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Local businesses are vital to our economy, yet people think shopping locally is harder to do, or much more expensive than going to a big-box store. Not only isn't that true, but shopping locally puts vital money back into our communities that do more to improve the economy. Kimber shows why shopping local isn't just a good idea, but will save you money in the long run.

Did you know that beer is more versatile than wine when paired with food?
Sadly, in our culinary age of slow food and use of fresh local ingredients, local craft beer is often an afterthought. I'll help you pair beers with your favorite meal -- making better choices than some top Phoenix restaurants. Let's put beer on the menu and on the dinner table.

Three lucky volunteers for the audience play Slideshow Karaoke - each delivering Six Slides they have never seen before - for a chance to win fantastic prizes from Bookmans.

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Films are a feast for the eye & mind. A good movie poster can whet the appetite of a potential movie-goer into the final step of buying a ticket. This is a look at some amazing posters through the years designed to be better than the films they were made for & raises the notion of the film poster as art independent of the product its meant to sell.

Radical altruists unite! We have gym memberships to hone our bodies and go to school to hone our minds... why not create a training ground to improve our ability to solve social problems and respond in times of need?

To explain the variety of cycling options available and how to get the maximum enjoyment from your cycling experience. I'll delve into a range of cultural, equipment, etiquette, style and environmental issues. Everyone can enjoy cycling.

Data is ubiquitous. Information visualization in clear, compelling formats allows us to make sense of all the info-noise which surrounds us every day. I will present a brief history of data analysis and present day trends on how to understand data, lots of data.

Fusion cuisine... Taking bits and pieces of different cultural culinary traditions from around the world and blending them in new and creative ways... While some may call it the bastardization of these culinary traditions, I call it a tasty result of human innovation that's bringing the world together.

Computers have gotten smaller while getting better. Tools such as the Arduino Lilypad are making hardware hacking more accessible. No longer desktop-bound, networked computing devices are finding their way into clothing and fashion accessories. This talk will tell you what's going on and why it matters, with a working demo to boot.

I ditched my fancy Nikon for my iPhone camera to take all my food pics on my blogs because the quality is pretty amazing. I want to share my passion that you don't need fancy expensive cameras to take awesome food pics.

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.