Ignite is a series of speedy presentations.

The mantra is “Enlighten Us But Make it Quick”.

Ignite is all about fast and fun presentations. Speakers must build their presentations with 20 slides, each of which is shown for 15 seconds, giving each speaker 5 minutes of fame.

What lights your fire?

Innovation, Technology, Arts, Environment, Life Hacks, Non-profit Passions?

Ignite Annapolis presents a unique opportunity to share your “message to the universe” as long as long as it’s PG-13 or lower and not a sales pitch.

The first Ignite took place in Seattle in 2006, and since then the event has become an international phenomenon. Ignite events are held in cities around the world. The first Ignite Annapolis took place in 2009 and we’ve been itching to get another one going ever since. In the meantime, Ignite events have been happening all over the globe, often as close as Baltimore and Howard County. We are eager to once again provide a platform for the Annapolis community’s most compelling thought leaders and  and invite you to consider presenting at the next Ignite Annapolis.

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Meet the team

Jennifer Herson

Jennifer Herson

Co-organizer

Jennifer Herson is President of Data Canopy, a hosting services integrator with data centers across the country. Jen has more than a decade of experience in high tech marketing and operations. She has contributed directly to the success of a variety of organizations, including small startups, mid-sized firms, and multi-national enterprises. She approaches every challenge with a can-do collaborative spirit to deliver superior quality and results.

Jennifer is a member of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is also an avid O’s fan and can often be found cheering them on with her husband and son. Jen has volunteered to organize many community events, including the Sowebohemian Music and Arts Festival and the Sowebo 5k. She was inspired to join the organizing team for Ignite Annapolis after attending the event in 2016 and is looking forward to working with the community to shine a spotlight on the many unique voices within.

Liz Thibodeau

Liz Thibodeau

Co-organizer

Liz is a career veteran in the digital media field. Among her professional accomplishments, she notes her work with non-profits as her favorites. Over the years Liz has guided several non-profits in their media messaging and outreach culminating in millions of dollars in fundraising and awareness that is priceless. Non-profit clients include Special Olympics MD, The Lighthouse Shelter, Metavivor, The League for People with Disabilities, and Seeds 4 Success.

In April of 2016 she launched her own media firm TMG Thibodeau Media Group.
Find out more at www.thibmedia.com

Kathleen Booth

Kathleen Booth

Co-organizer

Kathleen Booth is the Co-Founder and CEO of Quintain Marketing, an Annapolis-based marketing and sales agency that helps companies achieve success through marketing, demand generation, and online and offline promotional strategies. Together with her husband John, Kathleen has grown Quintain from a small agency serving local clients to a nationally-recognized leader that has won multiple awards for its work with businesses throughout the country. In addition to her work with Quintain, Kathleen is active in supporting a variety of local causes, having served on the Board of Directors of the Annapolis Opera and the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, and spearheaded a year-long, pro bono marketing education program for area nonprofits.

Gavin Buckley

Gavin Buckley

Co-organizer

Originally hailing from South Africa and Australia, Gavin literally sailed into City Dock in the 90‘s and hasn’t looked back since. He is a co-owner of Tsunami, Lemongrass and Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge, all on West Street. City restaurateur and arts district advocate Gavin Buckley is converting two Airstream trailers — relics from the ‘70s – into food trucks that he hopes will bring Annapolis into the future. As Buckley says, "We don’t run away from new ideas, we like to run toward them." What better way to ignite Annapolis?