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Dale Rooney

2011 May 31
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by dean

Alternative-Alternative Energy: How small systems can provide big value

Many of the products in our home such as LED lights, cordless phones, modems and routers, which are of ‘high value’ in emergencies can be powered by a simple DC electrical system that’s battery backed and charged by small and relatively inexpensive solar panels.

About Dale Rooney

Dale Rooney has lived in Alaska for most of the last 43 years. He’s an IBEW member with 30 years experience in the electrical construction industry, Past President of the Alaska Chapter and the Northwestern Section of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, the father of two boys and he’s a creative thinker whose motto is… “There is no box, boxes are for mimes.”


Dale Rooney is one of many compelling and entertaining speakers that will be featured at Ignite Anchorage 5 on June 2nd at the Out North Theater. Get your tickets now!

Paul Davidson

2011 May 31
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by Kay

GearSpoke and the power of community

Paul Davidson

Great things can happen when you bring good people together. For those who heard Jeremiah Dunham present at Ignite Anchorage last October on 3DS Alaska, this will recap what good came of it. Paul will present on the power of local and online communities. He will tell the tale of how the Anchorage local tech community produced 3DS Alaska and is advancing the ensuing tech startup: GearSpoke.

Technology has changed the way we connect with people and created new online communities. Paul will tell you how GearSpoke uses online community to squeeze more fun out of life, reverse pick-pocket and help the environment.

About Paul Davidson

Paul Davidson is graduating this summer from UAA with a BBA. He moved to Alaska for the outdoor activities and is training for an Ironman Distance triathlon. Paul is the CEO of GearSpoke, a company he co-founded two months ago at the first 3DS Alaska event.

On Facebook, he is Paul Davidson, and GearSpoke.  Soon, you can keep up with him on Twitter as @gearspoke.


Paul Davidson is one of many compelling and entertaining speakers that will be featured at Ignite Anchorage 5 on June 2nd at the Out North Theater. Get your tickets now!

red bradley

2011 May 28
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by Kay

powerless powerpoint

red bradley

presentation aesthetics

About red bradley

red is an assistant professor at University of Alaska Anchorage and a PhD candidate in the final throes of completing his dissertation. His research focuses on the cultural use of the internet, in particular the 564 federally recognized tribes in the Federal Regsiter. He has written and delivered talks at a number of international conferences on his research and was a delegate to the World Summit for the Information Society sponsored by the United Nations. He served as member of the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee to the US Congress and is the past President of the Association of Internet Professionals. Prior to joining academia, red had an extensive career in television production and he has more than 35 years of professional communications in the fields of public relations, advertising, marketing, new media development, and electronic media. He can be contacted at red (at) uaa.alaska.edu.


red bradley is one of many compelling and entertaining speakers that will be featured at Ignite Anchorage 5 on June 2nd at the Out North Theater. Get your tickets now!

Nancy Meade

2011 May 27
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by Kay

“The Excitement of Triathlon”

Nancy Meade

Nancy will discuss local races, training, how to get through the three triathlon events (swimming, biking and running) and the necessary equipment. She will also share tips on transitioning from one event to the next quickly as well as explaining the  Ironman distance triathlons in the US, their convoluted registration process, the level of participants and race day itself.

About Nancy Meade

Nancy Meade has lived in Alaska for over 20 years, and is an attorney with the Alaska Court System.  She has done triathlons for many years, competing with and against her husband and college-age twins.  This is her first presentation at an Ignite event.


Nancy Meade is one of many compelling and entertaining speakers that will be featured at Ignite Anchorage 5 on June 2nd at the Out North Theater. Get your tickets now!

Brendan Babb

2011 May 27
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by Kay

“Sex, Wiis, and Humpback Whales: The Future of Science”

Brendan Babb

How would you design an 80,000 lb whale from scratch? Humans tend to design in straight clean lines from a set of traditional design patterns and we tend to do things the way they have always been done before. These strategies have been extremely successful but they severely limit the set of possible solutions to a given problem. Biomimicry and Genetic Algorithms are two areas of research that promise to revolutionize our approach to design and problem solving. Biomimicry (asknature.org) offers a way to solve design problems by seeking to understand how nature has solved them. Genetic Algorithms (boxcar2d.com) optimize solutions by mimicking natural evolutionary processes.  Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) which are used to accelerate video games are growing cheaper and faster each day and can provide vast quantities of low-cost, high-performance computational power. Biomimicry, Genetic Algorithms and GPUs are being combined to a create a new science that is counterintuitive, bizarre and utterly amazing. Next year’s high school science fair projects might just change the world.

About Brendan Babb

Brendan Babb is an Alaskan born mathematician and DJ. Brendan is a researcher for UAA/NASA working on improving image compression for the Mars Rover images, and a consultant. Brendan has a fondness for cheetahs, soccer and ACE. Previously, Brendan has designed software for AMD, U.S. Air Force, GCI and others. Brendan is interested in using Genetic Algorithms, Biomimicry and GPUs to optimize renewable energy solutions. Brendan will be DJing from the roof of Skinny Raven for the Twilight 12K. Brendan is trying to pioneer the use of writing in the fifth person.

