If there’s any silver lining at all to our beloved Baltimore Orioles being knocked out of the playoffs, it’s that we now have the evening free to go to the 11th installment of Ignite Baltimore tonight at MICA’s Brown Center. Small consolation, to be sure. While Ignite may not have the frenetic energy of October baseball, at least they’ll have the heat on in there.
It would have been hard to predict a potential scheduling conflict because we bought our Ignite tickets months ago. As always, the 700 seat Brown Center sold out very quickly, but you can still join the waiting list to try to slide in at the last minute or get on the mailing list and be the first to know about Ignite Baltimore #12.
For those of you unfamiliar with Ignite events it is essentially a speakers’ series. At each event 16 presenters give five minute talks on subjects that are important to them, ranging from new ideas in technology and urban development to lessons learned from fucking up relationships. There are slides too. And beer and snacks in the lobby. and lots of live-tweeting.
We like to think of them as live-action blog posts. If you were to act out a really good blog post on stage, this is more or less the form it would take, and seeing 16 speakers together is very much like surfing around the internet clicking on different sites and learning new things you never expected to see or hear.
It can be hard to know exactly what you’re getting going in, but tonight’s program has some promising titles listed in the talks, like Greater Baltimore …pathologically modest, why?! Using Twitter to Better Understand Communities, How to Write a Great Online Dating Profile and (Maybe) Meet the Love of Your Life, Thinking Big: Beyond Convention Centers, Hotels and Tourism, and The Summer of Punk.
If any of that catches your fancy but you can’t make it tonight, you can even follow along with the Livestream, or check back with Ignite’s YouTube Channel later, as they usually post video of the talks after the fact.