Press Release: February 24, 2010
O'Reilly Media Launches Video Portal igniteshow.com in Conjunction with Global Ignite Week: New site showcases hundreds of 5-minute videos from Ignite events worldwide Sebastopol, CA—Humans really like to congregate. Even as we increasingly live—and share—our lives online, we seek out opportunities to meet, talk, and get recharged by the energy of a crowd. From March 1-5, 2010, roughly 10,000 people will congregate at more than 60 Ignites on six continents, as the first Global Ignite Week rolls across the planet. They'll gather in local venues, grab a cold beverage, and watch a series of 5-minute talks from geeks, entrepreneurs, creative professionals, farmers, educators—people in their community who rise to the challenge of the Ignite motto: "Enlighten us, but make it quick."
And now those Ignite events will be able to showcase their local Igniter's talks online. O'Reilly Media has launched igniteshow.com, a new video portal that brings hundreds of 5-minute Ignite videos together in one site. At launch, igniteshow.com features 200+ videos from past Ignite events. Hundreds more will be added during Global Ignite Week. Many local Ignite events will also stream live video during their events, via Ustream.TV. Online viewers will be able to chat using Facebook Live Stream, which will be integrated into the site.
The igniteshow.com video library will continue to grow along with Ignite. Most local Ignites hold 3-4 events per year, ensuring a steady stream of new 5-minute videos that will be as eclectic, heartfelt, and pithy as current favorites like "Causal inference is hard (or how I learned to stop worrying and love counterfactuals)," "What Makes the Greenest Cab?," "Life's Too Short To Eat Bad Food," "The Secret Underground World of Lego," "The Sanity Hacks of a Stay At Home Mom," and "How to Play the Didgeridoo."
Ignite got its start in Seattle in December, 2006, as a personal project of O'Reilly's Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. They dreamed up an event where people could share their ideas over beer, and sent word out through their network. On December 7, two hundred Seattle geeks looking for "a fun night of geekery and networking" squeezed into a bar on Capitol Hill. They found beer, but so much more. First up, a friendly but intense competition to build the sturdiest popsicle-stick bridge. Then 25 intrepid locals took a turn on the stage for their five-minute Ignite talks. The consensus was that it was a blast. Word got out, and other communities wanted Ignite in their cities. Brady and Bre turned the event over to O'Reilly, and nearly 200 Ignites have been held, about half of them in the past year. As Ignite enters its fourth year, O'Reilly is launching Global Ignite Week to both celebrate and amplify the Ignite phenomenon.
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