Street Talk: You and your big ideas 

Asked Monday afternoon at Draught Works

Q:The second annual Last Best Conference is being held in Missoula this week. What’s the biggest or best idea you’ve ever come up with? Follow-up: Did you pursue it, and if not, why not?

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Jennifer Wong: I was always thinking there should be some way we can take saltwater and process it or refine it to power cars. Or something smaller, like a blender. Not her cup of seawater: No. I’m a psychologist. Refining saltwater isn’t really in my process of learning.t.




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Andy Mikkola: I’m most proud of this drinking game we came up with. In the show New Girl, there’s this drinking game called True American. Ours is a spin off that. We have a constitution for it, a living, breathing document of rules. He even made posters: Way too much. I should have pursued it far less, but I took it to the extreme.




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Brandon Harvey: One that another company developed and then sold. It was called SwapDrive. It’s an online filestore, like Dropbox. You can sync all your files. All’s well that ends well:No, I didn’t. I would have had to quit my job and do it full time. And I actually work for the company that bought it.




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Dylan Barbash: You know cattle guards? Instead, on Forest Service roads, they should have something that lifts up when you drive over it and washes the underside of your car, to remove invasive species. A Montana Conservation Corpsman: TI work for MCC and we have to do that for all our vehicles. So I have pursued it in terms of getting under a car and spraying it down. Other than that, no.




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Christy Curd: I want to invent a pair of running shoes that have the laces split at the bottom too, so you can adjust the tightness in the toebox.Keep it in the family: No, I haven’t. But I told my dad to do it and I think he did. I don’t know how it turned out..

This article has been updated to correct Andy Mikkola's name.
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