Last night was the night! Thanks to the organizers, Yasmina, Claudia, and Peter, thanks to all of you who attended the event! I had a really great time!
I will share the video and slides soon, but right now I just wanted to share my experience and impressions from doing it. I hope this would be useful for people who are thinking about speaking at Ignite!
Talk about YOUR passion
There’s only a few events where you get to do this. It’s a stage where you get to share what you’re passionate about, package it into a compelling 5 minute talk where the open audience will ‘have to’ listen to you ! It’s your chance to introduce them to your passion. It’s truly a rare opportunity. Use it!
Ignite Format is Brutal… But FUN
When you heard about it, it seemed simple. 5 minutes, 20 slides. Sounds easy. The speakers also made it looked easy. But it’s not that simple. You have to tell a story in 5 minutes. And the 15 seconds auto advance is brutal. You don’t really have time to breathe on stage. You have to get up there and got instantly ON. No time to think anymore. On the other hand, it’s only 5 minutes. Even if you screwed up, you still would learn something. The audience is usually very supportive, and nobody going to throw a rotten tomato at you .
I am going to talk about one of my passion. One of which I chose not to pursue professionally as trying to make a living out of it, but instead it has served as a path for me to pursue one of my lifelong dream. This was the main idea behind my current startup project.
I will be talking about makeup. Because, yes I am passionate about it (ex: I have more than 20 lipstick!), and yes, it’s okay to be passionate about things that polishes beauty. It is also in our nature to appreciate and like beautiful things .
You’d have to wait until I give the talk to find out what exactly I am talking about. I promise I will make this interesting to guys as well as gals.
The event will be at:
Supermarkt, Brunnenstrasse 64, 13355 Berlin, Germany.
Tuesday, 1 Oct 2013, 7pm.
If you didn’t know what Ignite is, here’s the definition from igniteBerlin.com website:
Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events, Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes stage time.
I hope to see you there!
Fantasy Filmfest 2013
It’s been exactly one year since my last year’s post on Fantasy Filmfest. Since I had a lot of fun last year, of course I went again this year! I planned only to see four movies, but ended up seeing nine. That’s just how it goes when you’re having too much fun, isn’t it?
As it was last year, they’ve put up a good selection of movie too, although I really missed something funny, sarcastic, so over the top like Cockneys vs Zombies or Grabbers. On the other hand, there’s loads of smartly constructed story, ideas, and those dark humors.
Here are my impressions of the movies.
The opening movie. It was a Sci-Fi theme, the what if we were to be able to escape from our reality into an animated reality by just a sniff of a substance. In the animated world, you are free to be whoever you want (and someone chose to be Jesus)… I’m not sure I’d want to be anyone else but myself, and I hope my friends too (out-of-topic). Anyways, I was a little torn with this one. It has some great ideas but I find it lacking punch. Either the story wasn’t dramatic enough (note to self: read the book) or the interplay between the real world and the animated world wasn’t working so well. I do like the imagination of the characters so I’m going to go neutral and say it’s a good festival movie. Also I went to the talk at the Apple Store earlier that day, which is where I got my fff poster signed by the director, Ari Folman . Continue reading
On Tuesday I had a chance to try out Katerschmaus. It was a little out of the blue. A friend of mine made a reservation and when her partner cancelled she asked if I could go with her. As I heard some recommendations of the place and the rumors of a possible close down (and of course having a good time with my friend), I said yes.
Katerholzig itself is the sort of place that’s supposed to embody Berlin. A kind of run down place with a lot of graffitis, sort of smelly of years of cigarettes and whatever things they do there, punkish-rebel kind of feel that reminds you of the freedom of being yourself and expressing who you are while being a poor squatting sort of Berliner.
First of all, I have something to confess. I couldn’t ride a bicycle. Well, at least not until a month ago (that’s another post). Anyways, a lot of people told me how awesome it is to ride in Berlin so I’m curious and decided to give it a go. On a form of tandem cycling.