What is it?

Five minutes, 20 slides. What would you say? At Ignite Austin, 16 artists, technologists, thinkers, and personalities will take the stage to answer this challenge.

The Goal

To spark new conversations and collaborations across cultures and disciplines throughout the city of Austin with fast-paced, bite-sized presentations. It’s a great opportunity to meet smart, interesting people (if we do say so ourselves) and maybe even learn something.

Austin Ignite Team:

Lani Rosales

Lani Rosales is the co-founder of digital business magazine BASHH and is the Editor-in-Chief at AGBeat. Named one of Real Estate’s 100 Most Influential, as well as 12 Most Influential Women in Real Estate, is a business writer hailing from the great state of Texas in the city of Austin. As a digital native, and is immersed not only in advanced technologies and new media, but is also a stats nerd often buried in piles of reports. Lani is a proven leader, thoughtful speaker and well known community organizer.


whurley is the GM of Chaotic Moon Labs™ and is a leading authority on pervasive computing, open source, open innovation, and augmented reality. He is the co-founder of Chaotic Moon Studios; the world’s most proven mobile application studio, providing everything from initial brainstorming and strategy, to custom development and publishing, to managing your entire mobile presence in any application marketplace. A frequent public speaker, he was named a Master Inventor by IBM. He has also received numerous other awards, including an IBM Pervasive Computing Award and an Apple Computer Design Award. In 2008, he was named one of the “Top Leaders in Open-Source Business” by LinuxWorld magazine.

Amy Vail Baer

Amy began her career in the high tech startup world, surviving and thriving on adrenaline, infinite possibilities, and a lot of vending machine fare. But when Dell called with an offer she couldn’t refuse, Amy decided to pack up her Honda Civic and 20 pound cat to see what the Fortune 500 was about. Bringing her enthusiasm and creativity to Dell landed Amy in some fascinating roles, such as aiding the company’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific market where she served as Manager of Enterprise Strategy and Communications. Returning stateside, Amy experienced a crash course in partnership marketing as she was tapped to manage Dell’s deep partnership with Microsoft. Now she brings her talents to the private consulting world as a member of Alkali Marketing, a boutique marketing firm that helps small and medium-sized businesses grow through unique, targeted marketing communications programs. Outside of work, Amy can often be found running around Town Lake with her daughter Mikaela and preparing with her husband Josh for their most exciting and challenging position to date – being parents of two!

Joshua Baer

Joshua Baer is an email marketing pioneer and the Founder of OtherInbox – the cure for email overload. A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Joshua brought together 20 others to form the Capital Factory early stage accelerator to mentor and invest in tech startups. Joshua serves on the Board of Directors of Greenling, is an advisor to Datran Media, and organizes Ignite Austin. You can follow him on Twitter @joshuabaer.

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