I love the concept of Ignite. You get 5 minutes and 20 slides that will automatically move every 15 seconds, which means you have to be prepared and you can't ramble on. Their tag-line is "Enlighten Us, But Make It Quick."
While most cities have been doing Ignite events, Scott and John Meyer at 9 Clouds, Inc in Sioux Falls decided to do something a little different - Ignite South Dakota - a State-wide project. This makes sense on several levels. First, with a total population of around 800,000 people, the State of South Dakota is about 1/3 the size of Dallas, TX who just had their Ignite last month. Second, this will allow smaller towns like Brookings, SD to showcase some of their talent when they might not have otherwise had that opportunity. Finally, South Dakotans are a big family. You've heard of six degrees of separation, but in South Dakota, it really is 1 degree of separation. Because of this, when I travel, I usually just say I am from South Dakota, since few people know where Sioux Falls is anyway.
I'm excited for Ignite getting started here in South Dakota. I think it is a great way for the talented people here in the Dakotas to showcase that talent here and on the web (which I am sure their videos will appear).
So, if you are in the Brookings area on Wednesday April 21st, come on down and hear some great speakers. They include Megan Dahle of Mt. Jono & First Person History (and my wife!), Corey Heidelberger from Madville Times and an overall talented writer, speaker and artist, Johnathan Burns who has created Cubicons and is one of the funiest people I have ever met and many others. The full list can be seen at the Ignite South Dakota website. Below is a video from John Meyer with a Welcome to Ignite SD.