Ignite'ing Your Community

Posted on Monday, Mar 20, 2017
Jason and Mary chat with some of the top people behind Ignite Talks about building communities, drawing people together, and how to know when your plans need to pivot.

Show Notes

Guests

Ignite

Ignite

Ignite events are fun, fast-paced, series of presentations where speakers gather to share their knowledge and passion. Each speaker gets exactly five minutes, backed by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. Talks cover a wide range of (often geeky) topics. Ignite has been in over 300 cities. Created in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Petis, this phenomenon has spread to hundreds of cities in countries across all 7 continents.

Brady Forrest

Brady Forrest

Grooming hardware startups @highway1io; making rockstars @IgniteTalks; Author of The Hardware Startup

Megan Groves

Megan Groves

Founder of InterimCMO, marketing @IgniteTalks, startup advisor & mentor at Highway1 and TechStars, latin dancer, polyglot.

Bryan Zug

Bryan Zug

Bryan is a product manager and UX director who is deeply involved in Seattle’s tech community and has worked with companies like Techstars, Startup Weekend, the BBC, and Children’s Hospital Stanford. 10 years ago, he helped start Ignite Seattle – the popular gathering where local folks share their passions/pursuits in quick 5 minute presentations.

Hosts

Jason Hand

Jason Hand

Senior Cloud Ops Advocate at Microsoft. Jason Hand writes, presents, and coaches on the principles and nuance of DevOps, Site Reliability Engineering, and modern incident management practices. Named “DevOps Evangelist of the Year” by DevOps.com in 2016, Jason recently authored a new book on the topic of Site Reliability Engineering. In addition to SRE, Jason has authored books with O’Reilly Media on the subject of post-incident reviews and Chatops. DevOpsDays Rockies organizer and host of the Front-range Site Reliability Meetup, Jason is dedicated to the latest trends in technology, sharing the lessons learned, and helping people continuously improve their IT and software development practices.

Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall is a connector of people at heart, both personally and professionally. She loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster communities, and has been working with various developer communities for over 10 years. After several years of building community programs at O’Reilly Media, Chef Software, and SparkPost, she’s now consulting for companies looking to build out a Developer Relations strategy. She’s also the author of the first book on Developer Relations: The Business Value of Developer Relations (© 2018, Apress)