Ignite Videos, Photos, and Tweets

If you missed our inaugural event, or would simply like to relive our magic night of unbridled geekery, check out our channel on YouTube (sorry for the missing talks, we ran out of battery):


Photos on Flickr:


Discussion on Twitter:


And let us know if you’d like to get involved (organize, speak) for our second event!


Backstage details

We ran our presentations last night with Impressive, a python presentation framework, rendering directly from PDFs that all the speakers provided. It’s a nice package. I’ll be giving a little demo tomorrow at MichiPUG. I also wrote up a detailed explanation if you’re interested.

Also, the half-time twitter visualizer was visibletweets.com, which I think worked great. We had a lot of twitterizing from the crowd that was thrown up on the screen at half-time.

Ignite 1 a great success


Thanks to everyone who came out to see Ignite 1, we had over 200 people in attendance.  You could feel the energy level all the participants brought into the event, and the talks were all outstanding.  Our 14 speakers clearly cared about their topics and did a fantastic job.  Thanks again to the Neutral Zone and all our organizing volunteers for making this night possible.

The event was discussed on mlive.com and by Ed Vielmetti.

If you have photos you’d like to share, tag them with ignitea2 on Flickr.

We’ll try to get some of the video up shortly, if you missed the event or the streaming. In the meantime, we’ll have to be content with perhaps the most memorable quote of the evening: “Near-space chocolate is awesome”.

Final Speaking Lineup – Ignite 1

Now, with contact information!

Eli Neiburger @ @ e : Hack your Library

Matt Oishi: Neutral Zone teen and electronic music whiz

Dianne Marsh : Under-representation of Women in Computer Science: Why I care and why you should too

Aydin Akcasu e : Wii Will Wii Will Rock You! !! !!!

James Deakins @ : Playing with balloons. How to make a near space balloon that collects data while it travels.

Stefanie Murray @ @ e : What’s up with news in this town? Evolution of The Ann Arbor News and what’s next

Zach Steindler @ : Expensive Camping Gear? DIY!

— Short Break —

Brad Boegler : Real-time NOAA weather satellite imagery reception from home

Laura Fisher : Keeping Things in Balance: Classic Visual Ratios

Bob Stack : Technical co-working. Economy, synergy and friendship

Kyle Mulka @ : The Many Uses of Twitter

Eric Jankowski : Why every second you spend not playing Go is wasted

Dave Askins : The Ann Arbor Chronicle — An Origin Story

John Barrie @ e: The Appropriate Technology Collaborative – How to end poverty using clean, green technology.