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5 minutes and 20 slides rotating automatically in front of NYC’s brightest geeks, what would you say? For nearly two years Ignite NYC has cultivated a vibrant community of artists, technologists, thinkers, tinkerers, and personalities to connect, develop new relationships and projects, and answer this challenge. Enlighten us, but make it quick!

Register for Ignite NYC IX as part of IWNY 2010 here:

Your $10 registration gives you access to both Ignite on June 9 and the Internet Week New York Expo space from June 7-10. After you register for Ignite you will receive a confirmation by email.

Brady Forrest of Web 2.0 Expo NY will guest emcee with Ignite NYC's Tikva Morowati.


ANIL DASH: @anildash, dashes.com, Expert Labs


Bio: I'm a writer at CNET.com, a division of CBS, covering innovations in media and communication.

"I Live Nowhere" ...Nine months ago I broke my lease agreement, put my stuff in storage, and started hopping from sublet to sublet on both coasts. Here's what I learned about material ownership, personal connections, and how unnecessary it is to own a hair dryer.

CATHERINE WHITE: @catherine_white, justwhitenoise.com

Bio: I'm a former lawyer from London, who just graduated from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. Last summer I was a research assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society as part of their Broadband Research Group. I'm fascinated by how we collaborate and work together in groups, and how we can do this better. Currently I'm also an intern with the Women's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch in NYC and a micro-trustee for the Awesome Foundation of Arts and Sciences.

"The Noisy Idiot Dilemma" ...How do we work together online in groups when there are noisy, dominant and often unhelpful people in the group? Especially when these people are not necessarily breaking forum rules, instead they often just make group collaboration and decision making difficult, if not impossible. The Noisy Idiot Dilemma attempts to provide a global overview of this behavior through studying online forums and proposes optimization methods for online group conversation and collaboration.

HEATHER DEWEY-HAGBORG: deweyhagborg.com

Bio: Heather is a Brooklyn-based artist, educator and technologist who is interested in exploring art as research and public inquiry.

Traversing diverse media ranging from algorithms to advertising, her work seeks to question the fundamental assumptions underpinning perceptions of human nature, technology and the environment. Heather exhibits in public and private spaces around the US, freelances as a software, hardware and exhibit designer and teaches as an adjunct at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

"Power/Play" ...Machine Learning and the broader category of Artificial Intelligence are rapidly expanding with the mutual explosions of the internet, social networking, and surveillance. In my talk I will introduce the concept of inductive bias, an inextricable component in the framework of intelligent computer systems. I will discuss how this bias represents an abstract danger which could have very real social and political consequences.

Finally I will talk about how my recent art projects experiment with taking the apparatus of surveillance technology and re-purposing its mechanisms for the intention of play rather than the reinforcement of power.

JEREMIE MILLER: @jeremie, knowmore.com.

Bio: Founder of the Jabber project to create a truly open and distributed Instant Messaging platform, which is now the largest IM network in the world with over a billion users daily. He's using his ninja skills for good at knowmore.com.

"Our Digitally Distributed Future" ...When we hear the IBM quote from the 50s " that six electronic digital computers would be sufficient to satisfy the computing needs of the entire United States" we think it's ridiculous, but it's not! We're heading towards that model with the massive Google, Amazon, and Facebook data centers that we are all now entirely beholden to. It's time to wake up to this trend, and to make sure the future Internet app builders and creators still have options to work together directly without requiring approved timeshares in the cloud mainframes, I'm working on a new public protocol called TeleHash to build an open decentralized platform owned operated by everyone.

JOSH KNOWLES: @chasing, auscillate.com

Bio: Josh is a social media development consultant who works on social, mobile, and gaming projects with groups such as MTV, Nokia, the US Department of Energy, the Houston Astros, Puma, LiveNation, Sprint, Digium, Area/Code, Harvard University, and Columbia University. He is 6'5" tall.

"Games in Social Media" ...Games are compelling. Games are educational. Games are addictive. And casual gaming is heavily influencing the current wave of social media services. Think FourSquare and Mayorships. Or Reddit and Karma. I'll give an overview of how game design is influencing social media design, show some examples of who's doing the really cool stuff, and talk about what the future of games in social media may hold. The text of a similar talk Josh gave at SXSW is here.

LARRY SMITH: @smithmag, SMITH Magazine

Bio: Larry Smith is the co-founder of SMITH Magazine, an online storytelling community obsessed with personal narrative. SMITH Mag has put stories of pregnant women on pickle jars and produced nonfiction webcomics about Hurricane Katrina, but is best known for its Six-Word Memoir project. More than 250,000 people have shared their short, short life story on SMITH, and its younger cousin, SMITHteens, the best of which appear in four anthologies from Harper Perennial.

