June 18th, 2008

Ignite Portland 3: Tips and Tricks

Finally! It’s time for Ignite Portland 3. That’s right folks. Tonight! One night only! Tons and tons of pulse pounding action! We’ll sell give you the whole seat but you’ll only need the edge!

Oh, I’m sorry. I might have gotten a tad carried away there.

But, seriously, Ignite Portland is a great event. And I’m looking forward to seeing you there. But—like the presentation format—it’s quick. So I thought it might helpful to give you a few tips to get the most out of your experience.

First, the venue info:

Bagdad Theater
3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
7:00 – 10:00 PM

Ticketholders get in at 5:30 PM
General Admission at 6:15 PM
Admission is always FREE

Here are some “Do”s and “Don’t”s that will help you get the most out of your first, second, or third Ignite Portland experience:

  • DO rest up. You’ll need all the energy you can muster. Plus, there’s the after party.
  • DO read the tagging guidance from the Ignite Portland folks.
  • DON’T bring your laptop.*
  • DO bring your camera, your phone, or any other way of capturing the event. Then upload it and tag it using the guidance from the Ignite Portland folks.
  • DO get there early. Really early. I’m serious. Early. Did I say “Early”?
  • DO be prepared to give everyone and anyone your Twitter name. (Don’t use Twitter? Get on it.)
  • DO be nice to all the Legion of Tech folks and volunteers. (They’re all volunteers, actually. And they’re doing this in their free time.)
  • DO talk to Kelly Guimont/@verso/Banana Lee Fishbones (she’s working the door) about Star Wars. (If all else fails, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for,” or “I find your lack of faith disturbing,” may work.)
  • DON’T be a wallflower. Talk to people in line while you’re waiting to get into the venue. Talk to people while you’re waiting in the food line. The Bagdad is a great venue for presenting, but talking to folks at breaks will take some doing.
  • Now that you’re on Twitter, DO try to tweet about the event and hashtag it #ip3.
  • DO try to get in front of Aaron Hockley and his camera. I swear, that guy even makes me look good. If not him, Kveton will make you look good too.
  • DO take the chance to introduce yourself to me and tell me about the cool side projects you’re pursuing.

It’s going to be fun. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

* Unless you’re Jason Harris.

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6 Responses to “Ignite Portland 3: Tips and Tricks”

  1. camikaos says:

    see you there.

  2. Great tips – thanks for posting them! :-)

    If I had to add one, it would be “bring Moo cards. Or business cards. Or pieces of paper with your Twitter name/blog URL on them”. Because I’m never going to remember all the people I talk to tonight, and it’s not because I won’t want to!

  3. I’m excited. Last time my emcee role kept me near the front of the theater. I hope to do a lot more “mingling” this time. Say hi! I’ll be the heavy guy with two DSLRs hanging around me…

  4. Eric Nelson says:

    Really bummed I’m stuck down in the heat of Tucson rather than absorbing the great presentations.

    Please tweet as much as possible so I can feel like I’m there!

  5. Jason says:

    Um, why not bring your laptop? If it’s small and you have adequate battery, I think it’s fine. As long as you get there early enough to get a seat, there is enough room, IMO.

  6. Rick Turoczy says:

    I revised the post. You’re allowed to bring your laptop, Jason. But that’s it! The rest of you, leave them at home. ;)

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