Central Coast Tech: ‘Ignite’ should be a speedy evening

‘Ignite Central Coast” is the theme at Wednesday’s meeting of Softec, the Central Coast Software and Technology Association.

Speed presentations will be the order of business — eight presenters will have five minutes each to deliver short and sweet messages intended to surprise and delight the audience.

Ignite was the idea of two Seattle entrepreneurs in 2006, and hundreds of Ignite events have been held worldwide since.

Softec has been employing the five-minute presentation at its December meetings for 10 years, and they’ve always been a hit.

The Ignite approach gives the concept a twist.

The Softec meeting will be held at the Pelican Point Restaurant at 2555 Price St. in Pismo Beach. Networking starts at 6 p.m., dinner follows at 7.

The meeting is open to the public. Dinner is $35. Pre-register at or information, e-mail

More events this week

Today. North County Computer Club meeting, Senior Center, 270 Scott St., Paso Robles, 1-2:30 p.m. Vanessa Rispin presents on Internet business. Contact: or visit

Saturday. Macsuperstore Backing Up Workshop, 75 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, 9-10 a.m. No charge. For more information visit or call 781-6227.

Sunday. SLO Bytes computer club meeting, Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana St., San Luis Obispo. Alan Raul’s question-and-answer session and the Windows special interest group for novice users start at 12:45 p.m.

Main presentation begins at 2:30 p.m.

Alan Raul covers “Purchasing a New Computer” online. Free and open to the public.

Contact: Kaye Raul at or visit

Dan Logan is the author of Close the Gaps: 10 Cool Tools for Mastering Windows Essentials. His Central Coast Tech column runs every Tuesday. E-mail him at