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Third Ignite – Feb 10 2011 @ LUX on Granville

Posted on 03 December 2010 by IgniteBC

Ignite goes global—from February 7-11, 2011, 50+ Ignites will take place in cities around the world. Upwards of 10,000 entrepreneurs, technologists, DIYers, creative professionals, and enthusiastic knowledge-seekers will gather in local pubs, theaters, and other convivial venues for an evening that is a unique blend of networking, information, and fun, encapsulated in the Ignite motto: “Enlighten us, but make it quick.”

In talks that are exactly five minutes long, Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.

Tonight’s event is taking place at Lux on Granville at 7:00PM. Tickets are $10.00 with proceeds to charity and the event will be featuring:

7:00 to 7:30
– Adon Rigg: Is Traditional Selling Dead
– Ben Kadel: Working with Passion
– Suzanne Doyle-Ingram: Get What You Really Want
7:45 to 8:15
– Carol Carter: The New Workplace
– Charlene Sanjenko: Embracing Change
– Ian Cook: Business on a Bicycle
8:30 to end
– Kimberly Hurley: Same World Same Chance
– Kerry Ward: Without Adventure You’re Dead
Closing Comments

Global Ignite Week is both an in-person and online phenomenon. Local Ignites will stream live video during the event, and those videos will be archived on the Igniteshow.

Don’t miss being part of this enlightening week— attend, present, and sponsor this third installment in Vancouver BC! If you would like to speak at this event, please submit a brief overview of your topic on this page: Become An Ignite Presenter Additionally, you can buy tickets for the event either through or through .

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A Quick Preview of the Voting Tool for Ignite II on June 24 @ Ceilis

Posted on 10 June 2010 by IgniteBC

This is a quick example of the live polling tool that we will be implementing in the next Ignite Event on June 24th. It is a real time polling and voting tool where you can send in your votes using your cell phone to either Twitter, or text message. Give it a try! You can text a KEYWORD vote to “32075″, or alternately you can Twitter your vote using the following format: @IgniteBC KEYWORD. Just substitute the topic keyword into the Twitter post. For example, if you want to vote for the first presention, just Twitter @IgniteBC GRINGO. The results will be posted immediately on this page in real time. Try it, it’s cool!

For more information and tickets to this event, visit, or join the meetup group at

See you there!

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Ignite Vancouver II – The Hottest Ticket In Town!

Posted on 27 May 2010 by IgniteBC

The next Ignite Event just keeps getting better and better! Plan to be at Ceilis Irish Pub on Granville Street on June 24th because this is going to be the hottest ticket in town, guaranteed! The doors open at 6PM, and speakers are scheduled to hit the stage at 7:00 sharp.

Ignite Supports the Greenest City in Vancouver

Vancouver: Greenest City in the World by 2020!

This event is a groundbreaker as it will incorporate a lot of emerging technologies and social media communications for voting and instant feedback via text message and Twitter. Additionally, we will be featuring a section on Green and Sustainability, since the City of Vancouver is working it’s way towards becoming the Greenest City in the World by 2020. Finally, the event features a cash prize of $500 for the speaker that receives the most votes from the audience. In the event of a tie, the prize money will be shared equally.

We will kick off the night with an icebreaker that will invite members of the audience up on stage to recite a ten second tongue twister. Each person that successfully completes the task without incident (i.e.: messing up) will win a prize! From there, the night will start with a brief orientation and introduction and the speakers will commence presentations at 7:00PM. Tickets are $10.00 through as well as through All this, plus your regular gang of Ignite pranksters will be serving up something unexpected through the night.

Ignite Vancouver – June 24th Presenters and Topics:

Matt Ross: A Gringo’s guide to Central America – As the author of “Short Straws A Gringo’s Perspective of Backpacking Central America”, Matt will bring an off-the-cuff view from off-the-beaten path, the lighter side of his experiences in rural Central America during a six-month odyssey.

James Karg: A Game Designer’s Guide to life (Everything I know I learned from video games) – James is an avid video game enthusiast/designer and current student of Vancouver film school’s Entertainment business management program. When he’s not slaying dragon’s and saving princess’s, James likes to be making people smile with his presence.

Conrad Schmidt: Degrowth – Actively involved in the area of promoting awareness of and the need for a shift of economic imperatives, Conrad will present on the concept of Degrowth as a means for creating a sustainable economy both fiscally and environmentally.

Mack Hardy: Open source coding (The pros and cons of the options) – Mack will compare and contrast some of the key points of interest in the Drupal vs Facebook vs the rest discussion.

Pierre Charlebois: Special tax advantages for small business – As an entrepreneur, Pierre understands that self employment has many advantages and when one is incorporated there are several strategies for reducing taxes. If you are a business owner, here is one method that can help you to create security for the yourself and remove retained earnings from the corporation at a reduced tax rate.

Rob Blackie: Green Leases – Popular in Europe but little understood in North America, Green Leases can be a boon for landlords and tenants alike. Rob, an environmental engineer with a Masters from Cambridge University will enlighten us on what the implications are for us.

Kristen Reaves: Five ways to know if you will be 10lbs heavier this time next year – Kristen Reaves is a Registered Dietitian and is passionate about educating others on the importance of living a lifestyle that involves eating clean, healthy, and tasty food, and moving your body everyday. She wants to make us aware that living a healthy lifestyle can be fun, delicious, and inspiring. Come learn what Kristen has to say about what you may be doing right now that is making you pack on the weight over the years and how to stop this from happening ever again!

