Monday, January 04, 2010

Ignite Austin - January 13, 2010

Five Minutes.... 20 Slides... What would you say?

On January 13th we will find out at "Ignite Austin", a program where 16 technologists, thinkers and personalities will take the stage to answer this question (well, 15 such personalities...AND ME!). There are a variety of eclectic topics which will combine to become a delicious salad of informative verve.

I am honored to have been selected as one of the speakers at the first Ignite Austin event. (A complete list of presentations is on the event website). Preparation for this five minute talk will be epic. I am used to speaking on stage for 90 minutes, and the build up to a good signature story can easily last five minutes. At Ignite I have that limited time to educate, entertain and inspire the audience on the sexy topic of "How to Write a Book". Fortunately I have written several, but this is not an event where the speakers can just get up and "wing it".

The goal of the program is to spark new conversations and collaborations across cultures and disciplines throughout the city of Austin with fast-paced, bite-sized presentations. It’s a great opportunity to meet smart, interesting people and maybe even learn something.

Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Since then 1000s of 5 minute talks have been given across the world. There are thriving Ignite communities in Seattle, Portland, Paris, and NYC...(and soon to be Austin!).

The event will be held at The Phoenix (409 Colorado Street - downtown Austin) from 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM. Buy your tickets now! Cost is $5 and $10 as supplies last. This event will sell out.

Have A Great Day.


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