Tickets/Info/Sponsorships: http://www.engenuitysc.com/ignite/i-w... - This annual, signature event brings together new media, technology and business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to celebrate the growth of the Midlands' knowledge economy.
Join us as we bring the community together to celebrate everyone who inspires you to act, to move, and to change the way you and world see Columbia.
The event will feature a three part program combining social/professional networking, with high impact presentations, and a community-wide ideas and innovations competition. Some of the exciting elements include:
-A power networking session: connect dots, build relationships and create opportunities
-A food and beverage showcase: featuring the 100% homegrown local culinary talent of Scott Hall Catering & Design Company, plus open bar
-Six high-impact keynote presenters:
Jill Davis, Vice President of Corporate Planning & Strategic Services for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Ben Rex, CEO, Cyberwoven
Dr. MVS "Chandra" Chandrashekhar, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, USC College of Engineering & Computing
Brendan Lee and Chris Thibault, Co-founders, 52Apps
Preach Jacobs, Cola-Con Organizer, Musician, Photographer, and Journalist
Michael T. Roth, Former USC College World Series Champion Pitcher, Minor League Baseball Player for the Los Angeles Angels, and Founder of Michael T. Roth Enterprises
-The "Ignite 2012 Ideas Contest"
A crowdsourced ideas competition with short high impact pitches from public, private and nonprofit innovators pitching projects to impact Columbia. Finalists:
Public Works of HeART
-A live, audience driven voting segment
Vote via text message during the event to pick the winning pitch that will receive $5000 from Wells Fargo to kickstart their idea from concept to reality.
Start a cause, start a billion dollar enterprise, start a revolution. Whether you are a researcher, technologist, serial entrepreneur, activist, culture vulture, policy maker, or the average joe; your ideas can change the world we live in. Ignite demonstrates that anyone can be a catalyst for change in the knowledge economy. We can all start the next big movement towards a better Columbia.
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/422830...