Jill Talbot: The Social Construction of Addiction – Addiction has been conceived of as a moral problem, disease, and stress response. How we think of addiction has influenced the services available to those at risk, and those at risk themselves. Scientific research has rarely confirmed the general held conception of addiction.

Kerry Ward: Without Adventure you are DEAD – In business, to be successful you must literally ‘Add Ventures’ to continue growing. Kerry will bring examples and insight into how a new way to look at your business and training may be the key to unlocking your potential and that of your business.

Amir Jaffari : Memes, Evolution of Business, and the Unfolding of Consciousness – Amir proposes that there are no secret societies of evil villains and international bankers trying to take over the world – as movies such as The Zeitgeist (Due: October 2010) suggest. Rather there are ideas and thought patterns that manifest themselves as belief systems or “memes” (pronounced like Cream). These ideas morph, grow exponentially and spread, much like viruses. The upside is that there are veins of good viruses currently taking the world of business by storm (such as social entrepreneurship, “green” and others), and seeing as how business currently rules the planet above other institutional forms. Let’s support the multiplication of these memes as a means of saving – not the planet – but ourselves.

Paul Stoneman: Three Energy Technologies that you never hear about - Stone, a patent holding inventor and native Vancouverite, has a passion to create and develop products designed to improve daily life while cutting the cost. He also spends many a late night prototyping new ways to power our world using zero emission and even closed system power sources. Join him in support of his lifelong pursuit of single cost, zero maintenance energy solutions.

Mack Flavelle: Virtual goods – A fascinating intersection of culture business and technology – As a game designer for location based games, Mack is drawn to the intersection of real and virtual commerce.

Maureen Cureton – Environmental Sustainability… Small Steps, Big Steps, & A Bit of a Rant – Working for one of Canada’s biggest credit unions, Maureen is immersed on a daily basis in the challenges of providing financial support to green business ventures.

Minto Roy – Integrating the Advantage of Diversity to Grow Your Business and grow Canada – Business today must realize that a large percentage of their consumers are immigrants to Canada. However, when hiring or developing a strategic marketing and sales plans, this reality is often overlooked. Minto will discuss how incorporating diversity can give every part of your business a definitive edge over the competition.

PLUS: Some interesting sponsors, an announcement for the next Ignite Vancouver event that will put yet another spin on the night, a preview of the next event, and Ignite Karoke. That, sequined velour smoking jackets, steins of Ignite beer, Ignite shooters, and a few other surprises too.

Remainder of proceeds to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Womens and Childrens Hospital.

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June 24th – A Sneak Peak At What’s In Store

Posted on 01 May 2010 by IgniteBC

The second installment of Ignite in Vancouver. We already have an amazing lineup for this one! Here’s just a teaser of what you can expect from us on June 24th:

  • A reality show type contest where the audience will vote via Twitter and TXT msg on their favorite presenters. Everyone can vote for each presenter equally, but the person with the most votes from everyone will win $500!
  • A tongue twister contest: read as much as you can in ten seconds. Make no mistakes and you win a prize!

A lineup of presentations that range from funny to eclectic to scientific! Here’s a quick overview of just some of the people preparing to present at Ignite 2.0:

  • Kerry Ward: Without Adventure, You Are DEAD — At the root of all business and personal success lies one thing: Adventure. It comes naturally for kids, not so much for adults. Adults have to consciously cultivate a Daily Adventure Practice in order to stay alive and grow. Businesses must literally add ventures in order to succeed. This talk will take an energetic and humorous approach to this VITAL issue.
  • James Karg : Everything I needed to know I learned from Video games — A game
    designer takes a diffrent look at life and draws parallels to his profession and the real life game. James addresses things like playing cooperatively, facing end bosses, taking care of your health, and learning to play a “role”.
  • Matt Ross: Backpacking Central America – As the author of “Short Straws A Gringo’s Perspective of Backpacking
    Central America”, Matt will bring an off-the-cuff view from off-the-beaten
    path, the lighter side of his experiences in rural Central America during a six-month odyssey.
  • Jill Talbot: The social construction of addiction – This presenter will bring to light some of our conceptions and misconceptions of the true nature of addiction, and how our perceptions and misunderstandings influence the sevices available to those at risk.

… plus six to eight more presenters yet to be confirmed! We still have a number of presenters that missed that last event, and we expect their presence as well. If you plan on being either a speaker, spectator or sponsor, this is one show you won’t want to miss!

Get your tickets through either or through Additionally, if you are interested in giving a presentation at this event, you can submit your idea through the IgniteBC webpage at

Finally, since this is a non-profit event, we are always looking for sponsors. They can be cash, or if you want to promote your business by providing services in kind, or just some kind of discount or anything to people in support of Ignite Events in Vancouver, we’d love to hear from you! We will also reciprocate in kind, and will do whatever we can to direct our audience to your enterprise. For those giving cash donations, we offer the following:

  • Gold sponsor - Gets you a table at the event, with lots of logo placement in programs, and splash screens in presentations, etc.
  • Silver Sponsor - You get four tickets plus mentions in the website, program, etc
  • Bronze Sponsor - Two tickets plus mentions in the website, etc.

Details of how YOU can become involved with Ignite in Vancouver can be found on the IgniteBC website by clicking this link: .  You can also sponsor Ignite Vancouver through the website here: – or, just email us at IgniteBC (at) gmail dot com.

Ignite Vancouver 2.0 takes place at Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant on June 24th at 6PM.  Speakers hit the stage at 7:00.  Tickets are $10.00 advance or $15 at the door.

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

670 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2C9
(604) 697-0990

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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:

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Daytime Tel # (required)


Tell Us About Your Presentation Idea:

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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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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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.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Daytime Tel # (required)


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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