Helping Produce O’Reilly Ignite at Adobe Max

Posted by bryanzug - 2007/10/01

I am in Chicago this week to help produce the O’Reilly Ignite event at Adobe’s MAX conference.

What a blast.

It’s great to see something that started as a grassroots geek gathering in Seattle begin to flow out to national conferences like this. And, I’m working in a new role — slide producer instead of video.

The folks and sessions here at MAX are amazing — some highlights so far —

  1. Brazillian BBQ with guys from Aviary and hearing about the online app suite that seems like it will be the gateway toolset for the Threadless generation.

  2. Meeting someone from Microsoft’s developer tools team who is here to learn what Adobe is doing well in the developer space. Seemed genuinely interested and I continue to think that this ongoing listening that both Adobe and Microsoft seem to be doing with one another is good for the Rich Internet Application industry as a whole.

  3. Laughing out loud with John Wilker at the keynote today as Kevin Lynch mentioned he wanted to show a pretty cool site he’d come across that is using Flash video. He then brings up [this site]((http://halo3.com/believe/shell.html) promoting Microsoft’s Halo 3 — a tongue in cheek dig at Microsoft not dogfooding it’s own Silverlight multimedia plugin on its high profile sites.

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(thanks to flickr user prayyanks for use of this photo)


Ignite Seattle video featured on Lifehacker

Posted by bryanzug - 2007/09/12

One of the Ignite Seattle videos I produced was featured on Lifehacker this AM.

Wow.

Rob Gruhl’s preso on “How to Buy a Car without Getting Screwed” is a perfect example of why I spend time capturing these snippets of community gatherings.

It’s such a treat to watch these things take on a life of their own and make their way to where they want to go (instead of disappearing into the ether).

Rest of the videos from this last Ignite are on YouTube. Previous ones are on Blip.tv

Thanks to Rob for the presentation and to Brady, Bre, Jessie, and O’Reilly for the opportunity to craft cool community experiences like this.

Ignite Seattle Video on Lifehacker.com



New Ignite Seattle videos are up

Posted by bryanzug - 2007/09/12

Our new videos from O’Reilly’s Ignite Seattle are up. For the first time we’ve made them available on YouTube (more on that later). Check them out at —

http://youtube.com/ignitenight

Have to say that this is the best batch we’ve ever done.

The content and presentations were fantastic. Vibe in the room was magic — lots of interesting conversations and cross-pollinations. I think we nailed the audio and video better than ever.

Also, the audience voted via text message to send the top talks to present at Gnomedex a couple of days later, where they got some of the best reviews of any of the presenters featured at the conference (not bad when Guy Kawasaki is presenting on the same stage you are ;)

Here’s one from Scotto Moore on internet art called “Make Art, Not Content” (other standouts are linked below that) —

Other stellar ones are —

Brian Dorsey – The Story of Noonhat
(Brian’s Noonhat project recently got picked up by KING5 TV here in Seattle and by the Seattle Times — Very exciting to see how Ignite helps bring wide exposure to a cool grassroots project like this)

Dave McClure – Startup Metrics for Pirates: AARRR!

Rob Gruhl – How to Buy a Car without Getting Screwed

Elan Lee – LIFE: If you’re bored, you’re doing it wrong



Have arrived at Web 2.0 Expo

Posted by bryanzug - 2007/04/15

I am at the Web 2.0 Expo at Moscone West in San Francisco this AM. Got here early to scope out the power and do a Sightspeed video call with Jen, Thomas, and Ruthie back in Seattle.

If you are here for the conference, shoot me a note or twitter me (bryanzug) and let’s hang out.

Am looking forward to Stowe Boyd’s 3 hour workshop this AM on ‘Building Social Applications‘. I hear he know his $#!7.

Also — the first Ignite session outside of Seattle is happening tonight at the Expo. Brady has put together an excellent lineup — including Justin.tv — should be interesting.

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Ignite Seattle videos now ablaze

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/12/14

Had another great opportunity to shoot some rapid turn around video last week. This time it was for Ignite Seattle. All I have to say is what a night.

Thanks to Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis for putting on a fantastic event — as Scott Beale said, it really gave you a sense of what’s going on in Seattle.

I’d call it a snapshot of this grand moment we are experiencing in the Seattle geek entrepreneurial community. Lots of fun from my end to help the momentum along.

Where to start? So many highlights — you can see all 25 of the five minute sessions over on the Ignite Seattle Blip.tv page. One’s that stood out were —

  • Scott Ruthfield (embedded above) from Amazon talked about doing re-design in a “Megacorp”. Scott was at our Mind Camp 3.0 Discovery Slam and is a great presence on stage — very funny and engaging. Blip.tv video is here.
  • Brian Aker was great as he told the story of ripping up his new house to install his own computer based phone system — it’s as much a tutorial as it is an essays on geek relationships with your wife. Very funny. Blip.tv video is here.
  • Scott Berkun did a session on ideas and innovation and, as always, did a great job. Very cool visuals. Blip.tv video is here.

So many others were great — go take a look at the other sessions when you get a chance.



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