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The Next Ignite: June 24th

Posted on 25 April 2010 by IgniteBC

The April 15th event was a massive success, and with it came many requests for another one!  So, without further adieu, preparations are now officially underway for Ignite Vancouver II.  The next event is June 24th, and it promises to be a ground breaker on may levels!

Wanna Earn $100 a MINUTE?  Read on!

The next event will be a little different in that we will be awarding a prize of $500 to the best presentation of the night! Presentations will be judged based on votes from the audience via a Twitter polling solution.  Everyone in the audience can vote for each presenter once.  50% of the vote will be audience generated, and 50% of the vote will come from the Ignite Organizing Team.  If you would like to participate in this event, please submit your presentation idea ASAP because its a first-come-first-served basis!  We will publish the final lineup on May 25th, and we will require your FINAL presentation to be submitted to us by June 10th.  The sooner you complete your submission, the better your chances of getting in and getting the pick of where you want to be in the final lineup.

Register with the IgniteBC website - by clicking this link.  This will make you a member of the Ignite BC and keep you up to date on all future goings-on with Ignite Events in Vancouver.

Buy tickets for the June 24 event by clicking here. Tickets are just $10.00 advance.  $15.00 the week before the event.

Interested in giving a talk? Then tell us about it!  There is space for a maximum of 12 presenters.   All the details can be found by clicking on this link:  How to become an Ignite Speaker.   Or, just fill out this form:

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This promises to be an absolutely phenomenal event!  Register early, and bring your friends because the more people that attend with you, the better your chances will be of winning!

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June 24 – Another Try for a Contest!

Posted on 25 April 2010 by IgniteBC

Okay, so the last contest didn’t really happen.  Sorry about that, and believe me I was thoroughly disappointed that it don’t go off as planned.  Not a lot of people got there early enough, and… well… better luck next time.

Well, the next time has been planned, and this contest will be something that EVERYONE can participate in, if they are so inclined.  Here’s a quick overview of what we have planned:

Given that Ignite Events are all about public speaking, we’re going to have a challenge that is somewhat consistent to the overall program – that is, we will give all contestants a passage to read up on stage.  The passage will be exactly the same for everyone.  The person that can read the most number of words – without making a mistake in ten seconds – will win a prize.

But, there’s a catch:  (ah yes… there is ALWAYS a catch, isn’t there?)

The passage that you will read will be a very complex and difficult tongue twister.

Good thing we’re doing this at the beginning of the night, eh?

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Following the results of April 15th

Posted on 25 April 2010 by IgniteBC

Some folks might be interested to know about the results of the April 15th event, and so here we go:

This was a startup event, and as such, demanded a few additional funds to get things rolling.  The net result is that we lost about $500 from the overall proceeds, with the bulk of the revenues going to simple things like printing the stationery, localized Google advertising, signage, membership fees, Eventbrite and Paypal service fees, web hosting, a cash box, a battery pack, a high speed SD card for the camera, and some software to support the video capture and archiving component.  We already had some things like the camera, a tripod and so on – so these assets were not included in the startup costs.

Despite the loss position, we still donated $100 to Union Gospel Mission, as we set out on this project with a commitment to donate a minimum of $100 or 10% of the proceeds, whichever is greater.  We would have done more, but that’s where we came in.

Thanks to all for your strong support, and we look forward to having you all come out again at all of the future events!

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April 15 Official Lineup

Posted on 14 April 2010 by IgniteBC

The event agenda is posted here.  Upon completion of the event, this post will also feature links to the video archive of the event.

Location:  Lux Lounge at Caprice Nightclub.
Address:  965 Granville St (between Nelson & Smithe)

6:30 – 6:50 – Paper Airplane Contest
6:50 – Ten minute warning to help people get seated and get their refreshments
7:00 – Brief overview of the Ignite concept for the audience, along with introductions to the Ignite organizers & award to winner of Paper Airplane Contest.

7:00 to 7:30 – First Block of Presentations

Presenter 1:  Mark Pivon – They’re Not The Boss of You
Presenter 2:  Alyssa Wise and Natalie Sisson – Ultimate Lesson In Social Media
Presenter 3:  Brian Street – The Ford Mustang
Presenter 4:  Bill Greenbaum – Buy a Play with No Money Down

Break & Draw for tickets to see Jeffrey Hayzlett, Kodak CMO, Celebrity Apprentice star, and award-winning author.

7:45 to 8:15 – Second Block of Presentations

Presenter 5:  Patty K – Dare to Dress Inappropriately
Presenter 6:  Sofia Ribeiro -  Yell At Corporations
Presenter 7:  Bruce Nickson – Disruptive Technologies in Entertainment
Presenter 8:  Garrett Wasny – Advanced Internet Research Technologies

Break & Networking

8:30 to 9:00 – Third Block of Presentations

Presenter 9:  Darren Barefoot – Do Good Online
Presenter 10:  Eric Smith – Selling to Big Companies
Presenter 11:  Shane Gibson – Nano Markets

Wrap Up and announcements for the next event in June!

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Brian Street

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

After buying and selling my own real estate, I chose to be a full-time Realtor, as working with buyers and sellers combines my experience in customer service, marketing and project management with my passion for home, design, and life in Vancouver.

I am proud to be a native-born Vancouverite, and have a passion for “my” city. My educational background includes a BA in Mass Communication from Simon Fraser University and an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix Online. In addition, I am an experienced flyer, having logged many hours as a Certified, Instrument-Rated Commercial Pilot.

