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IB8 Speaker announcements and Ticketing updates

Published on February 3, 2012

Big news for Ignite Bend 8! You can still vote for your presentations throughout this weekend, and then the speaker lineup will formally be decided this next week. In fact, here are some important dates to know:

  • Wednesday, February 8: Speakers will be notified if their talks were selected.
  • Thursday, February 9: Speakers will be announced to the world.
  • Friday, February 10: Ticketing will open at noon!

Now, pay attention to this next part because we are announcing some changes to the way ticketing is handled this time around: (Also posted on Facebook)

We think it’s pretty awesome that so many people love Ignite Bend! So much so that for Ignite Bend 7 the tickets “sold out” in less that an hour---and while we think that’s pretty awesome too, we also know that a lot of folks were frustrated over their inability to get a ticket.

Here’s a surprise, though: despite the tickets selling out, we’ve never actually had a full house at the Tower Theatre. People reserve blocks of tickets (thinking they will share them with friends and family) and then they either forget about them, or their plans fall through, or they get sick---and then many tickets go entirely unused.

We’ve always encouraged people without tickets to come on down to the Tower anyway and we’ve always been able to let everyone through the door. Regardless, once word gets out that the event is “sold out” many people assume, not surprisingly, that they won’t be able to get in.

So, what to do?

We discussed getting rid of tickets entirely, but we know some folks need to be able to plan ahead and tickets let you do that. It’s also nice to get an idea of how many people are planning to come. So we're still issuing tickets for Ignite Bend 8.

We did, however, decide to reduce the number of tickets per email address to two, in hopes of spreading the love just a little more.

Now, for those who miss out on tickets, don’t despair (and don’t give up!): for Ignite Bend 8 we’re holding a block of GA tickets to be distributed at the door. Details about when and where to show up will be forthcoming but for now just remember this: if you don’t get a ticket to IB 8, COME ANYWAY. We're saving a seat just for you (and you. and you.)... and even if you miss the GA tickets, don’t forget, we haven’t yet had to turn anyone away at the door.

And remember, there are a few more ways to get tickets too: our speakers, volunteers, and sponsors all get guaranteed entry.

Questions? Comments? We’re always glad to hear from you and we do our best to make everyone happy.

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