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!!!
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!
I hope everyone who was there in person, or watching the online stream had as much fun as I did. I think we’re finally starting to really hit our stride. We’re still working on forming a steering committee, but we did have a great start at video (below is one angle. The other camera footage is still be processed)
I’ve got the footage from Ben Wilkoff’s cam, so I’m working on that, Ethan is working on his angle. Ethan was also the man behind streaming, hats off to him!
Many Many thanks to those that have stepped up to help make Ignite Denver better!
Luke Tilsey, Nicole Wilker, Ethan Crawford, Christine Adolf, PJ Hoberman, and Jun Heider
Thanks to the Compilers for playing another awesome set!
We’ve been working hard to get some great topics lined up for Ignite Denver 5, this Wednesday, and I’m happy to reveal the line up!
As always, we may add some new stuff as it comes, but this is the line up we’re working with now!
Jeremy Tanner – What is Ignite – welcome
Jun Heider – The evolution of Internet FAIL: In a non-linear fashion
Luke Tilsey – How to Pick Up Dudes (Part 2): The ‘Secret Revealed
Tim D (2509) – Avoiding and Surviving Bear Attacks
Musical Guest – The Compilers, back again, with more great music!
Lauren Cook – Get Baked: Why Boycotting Cupcakes Will Turn The Recession Around
Ben Wilkoff – Authentic Learning: Imagine school (and work) with a real purpose and a real audience
An Bui – How to Pick Up Chicks: Tips from a Totally Hetero Woman
Sarah Wells – Ethical Shoplifting
? – Mystery Deck of Doom
I’m really excited by these topics! It’s gonna be a blast!!
I’m hoping we’ll have another Guinea pig for the “Mystery Deck of Doom” presentation. Not sure what that is? I create an Ignite Slide Deck, which tells a story, has a logical flow, like any other presentation, except you won’t see it until it starts 🙂 Any takers? Not for the meek, But definitely fun!!! Just ask Joe H! From Ignite Denver 4!
There’s still plenty of Room so make sure to RSVP and help us spread the word!