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.

Stories From the Camera Phone of a Technomad.

Meri Glade

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I'm a lawyer who counsels start-up and growing technology companies. I moved to Bend during the Dot Com boom in the Silicon Valley so my kids could be raised outside of the fast-paced environment and grow up to be avid outdoorsmen. They lived in Bend, I remained a nomad, traveling outside of Oregon to work all over the United States so my kids could call Bend home.

Narrated in a free verse style, my presentation will tell the story of a present day nomad through the pictures taken on her cell phone. From the plaintive views out airplane windows leaving home behind, to photos capturing the random acts of kindness of hotel housekeepers, I want to tell my story against the grainy backdrop of life-impacting moments captured on a disposal and undistinctive medium.



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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