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The fall edition of Ignite NYC, the techie-oriented infotainment fest that goes by the motto, “Enlighten us, but make it quick!” is coming up next week. Past Ignites have featured speakers from the New York tech scene like the co-founders of HowAboutWe, Skillshare creator Mike Karnjanaprakhorn, and foursquare founder Dennis Crowley (“Everything you ever wanted to know about Family Feud.”)
Ignite works like this: each presenter has 20 slides and five minutes to talk about whatever they want. It can be a personal story, a how-to or a rant. It’s like a condensed version of TED, and it’s all happening again at the Sheraton in Midtown on Monday, Oct. 10. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Pitchfork writer Matt LeMay and TechStars hackstar David Phillips, and topics span everything from art to data to astronomy to how to survive Los Angeles. “We have a room of 1,600 to fill, the largest evaaarrr!” says organizer Tikva Morowati. And Betabeat has a discount code!
Happy IPV6 day, to steal the New York Times’s line, and a merry Internet Week to all. Did you know Judah Friedlander is a Webutante? Or that $1,500 is enough to convince a former Facebook employee to dive into a decorative pool? Some other things that happened this week in New York start-ups:
THE WABBYS. Betabeat won a Webby! Just kidding. The Pulitzer of blogs eludes us. Go and congratulate our brothers in content creation as they rub shoulders with Daniel Radcliff and OKGO’s Damian Kulash at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday, June 13.
IGNITE TONIGHT. That is all. FORTNIGHTER IS ALIVE. Customized travel itineraries. MADE IN NYC(TM). HOWABOUT WE LAUNCH AN IPHONE APP. And have 35,000 people download it in the first week. FOURSQUARE HIRES HACKATHONER. It is Pierre Valade, creator of the Twttr-outlawed Agora App who ReadWriteWeb calls “dashing,” which uses the Foursquare API to recommend people to meet in the vicinity based on who you follow in common.
Alex Godin is 17, a junior in high school and a hacker-in-training who commutes from Westchester to New Work City once a week.
His talk at last night’s Ignite NYC, titled “High School in the Age of the Hacker,” invoked Henry David Thoreau, John D. Rockefeller and the movieOffice Space. High school Read More