Ignite Raleigh 2 Speakers

Welcome to our official Ignite Raleigh 2 presentation submission site. Submit your own Ignite talk. Note that the 20 slides includes a required title slide, so you have 19 slides of content. Please consider adding a link to a short video pitch of your talk (under 1 minute), so the community can get a better sense of your presentation style. Top 10 vote getters speak. Voting closes on February 17.

  1. The open source way: How sharing, collaboration, and transparency are changing the world around you

    From music to gaming, art to math, the things you create and consume are affected by the rights you have to share them with others. Where do you have those rights? Where SHOULD you have those rights? Who controls your information flow?

    101 votes
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  2. What if You Could Ask a Book a Question?... What would it say?

    For us to be smart, our books need to be smarter. I will discuss how technology can unlock information buried within books and help to usher in a new form of interactivity for our next generation.

    10 votes
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  3. Employing Our Neighbors and Improving Our Planet---Products with Purpose

    We all carry bags: book bags, grocery bags, travel bags, etc. But what if the bags we carried had a greater purpose? What if they bettered our planet and employed our next-door neighbors? They can, meet Satchbags. Constructed from upcycled billboard vinyl, Satchbags are weather proof and incredibly durable line of bags, including totes, clutches, lunchboxes and travel duffles. But what's even better, Satchbags are hand-made by at-home seamstresses, providing jobs for our out of work neighbors. Cool environmentally friendly bags made by loving hands, now that’s a product with a purpose.

    Providing products to consumers has long been the…

    35 votes
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  4. Why you shouldn't get your stock picks from your fitness trainer

    Unemployment is high... the economy is bad...talking babies are on TV telling you to trade stocks... and your fitness instructor is telling you which ones to buy and sell. A humorous take on a serious subject about why trying to do that last lunge does not work if you are trying to make that last dollar.

    66 votes
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  5. Focus Groups Are Dead: Social Media is the New Market Research Tool

    Big change initiatives in corporate America most often come from within. Focus groups were contrived “market research” set up to justify changes from within. The social media sphere, where the consumers live – genuinely – should be guiding those big change initiatives. I’ll show how to use social media to actually listen and to discover a treasure trove of reviews and sincere opinions, and how to use those for an effective marketing strategy.

    18 votes
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  6. Trust the Intern

    Paul Jones, a recent college graduate, had five internships in school. He can enter data like no other, serve refreshments in the most formal corporate setting and has even mastered the collated copy. But when it came to writing his resume, these experiences did not equal “work experience” for any entry-level job. Luckily some employers put their trust in Paul and gave him responsibilities that would prepare him for a future career. Learn how to be a better employer, create a better internship experience and lay the groundwork to help your company grow by simply trusting the intern.

    23 votes
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  7. Everything I needed to know about social media I learned from Pikachu.

    Before we had "social media" we had "social phenomenons" like Pokemon. Many of the core philosophies behind social networking sites and apps aren't new at all but have been with us since childhood. Unravel the connection between Pikachu and the iphone, Murkrow and Twitter.

    64 votes
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  8. The Five Minute MBA

    Save that $100k+ in tuition and forgone earnings. Recent/recovering UNC Kenan-Flagler grad Eric Boggs can deliver an MBA finance/strategy/marketing course in 5 easy minutes. (Insert MBA stereotype here) not included.

    60 votes
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  9. How to change the world in 3 steps...Maybe 4.

    How do small ideas affect change? Take TOMS Shoes. A guy, Polo training in Argentina, and children with no shoes. Boing! Blake has put shoes on thousands of kids, reducing illness and putting kids back to school. In 3 steps...maybe 4.

    I'm Matt Murray, founder of Satchbags. Satchbags (satchel + Bag) is a Chapel Hill, NC based company that takes vinyl billboards before they hit landfills and makes different types of cool bags. Tote bags, duffles, and messenger bags.

    We are changing our world by 1. Identifying a problem-in this case the plastic bag monster choking landfills and oceans. 2.…

    27 votes
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  10. Curling in the South, or "Y'all do WHAT on Friday nights?"

    Curling is a Winter Olympic sport most typically associated with Canada and northern states. It's a surprise to many, then, to learn that the Triangle actually has a very active and growing curling club.

    If you've ever seen this mysterious sport on TV and have been dying to find out more about it (and admit it, you are), now is your chance. I'll cover the basics (like how heavy those stones really are) and tell you how you can even try it for yourself.

    The Triangle's coolest secret won't be a secret much longer.

    27 votes
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  11. Ending the Sales Weazel-Marketing Weenie War

    Can't we all get along? There's a long and storied history of finger pointing between sales and marketing departments on why there's "no traction" in the marketplace. Would anyone really use the word "traction" if it wasn't a business cliche?

    There are practical ways to solve the problem if both sides "get" where the other is coming from. It's death and destruction if they don't.

    9 votes
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  12. 2 Powerful Strategies for Marketing to Hard-to-Reach Prospects for Little or No Cost

    Reach hard-to-reach prospects with these two marketing strategies. I would like to help small and mid-size businesses attract the right people. I have helped companies use these strategies to reach their exact target prospects and create relationships with them naturally. Fortunately, these ideas can also be implemented with little or no capital - and can even make you money in the process (even before you sell to your prospects).

    20 votes
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  13. Innovation Strategies that can Transform Your Product or Business

    2009 was tough on many businesses. I want to show some strategies that can help startups to mega-corps quickly innovate products and services. These ideas can radically improve your ability to compete - if not totally set you apart from competition.

    20 votes
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  14. How to leverage Social Media to eat for free

    Learn the secret lessons I have learned to make my lunch excursions much more affordable. My favorite lunch is a free lunch, and Social Media is allowing me to live the dream

    109 votes
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  15. What if Real Life were like the Movies?

    Movies are meant to provide escape and to remove you from the day to day, but what if you could don a superhero costume to make everything right at work? Or you always had the right thing to say to that special someone? And everything wraps up neat and tidy by the time the credits roll?

    40 votes
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  16. Poken or Bump? What's the best Digital Business Card?

    What is the best way to exchange digital contact information? Poken is a cute device while Bump is a nice app for your smartphone. Which is better and why? What does a social media business card look like? Will you have a printed business card in five years?

    30 votes
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  17. The quality equation

    I guarantee this talk will be more exciting than a fail whale! How important is quality in today's world? Are we settling for mediocre as long as we get it first? What is the inevitable end result?

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  18. employ 5 simple rules - getting your kids to behave in public

    Sounds silly, right? Well, I have 4 small children, and without this we'd never leave the house!

    In 5min, you'll get some ideas on how to create your own household rules and use them to effectively & consistently manage your own children in public.

    77 votes
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  19. App Store or HTML5 what is the future of mobile applications

    App Stores are now table stakes for all mobile platforms but is their rise just temporary until HTML5 proliferates and all applications are web based? Is technology driving the decision or something else?

    27 votes
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  20. How to Know If an SEM Firm is Legit or Not

    There are numerous search engine marketing firms popping up in the Triangle each month. Learn what you need to know to determine who is legit and who is a "snake-oil salesman". The wrong choice can cost you more than just lost revenue.

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