Monthly Archives: May 2009

Day 237: Ignite DC

A few weeks ago – on day two hundred thirty-seven of my living in DC, to be precise – I attended IgniteDC. The concept kind of blows my mind everytime I sit and think about it.

IgniteDC – all similar events around the country – feature 16 speakers who each have 5 minutes and 20 PowerPoint slides to present. This is where people to whom I’m describing the event get confused and ask: “What are the presentations about? Are they company / sales / product pitches?” And this is the part that gets everyone – There aren’t any guidelines or limitations to the subject matter.  

What I think is so incredible about IgniteDC is that:

1. There were no incentives for people to present, other than to have their voice heard. There were no incentives for people to attend, other than to hear what others had to share. And the whole thing was a success. It was a simple exchange of creative information and ideas and very cool thing to be a part of. (The event also took place in a not-yet-finished office building and the crowd was tech-y/artist-y which added to the vibe.)

2. The presentations themselves were extremely diverse. It was interesting to see what people wanted to share.

3. As a “business school graduate”, I am a master at PowerPoint slides. Almost every business class I took required at least two presentations to be given (one individual, one group). The PowerPoint slides I saw at IgniteDC certainly reflected the creativeness of the speakers and were used in ways I would have never imagined.

Where you at IgniteDC? If so, did you have any favorite presentations? What did you think of the event? If not, what do you think of the concept for this type of event? Would you attend a similar event in the future?

On a final note, I’d like to share my favorite three presentations with you (although all sixteen presenters did a great job):

Matt Billings (@easement) – Radiohead, Babies, and SMS Magic

The great use of PowerPoint slides I talked about? It was MASTERED during the presentation. I loved how the slides helped complement the story being told while being powerful and engaging.


Erin Rooney Doland (@Erdoland) – The Desk Whisperer

I really liked how this presentation provided information that I could make use of. Seriously. I know that sounds silly, but the points made during the presentation are things that I can do – little things, non-grandiose things (grandiose things are overwhelming for a perfectionist like me) – to, simply put, improve my professional life.


Sam Nitz (@DCBadger) – Everyone Needs to Come Out at Least Once

This presentation was hilarious. And provided great advice. 


Dating 2.0 – When To Facebook Someone You Are Dating?

I date. I dig Social Media. And I spend a lot of time thinking about both. Because the problem is, like I always say, that in dating and in social media, it’s the blind leading the blind. Well, now, I think it’s time to pin down some answers. And that is what has inspired the latest feature of “The Misadventures of Julie”: Dating 2.0. Each week we’ll tackle a dating situation made sticky by this wired world we live in. I’ll ask for your opinion. I’ll give you mine. It’ll be fun, I promise. And maybe we’ll even set some standards along the way.

Last time we had a lively debate about whether or not it is acceptable to getting a potential date’s phone number off Facebook. This week, a digital dating dilemna straight from a Google search that led some poor soul to “The Misadventures of Julie” only to find I can’t (yet) provide an answer:

When is it appropriate to Facebook someone you are dating?

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In Case You Need A Laugh

So, like the now expert DCer that I am, I went out to a happy hour (or two) Friday after work. By the time I got home from my misadventures, it was indeed bedtime.

I was in good spirits, apparently, and jumped onto my bed. (Yes, I jumped. Who did I think I was? A five-year-old kid??)

Well, I must have used a bit too much force because I went sailing across the bed and the next thing I know there’s a big thud and I’m on the floor with a skinned knee.  

How I disguise myself as an adult most of the time, I don’t know. I couldn’t make this stuff up even if I tried.