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Ignite Charlotte pops off without a hitch

Posted on 4 Aug 2010 by Desiree Kane

#IgniteCLT was last night at The Neighborhood Theatre in the heart of NoDa. Local visionaries and  tech nerds gathered to be inspired and, if you weren’t there, you missed a killer version of Happy Birthday being sung to presenter Becky Knight. It’s not often you get to hear 200+ people sing Happy Birthday to a community member. It was awesome. The whole night was fantastic.

Here are some highlights from the first iteration of Ignite Charlotte:

Jim Van Fleet (aka: Professor Sideburns) provided a killer list of resources for startups during his talk called Starting Charlotte’s Future.  But,he says, “First things first, we’ve got to start talking about it!” and here are some online places Jim recommends to find people to talk with and/or get your startup funded:

Wed3,IMAF,Self-help, @cltlaunch, Area Fifteen, Startup Weekend Charlottemeetup.com

Webinars that don’t suck” actually didn’t suck even though it was about webinars which are possibly the bane of any office worker’s existence at some point or another in their career. @dawnladams and @techherding kept it engaging!

Dwayne Waite was by far the best dressed there, hands down. He gave a clever presentation called Setting the Record Straight: The Real Retrosexual Male.

Warren Cooksey did a fine job of educating the crowd on how to instruct their government and how to lobby well and presented some great real life pics of his work as a city council person.

Rajeev Kulkarni made everyone’s brains bubble (in a good way!) with his talk on 3D printing.

I was so excited after learning Lemonade Day is coming to Charlotte May 1st, 2011! They’re all about teaching kids entrepreneurial skills, who can’t support that?? They’re new and just getting started but here’s their twitter name: @lemonadedayclt

Dave Bell, the Camping Services Director with Charlotte YMCA and summer camp evangelist behind @campleadership, told us how camp councilors make the best, most awesome employees ever.

Local social media favorite Adam Holden-Bache wowed everyone with his great infographics during his informative talk called The Problem with Data and Statistics.

Here’s the entire speaker list, everyone who presented did an amazing job! Check it out!


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    Jenifer Daniels 5 Aug 2010 at 9:01 AM

    sorry i missed this!

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    Ryan Burkhart 5 Aug 2010 at 9:45 AM

    A fine event that was filled with insights, humor and a lot of information packed into a short time frame. I was impressed by the variety of talks, the organization and flow and the overall atmosphere. It was a real pleasure and I look forward to the next one.

  3. Steve K. 5 Aug 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Nice write-up, Desiree! Great to see you there. It was a great night. The organizers did a fantastic job. I hope there will be many more Ignite Charlotte events!

  4. Becca Bernstein 5 Aug 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Bummed that I missed it. Looks like a great event.

  5. Adam Holden-Bache 5 Aug 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Great summary Desiree! I also thought it was a great event. Well organized, great presentations and a fantastic crowd. I’m already looking forward to IgniteCHARLOTTE 2!

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  7. @45ideas 5 Aug 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Great pictures and great post. The event was fun and informative!

  8. @45ideas 5 Aug 2010 at 9:29 PM

    What I gathered at Ignite Charlotte @igniteclt

    We need to start talking more about startups in Charlotte.” @bigfleet

    Interact with users during Webinarts – do not present.” @dawnladams and @techherding

    Among many things a Retrosexual male is an innovator.” Something I could relate with ;-)

    When lobbying, talking and explaining your view to government officials is the key.” @WCooksey

    Teaching kids entrepreneurship is as important as teaching them basic skills like math and science.” @JayRadford

    Camp owners with their organizational and team building skills make great employees!” @campleadership

    Watch out for bias, mis-representation and non-exclusive data sets when reading statistics.” @AdamHoldenBache

    Do not ask me to make a company cool – it is too vague.” @PatrickEMcLean

    The smart phone has changed our lifestyle – it is no longer just downloading apps.” @gertig

    Sexuality is something to talk about…” @livingsexuality

    You Can Help. Social Media is a freat tool for social giving!” YouCanHelp

  9. Ryan Boyles 6 Aug 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Looks like a fantastic event. Hope we can make it to the next one!

  10. Rajeev Kulkarni (@45ideas) 5 Aug 2010 at 9:21 PM

    I run Wed|3 with Paul. we can certainly consider a future meetup. — Rajeev