Ignite Silicon Valley #3 schedule

Friday 11th February 2011

  • Indestro Mind for Hyper-Productive Thinking, Writing and Presenting

    by Emrah Yalaz

    How to write and present 10x more persuasively in half the time and effort, so your audience does exactly what you want? Blending logical principles of top management consulting techniques, emotional copy writing principles and limits/mechanics of human mind, how do you double or triple knowledge worker productivity? A review of the training as a seminar for professional software engineers and leading graduate schools, including domain- and language-neutral tools. They are good for any business writing that seeks a specific audience action.

    At 7:30pm to 7:35pm, Friday 11th February

  • Better understanding

    by Michael Woods

    I'm a physicist by training from Caltech, and I'd like to talk about the sorts of questions and ways of thinking that can help people better understand new ideas, their potential consequences, and whether or not to trust them.

    I'll explain all of this by going through a couple of real-world situations, starting with a simple scientific question (Can something be twice as hot as something else?), and going through one or two more real world policy-esque situations.

    At 7:35pm to 7:40pm, Friday 11th February

  • When Zeppelins Ruled the Earth

    by Simon Willison

    Today, just one Zeppelin can be seen floating in the sky over the valley - the Airship Ventures Zeppelin NT, a mere 75m long and with room on board for just 12 people. But 80 years ago, the skies above America played host to no fewer than four majestic naval airships, the largest 200m long and carrying up to 75 crew members. Experience the birth of the mighty Zeppelin, its role in early arctic exploration, its first epic voyage around the world and its rise and subsequent fall as the darling of the US navy! Discover ambitious British plans for an Imperial Airship Scheme to dominate the colonies! Stories, photographs and tales of daring Zeppelin/biplane exploits! All this and more, in the most Zeppelin-filled five minutes you're ever likely to experience.

    At 7:40pm to 7:45pm, Friday 11th February

  • Is a Time Machine, or merely a Placeholder?

    by Zonker Harris

    The Niles Canyon in the SF Bay Area is the "Last Leg of the Transcontinental Railroad". It was abandoned by the Southern Pacific in 1985. It would have been lost to history, if not for the efforts of the Pacific Locomotive Association to turn the canyon into a Western Railroading Heritage Museum.

    This talk will highlight the preservation efforts of the PLA with a focus on the restoration of service in the Niles Canyon, with the aim of inspiring you to come see the line for yourself, while it is still possible.

    At 7:45pm to 7:50pm, Friday 11th February

  • Thank You, a magic word!

    by Sudha Jamthe

    Please and Thank You are magic words, we've learned this ok kindergarten. Or have we? I want to focus on "thank you". I think it is a magical word that opens doors, brings you harmony, brings customers to business, and builds community.

    This is not a talk about good manners, it is personal experience and scientific data about the power of thank you!

    At 7:50pm to 7:55pm, Friday 11th February

  • Web Wizard detects and diagnoses faults in solar power sites

    by Steve Yang

    Leveraging on standard sensors and instrumentation with web interface and power of mathematics and knowledge engineering, Wattminder endeavors to engage visitors with interactive diagnostic sessions that will result in proper diagnoses with remedial instructions. This system is also aided by an existing data-warehouse of performance data archive and real-time access of affiliated photovoltaic monitoring websites, weather and solar insolation maps, as well as related sensor information via "Internet-of-Things."

    At 7:55pm to 8:00pm, Friday 11th February

  • Mark Lentczner

    by Mark Lentczner

    At 8:15pm to 8:20pm, Friday 11th February

  • Hack your Brain - Staying Open-minded

    by Lisa Donchak

    We humans, especially us smart ones in Silicon Valley, like to think we're objective. Unfortunately, we're pretty bad at making objective decisions.

    This quick talk, focusing on game theory and behavioral economics, will include a couple of examples of the systematic errors inherent in human decisions. You won't walk away from this talk and never make a bad decision again, but, hopefully, you'll be able to recognize some biases that will help you avoid making some bad decisions in the future.

    At 8:20pm to 8:25pm, Friday 11th February

  • 84 Flights to 42 Airports in 30 days

    by Jerry Wang

    In 2009 I embarked on the JetBlue All You Can Jet journey. In less than 3 weeks I managed to schedule, plan, and take off 84 times to 42 airports in 30 days. Along the way I met interesting people, saw interesting things, shared in on a few stories. This is how it happened.

    At 8:25pm to 8:30pm, Friday 11th February

  • Building an Event-driven Web

    by Jeff Lindsay

    When Web 2.0 was defined we were promised the Web as a Platform. With the following rise of web APIs, we got an ecosystem of composable services: a service-oriented web. This new level of interdependency on the web brought us one step closer to learning how to succeed by helping others succeed. But we're not there yet. We still have silos of data and functionality, reinvention and duplication of effort, and absolutely no way to integrate or extend our web applications.

    I blame the paradigm. A service-oriented web means you can only compose, or aggregate, services. The poster child of service aggregation, the mashup, shows us that you can't actually integrate services, you can only aggregate their features into a new offering. The two services mashed up never talk.

    But there is a movement to change this. Not with new technology, but with a different perspective. It's based on the model of event-driven programming and it's called The Evented Web.

    At 8:30pm to 8:35pm, Friday 11th February

  • Windmills to Wikipedia - A Brief History of the Modern World

    by Craig Montuori

    Yes, summarizing modern history in 5 minutes would be cool.

    At 8:35pm to 8:40pm, Friday 11th February

  • Grow better

    by Florina Xhabija Grosskurth

    How do you navigate group dynamics when your team is growing? How do you do it as a group of 2 or 6? How do you make everyone feel equally important to the project? What's the point of a campaign manager? How the hell do you get someone excited after the first wave of success has happened? Does personality matter?

    Ready to get your group dynamics on?

    At 8:40pm to 8:45pm, Friday 11th February