Five minutes each. That’s all they got. Yet these presenters were able to fill my head with swirling images of two-man pogo sticks and robots taking over the world. Not to mention the career advice, a computer-aided cure for autism, and an awkward yet somewhat interesting take on the world of messenger bags.
This was Ignite Seattle, a geekfest with a surprising number of women in the audience.
* Ever wondered what it would be like to not have to type in your password at every site you go to? OpenID solves that problem for you. Instead of typing in your password, you type in your “open ID” (which is just a website). Then you are taken to your own website, where you authenticate (maybe with a password) and then you are taken back to the calling website, this time with your credentials. Now the site has access to whatever data you want it to have access to.
* Matt Maclaurin from Microsoft talked about programming languages for eensy weensy children. Interesting … how do you get a 5 year old to program? Make it into a game.
* A program that provides therapy for autism. That could be awesome.
* Finally Mike Arcuri from Ontela.com talked about how to leave a big company. There are a lot of reasons to stay - money, “prestige”, work with smart people, make a big difference, etc. But there are often more reasons to go. And he pointed out the reasons to stay, and encouraged us all to go out and start that new chapter in our lives. Well, he didn’t say it as such, but he meant it. It made me wonder if maybe he didn’t get a payoff from all the other teams there tonight - many of them were hiring, and he probably helped them recruit more than anything else.