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Ignite comes to Ottawa

Thousands of Twitter messages a day, hundreds of blog posts in Google Reader, folders full of research reports.  Sound familiar?  Being active in social media usually means being a glutton for information, regardless of the medium.  If you’re a dyed-in-the wool knowledge addict, then I’ve got an event for you.

Ignite – an event consisting of a number of speakers, each with 5 minutes and 20 slides to enlighten the audience on a particular topic.  Anything is fair game – from business to cooking to the arts.

Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Since then, hundreds of 5 minute talks have been given across the world. There are thriving Ignite communities in Seattle, Portland, Paris, and NYC.

We’ve brought the event to Ottawa, and on November 12, 2009, The Velvet Room in the Byward Market will host our first evening of knowledge sharing – and we’ve got a great lineup to start:

Adele McAlear – Death and Digital Legacy
Jairus Pryor – How I Stole $15M from the Canadian Mint
Ian Graham – Coworking
Sue Murphy – Online Community
David Akin – Media and Technology


Kris Joseph – Shakespeare and Oral Culture
Scott Annan – You Inc.: We’re all freelancers now
Nick Charney – Public Service Renewal in 5 Minutes
Al Connors – Improv and Everyday Life

Sound like something that speaks to your inner knowledge addict?  Then all you need to do to attend is head on over to http://igniteottawa.eventbrite.com and register for your tickets.  It’s going to be a great night, and hopefully, the start of a new tradition in Ottawa.


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  1. Awesome lineup! Looking forward to it.

  2. I love this idea and am really looking forward to next Thursday night.

  3. I got to get me a job at the Canadian Mint! Cha-ching!

  4. Lori Keith

    You've got my attention.. can't wait!

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