I hit up Ignite Minneapolis last night, intrigued because my friend/former co-worker, Kim (@kimberlyoh) was presenting on “How to Write a Novel in 30 Days” — while there, I ran into a ton of friends and former co-workers, and realized just how small the Minneapolis marketing community is. Ran into Ward and Svetlana from my Findlaw days (Twitter usernames unknown), my friends Jumi (@sparklemotion) and Ashley (@missashe) — neither of whom I’ve worked with before, my old boss from ASI, Scott (Twitter username unknown), and a few others. I missed out on meeting @lindsi due to a migraine that started to invade my frontal lobes, and my need to get out of there while I could still drive.
So. Besides the social aspect, a lot of the talks were fascinating and well-presented. Even the ones that were poorly-presented were usually capable of sparking some interesting ideas. (P2P Finance was one of these — it wasn’t well-done, but it sparked some seriously interesting ideas in my head.) We got a mix of ideas, product announcements (a book, and a Twitter knock-off called Yammer), and a few bits of humor (I’m still WTFing about orange, and loved the straight-to-the-point talk about douchebags).
Before my arrival, I was hoping for an environment like the TED Talks. What I got was the TED Talks…with about a hundred marketers standing in the back drinking and networking with little volume control. I’m not against networking, or drinking for that matter, but while people are trying to make a presentation, it’s a little obnoxious.
All in all, a good time was had. I’ve even got an idea for a future presentation, and it’s something I’ll probably pursue a year or so down the line. Got to give Kim a chance to heckle, after all. Only fair.
Anyone else go? What’d you think? Impressions? Ideas spun-off from the talks? Ideas for your own talk?