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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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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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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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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 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 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:

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

Your Name (required)

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Tell Us About Your Presentation Idea:

Looking forward to hearing more from you.

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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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