This was for all intents and purposes, Ignite Denver 1, a complete reboot of Ignite Denver.
We had a new venue, that as far as we know was a huge success, and we’ll likely be there a while, since there’s room for us to grow.
So as always this post is a review of the night/event.
What was Awesome.
Awesome venue. Theaters are a great place for ignites. I see why so many Ignites hold them there 🙂
The committee – we’ve got a truly awesome group of people dedicated to making Ignite Denver awesome, and that makes me super happy!
Gastro cart – Since we’re not at a bar, we need food to be available from outside vendors. Gastro Cart ROCKED it! Glad they were with us! Can’t wait to have them back next time!
The presenters. Not a dud in the bunch, and the process of submitting and voting went AWESOME.
The turnout. We pretty much filled the main level of the Oriental, another 10 or so folks and we’d have had to open the balcony. That’s incredible!
Next time we’ll have a full balcony!
What was less than Awesome.
Obviously the HVAC was on a fritz. It was working for a bit earlier in the day, but clearly had some bugs. Just imagine Ignite Denver 8, it’ll be much cooler out, and the heat will be nice 🙂 But hopefully it’ll be fixed by then!
The House Restaurant. Sadly they didn’t communicate well internally and when we showed up on Tuesday night, they had nothing planned. They weren’t ready for Ignite Denver, and hadn’t planned on being open afterward, etc. WEAK SAUCE. We won’t be working with them again.
One bartender. That’s probably just the way it is. We got an awesome deal on the theatre and unless you’re willing to pay more, we probably will have one bartender each time.
See you around October/November for Ignite Denver 8!!!
Coming to Ignite Denver? Silly question, I know, everyone is coming to Ignite Denver 🙂
Join us before and then after Ignite Denver for happy hour awesomeness at The House! They’ve agreed to offer up pre and post Ignite Denver happy hour deals and even some great appetizer deals!
Don’t miss out on Ignite Denver 7, it’s gonna be great! In case you haven’t been paying attention, we’ve got a new venue (NOT A BAR!!), Guest emcee, an awesome presenters! Don’t miss it! Ignite Denver is aimed at bringing Denver Geeks, techies and more together!!
As this Ignite Denver is kind of a reboot (new venue, great new committee, etc) we decided to try one more new thing.
Instead of having to watch me up on stage all night, we’re gonna have a guest MC. Maybe this will be a trent, I dunno. Maybe every Ignite Denver now will have a guest MC to keep us going. Who knows, but Ignite Denver 7, will be MC’ed by.
During the day Ryan is the digital creative director at Location3, and at night a connoisseur of irish whiskey and all things Apple.
He’s spent a good chunk of his adult life working in-house for some cool (and not so cool) ad agencies. During this time he’s produced creative solutions for Anheuser-Busch, Toyota, IBM, SeaWorld, GNC, Outback Steakhouse, US Airways, and Honda to name a few.
At Location3, Ryan oversees the creative development process from initial strategy to delivery, including web and mobile site creation, display advertising, CMS, eCommerce and other interactive solutions.
He presently resides in downtown Denver with this girl and this dog. Then there’s also Joe, the fancy pigeon that lives on his rooftop.
There are few things Ryan really likes – straight lines, helvetica, moleskine, all things Apple, Mr. Jameson, jazz, his vinyl collection, silent movies with the volume turned all the way up, and simplicity.
Voting for Ignite Denver 7 sparks begins now! Go Vote!
Voting is a popularity contest, we all know that 🙂 Voting for Ignite Denver 7 Sparks mainly helps guide the committee. It guides us in selecting the 14-16 sparks that will be presented and it guides us in selecting the line up of sparks.
ANd make sure you pick up your ticket too! Space is limited to 250 people, so don’t mess around and dilly dally, you’ll be sad, and we can’t promise we’ll be able to open up any overflow (real or imagined). Go register now for what will be the best Ignite Denver yet!
That’s right! The Ignite Denver 7 submission window for sparks closes this Friday! Voting starts next week! Get your topic in.
I can’t understate how awesome I think Ignite Denver 7 is gonna be.
We’ve got a real theatre venue. We’re working on getting a local restaurant to hook us up with before and after happy hour prices so we can hang out on Tennyson, and did I mention a real theatre. That means the bar isn’t next to the presenter. That means the only people in the place, are there for Ignite! We’ve got the compilers back, with Version 2 of their set 🙂 More twitter backed up awesomeness!
We’ve got Influxis onboard as a sponsor to help make Ignite Denver 7 stream across the intertubes like nobodies business!
This is a huge step for Ignite Denver. We’ve explored the city looking for venues that worked, and frankly this is looking like it’s a good place to hang for a bit!
1. The compilers are coming back to perform intermission, and at the end of Ignite. They’ve performed a few times, and are a great local band, comprised of software developers!
Also, Influxis is sponsoring the live streaming of Ignite Denver 7! While I think you need to be there in person, if you’re not able to, or too far away! You’ll be able to watch live! Stay tuned for more!