Archive for September, 2009

Huzzah! Speaker Applications Closed

I’m excited to let you know that we’ve now closed applications for speakers for our Nov 25th event! We had such a great response that we’ve filled out our list for Nov 25th, and are part-way through a list for our next event!

If you would like to speak at a future event, however, please feel free to submit your talk!

Thanks again for all the interest - and see you in November!

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Plans progressing for our first event

Planning is well underway for the first Ignite Waterloo event on November 25. Here’s an overview of how things might unfold. Keep in mind that this is a work in progress.

  • 6:00pm Doors open
  • 6:45pm Ignite contest begins (I’m reliably informed that it involves the decoration of  cupcakes)
  • 8:00pm Ignite talks (round 1, 8 speakers)
  • 8:45pm Intermission (chat, get refreshed, etc.)
  • 9:00pm Ignite talks (round 2, 8 speakers)
  • 10:00pm Announce contest winners, wrap up
  • 11:00pm No, really! We’re done now!

Here is a sneak-peak at the speaker lineup for our November 25th event. We’ll have 16 speakers that night; we’ll reveal more soon.

A Virtual Wedding
Jason Shim

ChangeCamp: How the Social Web is restoring community
Mark Kuznicki

Nothing’s impossible when you’re creating it: How theatre helped my career
Nicholas Oddson

Meta-Making: creating a hacker space in 17 easy steps
Darin White

Metaphor in product design: are you sure that’s an album?
Mark Connolly

Solving a Rubik’s Cube in 90 seconds
Aden Seaman

You can keep track of our planning progress on the Our Next Event page.


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Organizing meeting on Monday

We’re having an organizing meeting at 8:00pm on Monday September 14 (yes, this is short notice!). The meeting is at William’s Coffee Pub in the University Plaza next to University of Waterloo. If you have any interest at all, please do come out and meet the growing group of volunteers, and join in to help make the first Ignite event a great one.

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Ignite Waterloo at Waterloo Region Children’s Museum

Great news! We have a location for our Ignite Waterloo evening. We’ll be at the Children’s Museum on November 25. Food and drinks will be catered by the museum. This is a great location and we’re very excited to be using this space. If you haven’t visited the Children’s Museum yet, this will be your chance to see the old Goudies Department store building space.
We’ve also booked in 4 of our 16 speakers - once we have our first 5 solidified, we’ll post the list here for you to check out. In the mean time, if you’re interested in speaking, or know someone that would be a great fit, please submit your suggestion.

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Date Set; Venue TBA

The organizational group has been busy in the last few days - we have selected the date for our first Ignite Waterloo event (Nov 25, 2009) and we’re still finalizing the location. We’re hoping to have the venue booked and signed for by the end of September, but as soon as we have a venue booked, we’ll post it here.

Also, we have 3 of our 16 speakers booked, and once we have an initial list confirmed, we’ll post it to the site here.

In the mean time, if you’re interested in helping us organize, then please join our Google Group, and if you’re interested in speaking, then please fill our a speaker application, and finally if you just want to know what’s going on, click the Subscribe link at the top of this page to subscribe to updates, or follow us on Twitter at @ignitewaterloo.

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Web site up and running

The Ignite Waterloo web site is now up and running. Pretty sweet.

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