A good friend of mine invited me to attend the Ignite Raleigh event this week. Neither of us really knew what to expect but we decided to go anyway. We had a blast! The Lincoln Theater was packed with over 500 attendees. Everyone was walking around with their smart phones out, Facebooking and Twittering the event live as it happened. It was techie paradise. Of course yours truly rolled in with a nearly dead Blackberry battery…
The presentation format was the best part of the evening. All presenters were limited to five minutes. They could use 20 slides that automatically rotated every 15 seconds. Anyone that went over their time limit was instantly Rick Rolled. The presentations were varied and, of course, straight to the point. The theme for the evening was “enlighten us, but make it quick!” The tight time limit guaranteed a succinct presentation. It was refreshing to not get bogged down in details. We saw some very clever powerpoint presentations.
Some of my favorites:
- 19 Reasons Why Raleigh Is Better Than the Silicon Valley by Wayne Sutton. Wayne laid many of the reasons why Raleigh is better than our west coast friends. Turns out one of the reasons is because we have big nuts!
- What Would Jesus Tweet? by Derek Brown. This was a pleasant surprise. There was an audible groan from the audience when the topic was introduced. He killed it. By the end of the presentation he had the attention of everyone in the building. This one was my favorite of the night. I hope this video goes online. If it does I am going to download it and keep it for later.
All of the presenters did a great job. I hope video will be posted shortly. When it is I will share some of my favorites here. You should follow their Facebook page or Twitter page. I’ll definitely be attending this next time!