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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 solar lamp to a personal passion for creating outdoor adventures to innovative solutions to local brown fields.
It’s time to showcase our talented youth and teens at the next Ignite event. Young people in the greater South Bend region are up to great things: creating apps, building robots, tending bees, composing original music, solving problems of violence and poverty, leading the way through the arts, science, technology and a whole lot of moxie!
Our youth and teens care about the world around them and we’ll be shining the spotlight on their achievements, passions, unique hobbies, and dreams for the future.
Our target date for IgniteKids! is Thursday, June 25, 2015 6-10pm. If you are a parent, mentor, teacher, youth program coordinator or just know an amazing young person who could deliver a 5 minute talk accompanied by 20 slides, please contact us at email@example.com or use the “Contact Us” feature on the website.
Who are this fall’s Ignite rock stars? Let me tell you, this line up gives me goosebumps! We have an incredible group of speakers who are already working hard on their talks. Prepared to be wowed!
Aaron Perri, Executive Director, DTSB, “SB150 – Celebrating South Bend’s Past, Present and Future.”
Adam Miller, Fellow, enFocus “Life Stitched Together.”
Colleen Spano, Owner, Sunshine Behavior Consulting “The Lights are too Loud.”
Gil Michel, President, The Caleb Group, “What If?”
Jenny Ng, Sophomore, University of Notre Dame, “Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.”
Joel Barrett, GLBTQ writer and speaker, “Life’s a Banquet.”
Julia McKenna, Junior High Student, Good Shepherd Montessori School, “Flourishing is beautiful…”
Margo DeMont, Executive Director, Community Health Enhancement at Memorial Hospital “Childhood Trauma: The Impact of Which Can Last a Lifetime.”
Mark Neal, President, KRS Financial, LLC, “The Accidental Mayor.”
Meghan Buell, Executive Director, GLBT Resource Center, “From One Gender to Another.”
Myles Robertson, Local Food Guy, Purple Porch Co-op, “The Birdsell Project.”
Phillip Briski, Senior Maker, The Maker Hive, “The Maker Hive Dream Space.”
Rosalind Clark, Faculty, St. Mary’s College, “Contra Dance.”
Scott Anglemeyer, Co-owner, Rein Juicery, “Family Ties.”
T.J. Kanczuzewski, President and co-founder, Inovateus Solar, “Power Up Michiana With Solar.”
Tim Scott, Purchasing Manager for GDC, Inc. “Manufacturing while Working on Social and Environmental Concerns.”
Vincente Brabhan, Founder, Flying V Messengers, “How Can Flying V Messengers Help South Bend Grow?”
Zach Stewart, Student, Riley High School and member, Youth Task Force, “Empower the Youth.”
It’s been a while but Ignite is back! On Friday, November 21, 2014 we will pack The Brick to hear 18 talks from some of Michiana’s most passionate, innovative, and down right inspiring people. Have you got a story to tell? At Ignite you’ve got 5 minutes to do it! Click here to link to the submission form. We’ve got a fast turn around time on this event, so submissions close Saturday, October 18, 2014 at noon and speakers will be announced on Monday, October 20, 2014.
There is no set theme for this Ignite event – we are going to surprise our audience with a line-up talks on diverse topics. Bottom line though, Ignite Michiana #3 will change how you think and feel about South Bend.
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