"Told You I'd Be Published Someday: The Story of the Six-Word Memoir Project" ...Dubbed “American Haiku,” in the past few years, Six-Word Memoirs have become a global phenomenon. Now found in classroom and churches, for speed daters and as Facebook status updates—Six-Word Memoirs offers anyone and everyone a telling peek at humanity and a chance to find the writer within. But where did it come from and, really, can you tell a story in just six words? In words, images, and even short (short!) videos, I’ll prove that you can, and show you how.

LAUREN SIEGAL: @igivegoodtweet, YouTube, The Best Channel in the History of Ever

Bio: Lauren Siegal is the Custom Content Guru at YouTube. When she is not revolutionizing the web, she is serving as COO of Hangovers and Hook-Ups at Disasteronheels.com

"Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make me a Match and Sell a Shit Load of my Product too" ...Match your brand with key influencers on the web to produce custom content that aligns with your brand’s objectives, and still entertains the producer's audience, your demographic! In this life changing talk, I will clue you in on how to identify gurus who will move the needle for your business, leverage a passionate audience, and get hella views. We will walk through case studies, best practices and lessons learned.

LINDSEY WEBER & ANDREA ROSEN: @LindseyWeber, @AndreaRosen

MILA ANTONOVA: @bridgeunion, bridgeunion.com.

Bio: I'm a 27 y.o. girl from Russia. I'm an entrepreneur, bridge player and teacher. I be able to speak English because of this game.

"Bridge Is a Powerful Mind Game" ...My favorite quote by Mae West (she found great connection between my two favorite things): "Good sex is like good Bridge: if you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand." I want share my passion and explain why do I think that bridge is awesome game.

REGGIE WATTS: @ReggieWatts, reggiewatts.com

SHIRA LAZAR: @shiralazar, shiralazar.com, CBS News

Bio: Shira Lazar is an EMMY nominated TV and Web Personality. She covers the latest in socials trends and pop culture on her blog- ON THE SCENE - on CBSNews.com, is a correspondent on THE TOMORROW SHOW WITH MO ROCCA, a contributor on The Huffington Post and host for Live Earth Video bringing people information and news about the global water crisis.

"Living Curiously" ...As an on-air host, interviewer and the first video blogger at CBSNews.com, Shira Lazar lets us in on why living curiously and being interested instead of focusing on being interesting can inspire us all to reach new heights personally and professionally.

STOWE BOYD: @stoweboyd, stoweboyd.com

Bio: Stowe is an internationally recognized authority on social tools and their impact on media, business, and society.

"Publicy And The Erosion Of Privacy" ...We are rapidly moving into a more open web, propelled ahead by the individual decisions of millions of online denizens to share more information about themselves and the world they live in. This is the rise of publicy, and it represents nothing less than a new social contract, with very different forms of interaction and identity. At the same time, an era based largely on privacy -- revealing personal and social information only in limited and tightly controlled contexts -- seems to be eroding at a rate that is startling to some. Recent controversies -- like Facebook's 'Privacygate' -- raise issues of public policy and personal controls, even as many simply say 'get over it; privacy is dead.' Where is this heading, and what should we do?

ZACH LIEBERMAN: @zachlieberman, EyeWriter, YesYesNo

Bio: Zachary is an artist with a simple goal: he wants you surprised. He creates artwork that uses technology in a playful and seamless way to explore the nature of communication and the delicate boundary between the visible and the invisible. You can see his work here. He's an assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design and co-founded openframeworks.

"DIWO is the new DIY" ...An explanation of DIWO (do it with others) movement (as the logical extension of DIY culture) and recent collaborations including the eyewriter, an open source eye tracker to help a paralyzed artist draw again.


Ignite NYC is grateful to our sponsor Web 2,0 Expo NY which will take place September 27- 30 2010: http://www.web2expo.com/webexny2010.


Rackspace is hosting Ignite NYC's official after-party!

Please RSVP here: https://www.internetweekny.com/events/386.


Thanks to Kornhaber Brown who will be filming the Ignite NYC talks.


The Ignite NYC team is:

@tikkers - Director

@sandhyaX - Art Direction/Graphic Design

@Laureado - Event Production & Sponsorships

@marden928 - PowerPoint Slide Guru

@songhia - Content Manager

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Register for Ignite NYC IX as part of IWNY 2010 here:

Your $10 registration gives you access to both Ignite on June 9 and the Internet Week New York Expo space from June 7-10. After you register for Ignite you will receive confirmation by email.

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