Prior to my career in real estate, I worked in advertising New York, for a large San Francisco insurance brokerage, and in web hosting management in the Silicon Valley during the dot-com boom. As such, I am happy to assist our American friends with Vancouver real estate whether for investment, vacation, or relocation.

I enjoy positioning sellers to achieve top dollar peace of mind, and help prepare buyers to win! Vancouver’s dynamically changing market commands creative solutions, and I help find alternatives and sensible purchases for those being priced out of the market.

In addition to my passion for real estate, I also believe in giving back to community. As Board President of the West End – Coal Harbour Community Policing Centre in Vancouver, I am proud to be creating positive change in this dynamic city as we prepare to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.

I’m also excited to be a member of Toastmasters International, and serve as Vice President of Public Relations on the Board of Vancouver’s Evergreen Toastmasters Club.

Part of my success comes from my view of the business. My belief is that real estate is a service-oriented business, not a sales-oriented business, and as such I provide the highest level of professional service. Additionally, I utilize the most comprehensive marketing and technical solutions available.

My motto is “Where Service Meets Success“, and I am always ready to assist you with your real estate needs!

I am an active member of the following organisations:

Brian Street (604) 837-8534

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Patty K

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

Patty K is:  Speaker, writer, wearer of pajamas.

Gandhi said: be the change you wish to see in the world.  The change I wish to see is:  more openness, more honesty, more non-conformity; fewer people mindlessly following the crowd; more people showing up as their real selves; and a whole lot more laughter and silliness.


I tell my own stories, in a similar voice to what you see on my blog. I talk about my experiences, my challenges, the methods I used to make positive changes in my own life.   I make fun of stuff and myself. People tend to laugh.   My 2 basic keynotes are these:

Daring to Dress Inappropriately:  What happens when we dare to break with societal norms and show up as our real selves? Based on my adventures wearing pajamas in public.

No one Died:  2 years ago, I decided to sell everything and go sailing – without bothering with tiny details like learning how to sail first. This presentation is about failure, taking risks and learning from experience.

See my Speaking page for details.

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Darren Barefoot

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

My name is Darren Barefoot. I’m a writer, technologist and marketer who lives in Vancouver, Canada. While my undergraduate degree was in Creative Writing and Theatre, I always had a deep love of computers. Ever since my parents brought home our first dual disc drive IBM PC, I was smitten. So, mostly, I write about technology.I originally worked as a technical writer, doing an internship at Radical Entertainment, followed by stints at Meridian Systems and Cape Clear Software (while spending two years in Dublin). Since returning to Vancouver in 2003, I’ve started Capulet Communications, a PR and marketing company that specializes in high-tech companies.

The following is a list of my online and real-world projects:

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Garrett Wasny

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

Garrett Wasny, MA, CMC (Certified Management Consultant), CITP (Certified International Trade Professional) is a web productivity consultant in Vancouver.

Garrett is the “Internet guy” and “Google guru” who advises accountants and other professional service providers on how to improve their online search skills, increase their web productivity and transform how they use the web in their business, career and life.

Garrett’s clients are the leading accounting, legal and engineering organizations in North America.  These include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, CPE Link, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan, Certified General Accountants of British Columbia, Certified General Accountants of Alberta, Davis LLP, and EPIC Educational Innovation Program (for professional engineers).

Garrett offers the following consulting and advisory services:

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Shane Gibson

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

Co-Author of Socialble! How Social Media is Turning Sales and Marketing Upside Down.

Shane Gibson is an international speaker, and author who has addressed over 100,000 people over the past sixteen years on stages in North America, Southern Africa and South America. He is in high demand as a keynote speaker on the topics of social media and sales performance.

As a trainer, coach and speaker Shane combines a diverse background in sales force leadership, new entrepreneur development and social media marketing to develop unique presentations and solutions for his clients.

Blogging since 2002, and podcasting since 2004 Shane drives the majority of his business from social media, and social networks. He has been published in numerous publications as an authority on the topics of leadership, marketing, social media, and sales performance. Some of these publications include CMA Magazine, the Financial Post, the Globe and Mail and Profit Magazine.

Shane recently became Canada’s only Guerrilla Marketing Master Trainer, and is working on a new book published by Entrepreneur Press (McGraw Hill) called Guerrilla Social Media Marketing, co-authored with Jay Conrad Levinson.

Shane’s speaking and training clients that he has worked with include: Ford, CMA Canada, Simply Computing, ACL, The Vancouver Board of Trade, Ford Motor Company, HUB International, Seminarium Colombia, Seminarium Chile,, the Sauder School of Business, the University of British Columbia, Canaccord Financial and hundreds of entrepreneurs, individual sales people and marketers over the past 16 years.

When he’s not working or tweeting you can find Shane hiking or skiing in British Columbia’s Coast Mountain range with his family.

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Sofia Ribeiro

Posted on 13 April 2010 by IgniteBC

Sofia Ribeiro owns and co-manages Kiwano Marketing, a sustainable marketing agency dedicated to support small, sustainable businesses located in Vancouver, BC – contributing to the city’s economy while promoting the environment.

An experienced marketing professional and a green enthusiast, Sofia has an extensive marketing background across both small businesses and large enterprises throughout Europe and North America. Sofia’s articles are regularly featured in leading industry publications and she’s a contributor writer at The Green Economy Post. Sofia also volunteers with The Stanley Park Ecology Society, Canadian Cancer Society and Metro Vancouver.

Sofia was runner-up for the New Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2009.

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