The next Ignite NYC takes place during Internet Week New York on Wednesday, June 8th at The New School in the Tishman Auditorium.
- No tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
- Buy your tickets as soon as possible, we usually sell out!
- New School tickets REQUIRE A NEW SCHOOL ID FOR ENTRY
- Doors open at 6:30 pm
- Ignite Talks begin at 7:45 pm
Maya Baratz and Brian Stelter: On News Product(ion)
Maya Baratz runs New Product Strategy at The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. A media and technology aficionado, she's spent some time on both the product and editorial sides of new media -- previously working at companies including MTV Networks, Flickr, Monster, and Terra Lycos.
Brian Stelter covers television and digital media as a reporter for The New York Times. He writes frequently for both the Business and Arts sections of the newspaper, and is a lead contributor to the Media Decoder blog.
Michael Karnjanaprakorn: Let's Start a Learning Revolution
The pinnacle of education should be learning, not going to college. I'll debunk the myth that a college degree leads to success and what actions we can take to bring on a learning revolution in our country.
Michael Karnjanaprakorn is an entrepreneur living in NYC working on Skillshare, an education startup. Prior to that he led the product team at Hot Potato, developed products that organized the creative world at Behance, and co-founded All Day Buffet and The Feast Conference.
Amanda Peyton: Anatomy of a Niche Meme: "Share the Air"
On March 23, 2011, an organization called Spiral Moon Media uploaded a video called "Share the Air" to YouTube. We saw the video, knew it would go viral, and bought the website mentioned in the video (http://sharetheair108.com) and put up a landing page. This is the story of watching a video go viral on YouTube within a specific niche (in this case "startup people") and the numbers associated with it (the website received over 300K uniques in a few days and collected over 10,000 email addresses). The video was an elaborate hoax which we unknowingly participated in.
Amanda Peyton is the founder of MessageParty, a new mobile blogging service based in Brooklyn, NY. She is an MIT Sloan graduate and a Y Combinator alumni.
Ben Sisto: Good Morning to Happy Birthday
An exploration of the history of the song Happy Birthday to You, specifically regarding Warner Music Group's copyright claim on the work, and reasons why that claim may be invalid. The talk makes use of historical documents such as photos, notebook scans, and copyright registration papers.
Ben is the Programs Director for Public Assembly, a 3-room multi-purpose art + music venue in Brooklyn. He’s also an artist and interested in copyright law as a point of recreational study / pondering.
Charlie Berg: Miles Davis was an Agile Genius
In the album Bitches Brew, Miles Davis put together older, straight-ahead musicians, studio musicians, and young lions to invent a new form of music - fusion. In doing so, Miles provided an "agile" innovation culture, by creating a minimalist, well-defined environment and musical system framework, and then allowed the "developers" (i.e. musicians) to evolve the system. This talk looks at the framework that Miles provided, and the key characteristics that the individual innovators must bring to the table, that resulted in a ground-breaking product.
For 40 years, Charlie Berg has also been the quintessential sideman, playing drums and percussion in every musical genre from Afropop to Zydeco (except Country music). He has performed and recorded with acts as various as Don Byron, David Amram, David Byrne (The Talking Heads), Uri Caine, the Klezmatics, Byard Lancaster, Walter Beasley, and Eric Bazilian (The Hooters). Additionally Charlie has kept busy as a serial entrepreneur and CTO for the past 30 years.
Emilie Baltz: Aphrodisia: Deconstructing Desire
A look at this thing called love through the lens of food. Taking as tenant Brillat Savarin, the great French gastronome's quote : "Show me what you eat and I will show you who you are," Baltz deconstructs more than mere foodstuffs by revealing the intricate web of desire that both humans and cultures cook up in attempt to taste true love.
Emilie Baltz is the founder and creative director of B A L T Z WORKS, a collaborative design consultancy that offers creative communication solutions with a focus on the hospitality industry. Emilie also serves as the creative director at the Museum of Sex, and has taught at Pratt Institute and the Vitra Design Museum Boisbuchet workshops.
Hugh Dornbush: Fifteen Millenia of Fame
Why are celebrities such a big deal these days? It wasn’t always this way.
Hugh Dornbush is the Founder of OMGICU.
