Ignite Cincinnati

I found out about this event while perusing the Hive13 collective. When I found out a second one was planned with Kate the Great speaking, I made sure to sign up pronto. I’ve known her virtually for years but seldom cross paths proper.

Ducked out of work a few minutes early to head down to the Know Theatre in Cincinnati to catch the second Ignite Cincinnati thing.

What is this thing? 5 minute presentations, each with 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. Topics are both voted on and curated, spanning the gamut from local, global, personal and business.

These events are happening all over (view a list of cities), and I think its pretty darn great. Get people together, share ideas and keep it tidy.

Oh, and there’s beer. (Your mileage may vary)

The dozen or so presentations were varied, with touching, humorous and insightful moments. Sure some rolled better than others, but to nitpick would be a disservice to the notion.

Which makes me wonder, what would I say if I had 5 minutes and 20 slides? It’s a great question to ask ourselves even outside the framework of an event like this or TED or that wedding toast.

I definitely wouldn’t talk about consistent blogging or how to use an iron.

Anyway, it was a most excellent evening; I met lots of folks again or for the first time — and it got me to think.

Dunno when the next one will be but those sorts of details can be found on these websites: Ignite Cincinnati or Ignite (all over)

Speakers for the evening:

  • Karl Treier – On, Off, Near, Rural, coming full circle?
  • Candace Klein – The Bad Girl’s Guide to Getting What She Wants
  • Stephen Samuels – The Broadway Commons Entertainment District
  • Elizabeth Edwards – Be happy and save the economy in two easy steps (quit your job and start a company)
  • P.G. Sittenfeld – The Happiest Person You Know
  • Rick Payne – How computers are ruining the doctor’s office and hurting doctor/patient relationships
  • Katy Crossen – How to Look Good While Cooking Naked
  • Craig Smith – Infecting the Biomass
  • David Wilbrand – Nietzsche and the Art of Entrepreneurialism
  • Jon Keel – Your Website Sucks: And what to do about it!
  • Sandy Barnabas – Space Travel: The Ultimate Green Tech
  • Brian Tiffany – ‘Presentation Karaoke’ Deck
  • Brandon Croke – The Empower Campaign