“Enlighten us … but do it quickly”

What Is Ignite? (from http://ignite.oreilly.com/)

If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers.

Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Since then 100s of 5 minute talks have been given across the world. There are thriving Ignite communities in Seattle, Portland, Paris, and NYC.


ignite waterloo

The lineup from November 25, 2009:

  • Jesse Rodgers: How to run an ‘unconference’
  • Jayne Thompson: Flood Forecasting and Climate Change
  • Aden Seaman: How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube in 90 seconds
  • Brent Curry: Nudging people onto bikes in the age of the automobile
  • David Swart: What do you do with visible spheres?
  • Darin White: Meta-Making: A hacker space in 17 easy steps
  • Jaclyn Konzelmann: Teaching hasn’t changed. Is it still effective?
  • Kevin Thaler: Policing in 2009: Five minutes on twenty years of change
  • David Estil: Here Comes the Sun: Solar Energy as development home and abroad
  • Simon Clark: Hacking the Hood
  • Jason Shim: ‘Til Disconnection Do We Part: A Second Life Wedding
  • Levi McCulloch: A Real Fraternity Road Trip
  • Mark Connolly: Are you sure that’s an album? Metaphor in product design
  • Dr. Matt Renaud: High Altitude Medicine
  • Nick Oddson: How Theatre Helped My Career: Improvisational guidelines for work and life
  • John Fishbein: Meet the Real Africa

Here are two of my favourite talks from the night:

Next Ignite Waterloo event is scheduled for March 3, 2010. I’ve been asked to present. Mark it on your calendar, and stay tuned.

One thought on ““Enlighten us … but do it quickly”

  1. Hey Kyle,
    Glad you liked the talks. Dave is my twin brother. I came across your blog after searching +swart +desire2learn. (Because I work here in kitchener at D2L)
    Maybe we’ll run into each other at the next D2L conference or the next Waterloo Ignite

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