There was a time when the Ignite format was (ahem) hot around these parts. You couldn’t swing a HDMI cable without hitting one. But like most things Portland, there’s a certain ebb and flow to activity. So recently, they’ve been a little more difficult to come by. Which is why it was nice to see Faces of Agile: Portland Ignite Agile Event.
The Ignite format. It’s engaging. It’s entertaining. It’s the perfect format for the startup short attention span that is… SQUIRREL! Ahem. I’m sorry. Where was I? Oh yeah. Ignite. I’m huge fan. So I always love to see more folks using the format. And we’ve got another awesome one on Thursday, Portland Tech Ignite Talks with Lesbians Who Tech. Read More
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Portlanders like to talk. They talk about their ideas. Their concerns. Their hobbies. Their craft brewed bacon infused leather. Talk talk talk. And for many of them, one of the best formats to share those random thoughts remains Ignite. The 20 slides in 5 minutes madness that is just weird enough to be Portland weird. That’s why I’m psyched there’s another Ignite TAO taking place, Thursday, March 12, 2015. Read More
When Oregon native Andrew Hyde and I originally started chatting about Portland having its very own Startup Week—the concept that he, the Startup Weekend creator, had dreamed up to help towns celebrate their startup scenes—I was already toying with a few ideas. When he suggested that the launch date should be Groundhog Day, it was settled. Read More
Sometimes this content is so easy, it practically writes itself. Especially when I’m just repeating stuff I’ve written before. Again and again. But it bears repeating.
The Ignite format is a popular one with the tech types. And why wouldn’t it be? Presenting twenty slides in five minutes, conveying a topic about which you are exceptionally passionate? That’s awesome for both the presenter and the audience.
I just returned from Portland mayoral candidate Eileen Brady addressing Portland startups and tech entrepreneurs. Whenever folks start championing Portland’s potential for business, I can’t help but be reminded of Chris Logan‘s Ignite Portland presentation. Read More
Portland isn’t the only Ignite in town. Um. I mean the state. Bend has one. So does Corvallis. And if you’ve been feeling the itch to head south to see what the Covallisians are presenting, it just got a whole heck of a lot easier.
You see, on November 11th, Ignite Corvallis is once again being held in conjunction with the Willamette Innovators’ Night with Willamette Innovators Network (WIN)—and once again they’re happily bussing Portland folks down to the event with free beer and wifi the whole way. Read More
Ignite Portland has been one of the seminal events for the startup and tech renaissance here in Portland. And it’s one of a handful of events that helped spark—pun intended—and codify a segment of the tech community in Portland proper.
But it’s also important to bear in mind that Ignite Portland is an entirely volunteer run conference. That takes its toll. And that is why the next iteration of the event—Ignite Portland 10—won’t be taking place until mid 2011 at the very earliest. Read More