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Sponsorship and Support Levels

Posted on 27 February 2010 by IgniteBC

Sponsoring an Ignite Vancouver Event has many benefits that go beyond the event.  The following is a quick overview of what your support yields:

Event Icebreakers

Icebreakers are the first people to meet, greet and help new visitors become familiar with the Ignite presentation concept.  This is a key networking opportunity, and Icebreakers would be tasked to visit tables at the event, hand out a flyer, nametags, inform attendees of event sponsors, and engage people in discussion.

Presenters

Presenters are the people around which Ignite Events are built.  They are responsible for submitting an initial presentation concept at least four weeks before an event.  Upon approval, a presenter must then craft a PowerPoint presentation in the Ignite framework: 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide, 5 minutes total.  Once this is done, a presenter must submit their PowerPoint file to Ignite Vancouver at least 2 weeks before an event.   Presenters can supply a Bio of up to 1000 words, a photo of their choosing, and up to five internet links of their preference to post on the Ignite Vancouver website.  Finally, presenters are given a “Proud Presenter” internet badge that they can post on their own blog, or maintain in their Ignite Vancouver profile.

Gift Donation Sponsorship

We are always seeking sponsors to supply us with giveaways such as corporate imprinted clothing, toys, consumables, gift certificates, promotional discounts, and anything that will increase the perceived value of attending an Ignite Vancouver event.  Gift donation sponsorship receives honorable mention at the event, “Brought to you by” mention in the event archive page on the website along with a bio page under sponsors, a link back to your website on the homepage, up to four tickets to the Ignite Event being sponsored, and up to four complementary drink tickets at the Ignite event being sponsored.

Cash Sponsorship

Similar to the Gift Sponsorship, a cash donation is leveraged to help pay for otherwise out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the organizers themselves.  Cash support helps to pay for miscellaneous expenses that crop up occasionally such as printing, website hosting, event insurance, audio visual sundries, advertising, and small tokens of appreciation for participants and organizers.   Remaining proceeds are donated to a designated charity, and can also be made in the name of the sponsor.  Cash sponsors also receive all the benefits of a Gift Sponsor, but also benefit by having their names or corporate logos prominently featured in the video archives.  Signage is also created in some instances with the sponsors logo that can be repurposed by the sponsor in the future (i.e. you get to keep the signs and banners that we print up with your logos on them, and they only have your logo on them. )

Attending an Event

What?  You didn’t think we’d forget about the ever important supporters that make it all possible, did you?!?!  Hey, if it weren’t for you, I’d still be calling up other people’s answering machines and leaving long-winded messages about the government, or the hockey game last night, or how I believe that website will actually change the world ( … c’mon… y’know the website I’m talkin’ about… :-)   When you attend an Ignite Vancouver event, you not only help to validate what we are doing, but you are getting out and supporting an even bigger scene by patronizing the venue, and meeting up with other people that have come to Ignite Vancouver for the sole purpose of meeting: YOU!   Thanks for showing up and keeping everyone’s spirits high!  Come again real soon, too!

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How To Become An Ignite Speaker

Posted on 27 February 2010 by IgniteBC

The cool thing about Ignite is that just about anyone can present.  It’s like an open mike night to talk about whatever you are passionate about.  The only condition is that it must fall into the Ignite format:  20 slides, 15 seconds a slide, five minutes total.  That, and the topic must have some kind of “social value”.  In other words, it’s not infomercial time.  We will post details about you and your company on your speaker Bio page.  People interested in finding out more can go from there.

  1. Start by submitting a quick overview of your topic.  Title and 1 paragraph description.  This should be completed one month prior to the event date.
  2. Two weeks before the event date, submit a finished powerpoint deck to us for review.  If there are any problems with it, we’ll still have a chance to correct any issue.  Additionally, the extra lead time helps us convert the file for the subsequent video archive where we will synchronize the presentation with your video.
  3. Also:  two weeks OR SOONER, provide us with a bio about yourself.  This will help people know where you are coming from, and will also give folks an opportunity to contact you if they would like a more detailed perspective.
  4. The day of the event:  Arrive about an hour early so you can get familiar with your surroundings, schmooze a bit with the other speakers, organizers, etc, and just get ready to have fun!
  5. After:  We still need clearance to post your video.  So after the event, you’ll sign a waiver giving us permission to do so, without the expectation of future remuneration.  In return, we will post the PPT in your bio, along with the video links to the IgniteShow.com global site, YouTube, and on our site.  You will also receive permission to use the “Proud Presenter” badge on your website, where you can link back to the presentation archive / bio page that will feature all your presentations.

You can download the Powerpoint template from here:

http://ignitebc.com/presentations/ignite-presentation-master-template/

Use the following form to contact us with your request to present at an Ignite Vancouver Event:

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Tell Us About Your Presentation Idea:

Looking forward to hearing more from you.

