Why the next Ignite Philly is happening at FringeArts - Technical.ly Philly


Feb. 21, 2017 9:28 am

Why the next Ignite Philly is happening at FringeArts

The 19th installment of the famed lightning talk event is going down at FringeArts. Here's why.

This is where IgnitePhilly is happening on March 2.

(Photo by Johana Austin)

As is customary, curator Geoff DiMasi will take the mic at Ignite Philly 19 to kick off the city’s flagship lightning talk event on March 2.

However, for regular attendees, there will be one major change: For the first time in several years, the venue for the will not be at jam-packed Johnny Brenda’s but at the FringeArts theater, where close to 300 people are expected to gather to hear passionate 5-minute presentations from a lineup of 15 speakers.

“We had no interest in moving locations because Johnny Brenda’s has been really good to us and a great venue for Ignite,” DiMasi told Technical.ly. “It was easy to keep it going there, but people kept asking for a bigger, different venue.”

It was only after the event’s 17th iteration when FringeArts President Nick Stuccio pitched DiMasi via email on hosting the event at the Old City spot — better known for its annual Fringe Festival — that the change made sense.

“It was the first time that a different location sounded tempting,” DiMasi recounts.

Get tickets

Here’s the lineup of speakers:

Mind you: There’s no animosity between the organizers and JB’s management. The venue change was actually delayed in order for Ignite 18 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Fishtown canteen.

“Sometimes you have to try something different to see what you learn,” said DiMasi. “It’s in no way saying we don’t love it at Johnny Brenda’s. It’s a little scary to not have it there but they completely get it and look forward”

While it remains to be seen if or how the venue change will affect the event’s vibe, one thing DiMasi says might be missed: That typical taproom loudness.

“It will be interesting if the different space will mean there will be more focus on the talks or if we’ll actually miss some of that raucous.”

Already a member? Sign in here


Super Meetup 2019 is happening at Cherry Street Pier on Thursday, Aug. 22

What’s your stack? Tell us for Tech Stacks Month

Dispatch from The Hague: If the Trumps are serious about economic equity, ‘let women flourish’



This financial services firm offers global opportunity in the heart of Philly


The Philadelphia Inquirer

Mobile Tech Lead

Apply Now
Blue Bell, PA

Pinnacle 21

Senior Software Engineers

Apply Now

Guru Technologies

Marketing Web Engineer

Apply Now

10 homegrown podcasts to check out at next month’s Philly Pod Fest

B. PHL claims to be the ‘first’ citywide innovation festival. But is it?

Philly’s NorthStar Conference won’t be back in 2019. Here’s what to expect instead



Guru is taking on growth with deliberate steps and an engaged team

Philadelphia, PA


Senior UX Designer

Apply Now
601 Lee Road Chesterbrook, PA 19087


Web Application Developer

Apply Now
Chesterbrook, PA


Software Developer

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!