Started by Brady Forrest, Technology Evangelist for O'Reilly Media, and Bre Pettis of Etsy.com, formerly of MAKE Magazine, Ignite was inspired by Pecha Kucha Nights. The first Ignite took place in Seattle in 2006, and since then the event has become an international phenomenon, with gatherings in Helsinki, Finland; Paris, France; New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; and many other locations.
Ignite has two parts: the Ignite contest, where people make things, and Ignite talks, where presenters get 20 slides and five minutes to make their point. Ignite captures the best of culture in a series of speed presentations on topics ranging from The Best Way to Buy a Car to Hacking Chocolate. Imagine that you're on stage in front of an audience of hundreds of people, doing a five-minute presentation using a slide deck that auto-forwards every 15 seconds, whether you're ready or not. What would you do? What would you say? Could you stand the pressure?
The Ignite Lansing event will be held on April 17th, 2009 in the East Lansing Technology Center, located off Grand River in downtown East Lansing. Tickets are free, but required for entry.
Official Website: http://www.igniteLansing.com
Added by QueTwo on March 9, 2009