Ignite Boulder 7

ignite7boulderIgnite Boulder 7 was last Thursday, December 10th. This was the second Ignite Boulder event I went to and the third Ignite. (Denver was my first.)

In short, this one wasn’t as good as it could have been. No bad reflection on Andrew Hyde, the host. He was trying his hardest to keep things on track. But that was an impossible task.

The bad? Expletives were the main meal rather than the spice. And this time, the crowd had a little too much to drink at the pre-party. Many would yell whenever they felt like it – whether their contribution was helpful or not. The yellers must have been used to the Twitter environment, where it is OK to comment on everything. They forgot the basic difference… Twitter allows people the option to listen. At Ignite Boulder 7, there was no option.

The good? Still a great way to experience some new ideas in a fast-moving, live format.




Dunno if you have ever been to an Ignite event. The best way I can describe it is TED-lite. (TED = “Technology, Entertainment, Design” – international talks that have the very best minds in our world today sepaking on all number of topics.)

Ignite is more “normal” people from the geek community speaking on whatever strikes their fancy. Since Boulder has a thriving geek community, the Ignite events there sell out the Boulder Theater. (Roughly 700 people come.)

I went to my first Boulder Ignite on September 16th. It was fascinating. Roughly fourteen presentations were on the program – topics ranging from climbing Mt. Everest blind to how one speaks Swedish.

If there is one in your town, it’s worth a try. The great benefit for me is the chance to hear how people very unlike myself think – and express themselves.