Ignite Tampa Bay 2016: This Thursday at the Cuban Club!

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If you’re looking for something interesting to do in Tampa this Thursday, may I suggest attending Ignite Tampa Bay? You’ll see interesting presentations given in a very interesting way.

The Ignite format’s motto is “Enlighten us, but make it quick!” It takes your standard speaker-and-audience formula and adds some interesting constraints:

  • Each speaker is limited to exactly 5 minutes for his or her presentation.
  • Each presentation is accompanies by 20 slides, no more, no less.
  • The speaker has no control over when the slides advance; they automatically advance every 15 seconds.

The five minute limit forces speakers to whittle their presentations down to the essential points they’re trying to make, and the auto-advancing slides make it necessary to practice, practice, practice.

Want to see an example of an Ignite presentation? How about mine from last year’s event, in which I explain in five minutes why the existence of Florida Man and Florida Woman is a good thing:

This year’s speakers and presentations are:

  • Rich Castellano: The Power of Smile
  • Aria Mia Loberti: How to Gain Superpowers
  • Niel J. Guilarte: Connecting the Podcast Community via a Documentary.
  • Jacob Redding: Next Wave of Open Source
  • Marc Ensign: One thing that Matters
  • Lisa Kirchner: Community Makers Make Change
  • Steve Lazaridis: Bread
  • Joran Oppelt: The Future of Religion
  • Sean Davis: How You Can Learn to Crush That Little Voice Inside Your Head Saying…
  • Todd Allen Joseph: A (Very) Brief Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • Sandra Scott: How 3 Letters Changed Our Life
  • Carl Vervisch: The Millennial Problem
  • Ramesh Sambasivan: How Coworking in a Library is Like a Silent Disco
  • Kyle Matthews: How We’re Beating Childhood Cancer with Computers
  • Brian Willis: Back to the Future – Tampa’s Streetcar Neighborhoods Can Save Us
  • Sven Boemeester: Tampa Bay the Next Dubai of the Americas
  • John Foster: Bee Sting
  • Jason Fraley: Trust – the main ingredient for flight
  • Bill Carlson: Cuba
  • Dr. Sean Stringer: Healing with Nutrition and Natural Therapies

The remaining tickets for Ignite Tampa Bay are general admission tickets, which set you back $19.50 a person ($17.50 plus a $2.00 processing fee). They’re available online here.

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