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What is Ignite Charlotte All About?

You may have heard of Ignite Charlotte.

Hopefully you searched us out, trying to figure out what the heck its about. Well we’re here to tell you.

Ignite Charlotte is a series of 5-minute talks, each speaker uses 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. Speakers talk about pretty much anything, as long as they are passionate about it.

Ignite Charlotte is not a conference. There’s no keynote speaker here. There won’t be any vendor registrations. There are no “breakout sessions”.

The speakers you will hear are not professionally trained. Not all of them, anyway.

Why? Ignite Charlotte is about community. So we attract business leaders, thinkers, innovators, techies, geeks, anyone who is willing to get up in front of their community peers and share what’s on their mind.

We want to showcase the bright minds who want to make Charlotte and the world around it a better place.

Our mantra is “Enlighten us, but make it quick!”, and we abide by it. Our volunteer organizing team does a great job of providing the best experience for speakers, attendees, and sponsors, while maintaining the philosophy of Ignite Charlotte.

Take a look at our gallery to see videos of previous talks and join us on Tuesday, March 20 at the Neighborhood Theatre in NODA for Ignite Charlotte 4.

What Happened at Ignite Charlotte 2?

The Ignite Charlotte organizing committee, pleasantly surprised at the success and feedback from Ignite Charlotte 1, decided to do it again, but bigger – and with global implications.

Ignite Charlotte 2 was going to be a part of Global Ignite Week. Global Ignite Week (GIW) is when Ignite cities all over the world schedule their Ignite event in a 7-day period. Global Ignite Week was scheduled for early February.

Therefore, early February it shall be.

Ignite Charlotte 2 added two more things into its communal basket: Live-streaming, so anyone interested in seeing Ignite Charlotte was able (and encouraged!), and the Icebreaker Contest; an event before the talks which involved people forming teams with people to solve a problem, create something, or play a game.

February came, and Ignite Charlotte 2 was off! The icebreaker contest was sponsored by the awesome folks at Southern Resources, a scrap metal and supplies joint that gave us everything from bullet shells to computer motherboards and mechanical gears. The teams were tasked to build replicas of their assigned “Wonder of the World.”

The speakers were just as awe-inspiring and thought-provoking as the last group! With an international focus for Ignite Charlotte 2, many of the talks mirrored the theme.  Paolo Nagari, who had some time before running off to Italy, spoke of intercultural intelligence. Adam S. Brooks, from CPCC spoke of Geek being chic. Naturally, one could be a geek anywhere in the world. In fact, as he presented, geeks are needed. And Stephanie Nelson told the audience about important elements of social media.

Oh yes, forgot to mention – Ignite Charlotte 2’s attendance nearly doubled the first one. Ignite Charlotte 2 brought it close to 500 people!

Can Ignite Charlotte 3 match this? The speakers, volunteers and sponsors think so.

Enlighten us Ignite Charlotte 3…and make it quick!