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...are they both on to something? Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae,) are an incredible species of Baleen whale. Not only do they have the largest appendages of any marine mammal, they mobilize collectively to hunt for prey. Utilizing a technique called "Bubble Net" feeding, groups of whales as large as 25 individuals have been observed engaging in this repeated communal hunting.

Do you fall in love at geek events? Push boundaries with your creative colleagues? Work with your partner? Master clear communication, defined roles, visual mapping for network culture flow. Connections that magnetize and grow new ventures require a great deal of passion and determination -- how do you keep sight of yourself in the process? ORGANIC & REFLEXIVE ARCHITECTURES facilitate healthy balance. Lightning Temple creators share one example of passionate interactive art in process, created in collaboration....this is our five minute love story.

For every geek working in the vibrant sunshine of the internet, there are a dozen working behind the veil of an enterprise firewall. What goes on behind that curtain? How are communities thriving in spite of IT bureaucracy? What does social media have to do with any of this? And does it make for good business?

Kellee used to work in performance art. Six years ago she took one class on game design, and since then she's co-founded her own studio and published three games. In this Ignite talk, she tells you why you should be really into game design, too.

Unmanned aerial vehicles are not just for the military anymore. Thanks to open source hardware and software, you can build your own homebrew UAV's starting for less than $100. From your living room, to the edge of outer space, the sky is the limit... or is it?

The Internet has mainly been about moving text, images, audio, and video around the planet. What about physical interaction? Can we move touch, breath, heat, cold, and pain over the Internet? Yes!!

We think we know what money is, but we don't. The dollar is not foundational to money; trust is. In his novel, "Snow Crash", Neal Stephenson wrote of "KongBucks" - a private currency that served as a refuge from fiat currencies that had collapsed. Could new technology platforms bring new, branded currencies to life?

A virtual world with no other people is BORING, and maybe even CONFUSING. Am I right? In our virtual worlds within Second Life we make intelligent agent characters that ensure your visit is interesting. What do these virtual people do? Serve as active villagers, tell cool interactive stories, show you how to do interesting things, guide you to areas that interest you and even yell at you. Can YOU tell the agents from avatars piloted by actual people?

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.