November 13th, 2008

Ignite Portland 4: Tips and Tricks


Well, well, well. The long wait is over. That’s right folks. It’s that time again. Time to see the best and brightest sharing their burning ideas on stage at Ignite Portland 4.

As always, I want your Ignite experience to be as fun and rewarding as possible. So whether this is your 23rd Ignite event or your first, here are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of Ignite Portland 4.

First, the venue info:

Bagdad Theater
3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
7:00 – 9:00 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, third, or fourth Ignite Portland experience:

  • DO bring your camera, your phone, your sketchpad, or any other way of capturing the event.
  • DO tag anything and everything #ip4 and/or igniteportland. That way, we can find it.
  • DON’T forget your ticket or a device that will allow you to show your ticket electronically.
  • 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.)
  • Now that you’re on Twitter, DO try to tweet about the event and hashtag it #ip4. That way, we can see what you’re saying.
  • 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 be especially nice to the Adam DuVander who has been the lead organizer on the event.
  • DON’T be the assholes who were heckling presenters last time.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Need more tips? Right this way, my friend. The Legion of Tech has a list as well.

Looking forward to seeing you there. And best of luck to tonight’s presenters:

Background that may help (or may not)

7 Responses to “Ignite Portland 4: Tips and Tricks”

  1. Aaron says:

    Great tips… I’m looking forward to an exciting show.

    Random other tip: DO be flexible. Go with the flow and have a good time.

    A big pre-emptive thanks to all of the folks who put this together. Having been involved in the organization for Ignite Portland 2, I saw first hand just how much work goes on behind the scenes. A big thanks to Adam, the rest of the Legion of Tech crew, and all of the other volunteers who have put in many unpaid hours.

  2. jabancroft says:

    Awesome post, Rick. Thanks! :-)

    Can’t wait to see everyone tonight! I keep thinking that eventually people will lose interest, and these will start to taper off. But it shows no signs of happening any time soon.

    See you all tonight! :-)

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    Be sure to catch those cool and funny sponsor videos. Ok, I guess that’s not why anyone is going, but hopefully they will add to the event.

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