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!
So far this summer we had been blessed with good weather in Berlin. It was a Saturday, and I wanted to do something different. I saw this Meetup, doing a draw and write in the park, so I thought I’ll try that out and join them.
I have started sketching on and off for the past months. One time I designed a book cover, Lenny for Your Thoughts, another time I also dabbled a bit in character design for the Pilot Cat game, Ninja Cat, but I wouldn’t think of me as a character artist… Still, why not?
For those of you who aren’t Berliners, Görlitzer Park is okay-ish community park. You can grill and hang out in the sun. There’s an amphitheater part which are great for mini concerts if you’re a musician. Mostly it’s a good place to meet up with your friends living in Kreuzberg.
Anyways, I came early, and for a warm up, I did this building-scenery sketch on my Moleskine with a pen.
(It wasn’t a character, I know. Except for those people on the grass)
Then Rachel and I started to try to come up with a theme, and we were going for something either “light and shadow” or “petting zoo” or “the letter R”. I picked the R, and I was going for Red Robots Run towards Rabbit