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).

Some personal updates: Arte, TEDxKreuzberg, Ignite Berlin


Just a few updates of what’s going on in my life these days, and a few brief shout-outs.

1) For the major parts of December 2009 and January 2010 I’ll be working at the HQ of Arte.tv in Strasbourg, France, where I’ll be helping out with a bit of behind the scenes concept work. This is a project I’m very interested in personally – I love working with media organizations and working out the best way for them to engage in the web. Arte is already doing a great job there, so this should be really good.

2) TEDxKreuzberg (10 Dec 2009) is coming along pretty well. All speakers are confirmed, and while we haven’t put up all the speaker profiles, a few are up already. It’s going to be an interesting and inspiring night, and thanks to my co-organizer Christoph Fahle of Betahaus, it’s also great fun to put it all together. Demand has outstripped the available space by far, but between the confirmed guest list, some invited guests and the waiting list we hope to share this night with as many as possible. For updates please keep an eye on the website and our twitter (@tedxkreuzberg).

3) It looks very much as if Matt Biddulph and I will be hosting an Ignite Berlin. We’re still working out the details, but both Matt and I as well as O’Reilly’s Brady Forrest are very motivated to do that, so I’m optimistic it’ll all work out well. Ignite is a great format in which speakers present their projects or startups in 5 minutes – with 20 slides, automatically changing after 15 seconds. It’s very dynamic, and thus never boring. More details on that as soon as we have them. Until then, I’m curious to hear what your favorite Berlin locations are. We’re looking in the 100-200 person range. Please share them in the comments or email me at peter (at) thewavingcat.com … Thanks!