If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides, and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Would you pitch a project? Launch a website? Teach a hack? We’ll find out some of the interesting things members of our community are working on and thinking about at Ignite OSCON 2016. Light appetizers and beverages will be served.
The secret superpower of Ignite
The Ignite format can do more than just help you hone your short-form presentation skills and entertain an audience. It can teach you things you never expected to learn. Over a five-week span this summer, Duane ran nine workshops to teach over 100 students how to give an Ignite talk. In the process, he discovered that Ignite has a secret superpower. Duane learned more about these 100 students than he ever would have if he had spent an hour at lunch with each of them, gained new perspectives, and walked away from the exercise convinced that the shortest path toward getting to know your friends and coworkers better is to take an Ignite class together.
Are you offended by [blank] women in business?
After receiving feedback from her video course in which a women messaged Tracy to say that Tracy’s bust was distracting her from the course content, Tracy posted the full message onto a popular Facebook forum, which received over 1,000 responses. Tracy explores some of the topics raised in the ensuing debate.
First cameras, 1900 to now
In 1900, Kodak introduced the $1 Brownie camera, which was extensively marketed for children, setting a long-standing trend of putting cameras in the hands of children. Today, the ubiquitous nature of smartphone cameras has only increased children’s awareness of taking pictures. Touching on play, childhood, memories, creativity, and technology, Aisha explores first cameras from 1900 until now.
The secret lives of chairs: A journey along the global supply chain
Have you ever wondered where the chair you’re sitting on comes from? How something that originates in a designer’s mind is made in a factory somewhere in the world using materials sourced from many countries. How the chair is tested, transported, sold, and finally delivered to your home? Yuelin explores how something as simple as a chair can show just how global and connected our world really is.
How to flourish in an age of digital distraction
How many times per day do you check your phone? Learn how to remain productive and happy in an age of digital distraction from Anastasia, an entrepreneur, coach, startup mentor, and Huffington Post blogger, who in the middle of a successful international career in digital marketing gave up her smartphone to launch digital detox business Consciously Digital.
Lessons from a 17th-century samurai
When acclaimed master samurai Miyamoto Musashi sat down to write his book, he couldn’t imagine the world of today with the technology and ability to reach across the world and touch people. But his words immediately resonated with Caskey, as someone who struggles every day to deliver useful services on the Internet. In addition to having a career uncannily like Caskey’s own, Musashi outlined a philosophy that every developer can relate to. Hear how his words translate to today and learn the oldest lessons and how they relate to you.
Lessons I learned from the plate in my skull
On August 23, 2011, while cycling to work, Denise was in a catastrophic, head-on bicycle collision that shattered nearly every bone in her face, resulting in the insertion of a plate in her skull. While this may be the worst commute you’ve ever heard of, that plate in her skull has taught her some invaluable work and life lessons.
Mobilizing the world’s natural history: Open data + citizen science
The Natural History Museum is embarking on an epic journey to digitize 80 million specimens from one of the world’s most important natural history collections. But alongside this, the museum’s citizen science projects invite you to actively contribute to its science research. Margaret explains where the two meet and how they might change the face of natural history.
Paul Fenwick is an internationally acclaimed public speaker, developer, and science educator. He is well known for presenting on a diverse range of topics including privacy, neuroscience, and neuroethics, Klingon programming, open source, depression and mental health, advancements in science, diversity, autonomous agents, and minesweeper automation. His dynamic presentation style and quirky humor has delighted audiences worldwide. Paul was awarded the 2013 O’Reilly Open Source award and the 2010 White Camel award, both for outstanding contributions to the open source community. As a freedom-loving scientist, Paul’s goal is to learn everything he can, do amazing things with that knowledge, and give them away for free. (Photograph by Joshua Button)
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