April 3rd, 2013

Interested in talking tech? Consider proposing a talk for Ignite TAO. But hurry, procrastinator pants.

Interested in talking tech? Consider proposing a talk for Ignite TAO. But hurry, procrastinator pants.

It’s a well-known—but relatively undocumented—fact that Portland is home to more procrastinators per capita than any city in the world. In fact, it could well be the de facto hub of procrastination.

What’s worse is that I generally procrastinate about telling you about deadlines because I figure you’ll be procrastinating about applying.

It’s like procrastination squared. Or meta. Or something.

But we’ve got a couple in the offing, so I’ve procrastinated long enough. As have you. You have deadlines, my friend.

First up, Ignite TAO.

The Technology Association of Oregon has taken the popular Ignite format and put a decidedly tech bent on it. And you’re invited to participate.

What’s the Ignite format you ask?

Ignite is a global event, organized by volunteers, where participants are given five minutes to speak about their ideas and personal or professional passions, accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide is displayed for 15 seconds, and slides are automatically advanced. The Ignite format is similar to Pecha Kucha, which features 20 slides displayed for 20 seconds each. The presentations are meant to “ignite” the audience on a subject, i.e. to generate awareness and to stimulate thought and action on the subjects presented.

The first Ignite was held in 2006 in Seattle, Washington, and was the brainchild of Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. It was sponsored by O’Reilly Media and MAKE magazine. Since its inception, more than 50 Ignites have been started in cities around the world. O’Reilly has continued to support Ignite—one occurred during the 2009 OSCON held by the company—but each Ignite is independently organized on the local level. Ignite is often free to attend, may be supported financially by sponsorship.

The next Ignite TAO will take place May 16. Plenty of time right? Wrong. Proposals for presentations are due April 4 before midnight.

So you’ve procrastinated long enough. If you’re interested in presenting, submit a proposal for Ignite TAO. If you’re simply interested in attending, RSVP for Ignite TAO.

Whew. That was close. Now you’ve got time to sit back, relax, and procrastinate before your next application.

That is, unless you’re interested in applying to be part of Startup PDX: Challenge. Because their applications are due April 4, too.

$40,000 in fabulous prizes await your startup. All you have to do is apply.

So get on that. Or get more information on Startup PDX: Challenge.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled procrastination. Until PIE apps are due, April 15. Oh, and taxes.

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2 Responses to “Interested in talking tech? Consider proposing a talk for Ignite TAO. But hurry, procrastinator pants.”

  1. laszlo says:

    Thanks Rick for the heads up. I’ll be at the Ignite TAO event. Cheers

  2. Rick Turoczy says:

    Awesome! Should be a great event :)

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