Friday, April 22, 2011

Ignite Boise

I mentioned yesterday that Ashlee got us tickets (which were free) to Ignite Boise. Last night was the 6th Ignite Boise event and it was held downtown in the Egyptian Theater. It was awesome! I cannot wait for the next event. (You should see if your city has an Ignite event and if not, get something started!)

So what is Ignite Boise? Here is a little background about it that I borrowed from their website.

Ignite Boise is a 3 hour-ish idea feeding frenzy that brings together artists, geeks, entrepreneurs, academics, government officials, and others to share their ideas in fast-paced, bite-sized presentations. It’s a great opportunity to meet smart, interesting people (if we do say so ourselves) and maybe even learn something.

Bringing together embers of big ideas to spark a blaze of creativity in Boise’s business and creative community –leaving attendees more educated and just as importantly, more inspired.

Presenters each get five minutes and 20 slides (automatically rotating every 15 seconds) to talk on a topic of their choice. Everyone is invited to participate, though due to the limitations of space and time, only a handful will be selected to present at each event.

Zero. Zip. Nada. Ignite Boise is brought to you by a group of volunteers and sponsors.

Ashlee and I had a great time and really enjoyed the speakers! (To read about all the speakers click here.)

A few of my favorites were:

Kelli Ryder, who spoke about her experience of not shopping for a year. (Definitely check out her blog, she is awesome!)

Henry Taylor, who spoke about Haiku poems as a metaphor for life.

Travis Porter, a librarian, dealing with mistaken identity on twitter.

Afterward Ashlee and I walked over to The Matador to share a butternut squash quesadilla, guacamole, salsa and chips (so yum!) and talk about Ignite Boise. We asked ourselves, "What would you talk about if you had 5 minutes and 20 slides?" Now I don't know if I will submit to speak at the next Ignite Boise anytime soon, but we talked about making our own 5 minute vlogs and sharing them with you. What do you think? Is that something you'd want to see or even participate in? What would you talk about?

(Picking up our shirts. Ashlee is on the left. Do you like my new hair?)

For more photos from the event see here.

1 comment:

  1. Our program has been OBSESSED with Pecha Kucha's lately (thats the official name for these presentations I guess)! Like seriously, I hear that word eighty thousand times a day! You get to see me do one for a final presentation for class when you're here! haha!