Social Media Day Detroit

Get your hashtags ready: Social Media Day Detroit is the ultimate meet and greet for online junkies (via

Detroiters love their social media – we tweet our 313DLove, we “share” our X Games support, we Instagram the bejeesus out of Belle Isle, downtown and any other sight that moves us. Maybe that’s why there was such as strong reaction to the first Social Media Day Detroit when it launched three…

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The Health Care Act IS a Good Thing!!!

Maximum Out-of-Pocket Premium Payments Under PPACA
Maximum Out-of-Pocket Premium Payments Under PPACA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All the uproar about “Obamacare”, or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is getting so screwed up. If you read the Health Care plan – the only people who will “have” to purchase insurance, are those who can afford it – those who live above the poverty level, and the State is to set-up affordable options in a range of a $100 or so a month. The major portion of this Act’s funding come from a tax on those making over $200k a year – and only at 0.9%!

Information is key:

Anyone who can’t afford it – like the millions of people in our nation who are under employed or unemployed will be offered it by their State. It will also not be taking effect until 2014.

Don’t mean to sound preachy. But after seeing too many people affected by the Ridiculous health care industry in our Country – including my brother who had terminal cancer and was still denied State coverage because he was receiving $800 a month in Unemployment and died with $40k in hospital bills, after selling his car, house, etc. Obama has it right. Something has to be done.

Ignite Detroit 2

Ignite Detroit 2
D. Hammond & B. Chestnut by: Angela Watts of Wattyz Photography

The much anticipated Ignite Detroit 2 took place the evening of Thursday, April 14 at the Sound Board in the Motor City Casino and Hotel.  The air was buzzing with energy, anticipation and the chatter of networking and of online friends meeting in real life.

The event is based on a popular arts movement called Pecha Kucha, where artists, entertainers and designers are given 20 minutes to make a presentation of 20 slides that are set to automatically advance.  Ignite’s pared that set-up down to only 5 minutes per presentation, but still with 20 slides automatically advancing.  Ignite is geared towards the tech community and the area where it’s held.  Detroit’s second annual event hosted 15 speakers ranging from professional business tips to a sexual healer.

The evening started with Mike McClure, Vice President and Creative Director of the Yaffe Group and President of the Detroit Social Media Club, speaking on, “How to be a Better Boss by Encouraging Failure.”  He did a great job of opening the evening, entertaining the sold out crowd of over a thousand attendees with his wit, humor and experience.  When asked if he was nervous to be the first presenter he replied, “No.  I don’t get nervous.  I met my wife in a Theater group when we were 15 and I’ve been on stage ever since.”

From there the event was off and rolling and the organizers Brandon Chestnut and Norm “DJ Meph” Witte did a great job of trying to keep the crowd’s attention focused on the presenters and of MCing the evening.  They utilized tech with a contest (not yet announced at this publishing) for the best Twitpic’s of the evening, with $25 gift certificates to iTunes going to the top three pics and a prize of a hotel room and dinner at Iridescence to the top presenter, offered by the Motor City Casino and Hotel and voted on by the attendees via Texting in their vote.  Each speaker was assigned Ignite1, Ignite2, etc. based on the order of the presentations.

The presentations wowed and amazed at various levels.  The range included Adam Kempa from, which is home to an Application that marries photos from days gone by to more current images, giving the viewer a look into the changes Detroit and the Metro area has under gone.  Evelyn Chou, who started her presentation speaking Mandarin and shared with Ignite the differences in doing business in China and the U.S. and was voted as the runner up for her humorous, authentic and informative presentation.  Then there was the only now speaking presentation of the evening – Mr. David “Dixon” Hammond.  Dixon got on stage, and played an electric violin through a sequencer, which allowed him to become his own orchestra!  He was wowed by the only standing ovation of the evening and Mr. Chestnut came out before he could leave the stage to inform him that the Motor City, based on that five minute performance was offering him the chance to open for comedian Jay Mohr when he appears there at the Sound Board.  Dixon was humbled and amazed buy that generosity.  You can share in that moment in the picture posted here, taken by Angela Watts, of Wattyz Photography.  She got the moment of elation perfectly.  It’s no surprise that Dixon was voted the best of the evening; which, along with his invitation to perform made the slides of his presentation, “Doing the Impossible,” all the more real.

The presenters are listed below, and you’d do well to check any and all of them out online.

  1. Mike McClure:  How to be a Better Boss by Encouraging Failure
  2. Ken Wohl:  The Mysterious Community that Controls Viral
  3. Emily Doerr:  The Creation of Hostel Detroit
  4. David “Dixon” Hammond:  Doing the Impossible
  5. Shawn Neal:  The Sugar People present “Live From GrooveBox Studios”
  6. Daniel Eizans:  Bringing Game Models to the Workplace
  7. Dan Redford:  The Glocal Life
  8. Evelyn Chou:  China’s No Panda Express
  9. James Lu:  Social Entrepreneur
  10. Henry Balanon:  Dad’s Guide on How to Handle the Birth of Your First Child
  11. Hubert Sawyers III:  “Cool as Ice?” Universal Life Lessons to Learn from Vanilla Ice’s Folly
  12. Adam Kempa:  Time Travel for Lazy People
  13. Laura Farms:  You Like Trivial Things, And That’s Okay!
  14. Dave Linabury:  How I Beat a Billion Dollar Company with My Blog
  15. Leslie Blackburn:  Transformation from Engineer to Sacred Sexual Healer: Learning to Let Go!
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