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Can You Get Gnomedex Tickets for Free? Maybe!

Since 2001, we have been producing Gnomedex, a conference that brought to the stage hundreds of thought leaders and many influencers before they were influential. We started Gnomedex 10 years ago in Iowa, and the conference has since grown to one of the premier tech conferences in the nation. After last year’s event, I announced it would be the last Gnomedex – but we’re now bringing it out of retirement (if only for a day) to join the Seattle Interactive Conference on November 2, 2011 in Seattle (naturally).

As always, this year we will continue to feature even more exciting and innovative speakers, including John Wilbanks, Kent Nichols, Michael Haley, Christopher Burgess and Pascal Schuback. Granted, this will be more of a Gnomedex Lite, considering we are working within the construct of another conference for just a single day.

If you think we’re excited to bring back Gnomedex, we can’t wait for you to see what we’re doing this year. Tickets for the event are available via the Seattle Interactive Conference site, but we’ve got a way for you to get two FREE passes to this year’s Gnomedex. All you have to do is enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Gnomedex. The rules are simple – just follow me personally on Twitter at @ChrisPirillo as well as the LockerGnome Twitter account at @LockerGnome. You can also earn an extra entry by “Liking” the LockerGnome Facebook page, too. Don’t worry, you’ll see more from us on Facebook soon.

The giveaway is open now and will run through 12:01 a.m. next Monday, 10/24/11 (EST). We’ll announce the winner on Monday – and may even have a special offer for everyone else who enters the giveaway, too. And if you don’t like giveaways, you can always register for Gnomedex and the Seattle Interactive Conference outright.

Enter below for a chance to win a free pair of tickets to Gnomedex on November 2, 2011!



Vote for Browncoats: Redemption on the Mashable Awards

During Gnomedexthis year, we heard from Mike Dougherty and Steve Fisher about their awesome project… the Browncoats: Redemption movie. This fan film was created with nearly no budget at all and all of the proceeds are donated equally between five very noble charities: Equality Now, Kids Need to Read, Dyslexia Foundation, the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center and the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. Each DVD of this excellent fan film costs only fifteen dollars. Everyone at Gnomedex fell in love with the guys and their project, and much Tweeting (and Facebooking!) has continued to happen to help support this cause.

Mike, Steve and the entire crew are excited to have been named as a finalist in the Mashable Awards for this year in the category of “Most Creative Social Good Campaign.” Voting ends eight days from the date of this blog post, and your help is needed to get them to the top. Voting is simple: you need only log in using your Twitter or Facebook account. Choose which categories you would like to vote in and then decide if you wish to share your vote with the world on the social media site you used to log in. That’s all there is to it.

Why should you take the time to help the guys out? Why shouldn’t you? I cannot think of anything more creative than this. Not only is it cool… it’s successful. To date, they have raised just over $9,000 ($1,825 to each of the five charities) – and that was just from the online orders of the pre-orders.

Mike himself says that “We’re on our way to make some history.” I believe this is true. When is the last time you can recall seeing a movie created start to finish simply to raise money for charity… and to have fun? Take a moment and vote, won’t you?

How To Help Public Education


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Trish Millines-Dziko founded Technology Access Foundation in 1996 after spending 15 years as a developer, designer and manager in the high tech industry. Her successful career brought her to Microsoft in the mid-1980s, just as the pioneering software company was set to become a worldwide brand.

In addition to her work at TAF, Trish remains a committed, proactive leader and serves on the boards of several organizations that focus on children and education. Trish has received dozens of local and national awards for her work improving the educational opportunities for children of color.

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Lasers Lift Off From Gnomedex


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Tom Nugent is the Co-founder of LaserMotive, where he is working to develop ways of recharging unmanned aerial vehicles, such as the “drones” used by the military. Tom previously served as Research Director for LiftPort Inc. — one of the pioneers in the development of the modern space elevator concept. While at LiftPort, Nugent led the research team that outlined a realistic path to space elevator development, as well as working on a variety of milestone tests of robotic lifters.

