Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ignite in the Post Standard Today!

Ignite Syracuse was featured in the paper today in the CNY Section. Check it out if you get a chance. Otherwise, click here to see the online version.

Just a few more days till Ignite Syracuse takes the stage. Remember presenters, I need those slides!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

All Slots Filled...and Then Some!

IGNITE Syracuse is looking to be a good time. Only a week and a half away! We have all of the presenters lined up. This time we will be having 12 presenters in total! Here is who they are and what they have to say:

Courtney Rile - Daylightblue video/photo/design studio
Alberto Acosta - International Museum Institute of New York
Paul Schoeneck - Founder of KICKS clothing
Amber Blanding - Glass Blowing Studio
Travis Adenau - Artist speaking on Legal Graffiti
Robyn Tomlin - "Heat Witch" a video projection
Clayton Stetz - Creating a Hackerspace
John Peck - Marketing using social media
Mark Povinelli - Artist/Engineer speaking on What is Public Art Anyway?
Maarten Jacobs - Artist speaking on new art installation
Corky Goss - Muralist and Artist
Peter Michel - Sculptor

See you all on March 8th at 6:30pm at Bull and Bear.

Monday, February 1, 2010

7 Folks Signed Up!

Over the weekend we got two more presenters. The latest being Robyn Tomlin, a video installation artist. Her idea, without giving too much away is called Heat Witch. The idea is to project video onto huge steam plumes that become visible in Syracuse in the cold months of winter. Check out her website at:

There are still a few spots's not too late. Contact us at

Keep checking back for more info!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hackerspace - Newest Presentation

We just got our 6th presenter! Clayton Stetz, a software engineer, will be presenting his idea of starting a "Hackerspace" in Syracuse. These have been popping all up around the country and the world and have brought lots of people together to work on fun projects. Should be a great presentation!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

5 Spots Filled Within 10 Hours!

There seems to be some real buzz happening around IGNITE Syracuse! I posted the event last night at 5pm and by the time I got to my computer this morning, already 5 presenters have come forward. More details on the presentations to come soon.

So there are still spots left, but you better act fast, interest and excitement is growing quickly.

Here are the people signed up so far: Peter Michel, Corky Goss, Maarten Jacobs, Mark Povinelli, and John Peck.

Keep checking back for updates.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Enlighten Us, But Make It Quick!

The 40Below Public Arts Task Force (PATF) will be hosting its third Ignite Syracuse event on Monday, March 8th, starting at 6:30pm at Bull and Bear pub in Hanover Square. It is part of a national phenomenon sweeping across major cities around the county. So what is Ignite Syracuse? It’s an evening of short talks with some special rules. In “Ignite” each speaker gets 5 minutes - but must have 20 slides and each slide must automatically progress in 15 seconds. This makes for fun and exciting presentations ranging from just about any topic the speaker can think of. Besides for that, it is just a fun evening to get together with friends, have some drinks, meet new people, and hear some creative ideas that are floating around Syracuse.

Right now the PATF is accepting presentation ideas. Anything is acceptable; all bets are off. So feel free to throw your hat in the ring to be a presenter at the next Ignite Syracuse event. The first 10 presenters will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Interested parties have until February 20th to submit this presentation ideas. If interested, please contact Maarten Jacobs, chair of the PATF, at 315-480-7678 or via e-mail at And if you plan on presenting, remember: 300 seconds is super short, so be precise, but please, remember that it is ok to breathe; there is no law that says you must fill every second with talking.

Past Ignite Syracuse events have been very successful. The first was held at Opus Bar and Lounge and featured 10 presenters and over 60 audience members. Presentations ranged from someone rapping to potatoes to someone talking about their idea of creating an urban arts and crafts market. In fact, the latter idea, thanks to their presentation, turned into a successful event in October featuring more than 30 artists, with roughly a thousand visitors checking out the market.

So come check out a crazy night of fun-loving banter, intelligent arts, and creative eye-candy. To learn more and to see pictures from past Ignite Syracuse events, check out the blog at

Monday, September 28, 2009

We're Back!

Hey everyone, we will be hosting our next IGNITE Syracuse this Thursday at the Warehouse on Fayette Street. We'll be on the 4th floor in a really funky spot called COLAB starting at 6:30pm. We will be having beer and snacks and a fun night of random presentations. Thus far we have 5 great presenters lined up and are still looking for a few more. Are you interested? Know of anyone? If yes, e-mail me at ASAP to get yourself in the mix.

Keep checking our blog daily for more info!