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.

What would you say?

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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Watch the Ignite live stream

Watch the Ignite talks live right here. We'll begin streaming at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11. The stream will end around 9:30 p.m.

Ignite Minneapolis is May 11

We're returning to the Ted Mann Concert Hall on May 11 for the next Ignite Minneapolis.


Thursday, May 11, 2017
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Ted Mann Concert Hall (see map)
2128 S 4th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Get the mobile web event program

No need to download anything. Just point your smartphone browser to program.ignitempls.org. You can use it to:

  • Interact with speakers & sponsors
  • Register for an Ignite workshop
  • Watch past Ignite talks

Thanks to Bust Out Solutions for helping us make this cool tool.

The Speakers

These 18 passionate thought leaders and storytellers will burn up the Ignite stage with lightning-paced 5-minute talks. Here they are – along with their talk titles – displayed in the order in which they will speak.

Karl Pearson-Cater

Mugshot Monday: Every Mug Has a Story

Tyler Olson

Please Don’t Click That Link

Cara Schulz

What’s Up Your Butt?

Karen Olson

Elemental Intelligence: For Good Design and Less Stress

Julia Israel

Happy to be Nappy

Ivan Stegic

They Are About to Delete Your Data

Patrick Hamilton

The Unseen Energy Story of Buildings

Stephanie Glaros

Flex Your Empathy Muscle

Mary Hirsch

Thanks for the Mammaries

Josh Rensch

The Blessing of Bacon

Heatherlee Nguyen

Biomimicry - Designing Like the Natural World

Jesse Ross

Black Fathers Matter

Lisasia Kilgo

Dangerous Women

Tony Loyd

Dial Down the Outrage, Turn Up the Social Good

Eleonore Wesserle

Visionary Storytelling for Resistance and Beyond

Barbara Jeanetta

Everyone Needs a Second Chance at Stable Housing

Sally Zimney

This Better Not Be Perfect

Jason Schommer

What Would Madonna Do?


5:00 p.m. Doors open. Drink beer. Meet people. Food truck eats for sale.
7:00 p.m. Talks begin
8:00 p.m. Intermission
8:30 p.m. Talks resume
9:30 p.m. Talks conclude, Hang out with speakers and attendees
10:00 p.m. Go somewhere else

Code of Conduct

Please familiarize yourself with the Ignite Minneapolis Attendee Code of Conduct.


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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."