Ignite Durham Speaker Proposals

Welcome to our official Ignite Durham presentation proposal site. Ignite Durham is February 9, 2011 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham NC.

The call for proposals is now open and closes on January 21st. After submitting your topic, begin asking for support from your network of family, friends and supporters. Top 10 vote getters speak, plus 3 submitted talks will be selected by the Ignite Durham organizers. Decisions of the organizers are final.

Ignite events were originally conceived as technology variety shows, but they have grown into much more than that. Ignite is about ideas. Ideas can change the world. And it takes less than five minutes to spread one.

Submit your Ignite talk about a topic you are most passionate about in the arts, science, technology, history, business, education, society, life – you name it. Ignite presentations feature live people speaking in front of an audience of hundreds with 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. Your presentation will include a title slide, leaving you with 19 slides of free-form content. Please consider adding a link to a short video pitch of your talk (under 1 minute) so the community of voters can get a better sense of your presentation style and passion.

Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates at http://twitter.com/ignitedurham. Learn more about Ignite shows around the world and Global Ignite Week 2011 at http://igniteshow.com. See previous Ignite shows in the Triangle at http://igniteraleigh.com. Ignite Durham is produced by Ryan Boyles, Zach Ward and Jeffrey L. Cohen – the same people that brought you Ignite Raleigh!

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  1. Lizards in the shower: an American's perspective on life in India

    Sure we've all seen pictures of the Taj Mahal or eaten Indian food, but have you ever wonder what real life is like in India? After spending 5 months there, let me give you my perspective on the good, the bad, the hilarious, the scary, and most importantly the different things about living in Incredible India, coming from someone who had never before been to an emerging country.

    35 votes
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    • Mixing martinis at 79 mph: What you can learn from working on a 1930s railroad car

      Exploding toilets, cranky customers, and surprise stowaways. You see a lot as a crew member on a restored 90-ton Pullman railroad car at the end of an Amtrak train. See what I learned about marketing, teamwork, and customer service on the "Dover Harbor." I have the photos to prove it.

      23 votes
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      • The Structural Revolution

        Kenneth Snelson did it. Bicycle wheels and satellites do it. A few new robots do it. We now think that each and every one of our cells do it. Tonight’s question: do our muscles and bones do it, too? There’s a scientific revolution brewing, and it’s coming from some unlikely sources. Unlike revolutions that deal with things very distant or very small, this one is literally happing right under our noses, elbows and knees. Are you ready for the revolution?

        8 votes
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        • Ferris Bueller Syndrome: How 80's Movies Gave me a False Representation of Life

          As a kid growing up in the 80's, my only social outlet was movies. Big mistake!! Let me navigate you through the tricky cinematic waters of a decade that made you think you could order pizza in class, catch flies with chopsticks and put baby in the corner without any real repercussions.

          40 votes
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          • Wabi-sabi: the beauty of imperfection

            Are you a perfectionist? Do you have trouble finishing what you start? Do you worry about leaving your mark on the world?

            Wabi-sabi is the Japanese concept of evanescent beauty. During this delightful photographic essay, learn how accepting imperfection, incompleteness and impermanence into your life can increase your productivity and happiness.

            29 votes
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            • The lost art of political cartooning

              One of our country’s greatest forms of political expression is on life support. American political cartooning stretches all the way back to Revolutionary days and reached its peak during the ‘60s and ‘70s. But several factors have contributed to its demise. Is there any hope this trend can be reversed?

              158 votes
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              • How to write a book even if you have a "real life"

                I'll bet money that you once had a dream to write a book, or be a painter, or learn a musical instrument. And then you grew up and got a mortgage and a spouse and a couple of kids, and you'd probably suck at it anyway. Now you have a "real life" so there's no reason to pursue these frivolous dreams, right? I call bull paddies; you can find time to write, you can fit creative pursuits into your "real life." I will teach you how.

