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Posted Sep 15, 2015

Seattle Interactive Conference Announces 2015 Speakers

Seattle-based Tech Leaders from Disney, eBay, Facebook and Paypal Among Those Scheduled to Speak at Annual Two-Day Event 

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The Seattle Interactive Conference, the Northwest’s premier event celebrating the convergence of online technology, creativity, and emerging trends, today announced a partial lineup of speakers for its 2015 event, which will take place November 3–4 at the Washington State Convention Center. Now in its fifth year, Seattle Interactive is expected to attract more than 3,000 attendees to hear from technology leaders at small and large companies operating in Seattle, from influential national brands and digital agencies who make their home in Seattle, including Amazon, Expedia, T-Mobile and Moz and Wunderman, to industry-leading companies opening offices in the region, such as Facebook, GoDaddy and Disney, among dozens more.

“The digital industry in Seattle is exploding, with leading brands, marketers and technologists who are native to the Northwest and more moving here every day,” said Brian Rauschenbach, Seattle Interactive Co-founder. “These established, trusted companies who are native to Seattle have attracted top talent the region which serves as a magnet for other companies to set up shop here.” 

The conference comes at a time when the growing tech industry is top-of-mind for the region. Just last year, the New York Times wrote that Seattle is “the new center of the tech boom” and, according to JLL’s 2014 High-technology Office Outlook, it’s also the second biggest technology market in the U.S. behind San Francisco. There has been a lot of local debate about the influence of the tech boom on the community and Seattle Interactive represents the best snapshot of the people, companies and work driving this growth.

“What’s happening in Seattle now will influence technology everywhere,” Rauschenbach said. “Seattle Interactive is a great forum to gather digital technology leaders in one place for a few days’ worth of conversation about the future.”

Attendees attend presentations, panels and tactical working sessions that cover marketing, branding, communications, UX/UI design, and professional development, along with structured networking events.

Speakers this year include:
  • Amy Balliett, Killer Infographics
  • Benjamin Winters, WINTR
  • Brett Lovelady, ASTRO Studios
  • Brian Ladyman, Slalom
  • Carey Jenkins, Substantial
  • Charles Manning, Kochava
  • Chris Pirillo, Gnomies
  • Craig Evans, Wunderman
  • David Shing, AOL
  • Donte Parks, Substantial
  • Dr. Pete Meyers, Moz
  • Eddie Rehfeldt, Waggener Edstrom Communications
  • Florence Truong, Substantial
  • George Skaff, TouchCommerce
  • Jeff Hasen, Gotta Mobilize
  • Jen Travis, Slalom
  • Joanna Lord, Porch
  • Joe Hollier, The Light Phone
  • John Busby, Marchex
  • Jonathon Colman, Facebook
  • Julie Rezek, Wunderman
  • Justin Woo, PayPal/Braintree/Venmo
  • Karen Olson, Space Needle
  • Luis Antezana
  • Mark Kornblum, Substantial
  • Matthew Brown, Moz
  • Matthew Conlen, FiveThirtyEight/Rhizome
  • Michael Ellsworth, Civilization
  • Morgan O’Friel, RATIO
  • Paul Peterman, Facebook
  • Rand Fishkin, Moz
  • Randy Engstrom, City of Seattle
  • Renee Metty, With Pause
  • Rick Chandler, T-Mobile
  • Robert Veliz, Jr., Porter Novelli
  • Robin Avni, Cornish College of the Arts; University of Washington
  • Russell Ketchum, Google Analytics, Mobile Apps
  • Surya Vanka, Design Swarms
  • Tahmina Watson, Watson Immigration Law
  • Taryn Naidu, Rightside
  • Vicki Haberman, Slalom

Regular Rate, September 1 – November 2
Gold Conference Pass: $499
Student/Faculty/Non-profit/Gov: $99

Walkup Rate, November 3 – November 4
Gold Conference Pass: $599
Student/Faculty/Non-profit/Gov: $149


Seattle Interactive 2015 will be held at The Conference Center at WA State Convention Center. The Conference Center is located right in the heart of downtown with easy access to Interstate 5, convenient parking, the airport light rail link. The Conference Center is on the Northeast corner of Eighth & Pike across from the WSCC.


