Ignite is a fun geek event featuring a series of speedy presentations on topics that geeks hold dear–anything from crypto to beekeeping. Speakers each get five minutes on stage with twenty slides that auto-advance after fifteen seconds. The format is a challenge for presenters, but a boon for the audience, because speakers have to be focused and prepared (or feel pretty silly up there). The Ignite slogan says it well: Enlighten us, but make it quick. Usually the crowd is fueled by beer and the adrenaline generated by watching a speaker match their presentation’s tempo. If you’ve never been to an Ignite you may have your chance in the coming weeks. There are ten community-organized events in the next month–five of them on November 13 (what is it about that day?):
Ignite Boulder – 10/29/2008
Atlas Building, University of Colorado
Ignite Phoenix II – 10/29/08
4747 N 22nd Street, Phoenix, AZ
Ignite Des Moines – 11/6/2008
300 S.W Fifth St. Suite 220, Des Moines IO
Complete with egg catapult contest!
Ignite Spatial – 11/12/2008
43 York Street, Sydney, Australia
The first geo-oriented Ignite outside of Ignite Where!
Ignite Columbus – 11/13/2008
1481 Showcase Dr., Columbus OH
Ignite Bangalore – 11/13/2008
The Royal Orchid in Bangalore (No 47/1,Manipal Centre, Dickenson Road)
Ignite Corvallis – 11/13/2008
725 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, OR
Ignite Portland 4 – 11/13/2008
3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR
Ignite Salt Lake – 11/13/2008
The Leonardo – 209 East 500 South
Ignite Cardiff – 12/3/2008
Soda Bar, 7/10 Mill Lane
Ignite Baltimore just happened on the 16th of October.