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 7 is over, but its still LIVE

If you missed Ignite Minneapolis 7, you can still watch it from beginning to end right now. Click the image above or the link below to watch a rebroadcast of the full event.

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Here are the Ignite Minneapolis 7 speakers

Listed in the order in which they spoke:

  1. Steve Peck
    An Outsiders Observations of the Life and People in Minnesota
  2. Kathryn Duncan
    They Don't Care What Color your Parachute Is
  3. Mykl Roventine
    History Retweets Itself: 2000 Years of Social Media
  4. Julie Warner
    A Nice Talk About a Stupid Word
  5. Joe Laha
    Infinity MPG: Going Car-Free for Fun and Profit
  6. Janel Anderson
    Why We Can't Listen
  7. Colin Lee
    Hacking for Good
  8. Karen Kraus
    An Urbanites Guide to Living Like A Mountain Bum
  9. Jon Ruzek
    Personal Branding Is Professional Wrestling... And That’s Not A Bad Thing


  10. Aly Wallberg
    What Sarah Palin Taught Me About Life
  11. Yael Grauer
    In defense of mediocrity
  12. Samantha Garretto
    The Stages of Friend Dating
  13. John Joyce
    The Greatest Movie Ever Made on How to Get a Job
  14. Namdev Hardisty
    How to Paint like Gerhard Richter
  15. Jeremy Striffler
    Why You Should Compete as an Adult
  16. Mary Hirsch
    Change Your Underwear, Change Your Life
  17. Kurt Koppelman
    Be Fucking Pro
  18. Rachel Levitt
    A Jew’s FAQs

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."