You can connect with Brendan Babb on LinkedIn or email brendanbabb (at) gmail.com.


Brendan Babb is one of many compelling and entertaining speakers that will be featured at Ignite Anchorage 5 on June 2nd at the Out North Theater. Get your tickets now!

Jeffrey Eliasen

2011 May 26
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by Kay

Simplify to Diversify

Jeffrey Eliasen

Natural selection is often analogized to the Red Queen from Through the Looking Glass: when Alice asks her why she is running on the treadmill, she responds “it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place”. In business and in life, the environment is shifting and changing faster than people, teams, or organizations can possibly keep up… or is it? What if it were possible to keep pace with the world? If you have ever had to “do more with less”, you’ll want to learn how to Simplify to Diversify.

About Jeffrey Eliasen

Jeffrey Eliasen is Project Manager as well as Senior Business Analyst and Developer at PangoMedia, Inc., an Alaskan company specializing in providing innovative IT solutions to business and government.  There he wears several hats: technical trainer, project manager, business analyst, and software architect.

To follow Jeffrey Eliasen, please connect with him on Facebook. He has websites here and here.


Jeffrey Eliasen is one of many compelling and entertaining speakers that will be featured at Ignite Anchorage 5 on June 2nd at the Out North Theater. Get your tickets now!

Kitty Farnham

2011 May 26
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by Kay

Alaska Catalysts: Empowering Alaskans to Act for the Common Good

This is a story about a network of people in Alaska that’s been growing for more than five years; it is becoming a larger community of practice that I think can emerge as a positive system of influence. Why do we need to understand networks? What is “emergence”? How can we implement strategies that will effect local change and move on to larger systems of influence? How can social networks connect and how can virtual spaces help?

About Kitty Farnham

Kitty Farnham owns Catalyst Consulting Services, LLC, a management consulting firm. She has more than 20 years of experience as a leader and creative catalyst for strategic planning, performance management and whole systems change. During this time she has worked in the energy/oil and gas, health care, workforce development, and community development sectors.

To follow Kitty Farnham you can connect with her on Facebook. For more information about Alaska Catalysts join their Facebook group.


Kitty Farnham is one of many compelling and entertaining speakers that will be featured at Ignite Anchorage 5 on June 2nd at the Out North Theater. Get your tickets now!

Jeff Campbell

2011 May 25
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by Kay

“How to move a military base without really trying”

As part of the 2005 Base Realignment & Closure law, the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing will relocate from Kulis ANGB onto Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.  Lt Col Jeff Campbell is the project manager for the move, and will present on the process and outcomes of the move and how it will affect the community and 176th Wing for the future.

About Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is Wing Conversion Officer at Alaska Air National Guard with sixteen years in uniform between active duty and ANG. In addition to his military duties, Jeff can be found in Ironman triathlons, masters swimming events and cycling situations. You can look over what his 176th Wing does here.

To follow Jeff Campbell, please connect with him on Facebook .


Jeff Campbell is one of many compelling and entertaining speakers that will be featured at Ignite Anchorage 5 on June 2nd at the Out North Theater. Get your tickets now!

Laura White-Ritchie

2011 May 24
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by Kay

“My Margarita Manifesto”

Laura White-Ritchie

Your life balance may be slowly killing you, why margaritas are even better than you realize, plus a more rational and sustainable way to live a fulfilled life.

About Laura White-Ritchie

Laura White-Ritchie is an independence coach & micro-business consultant with over a decade of experience helping ordinary, extraordinary people create well-blended lives through self-employment & small business. She recently launched BrainyFeet.com, a site providing family-centered business training, support and survival skills for the modern home employed & home educating family. She lives in Wasilla now, but we’re about to lose her as she is going to live in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains in the fall of 2011.

You can connect with Laura White-Ritchie on Facebook or Twitter.


Laura White-Ritchie is one of many compelling and entertaining speakers that will be featured at Ignite Anchorage 5 on June 2nd at the Out North Theater. Get your tickets now!

Sarah Hurst

2011 May 22
by Kay

How to entertain babies and toddlers in Alaska

Sarah Hurst

Entertaining young children in the 49th state can sometimes feel like a challenge. Sarah shares tips and destinations that are sure to engage, stimulate, educate and entertain your young ones.

About Sarah Hurst

Sarah is a journalist, author and Russian translator who recently has also been assisting an Anchorage-based TV producer on a documentary about statehood for PBS. She was born and raised in England, has lived in Russia, Azerbaijan and China, and has been in Alaska since 2001.

Sarah can be contacted at [ sarahhurst (at) alaska.net ].


Sarah Hurst is one of many compelling and entertaining speakers that will be featured at Ignite Anchorage 5 on June 2nd at the Out North Theater. Get your tickets now!