Nugent’s other space development work includes liquid-fueled rocket engine development through the MIT Rocket Team, and advanced fusion propulsion research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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How to Put Trust Back in Your Business and Your Life


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Todd Welch is the author of the book Trust, How to put “it” Back in Business. Shortly after Gnomedex 9.0, he started a thousand-day journey studying trust and learning from his experiences to share with others.

He co-founded Charter Partners, a company that uses Cooperative Entrepreneurship to organize hundreds of entrepreneurs into creative teams. He also founded the Charter Partners Institute and WINGS to provide hands-on learning experiences that have taught thousands of high school and college students the concept of Cooperative Entrepreneurship.

His website and endeavor, The Trust Tour, give you the tools and resources you need to help bring trust back into your business – and your life.

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Why is Your Identity So Marketable?


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During Gnomedex, we asked the audience to put ideas on a whiteboard to tell us what types of spontaneous talks they would be interested in hearing. Privacy is a hot issue, and someone asked the question: “Why is my privacy so marketable?” I knew the perfect person to talk about this was my friend Frank Catalano. Frank is a marketer by trade, having worked with Apple Computers and even in the toy industry during his career.

Why do you feel your information – and identity – are so marketable?

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Browncoats: Redemption Fan Film Comes to Gnomedex


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Michael Dougherty is co-creator and producer of Browncoats: Redemption as well as the writer and director of the film. He spends most of his free time dedicated to this project. During the day, Michael currently is Emerging Media Manager of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a non-profit focused on promoting the Chesapeake Bay.

Steve Fisher is co-creator and producer of Browncoats: Redemption and can’t believe he is actually making a film this awesome. During the day, Steve is Managing Director of AppSolve, a software application and online media development firm. He is a serial entrepreneur and has previous experience launching successful web and new media properties.

Browncoats: Redemption is fan made sequel to the Universal Film Serenity with proceeds going to charity.

Are you a Browncoat? Let your voice be heard. Get your iPhone, video camera, webcam, or whatever you can record video with give your full name and say “I am a Browncoat”. Upload the film to Youtube, Vimeo or Viddler with the tag #iamabrowncoat and your video could appear here on the website and in the DVD.

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Gnomedex Geeks Without Bounds


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Johnny Diggz is a musician, filmmaker, entrepreneur and the Chief Evangelist at Tropo. In 1995, Diggz launched iPost Universal Messaging, the world’s first Internet-based unified messaging platform. In 2001, he co-founded Voxeo, the industry leader in unlocked communications.

He produced the indie feature film, The Karaoke King, a musical comedy which premiered in 2007 at the Cinema City International Film Festival. Since 2008 he’s performed as dueling piano player at Howl at the Moon in Orlando and is the co-host of the award-winning Drew Show Podcast.

In 2010, Diggz launched Geeks Without Bounds, an international humanitarian organization of geeks working together to assist people whose survival is threatened by lack of access to technology or communications due to violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

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Gnomedex Gets Smart (Cup)


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Larry Wu brings over 27 years of brand and business development experience to the SmartCup Board of Directors. He is currently the VP of Product Development for SK Food Group in Seattle, and most recently served as COO for Bossa Nova Beverages.

Larry joined Bossa Nova from Iconoculture, Inc., where he served as VP, Consumer Strategist. There he led food and beverage consumer consulting projects for key Fortune 500 clients in the Consumer Packaged and Restaurant industries. Mr. Wu also spent two years leading research and development at CH Guenther and Son, Inc. where his team was responsible for the development, production and launch of key foodservice products such as the McGriddle.

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Sustainable Living at Gnomedex


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Scott Mueller is a quirky-smart thinker with leadership experience ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He’s passionate about helping people see their true potential and getting them to places they never thought possible.

