Ignite Seattle on 12/1 (tomorrow): iPhone Apps, Ben Franklin and Rubik's Cube

The 8th Ignite Seattle is this Tuesday, 12/1. We’ve got an amazing set of speakers and fun opening activity. We are once again at the King Cat Theatre in Downtown Seattle.

Doors open at 7PM. The contest will start at 7:30 and the talks will begin at 8:30. You can track Ignite Seattle updates at http://igniteseattle.com.

Here is our list of awesome speakers:

Benjamin FranklinIntellect: without an outlet in the world

Do we remain in awe of Ben Franklin’s capacity and accomplishments or do we take on his mantle of “Doing the best with what we have” and look at our issues and do something about them? Better yet, WWBFD? [Brady’s note: This is going to be a presentation by someone done as Benjamin Franklin. You can learn more on his site.

Wendy Chisholm (wendyabc) Challenge your assumptions. Innovate. Change the world.

Most designers are taught to design for the average user and as a society we hold many assumptions about the characteristics of those users. However, products are used in unexpected ways and by unexpected audiences.

Sarah Schacht (sarahschacht) Overcoming Cacophony: Making Gov 2.0 Work for You

What can you do, as an individual to make your voice heard in the lawmaking process and what tools do you use? Learn how to make your email float to the top of a pile of thousands, how to stand out from the crowd, and how to do so without losing your sanity.

Eugene LiniPhoning my way to retirement, $.70 at a time

I want to be rich. Steve Jobs promised it. App after app, the Apple gods got angry with me. Until finally, with nothing but an accelerometer, two dozen naked women, and the nation of Japan, I had a story to tell.

Scott Berkun (berkun) Everything you need to know about philosophy in 5 minutes

I’m the sad owner of a philosophy degree. I’m convinced i can give people a better education in philosophy (and make them realize how much they already know and love philosophy) in 5 minutes than I got in 4 years.

Jason Carmel (defenestrate99) Defamation and Twitter – A Practical Guide to Covering Your Ass

I will provide a few practical ways that might protect your right as an American to roast the bejeezus out of the people of the world, without getting sued into oblivion.

Jeremy Bingham (captain_tenille) An Astronomical Viewing Shelter on the Cheap

Using your telescope in the city can be frustrating with all the stray light all over the place. You can’t do much about the skyglow, but you can shield yourself from stray light sources nearby.

Richard BaileyMore blink in less time? Manufacturing electronics for art projects.

The Groovik Cube required a custom surface mount circuit board for each of the 56 facets. Early estimates showed that this would require well over 150 hours of time to accomplish. The Groovik electronics team created an assembly line and produced 90 boards in one day.

Mike TykaCubes in the Sky

We went through about 10 designs each trying to achieve the same goal of somehow raising the 15×15x15ft Groovik’s Cube, weighing near 4000 lbs 10 feet in the air within a fairly tight budget.

Arianna O’Dell (arianna) How to Sneak into Bars

I am a 19 year old student at the University of Washington. Most people don’t know this because they never ask. I’ve been attending networking events all summer and most people think I’m out of school and already graduated.

Greg Dunlap (heyrocker) How to not suck at pinball

Pinball is hard. Luckily, getting better at pinball, not great but respectable, is actually pretty easy.

p>Jon Bell (jonbell) Usability Beyond the Classroom

It wasn’t until I spent a year at frog design as a developer that I realized everything I learned in art school was either wrong, outdated, or only told half the story.

Norman Guadagno (thinktone) Amazon Archaeology OR Swimming In Our Own Clickstream

Every time we buy from Amazon, we give their algorithms a little more information about ourselves (or at least the things we buy). But, do we have our own algorithms to help us make sense of purchase after purchase across time? What can we learn about ourselves through the things we buy?

Peter Wilson (peterwil) Google vs. Microsoft: An Insiders Guide

Google vs. Microsoft: where will the battles be fought, how will each companies strategies and blind-spots impact the outcomes, and who will win? The speaker spent 9 years at Microsoft and 4 at Google, and so thinks he knows something about this…

Ron Burk (ronburk) Three Strange Definitions of Computer Programming Legendary computer scientist Edsger Dijkstra once said: “Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.” But if programming is not about the computers, what IS it about?

Veronica Sopher (Shih_Wei) Jewelry: It’s What Geeks Know!

Elizabeth Taylor and Ivanka Trump may have their own jewelry lines, but it’s geeks like you/us who are the experts in jewelry. Yes, it takes a real geek to know jewelry, cut through the salesperson’s bs, and shop like a pro. Let me show you why.

Dylan Wilbanks (dylanw) Everyone Core Dumps: Death and Loss For The Geek

We are all going to die. But handling loss is something geeks struggle with. Learn three things you should do when a friend dies, three things you shouldn’t do, and ways you can preserve your existence online.