Twelve presenters took to the stage using the unique Ignite format: 20 slides at 15 seconds each, giving each presenter only five minutes per presentation; and each slide is automatically advanced for added hilarity.
The message was clear, each presenter would need to cut to the chase and trim the usual PowerPoint fluff that appears typically at the beginning of a talk.
The crowd gathers upon the roof of the Shelbourne Hotel waiting for the event to start. Unfortunately, the metal roof creates a sauna-like atmosphere that leaves all and sundry uncomfortable.
Patrons are heard to mutter that this is perhaps a tactic by the publican to increase alcohol sales.
Our host, Stephen Lead, lays down the ground rules and insists that the venue did indeed have air conditioning when he inspected it.
The crowd remain sceptical, and uncomfortable.
During the half-time interval, which must have been sponsored by Apple as the number of iPhones pulled out was amazing, an anonymous genius discovered that the roof could be opened and the greenhouse-like effect was dissipated.
One of the best slides of the night was presented by Perkins — which summed up how everything is new to children.
Meitar Moscovitz took on the task of explaining technology and gender awareness. The key point was that if you think that there are just two genders then you are mistaken. Moscovitz showed a web form with over 90 gender choices.
Prior to the final presentation on "7 things you can learn from hip-hop", a beatboxer took to the stage to entertain the crowd.
With the night over and winners decided, it was time to replenish liquids and be thankful that a balmy Sydney night had made one lose several kilos.
The next Ignite Sydney event is scheduled for May.