The annual Seattle Interactive Conference is a two-day event celebrating the convergence of online technology, creativity, and emerging trends in one of the world's most innovative cities. SIC brings together entrepreneurs, developers and online business professionals from throughout the US and beyond for a powerful combination of in-depth presentations, networking opportunities, and social events. Attendees have the rare opportunity to explore disruptive technologies and business models with visionary thinkers and peers in areas ranging from online commerce and social media to interactive advertising, marketing, entertainment, and much more.

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Posted Oct 13, 2014

SIC 2014 Fun Parties & Things

Here is a quick look at all the fun going on outside the SIC sessions this year.

Swing by and snap a creative selfie for a chance to win​ a free office party​

Customize your SIC shirt at the POP & Getty Images space in the sic://Hub

Win $100 of Uber​ credit: ​check the back of your badge for info  #MaxPointandShoot.

Download the Mixby app before you arrive at SIC to preview content. Discover exclusive daily content activated by BLE beacons onsite, accessible at strategic points and share your #SICselfies


Watch this year’s event unfold as images, videos and content are weaved together, all in one place.

Experience the WINTR Origins and Destinations installation, Microsoft Cube, Catalysis fortune tellers, Analytics Pros bocce courts, Moz photo booths, Drawbridge Biz Dev, Y&RG Lounge, Millennial Recharge Stations, coffee, DJs, EMP Maker Faire and more.

SUB POP ART WALL - This art installation allows viewers a glimpse behind the scenes of Sub Pop's most iconic art and advertising on Level 3.

FARMSTR FRUIT BOX - Order Farmstr fruit boxes ahead of the conference and pick it up from the Farmstr truck at the SIC after party. Offer ends on Monday.

Place Orders Here:
Certified Organic Elstar Apple:
Certified Organic Gala Apple:
Certified Organic Bosc Pears:


Mimosas: Join the team in the hub Thursday at 11:30am for complimentary midday Mimosas.

Onsite Happy Hours: 4-6pm daily networking in the SIC hub presented by Slalom on Wednesday & Catalysis on Thursday

Cey Adams Art Show and Meet & Greet: Wednesday night @ Alive & Well, 705 E. Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122

SIC Official Closing Party: Thursday Night 6-10pm @ Melrose Market Studios, 1532 Minor Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 (Located 3 blocks east of the Conference Center) Presented by Merkle with support from Adaptive Media, Zumobi, Add3, WINTR, and Crown Social.


Free Uber Rides
Get to any of the offsite SIC events free courtesy of Uber. Download the app to your phone and enter promo code: SICWIN to receive a $20 Uber credit towards your first ride.

Puget Sound Sound Business Journal​Tech Flash!
Make sure you’re up-to-date on the latest local tech, innovation and entrepreneurship news. Sign up for their daily TechFlash update here:

All sessions and agenda are live so you can start planning your schedule:

Looking forward to seeing you all next week.

Posted Sep 4, 2014

SIC://2014 October 15-16, Dedicated to “Makers,” Those Defining the Digital Landscape

SIC 2014 will be held October 15-16, featuring a jam-packed combination of presentations, structured networking events, a company exhibition Hub and an after-hours party.  Dedicated to the theme of "Makers,” the two-day event is set for The Conference Center of the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.  We expect more than 4,000 attendees from throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.   

Makers are thought-leaders who drive inspiration and change with the next big idea, as well as companies that successfully cultivate innovation and then translate it into commerce. What can everyone learn from their experiences integrating new ideas and visions? Are today’s companies truly positioned to embrace change? What are the critical new tools at-hand, both for individuals and organizations?

