Ignite Portland is coming!

borderPromoteIP2.gifWhat if you had a platform for five minutes to talk about….something? What if that platform was next to the screen at the Bagdad Theater? Given the chance, what would you talk about?

Well, you might have a hard time figuring out what you would want to talk about but there are a stack people who had no problem deciding what they would do with such a platform. They submitted ideas to present their talks at Ignite Portland 2, happening a week from Tuesday (Feb 5) at the Bagdad. There were 54 ideas submitted and 14 chosen. Ignite’s grand debut was at Weiden and Kennedy, mostly because the organizers figured they’d totally have no issue with space, they could get 300 people in there. Well, it was packed to fire code limits and it was GREAT! Wanna see? You can watch all 18 talks or just check out the list from the first event. You can catch bits from other Ignite events at the O’Reilly Ignite site.

Specifically in Portland this event has a great story: Some geeks from here were in Seattle for a conference that happened to coincide with the Seattle Ignite event. They went and loved it. When they got home they thought, “Why don’t we do something like that here?” and they went out and did it. And it was good. And it is stuff like this that makes me love living here. “Hey that would be cool, let’s do that!” and then DOING IT. Not sitting around bitching that nobody else is doing it for them.

So if you want to go you REALLY need to get your RSVP in as fast as you can. From what I gather the Bagdad holds almost double the number of people the W+K space held and RSVPs were at about half full before this morning when TheO just happened to put Ignite on the cover of the Living section. And of course my man the Silicon Florist has coverage of the coverage on his blog.

Now that you have the scoop, it’s time for some disclosure: My employer (y’know, the day job) sponsored both Ignite 1 and 2. AND: I am one of the 14 people currently freaking out because I have to finish my slides this weekend to turn them in Monday so I can present to six hundred people. OMG six hundred people!? What have I gotten myself into?

5 Comments so far

  1. setya (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 11:35 am

    I can’t wait. The last one was incredible!

    This event sounds “geeky” and it is on some level, but it’s definitely not just that. The presentations crossed all interests (southern cooking, knitting, online relationships…..)

  2. Mark Friesen (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

    Here’s a better link for The Oregonian story:


  3. chris (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

    To clarify… the RSVP is NOT a reservation.

    You’ll still want to get there super early. I was at the W+K one and it was a cluster fuck getting in.

  4. Aaron B. Hockley (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

    Chris is right: the RSVP is simply to give the organizers a “heads up” so we know if we’re expecting 200, 400, 600, or elventeen hundred people.

    We’ve scouted out the location and are making plans so that the entry line/process into the theater will move as quickly as possible. With as many attendees as we’re expecting, you’ll spend some time in line, but we’re working to minimize that amount of time. But I promise you, the wait will be worth it.

  5. Banana Lee Fishbones (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

    Mark Friesen: Thank you for the better link! I looked all over when I posted and that was the only one I could find. Thanks for the better version, I have updated to point to the nice one.

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