Five minutes. 20 slides. What would you say?

Ignite Austin brings together an inspiring and unexpected blend of thinkers from business, art, technology, government and academia. All with ideas. And all willing to share them.

Google Fiber and transportation: Meet Ignite Austin 4 speaker, Simon Dudley

Simon Dudley

Stay up-to-date with the Simon on social media! Follow him on Twitter at @simondudley.

Simon Dudley is an executive with over 20 years of experience in the development, sale and marketing of high-technology products. In his role as Video Evangelist, Dudley is the spokesperson for LifeSize and evangelizes how video communications can help drive social collaboration and accelerate business success. Over the 10 years that he has been with LifeSize, Dudley has held the roles of Americas Sales Director for National Partners, Product Manager, EMEA Sales Director, Regional Manager for Emerging Markets and Global Account Manager. Dudley holds three patents, awarded during his time at LifeSize, as part of his work helping design the world’s first high definition video conferencing solutions.

Read about Simon’s talk here.

 

Google Fiber and mobilized collaborative communities for education: Meet Ignite Austin 4 speaker, Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

Stay up-to-date with the Sean on social media! Follow him on Twitter at @dearmrduffy.

Sean Duffy is the founder of EdTech Austin and President of EdTech Action, Austin’s first education specific incubator program at Capital Factory. Sean started his career as a high school English teacher and transitioned to STEM/broadcast journalism by helping create the first such program in the area (Englewood, CO). A self-proclaimed “Edtech Evangelist”, Sean spoke at the 2012 Republican National Convention on the need to focus on reforms in education that center on providing teachers and students the best tools and teaching practices available. Sean currently works as an assessment specialist and startup mentor by day and education community organizer by night.  

Read about Sean’s talk here. 

 

Google Fiber and video games: Meet Ignite Austin 4 speaker, Burnes Hollyman

Burnes Hollyman

Stay up-to-date with gamerista on social media! Follow them on Twitter at @thegamerista.

Burnes Hollyman, President, gamerista: Based in Austin, Texas, Burnes currently runs gamerista, a video game development, user & audience experience video game testing and research and development. He directs major projects and works with both the largest video game companies and indie studios in the industry, domestically and internationally, to create, design, research, develop and test new trans-media video game experiences. His work at gamerista goes across the global digital video game space including core, mid-core, massive online, indie, casual & social, mobile, and serious games as well as simulations, immersive worlds and virtual and augmented reality, integrating them with other trans-media applications, services, platforms and infrastructure. He holds an undergraduate degree from NYU where he studied film and new media, a Masters degree from the Department of Radio, Television and Film at the University of Texas, Austin and is completing his PhD dissertation on creating digital entertainment transmedia startup franchises. He is the founder of “Video Game Makers Unite”, an Austin-based video game incubator organization.

Read about Burnes’ talk here.

 

Google Fiber and the film industry: Meet Ignite Austin 4 speaker, Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell

Stay up-to-date with the Austin Film Society on social media! Follow them on Twitter at @afs1985.

Rebecca Campbell has served as Executive Director of the Austin Film Society since
1998. During her 16-year tenure, the AFS has expanded its nationally recognized exhibition programs, presenting 16+ films per month; broadened its artist services
 programs, including the AFS Grant, which provides $100,000+ each year to Texas-based independent filmmakers; created Austin Studios, a 20-acre film production facility with 60+ long- and short-term tenants; founded the Texas Film Hall of Fame; and established a community outreach and education initiative involving paid internships and summer youth camps, as well as ongoing after-school filmmaking programs in 18 Austin schools in economically disadvantaged areas.

Before coming to the AFS, Ms. Campbell spent 12 years serving as Executive Director of two statewide California non-profit organizations. She holds an MFA in Video and Film Production from The University of Texas at Austin. Her position managing the Austin Film Society allows her to put her film and nonprofit background to work on AFS’s mission to make Austin synonymous with great film, and to empower community members throughout Austin to MAKE, WATCH and LOVE film.

Read about Rebecca’s talk here.

 

We’re back! Google Fiber Set To Ignite Austin This August

IgniteAustin-WhurleyOur team is happy to announce that Ignite Austin 4 with Google Fiber is back! Help us welcome locals leaders such as Hugh Forrest (SXSW), Joe Iannello (Capital Metro), Simon Dudley (Lifesize), Rebecca Campbell (Austin Film Society), and more as they share their vision of the future on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 7-9 p.m. at Capital Factory.

Ignite provides an exciting opportunity to educate and spark conversations across multiple cultures and disciplines. The event achieves this through fast-paced, bite-sized presentations. The format is simple: five minutes, 20 slides (which automatically advance after 15 seconds). Let’s explore how high-speed ubiquitous connectivity can make an immediate impact on our residents, neighborhoods, tech scene, music scene, universities, and more.

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Speaker proposals for Ignite Austin 4 will remain open until Tuesday, July 19, 2014. We will announce selections for speakers starting at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 11, 2014 until Monday, August 11, 2o14. Think you’ve got what it takes? We want to hear from you! Please submit your idea here.

