Ignite Berlin Videos


Monday night Matt and I hosted Ignite Berlin as part of the Global Ignite Week. I had a tremendous time there watching all these really smart people give rapid-fire talks of five minutes each. (Thanks folks!)

You can find all Ignite Berlin talks on IgniteShow.com or jump straight to the videos below:

By the way, the video above shows my friend Igor Schwarzmann talking about smart cities, here are the slides to go with his talk:

Ignite Berlin: the definitive speaker list


Ignite BerlinIt’s on! We just posted the speaker list and schedule for Ignite Berlin. And after reading the proposed talks I have to say I can’t wait to see them this coming Monday.

Here’s the list of speakers:

  • Edial Dekker: “Stop creating, start collecting”
  • Ahmet Emre Acar: “Lessons from a Caveman”
  • Markus Andrezak: “The Why and How of Kanban”
  • Philip Steffan: “MakerBot”
  • Igor Schwarzmann: “What’s so smart about cities?”
  • Luis Berríos-Negrón: “The Turtle”
  • Josh & Sabine Devins: “Lego Manhunt”
  • Isabel Drost: “Scaling machine learning with Apache Mahout”
  • Jay Cousins: “The World is our Wiki”
  • Robert Boehme: “A Part-Time Scientists perspective of getting to the moon!
  • Dave Haynes: “Everybody can be a Music Maker”

For some links to go with that, check out the brief speaker profiles on the Ignite site. Also, remember to sign up on Facebook and follow @igniteberlin on Twitter for updates.

And a big thank you! to the speakers and talk proposers!

Ignite Berlin: 1 March 2010


Ignite BerlinWe’ve mentioned it before (all posts), so now it’s time to get more concrete: We have date and location for Ignite Berlin. The basics:

In case you’re wondering: What is Ignite?

Fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global—Ignite is all of these and more. It’s a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Run by local volunteers who are connected through the global Ignite network, Ignite is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in each city. And, via streaming and archived videos of local talks, local Ignites share all that knowledge and passion with the world.

Thanks to the good folks over at O’Reilly for setting this up and getting us involved!

Global Ignite Week 2010


Global Ignite WeekI hinted at it already, but now it’s official: Berlin will be part of Global Ignite Week (GIW) during the first week of March 2010 (March 1-4):

Four Nights, >40 Cities, 500 Talks, 10,000 Igniters Join us for the first Global Ignite Week, where Igniters around the world (we’re shooting for Ignites on all seven continents) have their events Monday through Thursday, the first week of March, 2010. Maybe we should worry about that much energy triggering spontaneous combustion, but we think it’s all for the good–sharing great ideas, spending time with interesting people (in person and online), and, of course, there’s the beer.

So far, these cities are on board: Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Auckland, Austin, Baltimore, Bangalore, Berlin, Boston, Boulder, Brussels, Cardiff, Columbus, Denver, Fort Collins, Lansing, Lisbon, 502/Louisville, Missoula, Nashville, New Haven, New York, Paris, Portland, Pune (India), Raleigh, Salt Lake, San Diego, Sault Ste. Marie, Seattle, Sebastopol, San Francisco, Sydney, Toronto, Tulsa, Waterloo.

As these things go, this list is likely to grow quite a bit over the next few months. More updates on this as I have it.

Update: The official announcement blog post is up over at O’Reilly Radar now:

This March, it gets much, much bigger. O’Reilly is launching the first-ever Global Ignite Week, to bring together as many local Ignites as possible. As of right now there are almost 40 Ignites scheduled from March 1st through the 4th. The Ignites will span the globe and you’ll be able to watch them streaming online every day. So far, Global Ignite Week is represented on 4 continents and 10 countries. Our goal is to have participation from all 7 continents (Nairobi is looking good, and we’re working on Antarctica).