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Presenter: Joseph Plate

Biography: I'm currently a student in college who enjoys watching cartoons including My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. In my spare time i am the head organizer for the Bronies of Phoenix, a group of young adult, here in Phoenix who also watch My Little Pony and enjoy hanging out together.

Description: What are Bronies? Why are young adults (especially men) obsessing over My little Pony? In my presentation I will explain this strange cultural phenomenon that started on the internet.

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Presenter: Jonathan Simon

Biography: Almost two years ago I started a little blog about local geek culture. It's gotten me some pretty fun experiences.

Description: How I started trading in evenings in front of the TV for nights out with gamers, zombie researchers, paranormal investigators, and stormtroopers -- all right here in the valley. What I've discovered about our geek culture, how it's changed me, why it's worth exploring, and how you can connect with it too.

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Margaree Bigler gives the closing remarks from the first Ignite Food. Thank you to everyone who sponsored the event, and the crew who worked on it: Chris Lee, Oden Hughes, Margaree Bigler, Dannie Moriarty, Andrew Knochel, Shaina Rozen, Kevin Maxwell, Andy Woodward, and Jeff Moriarty.

Learn more at http://ignitephoenix.com/food


Dr. Maria H. Andersen is the Learning Futurist for the LIFT Institute and a Math Professor at Muskegon Community College, where she organizes Ignite MCC. She writes the "Teaching with Tech" column for MAA Focus and has recently published articles in Educause Review and The Futurist. Lately she has been spending a lot of time building games for teaching math and musing about the future of learning and higher education. You can find Maria blogging on the Internet at TeachingCollegeMath.com or on Twitter at @busynessgirl.

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Living & working in Mid Michigan near Lansing, John presented at Ignite Lansing 3.0 in March of 2010. He is an MSU grad who has a passion for serving others and connecting people.

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Dixon's Violin (@dixonsviolin) specializes in doing the impossible, and loves to take people on transformational journeys. Brandon Chesnutt, one of the organizers of Ignite Detroit, said, "I've never seen an Ignite audience sit in silence with their mouths wide open. It was an incredible performance."

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Jerzy Drozd (@Jerzy) is a cartoonist, which is to say, a person who writes stories visually in the medium of comics. He also teaches courses on how to make comics around the Southeast Michigan area and beyond, and in the first seven months of 2011 he has worked with nearly 2000 students. He is one of the founders of the Kids Read Comics Celebration, a yearly event held in Michigan featuring hands-on comics workshops for young people and professional development workshops for adults.

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Erik Hofer (@ehofer) is fascinated by the ways in which we can collect and reflect on the data that we generate in our lives to become healthier, happier, more collaborative and more responsible global citizens. His research and teaching focuses on how we can improve sharing, data collection and data use in both health and consumer domains. Erik lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Rob takes a look at the history and evolution of the Ponsonby Cruising Club, and what that means for the next generation.


What is Ignite?

Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes.

Find an Ignite near you, start your own or watch a video.