A number of Boise State students and even some faculty have been invited to speak at the ninth annual Ignite Boise on this Thursday,
Among those selected is James Gravatt, a junior expecting to graduate in 2016. Gravatt is no rookie to this type of forum, but this will be the first year he has spoken at an event of this caliber.
“It’s nice to know that people want to listen to me, even if they have nothing but a vague understanding of what I might be talking about,” Gravatt said.
Of the 16 speakers, five were chosen by voters. Gravatt is one of those five.
All interested parties filled out an online application earlier this year that was posted on Ignite Boise’s official website.
It includes contact information and a short description of the topic each candidate wanted to discuss on Oct. 18.
Each candidate has five minutes and 20 Powerpoint slides to present his or her topic.
Gravatt will be using Harry Potter as a gateway into social systems and what can be done with them.
“It (the Harry Potter Series) has grown to be this absolutely crucial element in the way that I see the world and in the way that I live my life,” Gravatt said.
The purpose of Ignite Boise is to focus the community on everything from politics and business to art and technology.
The event will take place on Thursday in the Egyptian Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
The individuals presenting and their topics are as follows:
Leave America, Come Back More Awesome—Erica Crockett
Sign Language—Brett Kennedy
Is that a Banana in Your Pocket or…?—Jesse Baker
A Very Potter Intro to Social Systems and What We Can Do With Them—James Gravatt
So You Want to Learn the Web Design?—Ricky Lyman
Re-thinking Rats— Dawn Burke
A Stay at Home Dad in a Stay at Home Mom’s World—Michael
A Road-Biker Story: My Gear Saved My Life—Stephanie Walker
How a Fictitious Mexican Fisherman Convinced Me to Quit My Job—Nathan Barry
I AM NOT ZACH
The Internet Will Set Us Free? New Media and Democracy—Seth Ashley
When the Next America Idol Becomes U.S. President—Kathy Griesmyer
Ain’t Nothin’ But My
Hammer Suckin’ Wind—Richard
Why Your Ignite Speech Sucks—Josh Gross
The B+ Theory—Zachary Dorsch
Cultural Learnings Foreigners Have In America for Make Benefit Glorious
Nation of U.S. and A.—Jonas Estefanos