Ignite Durham Speaker Proposals

Welcome to our official Ignite Durham presentation proposal site. Ignite Durham is February 9, 2011 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham NC.

The call for proposals is now open and closes on January 21st. After submitting your topic, begin asking for support from your network of family, friends and supporters. Top 10 vote getters speak, plus 3 submitted talks will be selected by the Ignite Durham organizers. Decisions of the organizers are final.

Ignite events were originally conceived as technology variety shows, but they have grown into much more than that. Ignite is about ideas. Ideas can change the world. And it takes less than five minutes to spread one.

Submit your Ignite talk about a topic you are most passionate about in the arts, science, technology, history, business, education, society, life – you name it. Ignite presentations feature live people speaking in front of an audience of hundreds with 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. Your presentation will include a title slide, leaving you with 19 slides of free-form content. Please consider adding a link to a short video pitch of your talk (under 1 minute) so the community of voters can get a better sense of your presentation style and passion.

Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates at http://twitter.com/ignitedurham. Learn more about Ignite shows around the world and Global Ignite Week 2011 at http://igniteshow.com. See previous Ignite shows in the Triangle at http://igniteraleigh.com. Ignite Durham is produced by Ryan Boyles, Zach Ward and Jeffrey L. Cohen – the same people that brought you Ignite Raleigh!

  1. The lost art of political cartooning

    One of our country’s greatest forms of political expression is on life support. American political cartooning stretches all the way back to Revolutionary days and reached its peak during the ‘60s and ‘70s. But several factors have contributed to its demise. Is there any hope this trend can be reversed?

    158 votes
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  2. How to write a book even if you have a "real life"

    I'll bet money that you once had a dream to write a book, or be a painter, or learn a musical instrument. And then you grew up and got a mortgage and a spouse and a couple of kids, and you'd probably suck at it anyway. Now you have a "real life" so there's no reason to pursue these frivolous dreams, right? I call bull paddies; you can find time to write, you can fit creative pursuits into your "real life." I will teach you how.

    192 votes
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  3. From Tobacco Road to Hops Haven: How Beer Will Help Rescue NC’s Economy

    What are you doing when you drink a craft beer from one of the states’ 40+ breweries and brewpubs? Much more than just enjoying a good beer! You’re building new businesses, lowering the unemployment rate, increasing tax revenues, creating new opportunities in agriculture, and generally increasing the social and economic stature of the entire state. Keep up the good work!

    197 votes
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  4. Change the Triangle

    Most people want to give back to the community but as a young adult it can be a challenge to find the time. Change the Triangle is a nonprofit organization that provides an opportunity for young adults to engage in the community through a combined monthly volunteer service project and social event.

    233 votes
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  5. Honey Bees are vanishing. 4 reasons for this eco-emergency.

    Since the winter of 2006 high numbers of honey bee colonies have died. Colony Collapse Disorder is more than one disease, virus or bacteria. I believe there are at least four reasons our honey bees are sick. Can I explain it in five minutes and convince you? We will find out.

    169 votes
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  6. Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night

    Narrated to the melody and cadence of Paul McCartney's timeless classic Blackbird - A Mass Animal Death Investigation: One Part Pop Culture Celebration, One Part Conspiracy Theory Exploration

    157 votes
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  7. How to Win a Fight in a Bar

    Sure you can make love, but can you make war? I'll tell you everything you need to know to win a fight in a bar. Hand over your vote, NOW.

    187 votes
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  8. How to Not Be a Dorky Parent

    Becoming a dork is a big hazard of parenting. Here are some tips to stay out of that trap. A gentle reminder for some, a heads up for others. Presented by a mom who speaks from experience.

    162 votes
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  9. Microtransactions: The Power and Peril of Little Things

    From Alcoholism to Zynga, there's a tremendous amount of power to be harnessed in 'little things'. But with great power, comes great responsibility. Take a brief economic look at the counter-intuitive world of microtransactions, how that power is used today, and how you might be able to use that power tomorrow.

    212 votes
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  10. Healthy Cooking: So Easy A Kid Can Do It!

    -Does your kid like good, messy fun? Then, man, are they gonna love cooking! We'll show you how to cook a healthy meal with your kid with minimal prep and maximum fun!

    181 votes
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  11. Why 2011 is the Year of the Camahueto

    Unicorns and Narwhals are so 2010. I'll tell you why 2011 is the year of the Camahueto when it comes to mythological beasts.

    154 votes
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