The second installment of Ignite in Vancouver is going to rock your world! Here's an overview of what you can expect from us on June 24th:
- A reality show type contest where the audience will vote via Twitter and TXT msg on their favorite presenters. Everyone can vote for each presenter equally, but the person with the most votes from everyone will win $500!
- A tongue twister contest: read as much as you can in ten seconds. Make no mistakes and you win a prize!
- We will be featuring a section on Green and Sustainability, since the City of Vancouver is working it's way towards becoming the Greenest City in the World by 2020, we thought we'd get in on the discussion too.
It's a full slate of presentations that range from funny to eclectic to scientific! Speakers and their topics are as follows (but always subject to change...):
Matt Ross: A Gringo’s guide to Central America – As the author of "Short Straws A Gringo's Perspective of Backpacking Central America", Matt will bring an off-the-cuff view from off-the-beaten path, the lighter side of his experiences in rural Central America during a six-month odyssey.
James Karg: A Game Designer’s Guide to life (Everything I know I learned from video games) - James is an avid video game enthusiast/designer and current student of Vancouver film school's Entertainment business management program. When he’s not slaying dragon's and saving princess's, James likes to be making people smile with his presence.
Conrad Schmidt: Degrowth – Actively involved in the area of promoting awareness of and the need for a shift of economic imperatives, Conrad will present on the concept of Degrowth as a means for creating a sustainable economy both fiscally and environmentally.
Mack Hardy: Open source coding (The pros and cons of the options) – Mack will compare and contrast some of the key points of interest in the Drupal vs Facebook vs the rest discussion.
Pierre Charlebois: Special tax advantages for small business – As an entrepreneur, Pierre understands that self employment has many advantages and when one is incorporated there are several strategies for reducing taxes. If you are a business owner, here is one method that can help you to create security for the yourself and remove retained earnings from the corporation at a reduced tax rate.
Rob Blackie: Green Leases – Popular in Europe but little understood in North America, Green Leases can be a boon for landlords and tenants alike. Rob, an environmental engineer with a Masters from Cambridge University will enlighten us on what the implications are for us.
Kristen Reaves: Five ways to know if you will be 10lbs heavier this time next year - Kristen Reaves is a Registered Dietitian and is passionate about educating others on the importance of living a lifestyle that involves eating clean, healthy, and tasty food, and moving your body everyday. She wants to make us aware that living a healthy lifestyle can be fun, delicious, and inspiring. Come learn what Kristen has to say about what you may be doing right now that is making you pack on the weight over the years and how to stop this from happening ever again!
Jill Talbot: The Social Construction of Addiction - Addiction has been conceived of as a moral problem, disease, and stress response. How we think of addiction has influenced the services available to those at risk, and those at risk themselves. Scientific research has rarely confirmed the general held conception of addiction.
Kerry Ward: Without Adventure you are DEAD - In business, to be successful you must literally ‘Add Ventures’ to continue growing. Kerry will bring examples and insight into how a new way to look at your business and training may be the key to unlocking your potential and that of your business.
Amir Jaffari : Memes, Evolution of Business, and the Unfolding of Consciousness - Amir proposes that there are no secret societies of evil villains and international bankers trying to take over the world - as movies such as The Zeitgeist (Due: October 2010) suggest. Rather there are ideas and thought patterns that manifest themselves as belief systems or "memes" (pronounced like Cream). These ideas morph, grow exponentially and spread, much like viruses. The upside is that there are veins of good viruses currently taking the world of business by storm (such as social entrepreneurship, "green" and others), and seeing as how business currently rules the planet above other institutional forms. Let's support the multiplication of these memes as a means of saving - not the planet - but ourselves.
Paul Stoneman: Three Energy Technologies that you never hear about - Stone, a patent holding inventor and native Vancouverite, has a passion to create and develop products designed to improve daily life while cutting the cost. He also spends many a late night prototyping new ways to power our world using zero emission and even closed system power sources. Join him in support of his lifelong pursuit of single cost, zero maintenance energy solutions.
Mack Flavelle: Virtual goods - A fascinating intersection of culture business and technology – As a game designer for location based games, Mack is drawn to the intersection of real and virtual commerce.
Maureen Cureton – Environmental Sustainability: Small Steps, Big Steps, & A Bit of a Rant – Maureen’s first experience in the environmental sector was managing R&D for an organic recycling technology. From rotting fish to renewable energy and green building, her career has covered a lot of ground in the sustainability field. She’s worked with Rocky Mountain Institute --world-renowned for research and consulting on sustainability issues, and these days you’ll find her at Vancity helping advance green business in our community. Maureen also brings her sustainability rants to the classroom for Royal Roads University and UBC; she writes curriculum for Thompson Rivers University; and she’s co-authored 3 books on sustainability topics as well.
Minto Roy - Integrating the Advantage of Diversity to Grow Your Business and grow Canada - Business today must realize that a large percentage of their consumers are immigrants to Canada. However, when hiring or developing a strategic marketing and sales plans, this reality is often overlooked. Minto will discuss how incorporating diversity can give every part of your business a definitive edge over the competition.
PLUS: Some interesting sponsors, an announcement for the next Ignite Vancouver event that will put yet another spin on the night, a preview of the next event, and Ignite Karoke. That, sequined velour smoking jackets, steins of Ignite beer, Ignite shooters, and a few other surprises too!
Get your tickets through either http://www.meetup.com/IgniteBC/ or through http://IgniteBC2.Eventbrite.com. Additionally, if you are interested in giving a presentation at the NEXT event, you can submit your idea through the IgniteBC webpage at http://ignitebc.com/events/the-next-ignite-june-24th/
Finally, since this is a non-profit event, we are always looking for sponsors. They can be cash, or if you want to promote your business by providing services in kind, or just some kind of discount or anything to people in support of Ignite Events in Vancouver, we'd love to hear from you! We will also reciprocate in kind, and will do whatever we can to direct our audience to your enterprise. For those giving cash donations, we offer the following:
- Gold sponsor - Gets you a table at the event, with lots of logo placement in programs, and splash screens in presentations, etc.
- Silver Sponsor - You get four tickets plus mentions in the website, program, etc
- Bronze Sponsor - Two tickets plus mentions in the website, etc.
Details of how YOU can become involved with Ignite in Vancouver can be found on the IgniteBC website by clicking this link: http://ignitebc.com/sponsors/sponsorship-and-support-levels/