What is Ignite all about?
You may have heard of Ignite. It’s a presentation style pioneered in the US by Brady Forrest from O’Reilly publishing, when he wanted to spice up some presentations – and it quickly became a worldwide phenomenon.
The idea is simple – make the presenters stick to a rigid format of 20 slides, each of which changes automatically after 15 seconds, giving a guaranteed 5 minute presentation.
Why is this a good idea?
It forces the presenters to think long and hard about every slide. How many times have you heard the presenter say “this slide isn’t important”? Well – get rid of it then!
Conversely, there are the presenters who talk to a single slide for 10 minutes, by which time you’ve lost interest, the plot, and probably the will to live.
Ignite is all about making the slides dynamic and exciting, and forcing the presenters to think about what they show. Best-selling author Scott Berkun has a great article on Forbes.com which discusses why Ignite is the way of future presentations.
If you’re sick of Death By Powerpoint, then come along to Ignite Sydney, where you’re guaranteed a fun night of entertaining and educational presentations.
If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?
Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us - quickly.