                192 votes
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                • From Tobacco Road to Hops Haven: How Beer Will Help Rescue NC’s Economy

                  What are you doing when you drink a craft beer from one of the states’ 40+ breweries and brewpubs? Much more than just enjoying a good beer! You’re building new businesses, lowering the unemployment rate, increasing tax revenues, creating new opportunities in agriculture, and generally increasing the social and economic stature of the entire state. Keep up the good work!

                  197 votes
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                  • Crushing Rubble: Haiti a Year Later

                    Haiti's 7.0 earthquake was a little over a year ago-1/12/10. What is holding up faster recovery? What were the challenges before? Solutions?

                    22 votes
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                    • It is the end of the work as we know it

                      ... and I feel fine! 80s nostalgia/bad pun aside, things are coming to a head everywhere, pointing to some _big_ changes in how, when and where we work, what we do for work, and why we work. I have lots of questions & no real answers, but am interested in starting a conversation. Are you?

                      31 votes
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                      • How to Brew Your Own Beer

                        You can drink it, but can you make it? Learn about the magic behind making your own beer.

                        37 votes
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                        • Change the Triangle

                          Most people want to give back to the community but as a young adult it can be a challenge to find the time. Change the Triangle is a nonprofit organization that provides an opportunity for young adults to engage in the community through a combined monthly volunteer service project and social event.

                          233 votes
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                          • Honey Bees are vanishing. 4 reasons for this eco-emergency.

                            Since the winter of 2006 high numbers of honey bee colonies have died. Colony Collapse Disorder is more than one disease, virus or bacteria. I believe there are at least four reasons our honey bees are sick. Can I explain it in five minutes and convince you? We will find out.

                            169 votes
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                            • Francis of Assisi

                              Patron Saint of Ecology. Wrote first vernacular Italian poetry. Sought refuge in caves, woods and alongside rivers. What does his spirituality have to say to us, today?

                              68 votes
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                              • Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night

                                Narrated to the melody and cadence of Paul McCartney's timeless classic Blackbird - A Mass Animal Death Investigation: One Part Pop Culture Celebration, One Part Conspiracy Theory Exploration

                                157 votes
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                                • Mad Men Goes Digital. Attention Must Be Earned, Not Bought. The Future: "A Market of One."

                                  In the not far off future, your customer experience will be completely customized. Companies will personalize their offerings specifically to you -- such that you feel treated as if you were their only customer. How do businesses prepare this future -- a "market of one"? What companies are applying extreme personalization now to improve the customer experience? And does this extend beyond just marketing?

                                  74 votes
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                                  • The 5-Minute MBA

                                    Save that $100k+ in tuition and forgone earnings. Recent/recovering UNC Kenan-Flagler grad Eric Boggs can confer an MBA degree - and the entire MBA experience - in 5 easy minutes. (Insert MBA stereotype here) not included.

                                    91 votes
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                                    • How to Win a Fight in a Bar

                                      Sure you can make love, but can you make war? I'll tell you everything you need to know to win a fight in a bar. Hand over your vote, NOW.

                                      187 votes
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                                      • How to Not Be a Dorky Parent

                                        Becoming a dork is a big hazard of parenting. Here are some tips to stay out of that trap. A gentle reminder for some, a heads up for others. Presented by a mom who speaks from experience.

                                        162 votes
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                                        • The "Anti-Fitness": Hacking your Body the Good Way

                                          Whether your body resembles that of a cast member off of MTV's "Jersey Shore" or your just a plain, jane hipster- One question people often ponder:

                                          "How can I safely maintain or even lose weight with minimal or no exercise, and without following a lame, fame diet?

                                          IT CAN BE DONE.

                                          My presentation will explain why I hate calorie counters (and you should too), teach you how to conceptualize losing weight or reshaping your body with minimal effort or none at all, and discuss some healthy "vodoo" that allows you to cut corners and still eat a pizza without feeling…

                                          90 votes
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