Friday, June 01, 2007
I went to Ignite Boston last night at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square. It's easy to find if you know that it used to be the House of Blues.
I Twittered that I'd be there early, at 5:00, to check out Halley's new SD1000.
Got a text message at 5:00 from Chris Brogan telling me that he was in Harvard Square, so we triangulated our positions and headed over to Tommy Doyle's where we sat at the bar to wait for Halley. After connecting with her, Clarence showed up too and we all had a grand old time. Do you know Clarence? I've visited his blog, being sent there by Eric Rice and CC Chapman. I'm glad we finally met in person.
I totally wish I was fast enough with the video camera to capture Halley singing an Akon song. She rocks. I told her about the Akon controversy.
Halley, Clarence and Chris - Originally uploaded on flickr by stevegarfield.
We headed up stairs and for the main event at around 7:00. Scott Berkun gave a great presentation about the themes of his book 'The Myths of Innovation' aided by big pictures. I talked to him afterwards and told him the ENIAC's flashing lights were added just for show. Scott told me that reporters have been getting the story wrong for centuries. I'm interested in reading his book.
The Ignite organizers didn't expect such a large crowd. I'm sure they'll be getting a larger venue for the next one. The speakers who knew how to use the mic to be heard got the most attention. Those that held the mic like it was an afterthought couldn't be heard at the back of the room at all.
A bunch of us headed downstairs for more drinks. I met a few people from Boston Media Makers and Podcamp Boston. Our server was Kat McGivern, listen to her music on her MySpace page. She was so cool.
It was a good time.