Gordon Cieplak: Toward a Philosophy of Web Product Design
I'd like to talk a little bit about what makes a good web product, the psychological factors that web products exploit, how some popular, feel-good products are actually bad for society, and what designers and technologists should be thinking about when working on new interactive web technology. This talk will be an attempt to provide a coherent outline of how epistemology, eastern philosophy, design, psychology, and the internet are connected.
Gordon is Creative Director of internet music startup 8tracks, Co-founder of Handsome Code, and producer of Views.fm
Kip Voytek: Shallows, Echoes, and Inner Space
I love the internet, "new media", code, games, and gadgets. But after seeing Derek Jacobi in King Lear at BAM, I felt an aliveness that went down to my toetips and lasted well into the next day. Going deep (not the shallows), going far afield (beyond my social media echo chamber), and being inner - I want balance with all the cool web stuff I do, and with extremely limited (and dwindling time). My first pass at finding that energizing mix - with the help of the internet and other media, even.
Kip is an SVP doing digital innovation stuff in advertising. He’s been a creative director, a copywriter, a Congressional speechwriter, a computer game designer, and union organizer.
Kristen Taylor: Quit Your Ph.D. and Change the World
Why the esteemed degree is, in fact, terminal, and how to make the smartest decision of your life.
Kristen Taylor teaches about community interactions at NYU’s ITP, founded geolocative mobile app, Galvanize.us, and is editor of food magazine Saucy.
Nathalie Molina: Translation 2.0: What's changed and who cares?
We all think we basically know how translation works, but search, social media and crowdsourcing are turning this industry on it's side. If you think this doesn't impact us in the US, consider this: English language speakers online represent only about a third of the top ten internet languages and Google, Apple and Microsoft all have higher international revenues than in the US. If you're doing business online, you'll want to learn about the brave new world of language translation or you may risk getting caught with your proverbial pants down.
Nathalie launched her first startup in college, since then she's been growing businesses by helping them adapt to global markets. She's advised multinationals like Microsoft, Disney and Mattel, as well as startups and non-profits like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Cranium. She's a vocal advocate for the arts, diversity and alternative business models.
Whitney Hess: Design Principles: The Philosophy of UX
The visual principles of harmony, unity, contrast, emphasis, variety, balance, proportion, repetition, texture, and movement (and others) are widely recognized and practiced, even when they aren’t formally articulated. Creating a good design doesn’t automatically mean creating a good experience.
Whitney is an independent user experience designer and consults with startups and major organizations. Clients include SeamlessWeb, Boxee, House Party, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Scientific American. She is also a strategic partner with Happy Cog and an advisor to RedStamp. She writes about improving the human experience at Pleasure and Pain.
Will Evans: It's Fire Escapes All The Way Down
This is a poetic exploration of identity, trust, and most importantly, placeness in the manufacture of identity in mediated online networks. How does one project and perform notions of self-hood and identity when space itself is a poor metaphor? If space is not the right metaphor for our engagements, then how does one find a "sacred place"? I'll move from that to temporal notions of self-in-moment and constructions of sacred moments captured in time and shared through life streams.
Will Evans is a designer living in New York with 15 years experience in interaction design, information architecture, and user experience strategy. His passions include design and critical theory, philosophy and dark roast coffee.
Nina Tandon: The Power of Being Upside-Down: Perspectives From a Yogi and Cardiac Tissue Engineer
Don't we wanna move faster, write another email, make another phone call while txting and carrying groceries? Well, the thing is, that by acting this way we literally are tricking our bodies to thinking there's a tiger at every beep of the blackberry, and even the iphone and droid. We are letting our sympathetic nervous systems run rampant! And when the body thinks there's a tiger around the corner, it postpones all that "not-important stuff" like filtering the blood, digesting food, repairing microscopic tears in the skin and bones, and saves it for "later" which might as well be "never" if the phone's always beeping. Even if it's an iPhone and it sounds like crickets.
Nina, a native New-Yorker, is a 2011 TED Fellow and Fulbright Alum. She is an electrical and biomedical engineer at Columbia University’s Lab for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, and adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cooper Union, teaching a “Bioelectricity” class. She spent her early career in telecom (Avaya Labs), transitioning to biomedical engineering via a Fulbright in Italy (working on an electronic odor detector). She is also a certified yoga instructor.