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Get Listed on igniteshow.com
The information you'll receive from us will contain instructions on how to start your Ignite blog, which will be a sub-site of igniteshow.com. By using this new blog, your event information it will appear on the main Ignite site, as well as on our calendars.
We'll also send you the Ignite logo and templates for presentation slides and signage. With the logos we'll provide, you can print out signs at a copy shop and send the Powerpoint template to presenters.
In addition to posting on your Ignite blog, promote the event on your own blog, and ping local bloggers to get the word out. Blog speakers, an upcoming schedule, and other news on a rolling basis. List the event on Upcoming and send it out to various mailing lists. We recommend sending out a "save the date" as soon as you have a set date and venue, another message two weeks before, and a final one the day of.
Ignite has a technology focus, but talks on just about anything can work, as long as the speaker is passionate about their work, interests, or hobbies. Typically, you'll recruit about half of the speakers and get the other half through submissions. Try to create a program with a balance of genders, topics, and serious vs. fun presentations. For ease of contact, create a Gmail address (e.g email@example.com) to manage incoming speakers.
Let speakers know that their talk has been accepted and give them enough time to prepare. Send speakers the Ignite Powerpoint template and, for the sake of simplicity, require that they use it. People who were not accepted also need to find that out in a timely manner.
Give speakers a deadline for sending you their slide decks (20 slides in total) 1-4 days before the event. Not everyone will, but whatever you get will be a head start.
Pick Your MAKE Contest
Most Ignite events start with a MAKE contest–a fun project for attendees. It’s a great way to get the audience to mix and participate in your event. Think high-school science fair. Look for a project that builds something out of cheap, easy-to-get materials. Pick something that a team can work on together. In the past we've done popsicle stick bridges, paper airplane contests, and egg slams. While you can't always include a contest in Ignite, it's lots of fun when you have one.
Make sure everyone knows what's happening at what time. Here's a typical schedule:
5PM - On-site setup
6PM - Doors and bar open
6:30PM - Ignite contest begins (we usually get about 1/3 of our eventual total attendees during this time)
8:00PM - Ignite contest ends
8:30PM - Ignite talks begin
11:00PM Event ends
We recommend doing two blocks of Ignite talks. Each one is typically comprised of 8 speakers and takes around 45 minutes. Schedule some sort of short intermission in between to allow attendees to stretch their legs and get another drink.