- Ignite OSCON — 56m of video from Ignite OSCON. They’re all great, but Dan Meyer remains the highlight for me.
- gheat — a maptile server in Python, delivering heatmaps to be superimposed on Google Maps. Handy for visualization fiends.
- CaDNAno — open source software for design of 3-dimensional DNA origami. One of George Church’s projects. I love the combination of math, biology, and whimsy in open-source giftwrap. (via timoreilly on Twitter)
- CommentPress — an open source theme for the WordPress blogging engine that allows readers to comment paragraph by paragraph in the margins of a text. Annotate, gloss, workshop, debate: with CommentPress you can do all of these things on a finer-grained level, turning a document into a conversation. It can be applied to a fixed document (paper/essay/book etc.) or to a running blog. I’m taking a greater interest in tools that channel and focus participation rather than simply providing “edit this page”. (via gov2.net.au’s issues paper)
As we approach Global Ignite Week, a collection of Ignite events around the world during the first week of March, I can’t help but think about the future of conferences, one of O’Reilly’s major businesses. Here are some of the things we’re learning from Ignite.
People love the rapid-fire format.
My friend Eugene Lin wanted some iPhone App Store money. So he made one iPhone app that was eventually accepted, then another that was rejected and then he found a hit with the racy Peek-a-boo. Along the way he learned the ins and outs of the App Store approva process and made quite a lot of money in Japan….
Just over three years ago, Bre Pettis and I threw a geek night in our home town. We called it Ignite Seattle. Since that first amazing night in 2006, Ignite has spread to over 60 cities, bringing together thousands of geeks and generating hundreds of videos of Ignite talks. This March, it gets much, much bigger. O’Reilly is launching the first-ever Global Ignite Week, to bring together as many local Ignites as possible.
Scrabble isn't a game of who can get the best 6 letter words. It's a game of points and squeezing 2 letter terms into corners. In this week's Ignite Show Mehal Shah takes us through clean and sometimes dirty ways to win at Scrabble. Some of his tips include: Thinking of Scrabble as a numbers game, instead of a…
This year we are going to Ignite PICNIC. PICNIC Network is an excellent conference in Amsterdam that is happening September 23-25. I attended last year and got a lot out of the combination of technology and art (Radar post). Other speakers this year include Nicolas Negroponte, Linda Stone, Kevin Slavin and many others.
Good designers copy. Great designers steal. In this week’s Ignite Show Jeff Veen, well-known for his design work on Google Analytics, Wikirank and Typekit, lays out a strong argument for why iPhone imitators are the cargo cults of the digital era. The people building touchscreen knock-offs don’t understand what makes the iPhone great. So instead of creating an end-to-end service they attempt to imitate it’s flashiest features – kind of like Pacific Islanders who built “planes” out of bamboo.
Ignites, where speakers get 20 slides and just 15 seconds a slide, have spread to almost 50 cities since starting in Seattle. Some of them are helped, sponsored, or coordinated by myself or other O’Reilly employees, but most of them are run by a local community. There are at least ten Ignites happening around the world in the next two months (and I know of several that are in the planning stage). Check for one in your city.
Ignite Seattle 7 is being held a week from Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at the King Cat Theater. We have an all-star line up of some of the most ingenious, fascinating and inspiring geeks from across the world (or at least in or around Puget Sound). Doors open at 7. Talks begin at 8:30. The opening contest will be a massive Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament. You join the team of the person you lose to until hundreds of people are on each team.