Watch: Ignite Boulder 7

Ignite 7 has come and gone. Miss it? Want to relive it? Click here to watch the youtube playlist of each Ignite Boulder 7 presentation back-to-back-to-back. Otherwise, all the videos are below with quick summaries to help you browse.

Sacrificial Deck – Ef Rodriguez
Help! When should I call in sick for a powder day? – Joel Gratz
A Brief History of Social Media – Brett Borders
Dating: The Good, The Bad, The Truly Tragic – Nora Burns
20 days in Antarctica – Alek Komarnitsky
How to Jump Off a Cliff – Steph Davis
How to Run Meetings That Don’t Suck – Sarah Welch
A DIY Guide to Nom Nom Nom – Aaron Sagray
Save the Engineers: A Cause for an Endangered Species – Kristina Wang
Lessons Learned from 12 Years Living in Boston and Rooting for the Red Sox – Jason Cole
From Funny to Wrong – Peter McGraw
How to Start Your Country and Lose 20 Pounds in 30 Days – Jesse Hill
Cast Iron Cookware: Why Your Great-Grandma Schools Your Ass on Sustainability – Derek Olson




Sacrificial Deck

Speaker: Ef Rodriguez (@pugofwar)

Ef leads off with his usual guitar and vocal stylings, warming up the crowd by reworking the words to some of your favorite Christmas tunes for the internet-speak inclined.




Help! When should I call in sick for a powder day?

Speaker: Joel Gratz (@gratzo, coloradopowderforecast.com)

If anyone should be giving you advice for how to skip work and ski, it’s Joel, the man behind Colorado Powder Forecast. These step by step instructions will empower you to ditch the office and head to the mountains.




A Brief History of Social Media

Speaker: Brett Borders (@brettborders, socialmediarockstar.com)

In one of his first presentations since breaking his larynx, Brett takes us from the phone freaks, to IRC, to one handed typing, to FourSquare.




Dating: The Good, The Bad, The Truly Tragic

Speaker: Nora Burns (@noraburns)

Having met Malcolm Gladwells definition of expert, Nora explains the 180 Guy, What not to talk about on a first date, and how to get out of a bad date.




20 days in Antarctica

Speaker: Alek Komarnitsky (website)

Alek, whose “minor claim to fame” is that he rigged up his christmas lights to a webcam allowing people to turn them on and off, woos the crowd with some incredible photos and stories from Antarctica. (more photos here)




How to Jump Off a Cliff

Speaker: Steph Davis (@highsteph, blog)

Professional rock climber Steph Davis, who has become deeply involved with base jumping and wingsuits, tells us why, among other things, we’ll want to resist the urge to flail our arms and legs wildly next time we jump off a cliff. (extra video: climbing thousands of feet without ropes, wingsuit flying)




How to Run Meetings That Don’t Suck

Speaker: Sarah Welch (@sarahewelch)

Sarah says: Know your Purpose, Priority, People, and Post-Meeting Strategy. If you run meetings, do us all a favor and take notes.




A Do it Yourself Guide to Nom Nom Nom

Speaker: Aaron Sagray (@asagray)

Aaron gives a passionate and empowering talk about how and why we should all be cooking real food. For extra credit, he wrote up all his notes, references, and even a recipe.




Save the Engineers: A Cause for an Endangered Species

Speaker: Kristina Wang

Kristina first makes the case for why engineers don’t all conform to the common stereotypes, and follows it up with a few of the best reasons to be or befriend them (most notably: they make awesome halloween costumes)!




My Boy’s Wicked Smaht: Lessons Learned from 12 Years Living in Boston and Rooting for the Red Sox

Speaker: Jason Cole (@wickedsmaht)

Through the lens of rooting for the Red Sox, Jason tells us to “Be Bold, Be Stupid, but most of all be Joyful – the rest will follow”.




From Funny to Wrong

Speaker: Peter McGraw (Humor Research Lab)

Through his work with the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) at the University of Colorado, Peter explains his deep understanding and appreciation of humor. He explains the Benign Violation Theory which states that “people find funny what they find to be wrong, offensive, or threatening to the way they believe the world ought to be, while at the same time seeing that the situation is benign”. Check out his project understandinghumor.org.




How to Start Your Country and Lose 20 Pounds in 30 Days

Speaker: Jesse Hill

Batting second in the McGraw-Hill lineup, Jesse plays the role of pitchman, selling us on the idea of starting our own country. Not in love with your current options? Choose your own economic, political and social systems. Extra credit: seasteading.org




Cast Iron Cookware: Why Your Great-Grandma Schools Your Ass on Sustainability

Speaker: Derek Olson (@derekoncastiron)

Derek schools us on the ills of teflon, and why cast iron is better, safer, and more pure. Extra credit: Derek’s blog on cooking with cast iron, recipes included.

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