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Presenter: Kade Dworkin

Biography: I do lots of different things but most folks know me as a guy who connects people. Whether online or off, for business or just because I think people are cool, connecting is something I enjoy.

Description: People are the people who can help you but most folks are hesitant to go meet new people. This talk would highlight some of my role models and the best tactics they and I have devised to help everyday folks to get out of their own way and meet the person who can help them achieve what they want.

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Presenter: Tina Perez

Biography: I'm just a regular girl from Tucson with a love for 80s music and performing on stage, but I come from a non-traditional family and I'm passionate about supporting others in that position.

Description: My family is not nuclear or even traditionally "funky" but I love them dearly and turned out to be a pretty good person. Many people from more traditional backgrounds can't say the same. There are lots of families like mine in our community, or people who want to start them, and they are not supported. We can change that.

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Presenter: Dustin Diehl

Biography: Writer, 'Star Wars' fanatic and movie enthusiast.

Description: I had the pleasure of attending my first 'Star Wars' "Celebration" (as they are called) this year and I discovered that us fans are a kick-ass group, and, when brought together, create a bubble of unique energy unlike anywhere else in the world...which is a shame, because the world could use a lot more of what we've got!

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Presenter: Joe Abbruscato

Biography: Born and raised in NY, I've been a Tempe local for nearly a decade. A graduate of ASU with separate degrees in Education and English Literature, I am an adjunct English professor who is obsessed with, in no particular order, fairy tales (both classic and contemporary), iced tea, poetry, photography, coffee, craft beer, and editing.

Description: In last 30 years, Fairy Tales have become cauterized, castrated shells of their former selves, providing mere base entertainment devoid of educational value for today's youth. This talk will discuss why it is vital that we re-embrace the classic, violence strewn tales & step away from the popular watered down, "happily ever after" laden, tales.

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Presenter: Victor Aronow

Biography: I am a Phoenix resident for over 40 years and president of the Arizona Community Media Foundation, which operates Radio Phoenix, Arizona's largest community internet radio station. Our all volunteer, locally-controlled radio station brings you news, views, and information you won't hear anywhere else in Phoenix.

Description: Tired of the same-old same-old on radio? Want something beside music streams and angry talk shows? Community internet is the radio wave of the future, and you don't have to sit in front of your computer to enjoy it. For two years, Radio Phoenix has been experimenting with the challenging new world of community based internet radio, and training community volunteers like you to run the station. So tune in and take back control of the airwaves.

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Presenter: Mack Duncan

Biography: Mack Duncan is a teacher, writer, director, actor, improvisor, puppeteer and an award winning film maker. He is a founding member of The Torch Theatre and creator of the web series "Vincent and Me" (

Description: We can't choose the family we're born into... but we can create families beyond blood relation. We've heard many actors speak of their ensembles as families to the point of cliche; but all cliches are born of truth. As a performer, I have been privileged to be a part of many amazing families, and I believe the Ensemble Family can happen anywhere.

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Presenter: Jennifer Longdon

Biography: As a full-time wheeler, Jennifer Longdon lives her life at butt-level which may or may not contribute to her general snarky nature. Jen is a mom, Realtor, blogger, dreamer, PITA and motivational speaker. She hopes one day to become an enigma wrapped in a paradox just to confound the men in her life further.

Description: Jennifer sustained a spinal cord injury more than 6 years ago. She'll share how going from a 5'12″ able-bodied athlete to full-time wheel chair user has reshaped her world view. From the humbling experiences of crowded elevators at butt-level to the marathon course in an every-day chair, Jen will share her triumphs and trials.

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Presenter: Schuyler St. Leger

Biography: Young person with a passion for electronics, software, and making stuff. Self-proclaimed expert on Arduino and MakerBot Cupcake CNC 3D printers.

Description: For inventors, transitioning from a great idea to a working prototype can be an arduous task. Lucky for us DIY types there now are low cost 3D printers available. They can turn your pencil sketch into a physical object in a matter of minutes. See what it takes to get started and how a 3D printer can bring out the creative genius in you.

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Presenter: Kevin E Patterson

Biography: Marketing manager for a Fortune 100 company who has been collecting art, including comic book art, for over twenty years.

Description: Comic book art is the original Pop Art. Once pulped by publishers after printing, now sought after and legitimized by museums, collectors, and critics. Yet artists rely increasingly on computer technology and what appears on the page is literally vanishing. A look at the rise and creative destruction of comic art.

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What is Ignite?

Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes.

Find an Ignite near you, start your own or watch a video.