June 15th, 2009

Ignite Portland 6: Tickets? We don’t need no stinking tickets


Ignite Portland 6: Tickets? We don’t need no stinking tickets

Put down the flux capacitor. It seems that you won’t be needing that time machine to get Ignite Portland tickets afterall.

“Why?” I can hear you asking. “Are you going to sneak me into the theater?”

No, my friend. This time around—to paraphrase the infamous line from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre—Tickets? We don’t have to show you any stinking tickets! Ignite Portland 6 will be first come, first served for seating.

Why the change of heart? Well, when all of the Ignite tickets disappear in less than 5 minutes, that doesn’t really help the whole situation. So the Legion of Tech decided to revert to the way they used to do things.

We struggled to find a solution to the ticket scarcity problem that would be the most fair to everyone, and while this setup isn’t perfect, we think it will work out just fine. We’ve always held a couple hundred “walk-in” general admission seats, and for the last couple of Ignites, haven’t had to turn anyone away. We understand that now you don’t have a way to “guarantee” yourself a seat at Ignite, but we’re confident that if you come down, you’ll be able to get a seat either in the Bagdad or at Back Stage.

But what if you can’t make it into the theater? I’ve got good news for you, too. There will be overflow directly behind the theater at the Back Stage bar with video provided by the inimitable Blaze Streaming Media.

Win win.

I’m really happy to see the Legion of Tech taking advantage of the overflow space. They had toyed with this idea before. But quite frankly, the bar was far too smoky for anyone but the most dedicated tobacco aficionado. Now, with the smoking ban, the bar is more welcoming to all walks, smoker or otherwise.

What’s Ignite Portland, you ask? Only one of the coolest events in Portland.

If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers.

For more information, see the Ignite Portland post on Ignite Portland 6.

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