We hope you can join us for a night of networking and inspirational talks. Don’t wait, RSVP today!

 

Ignite Austin 4 with Google Fiber date to be postponed

After much deliberation we have decided to postpone our event, Ignite Austin 4 with Google Fiber, to a later date.

The last Ignite Austin was a success and we would like to continue with this same caliber of quality for all involved. Our team is working hard to make sure this Ignite 4 features a great lineup of speakers — including a handful of spokespersons from the 100 Community Connections recipients and other Google Fiber locations, local community leaders, and more.

Ultimately, we want to this event to provide attendees with invaluable educational and networking opportunities. In the meantime, we are still accepting speaker proposals. You can submit your awesome idea here. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to igniting Austin with you on a new date soon!

If you have any questions, please email nicholle@capitalfactory.com.
 

The second Ignite Austin 4 Training Camp is cancelled

Training Camp Cancelled

Unfortunately, our second Ignite Austin 4 Training Camp with Lani Rosales has been cancelled due to low attendance. Our team apologizes for the inconvenience but did not feel all attendees would get the most out of this workshop with less than 10 registrants.

Our team hopes that you will still join us for an evening with Google Fiber on May 9th! You can register for this event here. Also, we would still love to hear how you would transform our city with gigabit internet. You may submit a speaker proposal for consideration here.

Thank you for your understanding!

If you have any questions, please email Nicholle Jaramillo at nicholle@capitalfactory.com.
 

Announcing the second Ignite Austin Speaker Training Camp

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Interested in speaking at Ignite Austin 4 – Google Fiber or learning more about how in five minutes and 20 slides someone can tell a unique story? The format can be daunting and the stage large, but we want to help you get on that stage and blow the crowd away!

Join us for the second Ignite Austin Training Camp where Ignite veteran, Lani Rosales will help you discover your passion about Google’s gigabit internet, give you tips and tricks on how to get your speaker submission approved and share best practices for preparing and executing an Ignite speech from past speakers. You can check out Lani’s Ignite talk, The Etymology of Curse Words here.

We’ll be breaking up into smaller groups during the event and holding a relaxed mixer afterwards, so you will have a chance to ask a lot of questions and prepare yourself to tell your story on stage in front of the eager crowd.

The event is free, but space is limited to the first 50 registrants (waitlist tickets available), so RSVP today.

*The next Ignite Austin is in May 9, 2014. We highly recommend attending this event if you plan on submitting a speaker proposal for Ignite.
 

Google Fiber Set To Ignite Austin

IgniteIt’s official, Google Fiber hopes to ignite the City of Austin with their service in 2014! The buzz surrounding this announcement leaves one burning question at the forefront: how will gigabit internet transform our city? Come share your vision with other local leaders on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 7-9 p.m. at Capital Factory.

We’re happy to announce Ignite Austin 4 Presented by Google Fiber! Ignite provides an exciting opportunity to educate and spark conversations across multiple cultures and disciplines. The event achieves this through 16 fast-paced, bite-sized presentations. The format is simple: five minutes, 20 slides (which automatically advance after 15 seconds). Let’s explore how high-speed ubiquitous connectivity can make an immediate impact on our residents, neighborhoods, tech scene, music scene, universities, and more.

Fiber_AustinSpeaker proposals for Ignite Austin 4 are officially open. Ignite focuses on sharing your burning ideas – the things that keep you up late at night. We’re looking for engaging presentations, but are not interested in product demos.

The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. We will announce the final selections for speakers by 12 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014. Think you’ve got what it takes? We want to hear from you! Please submit your idea here.

We hope you can join us for a night of networking and inspirational talks. Don’t wait, RSVP today!

 

When is the next Ignite Austin?

Tomorrow, next month, next year?

The team at Ignite Austin has been debating for a long time about the next Ignite Austin event, and we went back and forth about whether or not to organize an event during March for SXSW or to hold off until June. The point of contention was that holding an event surrounding SXSW does make it more of an international event, rather than a local event, but it does of course expose Austin to speakers that typically visit once annually.

Our final decision as a team was to hold off until June for the next Ignite Austin in an effort to preserve the local feel and flavor of the event and focus efforts on local speakers, topics, and of course, sponsors. We will likely hold another Training Camp in April for the June Ignite Austin event, and we are definitely looking for sponsors for the event since we have opted to Keep Austin Weird Ignite(d) (was that last comment too lame? Nah, that works).

Next steps

  1. If you are interested in going to a Training Camp to learn more about Ignite Austin, how to get a topic proposal approved, speaking tips and connecting with past speakers, click here as the camp will only occur if there is enough interest.
  2. We are already accepting speaker’s proposals, so if you have a humdinger of an idea, submit it here. If you have ALREADY SUBMITTED, your proposal will still be considered.
  3. If you own or work at a company that would like to sponsor the June event, we are definitely looking to speak with you – email us at lanirosales@igniteaustin.org and we can chat.

We’ll keep you updated about Training Camp and will announce the actual date and venue as soon as possible. We are very excited about our decision to keep the focus of Ignite Austin on Austin, and look forward to hearing from all of you!

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