by Jennifer Pahlka
Filmed at Ignite Sebastopol
Jennifer Pahlka founded Code for America in 2009, after many years in the gaming and tech industry. What is Ignite? It's a fun, high-energy evening of a dozen or so "speed presentations" given by people like you to their hometown crowd. Ignite presenters get 5 minutes to talk about whatever lights them up, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds--whether they're ready or not. It has a geek culture bent, though folks have talked about everything from "The Best Way to Buy a Car" to "Hacking Chocolate" to "19th Century Pneumatic Tubes." For more information about Ignite and how to start an event in your community, see: http://igniteshow.com.
Don Glickstein at Ignite Seattle
Steve Swedler at Ignite Phoenix