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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Ignite Minneapolis 8: Coming April 23

Our next event will be Thursday, April 23 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. There will be free beer, and Stanley's will be bringing their food truck again.

We're presently accepting talk proposals for this event.

We're also accepting sponsors in all of our affordable sponsorship tiers.

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bushCON is Returning in 2015

Ignite Minneapolis has once again been asked to serve as a programming partner for the Bush Foundation’s annual bushCON event at the Guthrie Theater. This is an amazing networking event designed to build stronger and more meaningful connections among networks of leaders from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and 23 Native nations.

If you're interested in speaking at the Ignite session of bushCON, submit your talk before February 22.

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Ignite Minneapolis 7 Talk Videos Online

If you missed Ignite Minneapolis 7 (or any past Ignite Minneapolis event), you can still watch all the talks in our archives.

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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."