Last night I was able to attend the second iteration of Ignite London. I left throughly impressed and encouraged by the people in this city, and the work that so many are doing to better our community.
I wrote a post last week, but never published it, about how I felt that Londoner’s weren’t getting enough recognition for the many awesome things that we are doing in the new media / digital media space. By recognition, I meant outside of the 519 and 226 area codes. Honestly I think this can be traced back to a larger London problem; that of humbleness to a fault and the urge to rather talk about a solution that actually implement one.
After spending an evening at Aeolian Hall listening to my friends, peers and acquaintances give short, from the heart, pleas about what we could be doing and what they already are, I’m starting to feel renewed.
Its no longer a bunch of people talking about how we could improve Municipal politics; its ventures like Hack the Vote.
We don’t have people complaining that the arts are inaccessible; events like SMarts continue on.
Innovation in the digital media space continues to flourish, and by an active community with varied insights and experiences. They collaborate to build an application like London Trash.
This is just a small sample of the projects in the city that are looking at a problem and tackling it head on. There are many more initiative either in the works and I’m excited to follow them into fruition.