Examples of Amazingness: Notable Past Talks

You: Hey, Ignite Committee.

Ignite Committee: Yeah?

You: So I’m almost talked into submitting for this whole shebang you keep talking about-

Ignite Committee: Awesome!!! You should get on that, though, because you only have a week left…

You: Yes, yes, so I’ve heard. So now that you’ve been through 14 of these shows, what were some of your favorite talks and why? I’d like to do a little homework on what sort of thing works before I finalize my submission.

Ignite Committee: We don’t have ‘favorites’, per say… the talks are all our beautiful children, perfect in their own way. We love them each equally and for their own, special snowflake reasons.

You: Oh geez. Fine, it’s not a competition, I get it. Peace and love. *SIGH* But are there any talks that have been memorable to you in particular?

Shaina*: Well now that you asked, how amazeballs was that kid at Ignite Phoenix #9 who talked about why he loves his 3-D printer? That was the essence of Ignite: adorable, geeky, hilarious, and inspiring…all rolled into one!

You: Ha! That was so awesome!

Stephanie: Or what about that one on Bronies at Ignite Phoenix #12? That dude was just so into his topic. I feel like it could have gone in a weird direction, but he was adorbs.

You: I’m not even sure what to say about that. Although I may have just Googled, “Bronies Meet-ups, East Valley, AZ.”

Dannie: There was a lady at Ignite Phoenix #5 who spoke about bats who was really great. She was knowledgable and passionate about her subject and had fantastic slides. Plus, she wore bat wings!

You: Heeee!! She seems genuinely confused and dismayed over the fact that people don’t want to love, hug, and kiss bats. And after all those cute pictures of snuggly bat faces, I sort of agree with her.

Ruth: I was pretty into the guy who spoke on paragliding at Ignite Phoenix #10. He was engaging and well-spoken, but I love the larger existential message behind what he was discussing.

You: Wow, that was deep. (Is it just me, or is he a little bit sexy?)

Alan: I definitely connected with the fellow at Ignite Phoenix #4 who spoke about The Astrolabe. He was super nervous, and it was a really complex and difficult subject, but when I saw him after the event, he was thrilled and amazed to have survived his very first attempt at public speaking.

You: It’s so cool this event isn’t just about people who are super polished getting up to perform. It’s much more about communicating the essence of rad stuff to the community.

Ignite Committee: Right! And for the speaker, it’s about the experience of putting how he or she feels about that rad stuff into words an audience can relate to and understand. Sometimes, just the act of assembling the presentation teaches the speaker new things about the topic. It’s a journey.

You: That was also deep.

Bill: I totally dug the Star Wars guy at Ignite Phoenix #4. He knew so much awesome stuff!

You: Oh dear heaven. That… was a lot of information about Star Wars. He’s wearing a Yoda backpack, isn’t he?

Alyssa: Did you watch the one on the field of sunflowers in Downtown Phoenix at Ignite Phoenix #12? How cool is that? I had no idea that existed before I watched that talk, but now I’ve been out to see it. It’s amazing!

You: OK, I think I’m really starting to understand what you’re looking for here.

Ignite Committee: You are?

You: Yes. You’re looking for anything interesting that makes people think, feel, or respond. You’re looking for the stuff that we know an extra lot about, obsess over, or see in a different way from everyone else. You want to give our heads a shake, crack open our skulls, and see what weirdness and gore falls out.

Ignite Committee: Well that last image was a little bit violent, but otherwise, yes. Head over to the submission page now, while you’re still basking in the afterglow of Ignite inspiration! You won’t regret it.

You: I’ll see what I can do.


*It’s possible all quotes from committee members are paraphrased or completely fabricated. I also made up your half of the conversation. Just FYI.


I’d like to thank the Academy…

Photo courtsey of sheiladeeisme

Really though. Can you imagine a better way to get winter time in Phoenix started? Ignite Phoenix #13 was just another great example of the community gathering together and sharing in the passion of learning, exploring, and sharing. Even when the lights when out over our Presenter tables at the end of the night you continued to chat; just one more great example of the passion and excitement the Ignite community shares in, and continues to nourish.

So, thank you! For continuing to support that community and our event. You who reach out to people who haven’t attended before, and for the ones that have come back event-after-event. We were excited to see just about half of our attendees this time were brand new! The support from all of you is what keeps Ignite Phoenix energized, and coming back for more.

Once again we’d like to say thank you to everyone involved and show them a little bit of love.


Fantasy Football Helped Save My Life (*But I’m Still Going to Die) Raoul Encinas
How 250 People Run Your City Kolby Granville
Out of the Box: Art in the Real World Elizabeth Johnson
To Fight or Not … That is the Question Senior Master Michelle Landgren Lee
911 What is your emergency? (somebody pass me the chips) Alicia Magera
Growing Food in Unlikely Places Dennis McClung
I Chase Storms Mike Olbinski
Lucid Living Sean Oliver
Battlefield: Business – The Unspoken Arena Veterans Face at Home Drew Peneton
Wanderlust Bob Roman
…even without hair Melissa S. Rex
Ultimate: When a ball dreams, it dreams of being a disc. Wayne Roemhildt
Sleep Around Much? Diane Salisbury
Phoenix is a Gas: history of neon in the Valley marshall shore
Bugatti Veyron — the Ultimate Machine Robert Simyar
I have someone else’s heart in me, no really… I do. Preston Smith
Double-Fisting for Book Lovers Nikki Steele
From fast food junkie to heart attack survivor Jay Thompson


Photos and Video!

