Here is the lineup of Ignite speakers for Thursday, February 25th! Their stories will “wow” you! Tickets are available: http://bit.ly/IgniteMichiana4
Ivan Kuharic – St. Joseph High School
Rose Michel Veldman – St. Joseph High School
Italia Ramos – LaSalle Intermediate
Kaitlyn Barbour – Adams High School
Makaila Ranges – Marian High School
Christian Smith – John Glenn High School
Tiana Mudzimurema – Adams High School
Sam Villagra-Stanton – Stanley Clark
Audra Meyer – Mishawaka Catholic
Hunter Reynolds – Schmucker Middle School
Magdelena Hernandez – Marian High School
Phillip Williams – Washington High School
Crystal Delgado Muniz – John Adams High School
Sam Scholtes – Penn High School
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.