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).

Tickets sell out fast. Subscribe to email updates to get advance notice.

Ignite is Wednesday!

The next Ignite Minneapolis event is taking place Wednesday, November 18. If you didn't get tickets you can watch the live stream. Just come back to this page on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and you can watch the talk live while chatting up the back channel.

Make sure you're subscribed to Ignite emails in order to receive advance notice when tickets go on sale for our Spring event, coming in May, 2016. Remember, tickets tend to sell out pretty quickly.

Ignite Minneapolis 9 Speaker Line-up

Here are your Ignite Minneapolis 9 speakers, listed in the order in which they will speak.

  • Tai Goodwin
    Brain Anorexia
  • Mary Jo Schifsky
    Why stop?
  • Kary Delaria
    Trials of an Ornithophobiac
  • Patina Park
    The Freedom to Be 12
  • Devlin Shaughnessy
    Blind Spot
  • Monica Nilsson
    The Other Side of the Cardboard Sign
  • Nausheena Hussain
    RISE - Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment
  • Patrick Maloney
    Get It Out There
  • Jennifer Kane
    How to Take Life By the Balls
  • ::: intermission :::
  • Amy Anderson
    Confessions of an Autism Support Group Dropout
  • Joe Laha
    The All-Weather Cyclist
  • Alex Iantaffi
    Gender Expansion for Collective Liberation
  • Asya Mikhailenko
    Confessions of a Recovering Food Waster
  • Tom Johnson
    Get a Press Pass
  • Margaret Murphy
    Be real. Close the Deal.
  • John Cosgrove
    Beyond The Charm - What Being Irish In America Really Means
  • Erica Hanna
    Visual Diet: Changing What We See as Normal
  • Mike Fotis
    Use That Voice In Your Head

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."