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 7 is coming in June

Wait. You say June?

Yeah. I know, I know. It's already been a long time to wait since last November. But look on the bright side: chances are exceedingly slim that we'll get pelted by an ice storm for this one. And June is one fine month to be drinking free beer.

Be a speaker

Do you have a burning topic you want to share? A great story to tell? Speaking at Ignite is an unforgettable experience. 300 seconds of sheer terror, followed by a lifetime of bragging rights. Go for it. Submit a talk.

Our sponsors are our heroes

Sponsors make Ignite possible. And sponsorships are affordable for any size company. Get your organization involved in the Ignite phenomenon. Be a part of one of the coolest events in the Twin Cities. You'll get tons of visibility and major geek cred just by association, as well as plenty of other sponsor benefits.

So just to recap...

Our event with the Bush Foundation (see below) is happening in May. The next regular Ignite is happening in June. Got it?


Bush Foundation, Ignite Minneapolis, plus 30 other orgs partner up for new event

Okay this is big.

A new kind of leadership networking event called bushCONNECT (#bushCON) is coming May 12 to the Guthrie Theater. Created by the Bush Foundation, the event's aim is to connect and support networks of leaders in the tri-state region.

Ignite Minneapolis is honored to be partnering with the Bush Foundation, Citizens League, Works Progress, Minnesota Rising, Social Innovation Lab, and nearly 30 other organizations from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to produce the programming for this event.

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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."