What the Hell is IgniteAmherst?
This valley is full of crazy entrepreneurs & thinkers, doers & makers with some seriously crazy ideas. IgniteAmherst is a group of provocateurs (Baer, Katrin, and Joseph) who put on Ignite talks in Amherst to expose these people for what they are - brilliant. What's an Ignite talk?
Fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global—an 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. Ignite takes a shot at raising the collective IQ and building connections in the valley. Beers are involved.
Our theme is "Making Stuff". Our valley is steeped in a rich history of making stuff, from the straw hat industry of Amherst to Holyoke and Springfield and Northampton. That tradition continues and we'll hear thought-provoking Ignites from folks Making Stuff in our valley.
Making Money - Gavin Andresen, Principal of the BitCoin Project
Making Fish - Josh Goldman, CEO of Australis Aquaculture
Making Games - Diane Kelly, Chief Science Officer of Zygote Games
Making Makers - Ben Einstein, Founder of Maker College
Making Museums - Kevin Chrobak, Architect
Making Shit Up - Humera Fashuddin, Entrepreneur
Making Television - David Pakman, Host of The David Pakman Show
Making Web Services - Liza Cuningham, CEO of FireHaus Studios
Making DIY Biology - Charlie Schick, Molecularist & founder of Practical Microbes
Making Underwear - MJ Viederman, Tru2U
Making A Pint - Alden Booth, People's Pint
Faire le Conservation (Making Conservation) - Mat Jacobson, Boreal Conservation Québec
If you are interested in giving a talk in the future, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
More info on Ignite Amherst
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Location: Eric Carle Museum
IgniteAmherst is put on by your provocateurs Baer Tierkel, Katrin Verclas, and Joseph Steig. Great thanks to the wonderful Eric Carle Museum for providing a venue for IgniteAmherst, they rock! Also big thanks to AmherstMedia who will film IgniteAmherst and broadcast it on the ACTV network, they're awesome!
Space is limited. We just might have to limit walk-ins. So please register! Thanks!