Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have a burning idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd.

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Ignite Minneapolis is open to everyone. There is always free beer. All talks are 5 minutes (20 slides x 15 seconds/slide).

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Announcing Ignite Minneapolis 11

Ignite Minneapolis 11 is coming Thursday, November 3, 2016 to the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the U of M campus (see map).

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Now accepting talk submissions

The challenge is fomidiable, the rewards transformative. Now's your chance. We're accepting talk submissions for the November event right up until the last gong of midnight on Sunday, October 2.

Submit a talk

Over 1,000 attend Ignite Minneapolis 10

NOTE: The audio doesn't start until about 1:07, but it doesn't affect any of the talks. Also, if you saw the hashtag #sonsors floating around alongside #igniteMpls on Tuesday night, here's why. Look closely at the video still. Thanks to all our sponsors.

Ignite Minneapolis 10 boasted over 1,000 enthusiastic attendees, 50 donated cases of Surly beer, a dozen philantropic sponsors, and 18 scared shitless speakers. Giving an Ignite talk isn't easy, and the Ignite audience knows that. As such, these fans are incredibly supportive in cheering on those brave enough to head up to the stage to give a passionate, timed 5-minute talk.

Sold out

The sold-out event was held at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The Bush Foundation was the top tier sponsor and the Ignite event was the crescendo of the foundation's 2-day bushCONNECT event, which was held partially at the Guthrie Theater and at The Depot. Ignite Minneapolis was a programming partner in the event and created talks and workshops for both days.


There is no singular theme at Ignite events, so the talk topics vary greatly. Tuesday's event was no exception. Attendees cheered for talks about everything from houseboat living to design thinking, from social diversity to solar power, and from learning to train a pet fish to the finer points of hockey rules.

Prince tribute

During the halftime intermission all of the lights in the house and the images on screen – normally branded with Ignite's signature orange- and red-tinged flames – washed the room in purple while a tribute playlist of Prince songs thumped out through massive speakers both inside the venue and outside in the Depot's Historic Shed.

Four food trucks provided dinner to the fans, crew, and volunteers, including Natedogs, Fork in the Road, Stanley's on Wheels, and O'Cheeze.

The next Ignite Minneapolis event is scheduled for November 3 at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the U of M campus. If you're interested in attendng (or speaking), you're encouraged to subscribe to the email list to receive advance notice of talk submissions deadlines and ticket release dates.

What is Ignite?

Ignite Minneapolis brings together local thinkers, writers, designers, coders, makers and entrepreneurs for an evening of rapid-fire talks given by people with a burning passion for their topic. Some talks are serious science, others are pure satire – but each talk must be about a compelling idea or story. Attendees come to learn and to be inspired.

The Ignite format works like this: Each speaker prepares a deck of 20 slides which auto-advance every 15 seconds, giving each speaker 5 minutes to give their talk. The rapid-fire pace of this format often makes for a frenetic delivery, and the variety of topics means the audience is unlikely to ever get bored. The motto of Ignite is, "Enlighten us, but make it quick."