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If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say to Miami?  What if you only had 20 slides and they rotated automatically every 15 seconds?

The next Ignite Miami will be held on October 25th, 2012.

At the next event, 16 artists, technologists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers will present their ideas. There will also be plenty of time to get to know other professionals, enjoy some fine libations or a bite, and really just enjoy the creative ideas that are percolating in South Florida.

Ignite Miami is held at a 21+ venue.  Please do not sign up if you are under 21.

Organizers

Ignite Miami is organized by Alex de Carvalho (@alexdc) and Janie Coffey (@janiec).

What is IGNITE?

Fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global—Ignite is all of these and more. It’s a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Run by local volunteers who are connected through the global Ignite network, Ignite is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in each city.  And, via streaming and archived videos of local talks, local Ignites share all that knowledge and passion with the world.

How it all began

Ignite got its start in Seattle in December, 2006, as a personal project of O’Reilly’s Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. They dreamed up an event where people could share their ideas over beer, and sent word out through their network. On December 7, two hundred Seattle geeks looking for “a fun night of geekery and networking” squeezed into a bar on Capitol Hill. They found beer, but so much more. First up, a friendly but intense competition to build the sturdiest popsicle-stick bridge. Then 25 intrepid locals took a turn on the stage for their five-minute Ignite talks. The consensus was that it was a blast. Word got out, and other communities wanted Ignite in their cities. Brady and Bre turned the event over to O’Reilly, and nearly 200 Ignites have been held, about half of them in the past year. As Ignite enters its fourth year, O’Reilly is launching Global Ignite Week to celebrate, amplify, and share the Ignite phenomenon.

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