When: Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 7:00 – 9:45 pm, although the ticket holders line formed as early as 4:30 and the conversations extended through the afterparty until
close to past midnight.
Where: Bagdad Theater
What It’s About: 14 interesting Portlanders presenting unique ideas, stories and experiences over the course of 20 PowerPoint slides, each 15-second in length.
But to tell you the truth, I’m having a hard time deciding between what got me more excited about Ignite Portland: the wonderful presentation lineup, or the fact that I get to meet and connect with so many Twitter friends in real life? I can’t tell you how many times I used the introductory line “hey, you’re [Twitter username]!” or have a kind soul tap my shoulder and say, “you’re Bram, right?”
For example, I learned from Varun Thota that Akshay Dodeja was going to be interviewed by Robert Scoble the next day about their startup, Mugasha, that Cami Kaos just printed a new sticker for her and Mike’s Strange Love podcast, that Bill Lynch from Jive Software had a voracious apetite for good typography, and that the said software company had one of the highest DJ concentration among its staff in the country.
That, dear reader, is the power of social media, and nowhere is this fact more true than in events like Ignite Portland.
Translation: Ignite 3’s most technical presentation was about Boiling Water In 5 Easy Steps.
Interestingness: ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝
Translation:About the only thing that should be keeping you from attending this event is Bagdad Theater’s limited seating capacity.
What I Learned From The Event In Six Words:
Portland Is Awesome. Proof: Ignite 3.