Photo by Ben Wood.
Last week, I had the tremendous opportunity to participate in Ignite Phoenix, an exceptionally fun, creative and energizing event, led by a fantastic team of volunteers here in Arizona. The Ignite concept is explained from the Ignite.OReilly site:
What Is Ignite?
If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you
only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?
Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show
Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre
Pettis. Since then 100s of 5 minute talks have been given across the
world. There are thriving Ignite communities in Seattle, Portland,
Paris, and NYC.
My buddy Jeff Moriarty, one of the organizers of the event, captures the vibe in the room particularly well in this photo by Sheila Dee. It was one of the most open, positive and welcoming groups I have ever presented to.
My 5-minute topic was The Upside of Fear, my answer to the doom and gloom we are all living with today. Check out my presentation here, and please view the other 17 presentations on Blip TV.
I told Jeff that the event reminded me of a free, bootstrapped TED conference where local talent shared their passions with their peers. If you have the opportunity to attend or present at an Ignite in your local area, I highly recommend it. If you don’t see one in your city, start one!
As I said in my talk, in times of fear, we connect. It doesn’t get much better than this.
See more photos from the event on Flickr, tag IgnitePhx