This Thursday is the kickoff for the Northside Ideas Festival [tickets available here].

As described on The L Magazine blog, the Northside Festival is… “a four-day showcase of the work [Brooklynites] do behind the closed doors of rehearsal spaces, studios and makeshift home-offices, as well as glimpses from their contemporary creative communities around the world. Above all, it’s a celebration of these so-called dreamer types. Because they’re the reason you’re here, at the center of the universe.”

Pretty “dreamy” description, but we wouldn’t get anywhere if we didn’t chase our dreams, so I’m really excited to participate in a panel discussion called “An Overnight Success Years in the Making” with Alex Rainert (Foursquare) and Jim Moran (Yipit), moderated by Alyson Shontell (Business Insider).

Should be a fun discussion to wrap up the evening, especially given that it’ll be at the Brooklyn Brewery, but the whole night will be great as it starts off with Charles Smith (Extension FM) and Emily Hickey (Hashable) talking about “Where Ideas Come From - How to Come up with an Idea and Actually Execute” and then Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures) will be interviewed by Caroline McCarthy (Google) about “Institutions: Record Labels, VC and their place in a new era of creativity.”

That is a stacked roster of people speaking, but hopefully by the time you get to us, the Brooklyn brews will make me sound smart. ;)

The best part is all the ticket sales go to DonorsChoose and it’s just $10. So go buy your tickets and come hang for a fun night in BK!