TECHnc Cleveland 2009 and Ignite
A great friend of mine is helping coordinate a rather cool event coming up in June in the Cleveland area. TECHnic as he is calling it is going to be a big summer picnic bringing together anyone who has an interest in technology (namely the members of several Cleveland area technical user groups) for a day of music, food, and nerd talk. If you are interested, you can find more info here.
A few other friends have mentioned going Ignite events in their home cities. The basic premise is that a group of people present 5 minute presentations where they have only 20 slides which automatically switch every 15 seconds. From what I can tell, they end up with some pretty interesting talks.
I would love to attend/help put together an event like either of these in the St. Louis area but with my current travel schedule I don’t know if I could. Maybe in a couple of months.