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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. For Ignite Michiana #1 our theme is Sustainability and Innovation. 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.
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
Tonight! Get out of the cold and into tropical paradise! And come see Willow speak and share info about Ignite Michiana! If you’ve been wanting to check out Green Drinks (or renovations to the Conservatories), tonight is the night! No entrance fee to the Conservatories, BYOB, live music, and fabulous company! Need I say more? Didn’t think so. See you there!
More information here on facebook.
Ignite Michiana will take place on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at The State Theater in downtown South Bend, Indiana. The event starts at 6:30pm and consists of 16 five-minute presentations highlighting innovation and sustainability in the Michiana region. Talks can be related to business initiatives, community projects or personal passions.
Ignite Michiana is an information exchange, fostering and inspiring Michiana and global communities to share, experience, and enjoy different topics from the creative and subjective, to cerebral, inspirational, technical, and philosophical. Presentations will educate, exhilarate, motivate, and move you, and you’ll look at your world in a whole new light.
20 slides and 5 minutes is all you get. Not a second more. The presenters need to get to the point quickly, and make it exciting and engaging.
We welcome topics about anything that other people will find interesting. That’s a wide criteria and that’s just fine. If you’re not interested in the current topic, all you have to do is wait for 5 minutes and a new one starts.
The Presentation Process
Ignite Michiana will open for submissions in January 2013. All you need to do is fill in the submission form with a short bio of who you are and the crux of what your presentation would be about. The Ignite Michiana community wants to see and hear you and your talk, so share with us what really gets you excited, passionate, or fired up.
Once we close submissions on February 1, 2013, our team of judges, picked from our own community, select 16 presentations from the pool of submissions we’ve received. We work very hard to create a well rounded event night with a variety of exciting and compelling presentations.
If you are selected you’ll be contacted and the real work begins. You must develop the presentation materials, and submit your final slides to the Ignite Michiana presentation team by the deadlines assigned. Then you’re onward to the stage and your 5 minutes of fame.