IgniteWaterloo #5 rocked

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Hit up IgniteWaterloo tonight with…

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my brutha, Dave White, to…

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hear some talks, but first…

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showed up…

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early to get…

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good seats,…

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take some pics…

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of marshmallow sculpture (Melissa? is the cat in the cat hat making a sheep),…

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drink a beer (Bastow!), and say hi to some…

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friends (James, Andrew, Laura, Agnes, Ben).

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The Hub is smaller than THEMUSEUM, where I saw my last Ignite a while back, but that made it easy to find find…

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our good friend and IgniteWaterloo + TEDxWaterloo organizer, Christine Hamon!

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Speaker David Yoon talks with speaker Neal Moogk-Soulis.

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Looks like I’m not the only one with a camera.

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David Yoon on IT duty at the podium pre-show.

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Amy Vandenberg, and her fast moving co-gecko, Mr. Karl Allen-Muncey were chatting up, hmmm, is that Marty Finestone?

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Bastow!  My D90 shootin’ brutha from another mutha.

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Karl chews the fat with Kurt Wissent.

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Bessie Schenk’s back, with friends.

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Holy smokes, Ramy’s back from Asia.

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More people, fewer empty seats.

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Ok, this marshmallow ferris wheel is pretty impressive (and won a prize I think).

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Martin Laforest (left), of IQC fame.

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The place really filled up.  I heard they might have overbooked this flight, expecting (and then hoping for) a certain attrition rate.

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These people were guarding the cookies.

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Yay, for our co-M.C., Erica Waugh.  Great job!

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Then it was jammin’.

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To standing-room-only.

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Phil Bast steadied the camera, and the talks began.  For the uninitiated, the format is a 5-minute talk with 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.  A very challenging format (from my experience).  Up first:

  • Kevin Sutton – Slam Poetry
  • Neal Moogk-Soulis – Choo Choo Choose to Reuse
  • Ryan Consell – Making a Monster
  • Kirk Zurell – Suffr
  • Kyle Mackie – Cranially Endowed
  • Warren Spires – The KW Humane Society: A Centre of Animal Welfare Excellence
  • Sean Zister – Social Entrepreneurship: Creating Social Values
  • Matt Scobel – Ideas, Action and the Evils of Planning
  • Scott Chantler – The Genesis of Two Generals

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Live bloggin’ and tweetin’ abounding.

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Then a…

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Hello Gavin FitzPatrick (left).  Then next up:

  • Simone Panziera – The Beautiful UnBrandables
  • Susan Koswan – In Defense of Dandelions
  • David Yoon – Tequila
  • Andrew Coppolino – A Waterloo Region Eats Smorgasbord
  • Jason Dykstra – What the $#%@ is Mediation?
  • Robb Farago – 5 Days for the Homeless
  • Paul Carvalho – Congruent Software Testing
  • Karen Cecile – Fun With Demographics

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Double pic for Simone for being a kick-ass maker in his Tavistock studio *and* having the guts to deliver a Sean Connery accent.

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Aside: I always liked these shoes Dave owns.

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Phil’s on the camera non-stop for hours.  That’s focus.

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Then Erica sent us…

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way.  Many thanks to the people that make these events happen.  It’s not magic: it’s a helluva lot of work.  And thanks to the sponsors for contributing to the cultural fabric of our community.  This stuff makes KW a great place to be.

Please consider giving a talk: we get out of this what we put in.  I gave my talk at the first IgniteWaterloo, and it was a great challenge and a lot of fun.

Happy making,


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  2. Great shots, thanks for including a couple with us!


  3. David Yoon says:

    Love these shots! Thanks for taking the time to capture the evening’s festivities! Would you consider throwing a bunch up on the Ignite Waterloo Flickr group too?

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  5. Erica W says:

    Great recap & pics! Thanks for the nice words 🙂

  6. Holy Wow! thanks x 1000 Darin for dble pics. My favourite: the 1/2 empty, or 1/2 full, beer bottle acting as a place holder on the empty chair – did it manage to stay upright?

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