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Twin Cities IT and Developer Events Postings by Brandy Favilla
The first ever Ignite Minneapolis event is right around the corner. Admission free. Beer is free.

Wednesday, April 22
Solera, downtown Minneapolis
RSVP now!

6:00 – Doors Open, social hour
7:00 – Presentations Begin
8:00 – Break
8:15 – Presentations Continue
9:00 – Event Conclusion

What is Ignite?
Ignite is a community-driven event comprising a series of speed presentations. Ignite events skew toward the geeky and wonkish, are usually innovative and fresh, and always involve drinking.

Basically, a person prepares a brief presentation on any topic. They get exactly 20 slides to tell their story, and each slide displays onscreen for exactly 15 seconds. So that's 5 minutes per presenter.

We hold the event at a bar or auditorium. There may be ten to twenty different presenters any given night. There is always free beer

Then, you come, and watch, and drink free beer. You might even learn something. In any case, you'll have a great time.

Who gives the presentations?
Anyone who wants to. You!

Just sign up to be a presenter, and we'll send you everything you need to prepare.

What is an Ignite event like?
It's all very informal. You'll find yourself rooting for the speakers, and laughing with them when they mess up. Below are a few videos from Ignite Seattle. They'll give you the general flavor.

Still have questions? Email Patrick Kuntz Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 9:49 AM | Back to top

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So is this just another name for the BarCamp that's been going on in Minneapolis for a few years? Or is this something different?
Left by Chris G. Williams on Mar 26, 2009 11:25 AM

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