Time: 6.00pm
Date: Wednesday 8th April 2009
Location: The Sodabar, Mill Lane, Cardiff

Following the huge success of bringing the first ever Ignite event to the UK, Nocci and Cardiff Web Scene are staging Cardiff's second Ignite, this time supported by Lonely Planet. Over 100 people attended the first event, and more are expected for the second.

All around the world creatives, web enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs have been attending Ignite nights in order to share their knowledge and passions, while networking with likeminded people in a relaxed atmosphere. Free and completely open to the public, Ignite talks are given by anyone who wants to address the crowd, but are limited to the constraints of 20 slides, each lasting 15 seconds. This gives the speaker exactly five minutes in which to convey their ideas, which can range from the future of design, to unusual uses for Facebook, or even how to survive a zombie apocalypse or make the perfect paper airplane.

Entry is FREE and you don’t need a ticket to attend. Thanks to Lonely Planet, there will also be free drinks and nibbles. If you want to take part or would just like some more information visit www.ignitecardiff.com.

Organiser Claire Scantlebury, Co-Founder of Cardiff Web Scene, was delighted with the first event. “We were overwhelmed with the turn out. A fantastic mix of creatives, web developers, IT experts and entrepreneurs made it a really vibrant event. And with two months until the next one, we've already received confirmations from over 80 people who want to attend”. Neil Cocker, Claire's co-organiser and founder of Nocci is equally enthusiastic. “I had people coming up to me all evening telling me how much they were loving the event and it was long overdue that something this interesting and innovative was staged in the Welsh capital”.

How to take part.
If you do want to take part, the format is simple: come up with a subject that you’re passionate about, it can be on any topic (it doesn’t have to be creative, cultural or web related), it can be serious or fun – then visit www.ignitecardiff.com to sign up.

It’s not a contest, it’s just for fun, but don’t miss your chance to take part. All applications need to be received by Monday 2 March and the selected speakers will be notified by Monday 9 March. Final presentations need to be submitted by Monday 30 March. It's free to enter so what have you got to lose?!

The event is being sponsored by Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet is one of the largest travel guidebook publishers in the world whose growing internet presense is set to mark new milestones for publishers online. The Ignite community is sponsored by O’Reilly.

Information for the editor

Cardiff Web Scene is managed by Cardiff-based web development company Box UK. Formed in September 2007, Cardiff Web Scene is a place for web developers, interactive designers and web enthusiasts who live and work in and around Cardiff, to get together to discuss new ideas, technologies, projects and generally chat about all things web! www.cardiffwebscene.com.

Nocci is a free network for entrepreneurs and businesses in the creative industries. Founded by Neil Cocker in 2007, Nocci is for designers, musicians, creatives, thinkers, doers, writers, DJs, gamers, architects, academics and anyone else who feels they fit outside the mainstream of business. http://www.noccinet.com

Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Since then hundreds of 5 minute talks have been given across the world. There are thriving Ignite communities in Seattle, Portland, Paris, and NYC and it is an internationally recognised format for producing dynamic, high energy and engaging presentations, with topics as wide ranging as “How to produce a low-budget horror movie”, “Did today’s architecture cause the financial crisis” and “How to use public transport without going mad”. http://ignite.oreilly.com/

Lonely Planet is one of the largest travel guidebook publishers in the world. It was the first popular series of travel books aimed at backpackers and other low-cost travellers. As of 2008, it published about 500 titles in 8 languages, with annual sales of more than six million guidebooks,as well as TV programs, podcasts and websites.

For photos of the previous event or for more information please contact:

Claire Scantlebury, Box UK,
(e) claire@boxuk.com , (p) 029 2022 8822

Neil Cocker, Nocci
(e) neil@noccinet.com , (p) 07966 843830

Published on: 8:28AM on 16th March 2009