Ignite Liverpool 2010

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Let me start by saying that I didn’t know what this was at first. I had seen my friend the art blogger Ella Wredenfors tweeting about it, and then another friend, Paul AKA @oddessay asked me to go. I looked at the website and couldn’t make head nor tail of it to be honest – but I trusted the judgement of others going and then saw it was being run by Neil Morrin from Defnet Media who I almost did an art podcast for for the Liverpool Biennial so I decided it must be worth a look.

Google maps hasn’t been updated since John Moores University built their new Art and Design Academy but I found it easy enough. Just outside the building is a little pavey bit with concretey stuff on it which is bathed in the multicoloured light from the stained glass of the Catholic cathedral. It’s nice there but photography couldn’t do it justice, especially not on my camera phone which appears to have cataracts.

Turns out the the Ignite events are global, taking place in 65 countries worldwide. They simply ask geeks to come along and talk with slides for 5 minutes about something which they are passionate about. The Liverpool presenters’ topics ranged from music royalties to food production with a slight detour to buildings in Stoke and Linux. There was also a bubble machine which went off every time someone tweeted the event hashtag. I have to make a whole new paragraph for this…

Bubblino is the best invention ever in the world. I was captivated by how it might work, changing a message into an action. I was also stricken with an emotion I can only describe as Delight when I realised that someone had decided to manifest the messages using bubbles. It just makes bubbles when it goes off, blasts bubbles into the air. Fabulous. I pondered darkly as to whether this could be wired up to shoot a gun when someone used a certain hashtag, and then I thought what a great film that would make. You could call it #HASHTAG and I would be a millionaire. Anyway, back to the Ignite Event.

Those present were the Usual Suspects, and I say that with the greatest of respect – as a burgeoning geek community in Liverpool, and an active one at that. Among them were people I’d met at the last Twestival and others whose twitter names I recognised. After the event there was an AfterDrink in the Everyman bistro where they twice ran out of my chosen ale. Twice! What was refreshing about the whole thing was the opportunity to talk to interesting, pleasant and provocative people. I think that will be one of the most positive outcomes of the Ignite events, along with the fact that people attending are signing up to sit, listen and go “Hmmm”. Online, where the event was founded, promoted and streamed to, it seems that all we do much of the time is put out content. Read my blog, follow my tweets, listen to my podcast etc. Ignite is unique because it says “You few people speak, and give us something worthwhile to listen to”.

Content of the night will no doubt be featured in my next few internet posts but some of the blogs are listed in my blogroll over there ———>

Links :

http://ignite.oreilly.com

http://how-why-diy.ning.com

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  1. […] Ignite Liverpool 2010 « Bullet In The Messenger "Online, where the event was founded, promoted and streamed to, it seems that all we do much of the time is put out content. Read my blog, follow my tweets, listen to my podcast etc. Ignite is unique because it says “You few people speak, and give us something worthwhile to listen to”." (tags: ignite igniteliv via:@doubleshiny) […]


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