks the story is essential to understanding the clothing or makes the item more marketable... These stories offer an unusual window into a stranger's life and the personalities behind the anonymity of eBay. This prompted Spivack to start Sentimental Value, an ongoing collection of stories about clothing she's culled from eBay posts.
In addition to maintaining Sentimental Value, Spivack is the Director of Dowser (http://www.dowser.org), a media organization focused on covering stories of social innovators and creative changemakers. She is also the Founder of Shop Well with You (http://www.shopwellwithyou.org), a body-image resource for women with cancer. @emspivack, http://www.sentimental-value.com
JOSEPHINE DORADO: "reACTor: a location-based mobile gaming app that connects news with social action"...reACTor (working title, based on fractor.org) is an initiative to create a mobile game that allows users to "play the news" -- players would be shown the news 1000 feet around them (or other specified distance), and then are presented with social actions and volunteer opportunities associated with that news.
Dorado is a New York-based media artist, producer, social entrepreneur and skydiver. In her work, she explores the extension of the performance environment with technology and the process of cultural exchange through creative interplay in virtual spaces. She initiated the Kidz Connect program, which connects youth internationally via creative collaboration and theatrical performance in virtual worlds, and received a MacArthur Foundation award to co-found Fractor.org, which matches news with opportunities for activism. She was a Fulbright scholarship recipient and an artist-in-residence at the Waag Society in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and continues her involvement with Fulbright as a member of the Board of Directors. @funksoup, http://funksoup.com
MARTHA DENTON, "A PowerPoint about PowerPoint" ...As a PowerPoint professional, Denton sees a lot of bad PowerPoint presentations. She will give you some kickass tips on how to make awesome PowerPoint presentations!
Denton is a freelance Visual Communications Specialist, who is ex-McKinsey. She's got experience working on the design of presentations from small meetings to presentations to Congress, and she's utterly obsessed with good PowerPoint. @marden928, www.marthadenton.com
NOEL HIDALGO: "Government 2.0 - An Empire State of Mind" ...It's been one year since "change" arrived to Washington DC. Since then, the national technology/media circus has been jumping though hoops to promote this new .gov and that new .gov. Yet, during this same time period, governments across New York have been break through old barriers and re-inventing government. From unprecedented data & information transparency to social media campaigns to unprecedented levels of open source adoption - from all levels of government, Government 2.0 is the Empire State of Mind.
As the Director of Technology Innovation at the New York State Senate, Hidalgo is 2.0 (two-point-O'ing) the New York State Senate and helping his fellow New Yorkers understand the power of an open, transparent and efficient legislature. @noneck, http://blog.noneck.org
RANA JUNE SOBHANY: "The Universe is Your Chiropractor"...Being in the world is hard. But everything happens for a reason. At every level of the business world, from entrepreneurs to middle-managers to entry-level employees, workers share hardships each day that it's enough to make anyone quit. Don't.
Sobhany is not a marketer, at least not in the traditional sense. She is a brand storyteller who believes that polish is the key to success in creating a lasting and memorable brand. Specializing in developing customer acquisition strategies, brand positioning, and leveraging public relations as marketing, Rana applies her unique style and methodology of integrated marketing communications to promoting companies and ideas across political, nonprofit, mobile, entertainment, advertising and social channels. @ranajune, http://www.ranajune.com
REX SORGATZ: "Why The Hills Is The Greatest Show In The History of Television"
TAL CHALOZIN: "A Super Fast Run Through the Result of Combining the Smart with the Useless" ...A quick peek to the GarageGeeks!
Chalozin is the co-founder of INNOVID, a ground-breaking in-video advertising and analytics platform. In early 2006, he co-founded the GarageGeeks an Israeli underground non-profit innovation and collaboration lab. In 2008, Chalozin was selected as BusinessWeek’s “Best Young European Entrepreneur." @innovid, www.garagegeeks.org
TOM LIMONGELLO: "Designing the Sloth: The Key to Augmented Reality"...A member of IDEO in the documentary film Objectified let us in on a secret of design...that it's best to design for the outliers and let the ones in the middle fall into place. For all the hype of augmented reality, there have been few successes, and for good reason. We are designing for fleet foxes, instead of Mr Three-toed Sloth. Limongello will attempt to show some examples of how we already use augmented reality in life, and how limiting our range of movement, and focusing less on applications that cater to those who run around cities marking their territory can help us understand the value of augmented reality.
Limongello works at Crisp Wireless to improve the quality of mobile advertising. He also spends his time trying to connect the US and China, and to promote memes that raise awareness for failures on the bleeding edge of technology such as #failwhale and #thebluelego. @toms, http://uwsjournal.com
WALT RIBEIRO: "Bringing Back the Orchestra"...The orchestra was seen as a dead genre. Yet it is something that we all are familiar with it and is a part of our lives. Riberiro will look into how we identify with this music, where it's headed, and how to bring it back.
A former music instructor for Revision 3 and UstreamTV, Ribeiro was known as "The Intermet's Music Teacher." He recently went solo to work on a project titled 'For Orchestra' where he arranges pop songs for orchestra based on arrangemets from Lady Gaga, Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi, and more. @WaltRibeiro, http://www.fororchestra.com
YASSER ANSARI: "Nature Deficit Disorder, The Rise of Citizen Science, and Rebuilding Noah's Ark" ...At a time when ecosystems across the planet are in peril, a growing disconnect with nature continues. Still, many new projects and initiatives are gaining momentum and encouraging amateur scientists to collect and contribute valuable wildlife data. Harnessing the power of the web and the popularity of new mobile devices, it's now easier than ever to join the movement and play an active role in documenting and preserving our planet's biodiversity.
Ansari is a second year ITP grad student who studied molecular biology and bioinformatics as an undergrad at UC San Diego. From 2003- 2008 he worked in business development and product management in the wireless industry since 2003 (at companies like Qualcomm and NYC local start-up Peek). He holds several technology patents and used to raise poison dart frogs, australian bearded dragons, and a whole slew of other captive bred reptiles and amphibians. @projectnoah, http://www.networkedorganisms.com