Ignite (event)

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Ignite (Ignite Talks) is a series of events where speakers have five minutes to talk on a subject accompanied by 20 slides, for 15 seconds each, automatically advanced. Ignite started in Seattle, and it has spread to 350+ organizing teams in cities, universities, governments and companies who have hosted thousands of events.[1][2][3][4]

Ignite Talks is similar in its form to PechaKucha, a format founded 3 years earlier.

The first Ignite was held in 2006 in Seattle, Washington by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis, and was sponsored by O'Reilly Media and MAKE magazine.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] O'Reilly continued to support Ignite until November 2015 when the franchise was handed off to its founder, Brady Forrest, who formed Ignite Talks, PBC - a Public Benefit Corporation. Ignite Talks PBC was formed to be an independent organization focusing on supporting Ignite events around the world and promoting public speaking.[4]


  1. ^ "Ignite co-founder Brady Forrest acquires the popular speaker series from O'Reilly Media - GeekWire". GeekWire. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  2. ^ "Ignite has a new home - O'Reilly Radar". radar.oreilly.com. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  3. ^ "A New Start for Ignite". Medium. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  4. ^ a b Buhr, Sarah. "Community Speaker Series Ignite Gets A Reboot". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  5. ^ Salkin, Allen (August 3, 2008). "Night Life Reprogrammed". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  6. ^ Guzman, Monica (April 16, 2009). "A Seattle geek fest spreads its wings". Seattle Post Intelligencer. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
  7. ^ Neznanski, Matt (November 14, 2008). "Sharing ideas quickly". Corvallis Gazette Times. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  8. ^ "Testing How-to Layout". igniteshow.com. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Ignite Lights Up Web 2.0 Expo". VentureBeat.
  10. ^ Oppenheimer, Laura (February 5, 2008). "Attention Deficit theater". The Oregonian.
  11. ^ Guzman, Monica (February 19, 2008). "Ignite Seattle 5: Big ideas and really fast talking hit Capitol Hill". Seattle Post Intelligencer.

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