Friday, 12 March 2010


Last week, I was lucky enough to be able to speak at the second Ignite London event. I say "lucky enough", although what I mean is I emailed them and asked if I could speak there and they said "OK".

The rules at Ignite are very simple but very strict:

The idea is simple: presenters are required to stick to a rigid format of 20 slides, each of which changes automatically after 15 seconds, ensuring that each presentation is exactly 5 minutes long.

They add "the format forces presenters to think long and hard about every slide", although possibly I missed that bit when I first signed up.

2009: The Year In Twirls by James Ward from hurryonhome on Vimeo.

There were a few bits where I got flustered and said things which didn't make sense (I got left and right confused at one point). The bit about Adam Smith was garbled gibberish, as was the Twirls In Unexpected Places bit. I wasn't expecting people to whoop and cheer at pictures of maps and graphs. It put me off.

Apart from that, it was enormous fun and I recommend you take the time to watch all of the other videos too (I particularly recommend this look at British sea forts, and this analysis of the role Daves have played in history).


  1. Hi! I just transcribed your talk for a Russian website! They are doing the entire Ignite! Loved it....laughed didn't find any of the garbled bits difficult except is it Westbourne Mews off Foley St? I couldn't find one in the A-Z?

    and the person who also thinks that Twirls should be chilled, is it Rob Brydon?!
    Thanks! Hilarious...ah, it was supposed to be funny right?!

  2. Hallo, sorry, no it's "West One News" on Foley Street. And yes, it's Rob Brydon who thinks Twirls should be chilled.

  3. Thanks!!! These things can drive a person crazy....the link to the Russian site, that will translate your text is:
    (there is a bit of information about the project here:
    I am just doing the transcription!
    Thanks again for a very wonderful presentation...I am enjoying the blog as well.

  4. Stunning. Simply stunning. Thank you.



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