At last month's UNAVCO Science Workshop they introduced an evening of Ignite talks presented by members of the UNAVCO community. The event was well attended and quite fun. The full set of videos are now available here: http://igniteshow.com/events/2012-unavco-science-workshop
Of particular interest to the lidar community is Ben Brook's (UH Manoa) talk, "The Balloon and Lidar" about his work with Craig Glennie (University of Houston) to build a balloon (or backpack) based lidar system. The system has the potential to bridge the gap between terrestrial and airborne lidar, providing detailed scans of features such as fault scarps and landslides from the air.