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Ignite Michiana is a high-energy evening of five minute presentations by people who have an idea – and the guts – to get onstage and share it with fellow creative folks. Each presentation is composed of 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. Presentations can range from how to build a resume to a history of the Samurai sword to a manifesto on boxes. Priority will be given to talks focused on sustainability, however don’t let that limit you, we have left room for exciting talks that might fall outside the theme that are simply too good not to share.
Arielle Schmitt – Full Contact Roller Derby – Blocker, South Bend Roller Girls
Christopher Stackowicz – Aesthetic Preoccupations – Spatial Transformation Specialist
Alesha D. Seroczynski, Ph.D. – Reading for Life: Restoring Virtue in Lost Youth – Executive Director, Reading for Life
Dan Neumann – Innovation In How We Work – Agile Coach
Ethan Y. Chen – A Creative Means to Better Both the Environment and Education – University of Notre Dame sophomore
Megan Chandler – Stop & Listen – Manager, The Well (Non-Profit Coffeehouse)
Michael J. Lane – A Case Study on Creating the Good Life – Co-organizer, Guerrilla Gay Bar
Diana Hess – Lovable Neighborhoods – Creating the Good Life! – Community Builder, Neighborhood Resources Corporation
Frank Bouchard – No More Excuses: Strategies for Getting Outside in Michiana – Biologist, University of Notre Dame
Jan Pilarski – Fishy Business – Co-Founder and CEO,Green Bridge Growers
Reed Duecy-Gibbs – South Bend Voices – Community Feedback on Vacant & Abandoned Properties – Code for America Fellow
Laureen E. Fagan – No App For That: Innovate Your Own Good Life – Program and Operations Assistant, Neighborhood Resources Corp.
Joel B. Langston – My Dear Sweet Digital Game-Based Learning – Manager, Media Services, IUSB
Jon Helmuth – Sustainability – Seeing the Trees in the Forest – President, Genesis Products
George Garner – Fostering Connections: Accessing the Good Life- President, The Club: Michiana
Mara Diane Trionfero, MSW – Fighting for the Common Good, with stickers – Community organizer, Tsarina of Wish Stickers
Keith Sarber – Reclaim Soap, Reclaim Life – Head Soap Maker at United Way of St Joseph County
Dena Woods – The Pool Presents: Hospitality & Community – Musician, Booking Agent, Co-Administrator of The Pool, South Bend, Co-Administrator of SXSB: South By South Bend Music Festival
We had an overwhelming response to our call for submissions for November 7th Ignite Michiana #2 “Innovation and the Good Life.” We promised to let our presenters know this week if they were selected but our team hasn’t been able to review all of the submissions yet. We will definitely let everyone know by Monday, September 16th if they are part of the fall line up! Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their personal passion, community project or business. Once again, the Michiana community shines – our audience will be surprised and delighted by the range of talks!
Mark your calendars, the second Ignite event date has been set!
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the State 6:30pm.
The theme is Innovation and The Good Life.
Did you miss the first Ignite Michiana event? Wish you could watch a presentation again? Well now your in luck! The presenter videos from the first ignite event “Innovation and Sustainability”, are now available to watch online. Check them out!
Thanks to IUSB media! And thank you Jennifer Stephens for posting them on youtube!
The final program is ready. Check out the great line-up of speakers and topics!
Chris Hebron – Purple Porch Co-Op
John Gensic – New Prairie High School – Bio on the Go
Brendan Daly – enFocus – Solutions for South Bend
Dan Blacharski – Ugly Dog Media – Cloud Computing
Boniface Njuguna – Green Youth Foundation – Solar Lamps
Scott Ford – Executive Director of Community Investment – City Initiatives in Sustainability
Sara Lowe – IUSB – Journey to become a locavore
Sara Stewart – Unity Gardens
Kathleen Petitjean – Greening the Bend – What Brought Us Here, Can Take Us There
Myles Robertson – ND Center for Sustainability – Take Back the Tap
Felicia Leon-Driscoll – Good Shepherd Montessori School – Farm School
Scott Palmer – Food Fight: Why it’s time to escalate the fight for urban agriculture.
Jessica Baron – Notre Dame’s Reilly Center – Emerging Ethical Dilemmas in Science and Technology
Jonathan Geels – South Bend Municipal Energy Office – First to the Moon
Maya Parson – Edible Michiana
Gordon Moore, VP McCormick Motors – Making Cents of Energy
Gary Gilot or Eric Horvath – Smartest Sewers in the World
Paige Risser – Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians – Past and Present Sustainability Initiatives
Ticket are now available! You can order your tickets on line at eventbrite. HERE, NOW!
Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
5 minutes, 18 presenters, 20 slides and one heck of an after party! It’s an evening that will inspire and educate as we feature some of the most exciting initiatives in sustainability in our area.
The moment you’ve been waiting for….submission are now officially open! If you have an idea for a 5 min talk – especially one related to innovation and sustainability please submit it by following this link:
Submissions close Feb. 1st.
We’ve had tremendous interest in the event and only 18 spots for presenters. If your talk is not selected, don’t despair! We are planning another Ignite event this fall, most likely with an open theme to accommodate a diverse array of great ideas.
Thank you for being part of the positive change in our community!
Anyone interested in being involved in Ignite Michiana is welcome to attend the first planning meeting. Committees will be formed! We will meet in the SB Brew Werks and do a brief tour of the State Theater to envision how the event will come together.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
6:00pm until 8:00pm