Ignite Denver 12

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  1. Stop Working For Your Money, Make It Work For You

    From the guy who brought you: "How to Start a Blog That Doesn't Suck" and "Why Denver is Way Better Than The City You Live In"

    Bank accounts, credit cards, loans, payments, statements, and all of the rest of that can take a lot of time. No more! Learn tips to save time, money, and headache with cool financial tools.

    As a bonus, I will teach you how to get awesome free flights and get paid by your credit card companies!

    152 votes
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    • Satellites and Tupperware: An Introduction to Geocaching

      On May 1, 2000 President Bill Clinton signed a little known executive order that allowed GPS technology to be available to average citizens. Art Pennington with provide a brief history of the sport of geocaching, and for as little as $10, you too can participate in an activity that has over 5 million members and nearly 2 million geocaches worldwide.

      105 votes
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      • How your Friends are Shaping your Brain

        Through the evolution of neuroscience and psychological research, we have come to understand that social relationships have a profound affect on the size and shape of a person's brain structure. The nature of your social relationships and the specific elements in your social identity not only affect how you feel, but how your brain functions. So that annoying co-worker, or passive aggressive parent, is not just influencing your day, they are potentially influencing the very structure of your brain. Through awareness of one's social identities and relationships, you have the potential to decide who gets to shape your brain and…

        223 votes
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        • the truth about sleep deprivation

          It makes you cranky, irritable, and in college you did it all the time. But what else does it do? Are you gonna die?

          (probably)

          59 votes
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          • The tortoise and the hare - can big healthcare organizations utilize startups in Open Innovation?

            After working as a biomedical engineer for Children's Hospital Colorado in the field of movement analysis for over 5 years, Tim received a years worth of funding to start the Movement Innovation Labs last November. The program focuses on using digital technology to create a movement lifestyle in Children's patients through a culture of innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. He teamed up with a tech startup company to make things happen at tech startup speed and create some cool applications. What has he learned? Luckily, Tim has made a ton of mistakes that he can share for others to learn from.…

            108 votes
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            • The 7 Deadly Startup Sins

              I'm no entrepreneur, but I've worked for many of them (which means I know enough to be dangerous, but not enough to actually do anything life changing). Some of the businesses have worked, some haven't. From what I can tell, startups that struggle commit one or more of the 7 deadly sins of running a new business.

              This is my completely unprofessional, utterly snarky (naturally) spark about what those sins are and how to avoid them.

              26 votes
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              • Absinthe: Artistic Rituals, Intestinal Parasites, and Psychoactive Madness!

                An artistic muse, drinking rituals for snobs, multi-functional health tonic, or the bane of sanity? Absinthe is perhaps the most misunderstood spirit in history - one thing is for sure though... it is absolutely delicious if you can find the genuine thing. Learn all about "la fée verte" and her sordid history! Let's louche!

                92 votes
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                • Dying In Peace to Die At Peace: New Terms of Engagement

                  If you've got a loved one that will die in the 21st century, listen up: everyone wants to die in peace; very few of us do (too many impediments). What don't we know that would position us on a glidepath to increase our likelihood of dying in peace? Could there be more than one non-euphemistic word for dying that would better inform our sense of choice and perhaps our purpose? Get a jumpstart on this vital topic so that neither you nor your patient-family have to go bonkers when you want to go in peace. The essential dying conversation starts…

                  118 votes
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                  • Novelty: A Beginners Tale

                    I hold the rank of white belt in three different martial arts. I have more than six musical instruments in my house that I I have no idea how to play. I have attended CU, CSU, Metro State, and Ft. Lewis Colleges and hold no degrees. Gladwell considers the "10,000 hour rule" a key factor to success. At least that's what his wikipedia page says - I didn't finish the book.

                    My Spark will be a celebration of the unapologetic seeker, the restless souls, and the wandering enthusiasts of Denver!

                    23 votes
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                      Ryan was selected as a backup speaker. It’s an awesome topic that we’re excited to see happen, but didn’t get quite enough votes. Fingers crossed we’ll get this on stage! And if not, he gets a few extra months to practice before Ignite Denver 13. :D

                    • Rules of the skatepark

                      Skateboarding parks are popular again, but most kids and parents still don't understand how these parks work. While skateboard parks are playgrounds for all ages, there are still rules of etiquette that skaters and parents must recognize to ensure a fun and safe session.

                      I've been skateboarding since grade school, and now I'm a skateboarding dad. My son is getting some lessons on skatepark etiquette and now you can too.

                      After this talk you will understand why I have to yell at kids and parents at the skatepark.

                      38 votes
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                      • Screw the "A", take the "C"

                        Everyone is taught that getting 100% is better than getting 70%. Turns out that is bullshit. Why identifying the 70% solution and acting on it is the best way to succeed in the dynamic and uncertain environments that startups face every day.

                        37 votes
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                        • The dark underbelly of event planning

                          I will cover a variety of topics such as:
                          - event mafia, how to come out alive
                          - navigating an avalanche of advice
                          - getting sponsors without committing one of the seven deadly sins
                          and...
                          - what will happen to you after your first event

                          71 votes
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                          • Where Them Girls At?!

                            No really, where are they?! Why aren't there more women in computing? Come learn how you can help to balance the ratio of men-to-women, while also helping computer science as a whole for all kids in middle and high school, and on into college.

                            Still not convinced? Consider this: by 2018 it's expected that US universities will only be able to produce qualified CS graduates to fill 29% of the 1.4 MILLION computing jobs in the US? Fixing the educational process and image of computing to help attract and retain more kids to Computer Science, will not only help improve…

                            43 votes
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                            • Teach your kids how to manage money or they'll move back home when they are 30.

                              Kids in our country aren't taught enough about how to manage money and therefore they end up living a life full of stress, debt, and give away their dreams to pay their student loans.

                              I have 3 kids (8 yrs old, 6 yrs old, and 2 yrs old); we pulled strategies from all over and came up with a system that actually works.

                              Our kids saved up by doing specific chores (30 cents / day) and after a while they went out and bought their own $240 trampoline. They save for retirement, they save for big toys, and they sit…

                              273 votes
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                              • Is My Web Guy F#cking Me?

                                "It's not easy getting a website made... Web guys are expensive, socially awkward, and they use big words like HTML and CSS. Well, those are abbreviations but the stuff they stand for is probably pretty long.

                                And at some point, when you're four months into the project and your home page still says ""GoDaddy,"" you've just got to throw your hands up and ask, ""Is my web guy f#cking me?""

                                He didn't buy you flowers.

                                He didn't meet your dad.

                                He didn't even take you to a crappy movie.

                                But somewhere in a dark room with $3000 of computer equipment…

                                112 votes
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