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Wanting to Ignite Your City?

By Mary Rotman
January 23, 2009 | Comments: 1

ignite montage.jpgYou may have noticed Ignite events springing up around the world recently--maybe you've even had one in your town! Regardless of where you live, chances are there either has been or will be one in your area soon. From Denver and Boston to Bangalore and Paris, Ignite events are "igniting" every community.

Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. The premise of these events is "Enlighten us, but make it quick." Speakers are given the parameters of creating a presentation that is 5 minutes long, composed of 20 slides that rotate automatically every 15 seconds. The topics have ranged from how to buy a car to creating the perfect paper airplane to how to survive your first year as a Web 2.0 company. With 8 punchy and entertaining presentations every 40 minutes, something is sure to pique your interest and provide a lot of laughter for the evening.

In a recent redesign of the main Ignite site we created separate areas for every city to build their own community and blog about their events on a regular basis. You can choose which city to look at, or search to see if Ignite has come to your town yet. If it hasn't, check out the How To tab where you'll find all the information you need to set up your own event.

And if you're in the middle of planning your own Ignite event, but need some incentive for the speakers or want to do a giveaway for your next event, visit our IgniteGear shop at CafePress for T-shirts, ball caps, hooded sweatshirts, mugs, buttons, magnets, and much more.

For more information about all things Ignite, visit the website or feel free to contact us at ignite@oreilly.com.

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Ignite may look that it's about the presentations, but it's really about the community behind those presentations. Ignites will have a profound effect on the teams that create them. Have fun!


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