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Ignite is the name for a particular type of event that is held throughout the world—organized by volunteers—at which participants speak about their ideas and personal or professional passions according to a specific format. The presentations are meant to "ignite" the audience on a subject, whereby awareness, thought, and action are generated on the subjects presented. The largest Ignite event to date is Ignite Boulder 11, which attracted 1,350 attendees on June 24, 2010.
Each speaker is allocated five minutes of presentation time and is accompanied by 20 presentation slides. During presentations, each slide is displayed for 15 seconds and then automatically advanced. The Ignite format is similar to Pecha Kucha, which features 20 slides that are each displayed for 20 seconds.
The first Ignite was held in 2006 in Seattle, Washington, United States (US), and was the brainchild of Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. It was sponsored by O'Reilly Media and MAKE magazine.
Since inception, more than 50 Ignite events have been held worldwide. O'Reilly Media has continued to support Ignite—one occurred during the company's 2009 O'Reilly Open Source Convention—but each Ignite is independently organized at the local level. Ignite events are often free to attend and may be supported financially by sponsorship.
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