An Early Bird Registration special is in effect through midnight this Sunday, September 7, providing a 20% discount

Some of the more than 75 featured speakers at SIC 2014 include:

  • Nick Hanauer, a renowned entrepreneur, investor, author and activist.  Hanauer has managed, founded or financed more than 30 companies,  These  Include (he was instrumental in the initial funding of the company), Aquantive Inc., (purchased by Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion), Insitu group (purchased by Boeing for $400 million), and Market Leader (purchased by Trulia in 2013 for $350 million). 
  • Cey Adams, a digital and design pioneer who created visual identities, album covers, logos, and advertising campaigns for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5, and Jay-Z;
  • Greg Whitely, an award-winning filmmaker who is currently completing a documentary about creativity, innovation and education in the 21st Century.  He is well known as the mind behind “Mitt,” a political documentary about former presidential candidate Mitt Romney;
  • Janelle Maiocco, CEO and Founder of Farmstr, an online farmer-to-consumer marketplace. Her company aims to disrupt the current global food system by creating an efficient sales channel for small local, sustainable producers to sell direct to customers, increase sales and margin;
  • Jeremiah Owyang, Chief Catalyst and Founder of Crowd Companies. He and his company focus on how disruptive Web technologies—such as social media, the collaborative economy, and interactive marketing—impact the relevance of corporations to customers today and in the future.

“We are excited to bring SIC 2014 attendees a world-class mix of perspectives directly from many of those driving and defining what the digital landscape is today and will be in years to come,” said Brian Rauschenbach, SIC curator.  “SIC 2014 builds on our heritage of providing individuals and companies from throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond with useful new information, powerful networking opportunities, actionable lessons and practical takeaways.”

In addition to a full slate of programming, SIC 2014 will again feature structured networking breaks during the conference, a bustling exhibit area for sponsoring companies to directly interact with attendees, post-show Happy Hours, and an after-hours party. 

Posted Oct 18, 2013

SIC Wearables Hackathon October 26-27 + Winners Featured at SIC2013

SIC x AT&T Wearables Hackathon

What would you build if you could simply and easily store data from thousands of devices deployed in the real-world and connected via wifi and cellular networks?

Seattle Interactive Conference and the AT&T Developer Program, with support fromCobalt, Greenqloud and Microsoft, have partnered to create a unique Hackathon event on the weekend of October 26-27 at REACTOR, 2820 Elliott Ave at Broad St, Seattle, WA 98121 (new venue), immediately prior to SIC.

AT&T is launching a service that enables developers to simply and easily store large sets of connected device data directly in the cloud. We invite you to participate in an opportunity to obtain early access to the service and to collaborate with us to build a powerful developer-focused ecosystem. The best applications and services built at the the Wearables Hackathon will have the chance win prizes and meet with the Business Development team from AT&T's M2M group.

This two-day Hackathon will cover the ins and outs of the service, the client libraries, and will include the participation of ecosystem partners. Snacks, lunch, dinner and beverages included!

Five finalists will then present their concepts at the Seattle Interactive Conference on Tuesday afternoon, on-stage and in front of our hand-selected industry judges.

Staff members from will be available and on-site to help you with your presentations for Tuesday if you are selected as a finalist. The winner of the hackathon will have the option available to them to showcase their product at SIC://2014.

Where: REACTOR, 2820 Elliott Ave at Broad St, Seattle, WA 98121 (new venue)
Dates: Saturday, Oct 26th + Sunday, Oct 27th

Read more details about the Hackathon, or register for the event.

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Where’s Timmy? Photo contest #2 theme is #HometownTimmy

Guys and gals, what better way to celebrate your city than with Timmy?

Take a photo of Timmy at your favorite local haunt or landmark (bonus points if you pair it with a clever caption à la your locale), and post it on Instagram with tags #sic2013, #wherestimmy, and #hometowntimmy. The deadline is Mon Sept 16th at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced Wed Sept 18th! 

Read more details and download Timmy here: