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
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So you’ve reached that special time in your life. And you’re headed to Ignite Portland 6, tonight. Exciting isn’t it? You may be experiencing some funny feelings about Ignite. That’s natural.
Rest assured, we 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 6. Read More
I know, I know. You have so many good ideas. So many potential presentations. Tell you what, pick a few of the best ones and get them submitted for Ignite Portland 6 because your time is running out.
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:
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:
- What is Ignite? – Josh Bancroft
- Five Things Portland Can Learn From Kentucky in Five Minutes – Jeff Hardison
- A Short Introduction to Cyborg Anthropology – Amber Case
- Spirituality in Community: It’s not just for religion anymore – David Kominsky
- How to Bluff Your Way Through Life or a 5 Minute Presentation – Cami Kaos
- Cooking with the Seasons: The Garanimals Method – Katherine Gray
- Dating Rules for the Actual World – Alexis Rehrmann
- Story as Bloodsport: Battling to craft narrative – Melissa Lion
- How To Make People Think You’re a Portlander – Without Actually Living in the State of Oregon – Carolynn Duncan
- 7 One-Night Stands with a Baseball Fan – Nova Newcomer
- Divided We Win: 5 Reasons Why FOX News is Saving Our Media and Democracy – Abraham Hyatt
- Juice Up any Conversation or Presentation with 5 Impressive-Sounding Theories that Apply to EVERYTHING – Eric Anderson
- How to get people to do what you want them to do… – Betsy Richter
- 10 Karaoke Commandments – Alex Williams
It’s true. I’d love to see you present at Ignite Portland 3. I think you would do an amazing job.
There’s only one problem: You haven’t submitted your presentation.
Well, and not to stress you out or anything, but the deadline to submit your Ignite presentation idea? Yeah, today.
Sure sure. I mean your talk might not be as interesting as how to run a startup and not lose your mind or Cup Noodle or making sense of carbon offsets or talking trash or how to make everyone else happier or a case for cooking food. But that’s okay, because those presentation ideas have already been submitted.
I know you have an idea. And I know you’re dying to share it.
I know you want to present.
So, stop what you’re doing, and submit your Ignite Portland 3 presentation idea. Now. Before it’s too late.
I’m looking forward to seeing what you propose.
I just received word that we now have an official date for Ignite Portland 3. The next Ignite Portland—a wildly popular event that features 5-minute presentations on just about anything—will be held June 18, 2008, in the same location as Ignite Portland 2, the Bagdad Theater.
While the site is still getting tuned up, the Ignite Portland 3 Upcoming page is available, so let the RSVPing begin!
For those of you who might not be familiar with the Ignite format:
What is Ignite Portland? A bunch of fast-paced, interesting presentations – 20 slides for 15 seconds each. Our mantra is “share burning ideas” – just about any topic will do, as long as it’s interesting. From tech to crafts to business to just plain fun! There will be time to network and chat after each series of presentations.
(One of these days, I’m going to run out of fire analogies, but man, do I love writing about Ignite Portland.)
More news as it becomes available.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
I just returned from the second Ignite Portland.
In terms of attendance, this one eclipsed the previous one by leaps and bounds. In fact, folks had to be turned away. More than 750 people crowded into the Bagdad, and folks still had to be turned away.
Tons of good energy. And presentations that rivaled the brilliance of the first Ignite.
A now, even though we’re still a bit early with the returns, I’m going to take a cue from my fellow newsies who are reporting Super Tuesday results with 6% of the precincts reporting.
Here’s what folks are saying:
- Ignite Portland 2 was one of the best nights of my life!
“The best moment of the night came when I was sitting in my seat, down in front, surrounded by people who had worked so hard to make this happen, and who had become good friends in the process. And we, in turn, were surrounded by all the amazing volunteers, speakers, and sponsors that made it even possible. And we were all in turn surrounded by a crowd of exited people, enjoying themselves in a very cool theater. It all just sank down on me right then, a warm, fuzzy, happy feeling. I realized that this was the coolest thing I have accomplished so far in my life.”
- Attention Deficit Theater
“How hot was Ignite Portland on Tuesday night? So hot that 750 people filled the Bagdad Theater in Southeast Portland, and many more got turned away. So hot that the wacky, idea-sharing event rose to the second spot on the national Upcoming Web site, trailing only the wildly popular South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. So hot that the Bagdad ran out of pizza.”
- Ignite Portland Mercury video
“I’ve no !dea whether Ign!te Portland actually has an exclamation mark in its brand!ng, instead of an ‘i’. But it should do. Because it’s young, and hip, and edgy, and the Mercury’s video chap, V!ncent Caldon!, was there last night, with a video camera, along with 750 other people” (I’ll add this to the SplashCast player in the Ignite Portland video post, as well.)
- Ignite Portland recap
“One of my favorite parts of the evening was meeting people. Some of the people I met I’ve been following on Twitter. Twitter has contributed to a sense of community in Portland’s tech and creative circles that I haven’t seen before. It’s a wonderful thing.”
- Ignite Portland 2 rocked the Bagdad
“There were so many great volunteers who helped make Ignite Portland 2 a success; we could never have pulled it off without their help. The sponsors also made this possible by providing the funds required to buy food, the use of the Bagdad Theater, insurance, etc. A huge thank you to everyone who helped, sponsored, took pictures / video, and more to make this event so much fun to attend.”
- Why Deutschland loves David Hasselhoff
“This was all his idea, and I applaud him for pulling it off. I’d be nervous as hell, as I’m sure he was, but after seeing him kill it, I’m considering being a presenter in the future.”
- Ignite Portland
“We were proud to sponsor last night’s networking and speaking event, Ignite Portland. We were proud not only because it’s a really cool event, but also because our very own Technical Support Lead, Kelly Guimont spoke at the event.”
- Ignite Portland: The Talk!
“I had SUCH a good time. Here’s an odd sentence to everyone but me: I got to meet a lot of my friends for the first time. I got to talk about pepper for five minutes. It was a lot of fun after the fact, before and while I talked I was SO nervous, it was hard to stand in front of seven hundred and something people and talk about anything.”
- Make Connections
“One of the reasons I had gone to Ignite Portland was to network. I wanted to talk to people about Treasurelicious. Frankly, after making swag bags, smiling, answering questions and such I was just too tired to network.”
- About Last (ig)nite
“So… I will just observe that I realized how many more people I ‘know’ now than I did at the first event, three short months ago, many of them mostly virtually, and that seems amazing to me, and makes me feel all in love with the place we have chosen to live.”
- Our Super Tuesday fun
“It was the second Ignite Portland event and John’s employer was a sponsor, we are so glad we went and look forward to many other events like this…. What a cool city we live in.”
- Ignite Portland in one word: WOW!
“I didn’t think that the first Ignite could be out done. I mean the first Ignite had just under 300 highly enthusiastic people who heard about it via word of mouth, twitter, and the blog scene. But this time the organizers, Legion of Tech, promoted the event through the Oregonian and on local radio.”
- Ignite Portland
“I presented, claiming that it is time for Portland to start some great companies. I felt a bit like a mime at a comedy night with my business focused presentation wedged in between Why Deutschland Loves David Hasselhoff and How to be an Undercover Hooker. If you are in Portland you need to go to the next Ignite.”
- Ignite Portland
“It was very entertaining. I’ll definitely try to attend again. I’m also going to try to present there as well. I find the restrictive format (20 slides, 15 seconds each, auto-timed) to be an interesting constraint to work in…. The only complaint I have is that the intros and housekeeping…. They should have been done in the same 15-slide Ignite format.”
- Ignite Portland was a great event!
“Of course, nothing it truly free, and the one downside to the event was that you had to listen to the long list of sponsors [like Silicon Florist] at the start of the event. It’s kinda like Google search: it’s free, but there are some ads in your results.”
- Ignite Portland was a huge success
“I drove past the theatre at 4:45pm and there was already a line. The 500 person seating limit was filled while there were still people waiting in line. I slipped in with the 250 people that were allowed to stand around the edges before they had to start turning people away.”
- Ignite Portland 2
“I don’t know what it is, but there is something pushing my buttons about the creativity I’m rediscovering in PDX. The arts, the crafts, the web, the social fabric that is such a part of Montavilla, Mt. Tabor, Hawthorne, Sellwood, Garden Home, NoPo, St. Johns, Macadam, Multnomah, and on and on and on…”
- Ignite Wrapup, Things to Come
“Wow, this Ignite Portland was fantastic — 750 enthusiastic people, a sold out crowd at the Bagdad Theater. I had a great time, and thanks to the organizers for putting together a great show.”
- Ignite Portland 2 was a blast!
“I met some cool people at Ignite Portland. I saw some women I had previously met at a pdx geekchix lunch. One of them told me to check out Code ‘n Splode, a group of (mostly women) programmers who get together to talk about whatever they’re working on. I met a guy (Justin maybe?) who told me about beer and blog, a newly formed group that meets every Friday at the Lucky Lab to talk about blogging.”
- That’s Entertainment: Politics as theater in Campaign ’08
“Ignite Portland takes place as presidential primary voters go to the polls in 24 states in what is being billed as “Tsunami Tuesday.” But what could be the decisive day for both the Democratic and Republican 2008 White House hopefuls arrives even as the transformation of American politics into theater is almost complete.”
- What would Dr. Seuss say about online communities?
“It was a lot of fun to prepare; I got to sit in the children’s section of the library reading Dr. Seuss books for a few hours, which is always a good time! I also had a great time giving the talk – complete with a Cat in the Hat, hat!”
- Ignite Portland… a recap?
“I had meant to liveblog the event last night, but I felt I was too far away to take good photos and typing on my new cameraphone just isn’t that fun. Then, with all good intentions, I had planned a post for last night, but the transit ride home took a lot out of me. Woe is me, I know. IgnitePortland was a blast.”
- Lessons from Ignite Portland
“There’s a good lesson here for Eclipse projects: we all want our projects to expand our projects to new communities and new users. But before we do the outreach to bring in those new people, we have to make sure that the basics of our projects are top-notch.”
- Flickr photos tagged “igniteportland”
- Live tweeting of the event using #ip2
- More tweets on Ignite Portland
- Ignite Portland on the Bagdad marquee
- BONUS: For you history buffs, here’s the tweet from Josh Bancroft that started it all, and my URL-purchasing-addict addled response
(I’ll continue to build out this list as write-ups become available. Am I missing yours? Add it to the comments below, and I’ll make sure to link it up.)
Ignite Portland, the event that encourages folks to share burning ideas in a five-minute presentation format, is quickly approaching its second instantiation, tomorrow night.
Response to the event has been nothing short of amazing. Blog coverage has raised the visibility of the event online. The Oregonian has interviewed the team behind the event, raising the visibility of the event with more mainstream folks. And now, Ignite Portland will be appearing on the Rick Emerson Show on AM 970 (”Solid State Radio”) sometime between 2 and 3 PM, today.
If you want to listen in live over the Internet, or listen to a recording later on, both the live stream and the recorded shows are available from the AM 970 website. You can, of course, just tune into 970 AM during the 2-3pm hour, as well. I will be interviewed by Rick Emerson and provide some background on Ignite Portland 2 and what people can expect. We appreciate the opportunity from AM 970 to get the word out. Twitter and Upcoming have been great avenues to market the event, but getting coverage in The Oregonian and AM 970 will help us reach those people not actively participating in the Portland online community.
And last but not least, if you’re planning on attending Ignite Portland, please take a minute to find me and introduce yourself, if you get the chance. I’m looking forward to meeting you.