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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Ignite Minneapolis 8 did not disappoint

Ignite Minneapolis 8 was held on Thursday, April 23 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. 18 creative (and brave) speakers delivered their timed 5-minute talks to a packed house – over 650 fans of new ideas and storytelling.

Videos of the event will be available online in a couple weeks. Check back here, or better yet, subscribe to Ignite email updates to get advance notice of videos, event details, and more.

Thanks to all who attended, spoke, sponsored, and volunteered. It was our best event yet. Our next one is coming in October. See you then.

See Julio Ojeda-Zapata's detailed coverage of the event on his tech blog.

Ignite Minneapolis 8 Speaker Line-up

Here are your Ignite Minneapolis 8 speakers, listed in the order in which they will speak.

  • Jeff Lin
    Party Like It's 1628
  • Jessica Plagens
    What I've Learned Being a Waitress
  • Malik Bush
    Who Do You See? Update Your Visual Lexicon
  • Lori Koppelman
    Clutter Clearing Equations
  • Jim Rettew
    Billion Dollar Startup Advice
  • Ruth Bachman
    One Handed in a Two Handed World
  • Dennis Ryan
    The Scourge of Fear
  • Michelle Schulp
    The Downfall of Bathroom UX
  • Mary Hirsch
    How John F. Kennedy Ruined My Life
  • ::: intermission :::
  • Mike Pile
    Why Brand Names Matter
  • Erica Hanna
    Cutting Remarks: 5 Minutes to Hot Hair
  • Keane Amdahl
    Small Shrimp, Big Story
  • Kelly Prosen
    An OCD Guide to Falling in Love
  • Carrie McGhee
    Body Donation: The New Green Funeral
  • Jeffrey Bennett
    The Tale of Two Domain Name-Crossed Lovers
  • Jenny Floria
    Heaven on Wheels – It's How I Roll
  • Jen Jamar
    Why Your Blog Sucks
  • Levi Weinhagen
    Why Fart jokes are Funny

Remembering Eric Brown's Ignite talk

In November of 2013 Eric Brown told an audience of some 600 people how it feels to be dying of ALS. "I'm not a fan," he said. Short of breath and struggling just to keep hold of the microphone, Eric shared his experiences from going about a normal life, to learning he had a terminal disease, to witnessing its relentless advance.

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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."