PowerPoint presentations have a bad reputation, but the insanely fast talks of Ignite Tampa 2017 will be anything but boring or predictable. On Thursday, June 29 at 7:00 PM, 20 influential speakers will give fast and furious five-minute presentations at the historic Cuban Club Theater in Ybor City. Each presentation is accompanied by 20 slides automatically advancing every 15 seconds, so the speakers share ideas quickly and stick to their main points. With its thrilling presentations that will make you laugh and cry as well as educate and entertain you, Ignite Tampa has been a sold-out event since Technova Florida, Inc., a Tampa-based nonprofit, established the Tampa talks in 2008. They will no doubt fill the theater again this Thursday night!

Often described as “geeky fun,” Ignite talks include a wide range of topics meant to inspire and entertain. Some presentations will be motivational like Peter Radizeski’s “5 Tips for a Little More Happy” while others will be more snarky like “It’s Your Fault if Your Job is Sucking the Life Out of You” by Ashley Grant. The lineup also includes insightful presentations like “Smart Innovation: What Can Government Learn from Startups?” by Chris Paradies as well as totally random talks like Mary Saville’s “Calculus is Gorgeous. No, Really!” Want to see all of the topics and speakers? Here they are:

  • "It’s Your Fault if Your Job is Sucking the Life Out of You!" Ashley Grant
  • "5 Tips for a Little More Happy," Peter Radizeski
  • "Encouraging Women in Tech," Karla Campos
  • "Smart Innovation: What Can Government Learn from Startups?" Chris Paradies
  • "The Coral Lazarus Effect," Dr. Michael Crosby
  • "Building a Film Making Community in Tampa," Chris Krimitsos
  • "The Power of Passion in Progressing a Place," Ryan Lilly
  • "Are We Americans Scared?" Joe DeRing
  • "Calculus is Gorgeous. No, Really!" Mary Saville
  • "How Stand-up Comedy, Improv and Yoga Saved My Life!" Susan Guidi
  • "How the Blockchain and Smart Contracts Will Change our Lives," Michael O’Rourke
  • "Technological Singularity: What Is It, and Will It Happen?" Steve Tingiris
  • "What Are You Worth?" Susan O’Neal
  • "Green Hyperloop Down the High-Tech Corridor," Wayne Rasanen
  • "Mental Silliness with Mental Illness," Gabriel Dicristofaro
  • "My Music Life," Dottye Stewart
  • "Hyper-Localization is Suffocating Innovation & Progress," Tori Molnar
  • "Unapologetically Black," Kyle Jackson
  • "Dating with the Scarlet “E” (as in Entrepreneur)," Kate Whatley
  • "Anyone Can Learn Anything," Giselle Mota
  • "Personalization and the Fragmentation of Society," Tracy Ingram
  • "Untold Stories," Nile Nickel
  • "Active Citizenship," Juhl Kore
  • "Marketing, Vanity Metrics and Beer," Ron Favali

This is a Tampa Event you can't afford to miss, so grab your tickets now before they’re all gone! Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased by clicking over to their 813area Event Page and hitting the TICKETS BUTTON. The event will start promptly at 7:00 PM, and doors open at 6:00 PM so you can enjoy a craft beer or cocktail from a full bar before the presentations begin. Following the presentations, sponsored by FairWarning, Inc. in the 727area of Feather Sound, join the speakers of 2017 Ignite Tampa and other guests at the after-party hosted by Cigar City Cider & Mead.

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Cover photo credit: Ignite Tampa Bay.