Ignite Raleigh 2: Women Kicking Ass in the Triangle (and some Zombies)

There’s already been plenty of smack talk about ass kicking, cage matches, zombies (and Thriller dances), metal bikinis, and reverse voting, and that’s sprinkled in with conversations about saving the world, saving money, making PowerPoint suck less, and how to avoid SEO snake oil salesmen. Oh, and sex and Jesus, of course.

The Ignite Raleigh deal is that you submit a 5-minute speech topic, the universe — nay, the galaxy — votes, and the top ten vote-getters speak. Voters get 10 votes, and can give as many as three votes for any one topic. For the speakers, there isn’t a gong (don’t get any ideas, O Runners Of This Event) but if you go over the 5-minute time limit, there’s a Big Horrible Penalty. Dunno what it will be this year, last year it was threat of Rickroll. /shudders/

The only reason I have a topic in this year’s candidates — which is, of course, “13 Reasons Women Should Take Up Boxing” — is that I was working to convince my friend Charlotte that she should speak. She had dropped by to pitch her supercool new idea to me. “You need to pitch this at Ignite Raleigh,” I told her. “It’s totally easy; you just talk about something you’re passionate about. It would be the perfect place to launch your idea into the universe.” She was reluctant. So, in true Tootsie fashion, I took 2 minutes to submit a topic on the site and was shocked and thrilled to see it rise to the top. “See? See?” I crowed, “You should do it!”

CavaticatAnd a week later, she did. And lo, her topic skyrocketed to the top of the list. How awesome is that? (She tweeted that update over there before the skyrocketing part. Now she loves me forever, and even somehow got some of her friends and her mom — her mom! — to give me a vote. What a rockstar! There’s a rumor, btw, that she will be presenting in a corset; I can’t substantiate that, however, and this should in no way be construed as a plug for women’s undergarments, Madonna notwithstanding.)

Some of the topics that are quietly lurking at the bottom of the vote list are pretty interesting, too. There’s one about the winter Olympic sport of curling and even one comparing Poken and Bump (a recent social sharing craze). If that latter speech gets in, when you hear shouts of “Group Poke!!” you’ll grok. That’s not an argument for or against, I’m just sayin’. Btw, if you come to IR, be sure to ask to see Greg Ng’s [Ch]Elvis Poken. Worth the price of admission right there.

There are plenty of Ignite videos from around the world for you to check out, in case you’re new to this game. But be warned: over 140 people registered to come to this event in the first two hours alone; one wonders if the fabulous little Lincoln Theater — which is pretty packed with 500 — will pop by the time all is said and done. Uh, maybe you better get your (free!) ticket now, rather than wait. And if there’s just no room left at the Lincoln, you might could sneak in by volunteering to help coordinate the whole shebang.

And if your speech doesn’t make it to the top of the list (or even if it does) at Ignite Raleigh, you’re invited to submit your topic to Fizzled Durham, the anti-Ignite, aka Dan London’s franken-brainchild. How brilliant is that? Fizzled Durham may turn out to be the more powerful of the two events, as the best ideas often come from the fringe.

There are so many interesting and creative people in the Triangle area; I’m proud to be connected with you all. Group fist bump!

Now go vote for me.

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12 Responses to Ignite Raleigh 2: Women Kicking Ass in the Triangle (and some Zombies)

  1. Jess February 10, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    This is going to be so much fun… Even if I don’t get to speak, I win.

    (Of course, I’m taking Dan up on his Fizzled offer if I fall short on votes. Fo shizzle, my dizzle.)
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..I was paid to scare people with a chainsawโ€ฆ =-.

  2. Lisa Sullivan February 11, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    Thanks for the shout out for volunteers, Lis! I can’t wait to see the presentations this year. Good stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Lisa Sullivan´s last blog ..SulComPR Transitions to Lisa Sullivan PR dot Com =-.

  3. Lisa Creech Bledsoe February 11, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Jess, I’m thinking just how cool it is to see not just one or two but several women in the running. And if you don’t present at IR, I’m pretty sure @bledsoe and I are going to come hear your speech at Fizzled, cuz we’re all about saving some money. Plus we think you are the shizz.

    Lisa, as the Reigning Queen of Organizing Events, I totally tip my hat to you — everywhere I look, there you are making things run smoothly. You rock, girlfriend.

    Thanks to both of you for reading; I’m glad you’re my friends!

    • Lisa Sullivan February 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

      I like my new “title”. Thank you! But seriously, thanks for recognizing my talents. Now, if someone will just hire me….LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚ See you at Ignite! And perhaps at Tweet Divas 4 Hait on the 23rd? Yes? ๐Ÿ˜‰
      .-= Lisa Sullivan´s last blog ..SulComPR Transitions to Lisa Sullivan PR dot Com =-.

  4. Dan London February 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    Thanks for the kind words!

    We just have some truly amazing people in the area and I felt it was shame that only a few get to speak at Ignite.

    I was amazed at how fast Charlotte’s presentation shot up the voting rankings, she obviously knew how to get her fans motivated to vote!

    I can’t wait until the event!


    • Charlotte February 11, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

      I think it’s more that Charlotte’s fans are awesome at motivating THEIR fans. I did one LiveJournal post and people reposted in Facebook, Twitter, even a Nebraska Huskers message board! I had nothing to do with it. It’s just people being awesome when the rest of my week has been crap.

      Lisa, of course, is the greatest and most awesome of all.

      • Dan London February 12, 2010 at 10:52 am #

        That is pretty rad. I think it is a great topic. The local Internet Summit was way too “male-heavy” and not a good representation of the area.

        I’m looking forward to hearing you….just hold on for the win.

  5. Ryan Boyles February 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    Hey Lisa,
    Great blog post! You have such a way with words. I hope I have the opp to share my deep knowledge about Zombies with the rest of the Raleigh crowd. You can never be too prepared for when the %&@$#%&^ goes down, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m also psyched that Raleigh is part of Global Ignite Week. We’re having Ignite nights in over 60 cities across 6 continents (no one stepped up in Antarctica yet…) during the first week of March. Really very cool. There is a charitable movement behind this as well. We’re going to share more information about this “global effort on a local level” on the blog.

    And there are 2 big reveals coming concerning speaker selection and … oh you’re going to have to wait….. Trust me, it’s going to rock.
    .-= Ryan Boyles´s last blog ..Announcing Ignite Raleigh 2: Let the presentation submissions & voting begin! #GIW =-.

  6. Lisa Creech Bledsoe February 11, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    Dan, dude. Have we ever actually met IRL? Because it feels like we have, but I don’t think that’s the case. And I rly rly need to hear your speech for purely practical reasons, being barely able to navigate the world of SEO myself.

    And Ryan! I’ve been meaning to ask you What In The World you are actually going to talk about. I know — zombies — but I’m dying… heh… DYING to hear a little more about your topic, and if you don’t speak at IR I was wondering if I could interview you and post it here. Would that be cool with you?

    Let’s Ignite Raleigh, hey?

  7. Dan London February 12, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Lisa – Yeah, I don’t think we have. I don’t get out much. I’ll definitely find you at Ignite!

    I also wouldn’t consider Fizzled Durham an “anti-ignite”…I just felt that there were so many awesome presentations, that not giving those people a chance was shame.
    .-= Dan London´s last blog ..Google Personalized Search Results =-.

  8. Ryan Boyles April 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    Ready for my zombie close-up Lisa. Let’s talk sometime soon!
    .-= Ryan Boyles´s last blog ..Earth day is everyday =-.


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