Did you take photos on Friday? We’re sure you did; we saw them coming through Twitter. Take a moment to put your Ignite Phoenix #13 pictures up on Flickr with the ones our photographers took that evening (you can see all of them at the link). Tag your photos with “ignitephx” and add them to our photo group. Want to share them a little more socially? Post them to our Facebook page, or tag them with #ignitephx on Twitter.

How many of you are as excited as we are that you can re-watch the videos on our YouTube channel? Well, you’re in luck because all of our videos from Ignite Phoenix #13 are up, and ready to share with your friends, family, and social circles.


Without you, we absolutely could not produce events like these! Thank you so much for the declaration of support, time, and services you provide. If any of you from the audience find yourself in need of the products or services our sponsors provide, please show them some love.


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Special Thanks

For providing the ATMs.

Andrew Ryno
For all of the web development support, code updates and editing that took place in the wee hours of the morning, the middle of the afternoon, late in the evening, and all days of the week!

Each event we have a few Ignite Phoenix paparazzi on hand taking photos throughout the event. You’ll have seen them getting some choice shots. Take a few minutes to peruse their photo galleries.

Joe Abbruscato:
Samples of his work can be found at http://flickr.com/mranathema.

Devon Christopher Adams:
His photography is online at flickr.com/nooccar.

Shelia Dee:
You can find her photos online at http://flickr.com/sheila_dee/

Food, Drink, and Music:

To our three food trucks, Paletas Betty, Luncha Libre, and Spice it Up who kept everyone full with great food!

To our three live bands who gave us sweet tunes to rock out to during Ignite Phoenix #13:

  • Anamieke Quinn
    ‘Fresh and Folky, Swing and Sultry’ is one way of describing indie folk-rock troubadour Anamieke. ‘Melodic, lyrical, contemplative and comedic’ also help to clarify her collection of quirky artsongs.  Bearing an acoustic Martin guitar, you’ll see her in small venues, festivals, streets and subways across the US singing her heart out with finger-picked accents and an occasional whistle break.
  • Ruca
    Known for her unusual vocal timbre, free-spirited Arizona singer songwriter Ruca brings depth, texture and rhythm to the desert folk-scape with tales of woe and wanderlust.  Tempered by long shadows of sultry blues, Ruca’s sunshine infused acoustic-driven pop burns with deep reggae and funk grooves.
  • Doctor Bones
    Doctor Bones is a 5-piece avant-pop mixture of new wave and punk, with an ear for dynamic tension, emotional swells, and dance-inducing beats. Featuring dual male-female lead vocals over a powerhouse rhythm section, Doctor Bones is a culmination of the pop lessons learned from The Cars, Talking Heads, Dead Kennedys, Joy Division, and Andy Kaufman.

HUGE thanks to all of our volunteers:

For all their time, advice, assistance, dedication and support. Thank you for the time you’ve given be it in the dead of night, or when the sun begins to rise, and of course all of you that supported on the night of the event. We appreciate your support in helping us put on a fantastic event.

Chris Carson Kimberly Carson
Noah Trockel Sean Roe
Nick Bastian Laura Rogal
Debbie Walker Amy Donohue
Steve Bell Ellen Streiff
Gil Shuga D. Patrick Lewis
Cyndi Dayley Crystal O’Hara
Ashley Messick Brittney Smith
Glenn Jimmerson


The Ignite Phoenix Crew:

This is the core team that worked hard for several months to make the whole show come together! Thank you all so much for your time, dedication, and the passion you brought to the event!

Alan Dayley @alandd
Andy Woodward @warfin
Bill Risser @billrisser
Brian Carson @bpcarson
Dannie Moriarty @dlmoriarty
Jeff Moriarty @jmoriarty
Nat Handler @vendaragroup
Oden Hughes @coathalia
Ruth Carter @rbcarter
Sabrina Susini @_brie_
Samantha Leopoldi @tambre


Ignite Phoenix #14:

Why yes, you read that right. Ignite Phoenix #14 and it’s coming to you in the Spring. April to be precise, and it’s coming to you: same bat time, same bat channel.

Share with us, and our community, what you’re passionate about! Submissions are open, so get them wheels turnin’, and the ideas flowin’!

See you in 2013!

– The Ignite Phoenix Team.

Grab Some Popcorn and Watch the Presentations

Photo courtesy of ToastyKen on flickr

Did you miss Ignite Phoenix #12 on Friday? Unable to watch it via the live stream? Wish would you re-watch your favorite presentations, or show them to your family or co-workers?

Well, you’re in luck, because all of our presenter videos are online on our youtube channel. Go check’em out! Show your presenters some love, share their videos with your social networks and don’t forget to lave a nice comment!

Here’s a teaser, or three:

A New Breed of Human

Description: It’s said that every generation has its monster, and it’s incredibly apparent that we are in the decade of the vampire. But how did we progress (or perhaps regress) from Nosferatu to Edward Cullen? What does it say about us as a society that we are embracing our monsters, pulling them close and accepting them as another breed of human?

Sunshine, Shade, and Green Architecture

Description: Zonies have a love-hate relationship with sun. We live here for the nice days then spend 6 months of the year avoiding sun and seeking AC. The ancient cliff dwellers used precise solar geometry to design their apartments. All of our new architecture and landscaping can be precisely designed for summer shade, winter heat and natural light.

The Dying: Not Just Patients, But Teachers

Description: When people hear I enjoy Hospice nursing, they say “Oh my God, how can you do that, it’s so depressing!” Actually, it is the complete opposite. People faced with their own mortality are usually the most insightful life teachers. Who better to absorb life’s valuable lessons from than those who are facing the end of their own journey?