Here is the attendee data from Eventbrite.
It’s interesting to note that only 268 of the 500 RSVPs are from Ann Arbor proper. We’re considering doing away with RSVPs entirely for next time. Because it’s a free event, the attrition rate is pretty high, there are a lot of no-shows, and twitter is awash with people saying they wished they could come but couldn’t get a ticket. We always try to make it clear that walk-ups will get in, but it seems there are still a lot of people who stay home because they didn’t get on the RSVP list. Therefore, we might just seat on a first-come first-served basis next time. Comments welcome.
Thanks to everyone who came out to see Ignite 1, we had over 200 people in attendance. You could feel the energy level all the participants brought into the event, and the talks were all outstanding. Our 14 speakers clearly cared about their topics and did a fantastic job. Thanks again to the Neutral Zone and all our organizing volunteers for making this night possible.
The event was discussed on mlive.com and by Ed Vielmetti.
If you have photos you’d like to share, tag them with ignitea2 on Flickr.
We’ll try to get some of the video up shortly, if you missed the event or the streaming. In the meantime, we’ll have to be content with perhaps the most memorable quote of the evening: “Near-space chocolate is awesome”.