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Keep Your Finger On The Pulse of Vancouver Opinion

Posted on 25 March 2010 by IgniteBC

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Mark Payne @ The Red Case

Posted on 25 March 2010 by IgniteBC

Ignite Vancouver would like to thank Mark Payne at The Red Case Independent Consultancy for their support of Ignite Events in Vancouver.

Mark Payne

Mark Payne

A bit about Mark Payne:

I am passionate about start ups and new opportunities specifically in the area of emerging technologies.

I am also in love with live music, sports, mountains, changing the world, red wine….and my wife!

Originally from London we have lived and worked in the UK and overseas. We currently live in British Columbia and I split my time between Vancouver and the Okanagan Valley.

I’ve worked with organisations throughout the world ranging from major global brands and charities to small divisions and SMEs.

I have also been fortunate enough to be involved with and invested in several start-ups and early stage companies – some of them have been great, some have been OK and a few have been completely impossible!

All this has taught me TWO things

  1. Whatever I thought I knew is changing and tomorrow it will change again
  2. Do everything with passion, commitment, common sense, pragmatism, a sense of humour and a determination to enjoy it!

Everything else is far easier if you accept the first and do the second!

I also have the ability to select and support sports teams that never win anything!

You can find more information about what I do, who I work with and my investment activities by visiting my website here:

If you have a project or idea you think I would be interested in please get in touch…..



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Old Clayburn Association & Event Management

Posted on 25 March 2010 by IgniteBC

Ignite Vancouver would like to thank Old Clayburn for its support of Ignite Events in Vancouver.   Old Clayburn are experts in administering:

  • Full Service Association Management
  • Event Management
  • Professional Certification Programs
  • Marketing Collateral Design & Publication
  • Social Media Strategy for Community Building

Established in 1999, Old Clayburn has over a decade of hands on experience in supporting the needs of organizations around the world, including Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan, Mexico & USA.

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The April 15th Lineup!

Posted on 23 March 2010 by IgniteBC

Here, in no particular order, is the initial list of presentations and speakers that are planned for the Inaugural April 15th Ignite Event at Lux @ Caprice in Vancouver.  With a theme of Creation, Evolution and Revolution, this Ignite Vancouver event promises to deliver a lot in a very short period of time.  Here’s a sample of what you can expect:

1.   What Is Ignite? – A Quick Overview in the Ignite Format: Five Minutes, 20 Slides, 15 seconds per slide that auto advance.  Prepare to be enlightened, but we’ll be quick about it.

2.  The Ultimate Lesson in Social Media:  Two avid Ultimate Frisbee players share what they’ve learned from Ultimate to help shape a successful social media strategy

3.  Dressing Inappropriately:  A humorous and thought provoking look at what happens when we dare to show up as ourselves instead of conforming to societal norms.

4.  The 1965 Ford Mustang:  At the time of its release, the Mustang was seen as a revolutionary and innovative creation in contrast to the usual box-like cars coming out of Detroit.  Today, it continues to redefine and revolutionize.

5.  How to Buy A Hit Broadway Play with No Money Down:  This informative presentation takes you to New York City where IgniteBC members will learn what it takes to buy a hit theatrical show and get investors.

6.  Platypus Eggs and In House Idea Incubators:  Encouraging entrepreneurship in your company, nurturing brainstorming, and building new profitable businesses from within the enterprise.

7.  Advanced Internet Research Techniques: The Poem reveals how you can instantly improve your online search skills, evolve in your web productivity and transform how you use the web in your organization, career and life.

8.  Sustainability in Simple English:  Along with being Green, companies are adopting the phrase “Sustainability” into their business lexicon.  This presentation will show you how to identify, implement and evaluate basic sustainability practices in your business and life.

9. How I Sell Stuff to the Worlds Largest Corporations: Getting in and closing the deal with the biggest, the baddest and the best in the World.

10.  They’re NOT The Boss Of You: Really Really Useful Tips for New Parents and Expectant Parents From a New Father of Twin Boys.

And, approximately three or four more still to come…

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The Inaugural Event: April 15 @ Lux

Posted on 15 March 2010 by IgniteBC

The inaugural Ignite Vancouver will be held April 15 at Lux @ Caprice.  The capacity of the venue is approximately 80 people, with room for speakers, stage, etc.

We already have a solid lineup of speakers for the event, but if you are interested in participating, we’re always happy to find a way and make room for you.  Ignite Vancouver follows a simple format: 5 minutes, 20 slides, with each slide auto-advancing every 15 seconds. Come explain your passion, and spread the word! If you know of someone you’d love to see at Ignite Vancouver, tell them about it and ask them to participate, too.  There’s no limit to the subject matter (within reason): think of an Ignite Event like an open mike night to raise awareness and inspire others.

