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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Next Ignite: May 10, 2016

Ignite Minneapolis 10 is coming on May 10 to the Minneapolis Depot Pavilion. There was an ice rink in there until just recently, but come May 10 we're going to heat the place up with burning ideas. Ignite is partnering with the Bush Foundation and other sponsors to bring you the most amazing Ignite experience ever.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.


The Depot Pavilion (Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot - see map)
225 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Scheduled Ticket Releases

  • Friday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m.  SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, April 9 at 12:00 noon  SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.  SOLD OUT
  • Friday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m.
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Ignite Minneapolis 10 will feature:

  • A new venue: Minneapolis Depot Pavilion (map)
  • 18 amazing local speakers giving 5-minute talks
  • A diverse, connected audience of thought leaders
  • 1,000+ curious Twin Citizens
  • Free beer from our pals at Surly Brewing
  • Delicious food from 4 local food trucks
  • Multitudinous lavatory options


5:30 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
10:30 p.m. Go somewhere else

Code of Conduct

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

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."