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Sponsorship: An Overview

Posted on 23 February 2010 by IgniteBC

IgniteBC is a group of professionals that voluntarily organize and promote the Ignite presentation formats.  In most cases, expenses are either covered by the individual organizers, or are modestly offset by ticket sales – the balance of which goes to charity.  By choosing to support an IgniteBC event, you are aligning yourself with several different audiences which include:

  • Young professionals seeking an outlet and sources of feedback for their ideas
  • A global community of a wide range of public speakers
  • A network of connected professionals in support of their peers
  • A community driven event that takes place every couple months that continues to grow in reach and influence

Support is accepted in a manner of formats that is most convenient to you.  You can start small, and simply attend an event.  Your attendance helps to validate the merit and draw of IgniteBC events to the participating venue.  If you wish to help out, you can also volunteer your time – which is always appreciated since we are all folks that have families and long commutes after work.  You can also go one step farther by donating prizes for contestants, guest presenters and door prizes.   And then there’s just good old fashioned money.   Any financial support is captured through our Event Ticketing Solution: EventBright.  Click here to view available sponsorship packages, or to buy a ticket for the next event.

Contact us today to find a place when you can fit into the mix at IgniteBC!

You can call Mark at 604-726-5569 or via e mail at IgniteBC (at) google (dot) com.

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Speakers: What’s In It For You?

Posted on 22 February 2010 by IgniteBC

For those of you considering being a presenter at an Ignite BC event, you might be surprised to find out exactly how far your five minute presentation may take you.  Ignite Events are similar to the Japanese phenomenon known as Pecha Kucha, with a few modifications and a little bit simpler.  These events are casual forums where a variety of topics are shared to an audience of peers.   Each event is captured on video and archived to the site for viewing by a wider audience unable to attend the event in person.  Each talk also becomes a part of the global Ignite parent website managed by OReilly media.

Ignite BC Badge

Ignite BC Badge for your blog

All presenters are given a badge that they can post on their website, as well as a personal bio page with links back to your blog or website.  If you care to share you slide decks with website visitors, we will also host these for you.  Your participation in an Ignite BC event will also bring you closer to a network of professionals, consultants, managers, entrepreneurs and free thinkers: you just might find someone that finally actually understands you!

Last but not least, we’re a bunch of do-gooders.  Where possible, Ignite BC donates event proceeds to a different charity.  This is where sponsorship comes in as well; most events require a fair bit of time, money and resources and your participation means we can deliver a better program which draws bigger crowds which drives more revenue which helps a good cause.

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Ignite Presentation Master Template

Posted on 22 February 2010 by IgniteBC

The following template is to be used to deliver an Ignite BC presentation.  Please crunch whatever details you can into  this template.  Note that you are not only limited to the  number of slides, but also the time allotted to each slide.  Five minutes, twenty slides, fifteen seconds a slide.  If you move too fast through one… doesn’t matter.   You only get fifteen seconds per slide.  So construct your presentations accordingly.

Download it here:

Ignite Presentation Master

Now, some of you might be saying “What do you mean? I only have fifteen seconds per slide?”  Well, I would propose that 15 seconds is probably more than adequate, considering that most advertisers can get their message across in less than 30 seconds.  You, on the other hand, have five minutes to present!  And you’re telling me you need MORE TIME than that?

C’mon!  Download the template, and get cracking!  We’re waiting to be amazed, and we’re giving you a full five minutes of our undivided and uninterrupted attention!  When was the last time anyone REALLY gave you a full five minutes of their time, anyways?

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Super Genius Contests: The Most Awesomest Paper Airplane

Posted on 22 February 2010 by IgniteBC

The first IgniteBC will also feature a challenge to all attendees to create The Mother of All Paper Airplanes Ever!

Paper Airplane Contest

Paper Airplane Contest

Submissions will be evaluated using multiple criteria including aesthetic design, fold complexity, uniqueness, performance and overall coolness.  All planes are to be manufactured onsite, using supplied 11 X 17 paper.  There is no restriction on size, only that each submission can use one sheet of paper.  No scissors or sharp objects of any kind are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own craft implements, crayons, glue, and paperclips if necessary.

No cheating, either.  If you bring a pre-made plane, and we catch you, you’ll have to buy each of the presenters a round.  And no sabotage or schemes to impede someone else’s chances:  if you get caught doing that, you’ll have to buy the other person AND the presenters all their rounds for the rest of the night.

airplane pilot

airplane pilot

Teams can be formed to collaborate on the final design, but only one pilot must be declared for the plane’s maiden voyage.  The pilot will only have one chance to fly their plane.  Winners of the contest will be announced at the conclusion of the event, approximately 15 minutes after the last speaker.

By the way, we are still working on prizes.  If anyone wants to donate any corporate swag for this contest, we’d be more than happy to give you props on the Sponsorship section of the website.  If we don’t secure any sponsors, then rest assured you will receive – at the very least – a framed certificate that proves once and for all that you are the man with the plan (or woman, as the case may be… it just rhymed better).

Here is a draft of the Certificate of Aerodynamic Super Genius:

Super Genius

Certificate of Genius

Good luck!

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