I had this sitting in draft since the day after Ignite Denver 6… blog fail.
Looking back on Ignite Denver, a lot went well. A lot more needs improvement.
What went NOT awesome.
We didn’t insist on Rackhouse closing to the public, so we had to compete with people there to drink.
Rackhouse didn’t believe we’d bring in well over 250 (A new record for Ignite Denver), so we had seating issues.
For some it wasn’t clear, the beer you got with donation was Flying Dog. Apparently a free beer is still game for bitching and complaining. We’ll be more clear.
A comedian, while hilarious, is a bad idea for an Ignite intermission. Jill Tasei is very funny, but that wasn’t the right environment. My bad
Slide deck roulette. I tried to be slick and have a slide deck only machine, and while that worked well, getting slides from speakers up until 1 hour before Ignite, was a huge fail. I was off my game in getting the master deck put together.
From now on. Slides in 2 days before, or we select an alternate.
What went awesome
We successfully live streamed Ignite Denver 6. That was the second time we’ve streamed, and the first was more a “well let’s just whip something up”. This time we planned on streaming from the beginning.
We sold out, and then some. Not only did we break our previous attendance records, but we sold the place out.
We raised money for charity. We gave a $200 check to the Bridge Project. Once we paid the bar tab for the speaker beers, and beers that came with donations, we cleared just a smidge over $200. It was great. The more you give us, the more we give to charity.
Presentation selection. For the first time we had more submissions that we could actually use, which meant voting was a huge help in guiding our selection. It’s awesome to finally see more people getting interested in Ignite Denver.
The Speed round. The only trouble was the aforementioned slide deck roulette troubles. But the speed round presentations themselves went really well. A good first run for sure.
So, with Ignite Denver now OFFICIALLY wrapped, LOL… Ignite Denver 7!
Taking what we’ve learned from the past 6, we’re going to hold Ignite Denver 7 at the Oriental Theatre on July 27th. Make sure to mark your calendar now! July 27th! If you haven’t already subscribe to the Denwhere calendar, ID7 is already on it!
That means: Huge screen, no bar noise, no trouble seeing the presenter!
Max attendance is again 250, let’s sell out ID7 faster than we did ID6!
We’re still working on charity selection, but we will definitely be donating to a charity. We’re gonna need a lot more donations too! Dig deep folks. Moving to a more awesome venue includes costs.
Donating is still optional. I strongly feel Ignite should not be a pay to play event. If you don’t want to donate, but want to be a part of something awesome, highlighting how kick ass Denver is, that’s totally cool. Charging, IMO is weak sauce.
This is the first time in Ignite Denver history where voting was more than merely ranking, we had about 23 submitted topics, and only room for 16 presentations, some didn’t make it. The 16 presentations that did make it are great! We’re in for an awesome night!
Here’s the line up for March 2nd!!
Intro – Terry Cabeen
Jess Brick – How to Survive a Night in County: A White Girl’s Guide to stickin’ it to THE MAN
Aaron DeLay – Cain and Abel 2: Die Harder
Jun Heider – Mainstream recycling practices are a crock of shit.
Jim – St. Patty’s Day – Do’s & Don’ts
Scott Sheridan – Interesting Facts About the Wines of the World
Nora Burns – Dating, Recruiting & Zha Zha Zuu
Kezza – Irish Cuisine – Beyond Beer and Potatoes!
Josh Mishell & Chris Rippe – The Dude Abides: Self Help, Lebowski-Style
INTERMISSION ( awesome local Comedian )
Nick Armstrong – Hatdrop Heartbreak Roadtrip – Let’s Go
Bryan Bugfrog – It’s not your mom’s video shoot.
Andrea Hill – Why roller derby should be an olympic sport
@timd – Internet Dating for Dummies with @2509.
Erika Napoletano – How the F-Bomb Promotes Green Living
Grant Beery – A Colorado Beer for Every Month
An Bui and Luke Tilsley – Food Fantasy vs. Food Reality
Tim Nicklas – Avatar, BOTOX, and Warren Miller Films – a prescription to treat kids with cerebral palsy
Elaine Ellis – tells her story of 3 months in Europe… in 5 minutes.
There’s only about 80 spots left, 20 went today! RSVP Now!
The voting is going on now, so make sure you go vote for the best submissions. BUT, make sure you RSVP for Ignite Denver 6 as well. Well. Space is limited to under 200 so don’t mess around and dilly dally.
As always Ignite Denver is 100% free to attend, but we do offer a donation ticket ($5), that helps us cover the costs of running Ignite Denver, it also helps us buy beer for the presenters, and thanks to Flying Doge Ales, we’re also able to use part of each donation, to give donators their first beer free. So if you want to help Ignite Denver exist, help us with raffle prizes, help us show our presenters some love, and in general help keep Ignite Denver going, please share $5, and your first beer is on us.
Start your weekend on off right! RSVP for an awesome night of fun, geekery, and beer with Ignite Denver!
ok the submissions are in, and wow! Some truly funny stuff!
But rather than take my word for it, go vote! The voting is primarily for sorting and ranking, just to be clear, but your votes count, and matter, so get to it! Make sure Ignite Denver has the best of the best.
During our last committee meeting, we were talking about ways to hand out prizes, and fun competitions to do. We came up with the Speed round, a new take on the mystery deck idea we’ve used twice before. We wanted to take the idea of the mystery deck and put it in the hands of the audience.
Here’s how it’s gonna work!
At the first intermission, before our comedian takes the stage for some funny, everyone will vote on which slide deck from part 1 they’d like to see as the speed round.
At the end of part 2 we’ll call for volunteers (2 of them) to come up and deliver the speed round, using the chosen deck, but telling a different story. When each contestant gets up the tell the crowd their ‘theme’ and then away we go.
Here’s how the speed round is speedy 🙂
It’s the same 20 slides, but it’s 2/3 faster, that means each slide is only up for 5 seconds. so the entire deck is done in 100 seconds (just under 2 minutes)
The crowd votes for the winner with applause.
The winners will win some awesome prizes, we’re still working on those.
So when you’re sitting in the audience watching the awesome presentations, keep in mind which you’d like to see in 1/3 time!
Thanks to our awesome pals at Flying Dog we’re going to be enjoying $2 Flying Dog beers all night long for Ignite Denver 6!
Ignite Denver 6 is shaping up to be a good time! And $2 Flying Dog is certainly gonna help make it better 🙂
If you haven’t submitted your topic for Ignite Denver 6, better hurry! Feb 9th we close the submission window. We also open the registration page. We’ll be accepting donations again like last time, you’re free to choose to support us or not, however your $5 donation will not just help ensure that Ignite Denver continues it also gets your first beer 🙂
Stay tuned, we hope to have more cool stuff to report soon! Ignite Denver 6 and Global Ignite Week are gonna be of the hook!