About Ignite

If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

A Cow Amongst Gazelles: 3 Years in Boulder, CO, the Smartest, Fittest City in America

Todd Hudson

OnBoard Yourself, LLC


Todd moved to Bend in July 2009 after 3 years in Boulder, CO. He holds an MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts and a BA in Chinese and Economics from Connecticut College. He speaks enough Chinese and French to cause an international incident and has lived in Asia. He is a passionate foodie, avid cyclist, regular yoga practitioner, frustrated scuba diver and occasional amateur filmmaker. With all of this, he's still a slacker by Boulder standards.

Boulder, Colorado has a reputation as laid-back, airy-fairy community. 'The People's Republic of Boulder' and all that. Nothing could be further from the truth. My wife and I lived their three years and it is, without a doubt, the most ambitious town on the planet. I thought I'd done a lot, but try living around rocket scientists, Olympic athletes, ultra marathoners and Nobel prize winners. We had a block party to get to know the neighbors and half of them had PhD's. Biochemistry. Earthquake seismology. Particle physics. My wife and I started collecting stories about the people we met. Hear 'The Astronaut Story.' This one pretty much sums up Boulder and its inhabitants.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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