Currently on the bill:

An entertainment industry leader talking about the evolution of television
An SEO expert that will reveal more about the inner workings of the 8000lb Gorilla
A dad that will give new and expecting parents the inside track to reclaiming 3 hours of sleep each night
A couple of funnymen
A couple of funny women
An event promoter with a unique spin on the economy of entertainment
A sustainability expert to help explain what sustainability is in simple English
A talk on business incubation within the enterprise

…  and possibly even a few more.  All said, the event is slated to be about 2 hours long, including the contest.  This is also a licensed event and all persons attending or presenting must be of legal age.

All speakers should fill out the talk proposal form (below), to indicate you are interested in speaking.

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Tell Us About Your Presentation Idea:

The application deadline is 11:59pm, March 12 – so there’s still time!  Download the Powerpoint slide template from this site, and submit a deck to us by the 20th of March.  If we have room on this event you will be notified by March 25, otherwise we’ll schedule you for the next event.  We’re looking forward to hear what you have to say!

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Tips for a Great Presentation

Posted on 08 March 2010 by IgniteBC

The Rules of Ignite

The Ignite format is really simple. You must have 20 slides, and each slide must change automatically after 15 seconds. You can download the PowerPoint presentation template here – which automatically advances and has a slide timer built in.

To get an idea of what it’s all about, take 5 minutes and watch this:

An excellent talk, with a clear message told simply, with minimal text.

Putting your slides together

Before you fire up your laptop, consider the advice of Slide:ology and go analog. Use post-it notes to plan what you really want to say.

Treat the slides like a set of index cards that you use to prompt yourself for the next point. That way, if you get slightly out of sync with the slides it won’t matter so much. (If you try to rattle through a list of bullet points you will inevitably mess up the timing).

Use a single idea per slide, and illustrate it with a nice clear image. You can download free (or cheap) legal photos from the URLs listed on the Presentation Zen site.

At all costs, avoid text-heavy “death by powerpoint” slides as these definitely don’t work for Ignite. Keep the number of words on each slide to a minimum – 5 words is plenty, since it’s just a headline.

Avoid putting anything important at the very top or bottom of the slide, as this may be cut off or hard to see from some parts of the room.

You don’t need to talk about yourself on the first slide – the MC will introduce you, and explain where you’re from and what you’ll be talking about. So just launch straight into an exciting and compelling opening, and grab the audience’s attention from the first slide.

Can I use animations?

We don’t recommend the use of animations like moving text, images appearing after a delay, embedded videos, etc. They’re mostly distracting, often fail, and are unnecessary in the Ignite format: you’ve only got 15 seconds, so don’t waste it with animations.

Great use of cartoons to simplify things and keep them fun

Some suggestions

Do it without notes! If you structure your slides to be like index cards, the slide itself should act as your prompter and you won’t need to refer to notes. There will be a monitor facing the presenter so you won’t need to look back at the screen.

Make sure you practice your presentation a few times in front of a live audience (your partner, your colleagues, your cat, the mirror) to get your timing right. You’ll be amazed how fast the 5 minutes actually goes.

There is an excellent article here written by an Ignite presenter, giving advice on how to put your talk together, and here is some great advice from previous Ignite Sydney presenter Mark Pollard.

Most of all, remember that Ignite is meant to be a bit of fun – it’s an antidote to all the boring conferences and lectures that people are used to. So make your presentation entertaining, grab a drink, and enjoy yourself.

An Ignite talk about giving Ignite talks? How post-modern

What format?

If you’re using PowerPoint (Windows), save your slides in either PPT or PPTX. If you’re using Keynote (Mac), save your slides in Keynote 09 format. Please note that we don’t use Presenter’s View so be prepared for this.

Don’t worry about the 15 second timing on the slides if you don’t know how to do it – we can set that up for you.

The projector will be set to a low resolution of 1024 x 768 so don’t include any fine details – you should be able to read your slides clearly while standing a few feet away from your laptop. If you can’t see it, neither can the audience.

Simple slides, with a single bullet point per slide

Other details: Attire, Behavior, Manners, etc

1. Don’t move around too much. It’s distracting. That includes hand gestures, bobbing and weaving back and forth, and turning your back to the camera / audience.
2. Generally, try to wear clothing that is comfortable and that does not clash with the backdrop of the presentation /stage. This is so you will show up well on camera. Remember, it will probably be dark in the venue. So use clothing that will reflect the light.
3. Know when you are going up, and freshen up quickly before you go on stage. Comb your hair, tuck in your shirt, touch up any makeup, etc.
4. DON’T drink excessively before you go on stage.
5. Speak up and speak clearly and *speak just a little slower* than you are normally accustomed to.
6. Prepare your presentation in advance and supply them to the event organizer at least two weeks prior to the event to help build buzz and excitement!


If you need any help, or you’re stuck for ideas, drop us an email at and we’ll do our best to help.

Thanks again, and see you on the night.

Article re-posted with permission from Ignite Sydney

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