What is Ignite®#EDA2018?

Do you want to share your knowledge and passion at the EDA Conference? Here’s your chance to do so on stage in front of your colleagues at our Ignite®#EDA2018 session.

In 2016, we launched our first successful Ignite® session. This session is a fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking presentation format that educates and entertains. It was originally developed by O'Reilly Media, and has been enthusiastically received in more than 100 cities throughout the world. 

Ignite®#EDA2018 will give you the opportunity to share your enthusiasm and passion with the EDA community.  But, here’s the catch:

  • This is not a sales pitch. It’s a passion pitch.
  • It will profile 8-10 speakers in a 90 minute session
  • There will only be 5 minutes per speaker (we're serious!).
  • Each presentation should be organized around a general theme that is related to economic development. Be creative with your interpretation of the theme and have fun.
  • 20 slides per speaker automatically advanced every 15 seconds (you better keep up!)
  • Although there will be no time scheduled between individual presentations for questions and answers, the remainder of the session time will be used for extended discussion.
  • You will be in front of an excited audience of your peers who can't wait to see and hear you!
  • So please don't read slides- remember the audience can read faster than you talk.

Ignite®#EDA2017 will be more than just a fun exercise. It will be a highly effective way of testing a new idea, spreading the word on a successful project and/or program, gauging audience reaction to a new way of presenting important information or refining your speaking skills.

Important Dates

  • November 1, 2017: Ignite® Applications Open
  • January 26, 2018: Ignite® Application Deadline
  • February 9, 2018: Ignite® Applicants Notified
  • March 5, 2018: Ignite® Presentation Slides Due
  • March 21, 2018: Mandatory Practice with all presenters, 9:30-11:30 AM.
  • March 21, 2018: Ignite®#EDA2017 session, 3:15-4:45 PM

Ignite®#EDA2018 Application Guidelines

  • Preference will be given to EDA members
  • We are not accepting 'advertorials'- we already know that every community or organization is unique.
  • We are looking for presentations that are interesting, fun, challenging, and provocative
  • Preference will be given to innovative, new approaches that pertain to economic development topics (ie. Attracting developers to your community, unique affordable housing ideas, downtown redevelopment etc.)
  • The best Ignite® presentations mix personal stories and experience with broader ideas

How to submit a proposal

To be considered for inclusion, simply fill out the online form that includes a description of your proposed presentation, your biography and contact information on or before January 26, 2018.

Ignite®#EDA2018 Application

  • Name
  • Email
  • Work Phone
  • Organization
  • Presentation Title
  • Presentation Description (max 500 characters)
  • What idea do you want to leave the audience with?
  • Why do you want to share this story with the audience?(max 500 characters)
  • A summary biography/CV

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