Ignite Phoenix is an ongoing event in the Phoenix metropolitan area designed to inspire people from the business, technical, and creative communities. Several times a year, the group sponsors a presentation night. In one sitting, you hear 16 passionate speakers talking for 5 minutes about their projects, their hobbies, or anything else that captures their imagination. The first Ignite Phoenix was held in July 2008, and the second one is next week on Wednesday, October 29th. It’s free and open to the public.
I didn’t attend the first presentation night, but the buzz about it was so great that I volunteered to help with the second presentation night. It’s one of those amazing volunteer projects where people are excited about the event and even the meetings run smoothly. Everyone contributes based on available time and gifts, and every action is appreciated and acknowledged. The guys leading the charge, Jeff Moriarty and Roger Williams, are fantastic to work with, and guys I’m pleased to include in my network.
Ignite Phoenix II will be held at the Jobing.com offices at 4747 N 22nd Street, Suite 100 in Phoenix, roughly behind Ruth’s Chris steakhouse on Camelback Rd. It starts promptly at 6 pm and runs until 9 pm. There will be two presentation sessions with a short break in the middle. I hear that we will have delicious cupcakes on hand!
This event promises to be spectacular. What other event pulls together such a diverse audience from the creative, technical, and business communities and gives you a chance to hear so many different ideas in one sitting? If you are in Phoenix, you really should plan to attend. But arrive early to make sure you get a good seat (and a cupcake).
Mini-Ignite Phoenix at Podcamp AZ
In addition to Wednesday night’s presentation, there will be a mini-Ignite Phoenix event on Saturday, November 1st in conjunction with Podcamp AZ. This event features three speakers and starts at 8:45 am. If you are planning to attend Podcamp AZ, don’t miss it. And if you don’t know about the greatest local unconference about podasting, check out Podcamp AZ.
More About Ignite
If you don’t live in Phoenix, check out the Ignite website. If there is an Ignite program in your city, get involved: volunteer, submit a presentation proposal, and above all–attend it. This is a grassroots movement that you should not miss. There are new Ignite programs just announced in cities all over the US.
Disclaimer: I was selected as a speaker for Ignite Phoenix II and will be presenting my topic (Cinema Therapy) at the Podcamp AZ mini-Ignite Phoenix. I would still be this enthusiastic if my topic was not selected!