Scott and his wife, Alex, started an experiment in life and living, called Moosicorn Ranch, east of Spokane, WA. Through the help of friends and colleagues, they hope to make Moosicorn Ranch a sustainable home and farm. But there are even bigger dreams in the works including providing a place for workshops, seminars, and even a place for artists to live, learn and create.

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Life is in Perpetual Beta During Gnomedex


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Melissa Pierce is the producer of the interview documentary, Life In Perpetual Beta. Every day, she asks people questions to help them discover who they are and what they are passionate about doing, and then help them do just that, because that’s what she’s passionate about. She was kind enough to accept our request to speak about her project during Gnomedex this year.

Life In Perpetual Beta is about listening to your authentic self, unleashing your creativity, and living in the moment, every moment. It’s a documentary told by everyday people, about how technology has changed the way we think about ourselves and enabled our lives to be more spontaneous and less planned.

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What Does the Future of Mobile Development Hold?


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During Gnomedex, we learned about the future of mobile technology. Amy Karlson is a researcher in the Computational User Experiences (CUE) subgroup of the Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment (VIBE) research area at Microsoft Research, focusing on HCI and user experiences within mobile and multi-device environments.

She received a B.A. and M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. She received her Ph.D. from University of Maryland, College Park in Computer Science, where she specialized in HCI and one-handed interaction with touchscreen-based mobile devices, and for which she was awarded a Microsoft LiveLabs Fellowship. Prior to earning her Ph.D., Ms. Karlson worked for several years as a research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

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What is a Tech Maven?


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Women in top technology positions are scarce — but they’re out there. They just need a safe space to rock out, rally the troops, and share success stories. The vision for Tech Mavens is to create a crashpad. A launchpad. An inspiration station, advice center, event hub and force for social change.

Shauna Causey – Her pervious roster includes the Comcast, FOX, Fox Sports Net and the Seattle Mariners Baseball Team. She is the creator behind Voluntweetup, she leads Twestival Seattle, speaks around the country helping non-profits with social media and serves as the Vice President for the Social Media Club Seattle board of directors. In the last year, Shauna has been featured in TechFlash as one of the 100 Top Women in Tech, as well as in The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post.

Melody Biringer – From strawberry shortcake to home furnishings to a fitness business, she has trotted down virtually every entrepreneurial trail in existence. With 23 business ventures under her belt — a few of them even successful! — you might call her a lifelong “start-up junkie.” She’s the founder of the CRAVEcompany, which connects savvy business owners with stylish consumers through networking events, symposiums and a series of smash-hit city guides. Melody was recently featured on PDXfm.com and on the cover article of Seattle Woman Magazine.

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Tim Hwang Brought Web Ecology to Gnomedex


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Tim Hwang is the founder and current director of the Web Ecology Project, a research community dedicated to building an applied science around measuring and influencing the system-wide flows of culture and patterns of community formation online. He is also currently working on Robot, Robot, and Hwang — a legal startup that seeks to bring quantitative analysis and geek methods to the practice of law.

On the side, he is the creator of ROFLCon, a series of conferences celebrating and examining internet culture and celebrity. You can follow everything he’s doing on Twitter at @timhwang

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InterConnection Connects Communities at Gnomedex


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InterConnection provides computers to under-served people and communities around the world. From their Seattle-based computer recycling and reuse programs to schools and organizations far and wide, they make a connection that makes a difference. They create opportunity through computer reuse.

Company founder and director Charles Brennick was a presenter on the Gnomedex stage, teaching all of us what we should be doing with the old machines lying around the house and garage.

Donating your old machines and smartphones is safe and secure. All of your data is securely wiped from hard drives using Department of Defense standards. You’ll get a tax break when you donate equipment, since InterConnection is a certified 501c3 nonprofit organization. They’ll gladly give you a receipt when you drop something off to them.

By recycling your old stuff, you’re helping the planet. No parts end up sitting in a landfill somewhere. The company is also helping people in the community by providing valuable hardware skills training to local low-income volunteers through their computer reuse program. Those computers are then sent to schools and organizations within under-served communities worldwide.

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