Global Ignite Week: 40+ Ignites Coming Next March

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Just over three years ago, Bre Pettis and I threw a geek night in our home town. We called it Ignite Seattle. About 200 people joined us for a hectic night of geek contests, five-minute talks, and beer. I’ve been hosting them ever since–we just held our 8th Ignite Seattle and had over 700 people in attendance. Since that first amazing night in 2006, Ignite has spread to over 60 cities, bringing together thousands of geeks and generating hundreds of videos of Ignite talks.

This March, it gets much, much bigger. O’Reilly is launching the first-ever Global Ignite Week, to bring together as many local Ignites as possible. As of right now there are almost 40 Ignites scheduled from March 1st through the 4th. The Ignites will span the globe and you’ll be able to watch them streaming online every day. So far, Global Ignite Week is represented on 4 continents and 10 countries. Our goal is to have participation from all 7 continents (Nairobi is looking good, and we’re working on Antarctica).

I’m happy to say that Bing has stepped up as our first sponsor, helping us make Global Ignite Week possible.

If you’d like to be apart of Global Ignite Week (either by throwing an event or as a sponsor) contact us via Ignite@oreilly.com. Here are the participating cities (so far).

Ann Arbor, MI

Atlanta, GA

Auckland, NZ

Austin, TX

Baltimore, MD

Bangalore, India

Bay Area, CA

Boston, MA

Boulder, CO

Brussels, Belgium

Cardiff, UK

Columbus, OH

Denver, CO

Fort Collins, CO

Lansing, MI

London, UK

Los Angeles, CA

Lisbon, Portugal

Madrid, Spain

Missoula, MT

Montreal, Canada

Nashville, TN

New Haven, CT

New York, NY

Paris, France

Philadelphia, PA

Portland, OR

Pune, India

Raleigh, NC

Salt Lake, UT

San Diego, CA

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

Seattle, WA

Sebastopol, CA

Sydney, Australia

Toronto, Canada

Waterloo, Canada

502/Louisville, KY

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  • Riseven

    Mmm, Madrid is in Spain, not Portugal.

  • Mike Subelsky

    we’re psyched in Baltimore! thanks for putting this together!

  • Amy

    There’s an Ignite London in the works that week too. Check in with http://ignitelondon.net for details as they arise.

  • Bre

    I’m excited to see ignite continue to flourish in the world!

  • John Adams

    Do you have everything sorted for the San Francisco Event?

    I am hoping that Bay Area doesn’t mean ” I have to drive two hours to San Jose, or cross the bridge to Berkeley.”

    Let me know if you need help putting together the SF one.

  • Andrew Hyde

    Excited to participate!!!

    If you are thinking about setting one up (because your city doesn’t have one) please step up and make it happen! Do it! Super fun and a way to give back and build community!

  • Ef Rodriguez

    This sounds incredible. I’m delighted that Boulder will be participating.

  • Phil Earnhardt

    If you know anyone working in Africa or Antarctica who would like to organize, please have them contact ignite@oreilly.com .

    McMurdo Station is probably the best bet for Antarctica. The winter season has already started by March and few other facilities are open. Please get the word out to people you know at McMurdo or have contacts there. Thanks!

  • Justin Arenstein

    Hi there.

    Silicon Cape in South Africa is keen to explore the potential for hosting the African leg. Their exec committee will give you a shout.

    Cheers,
    Justin

  • Steven Nelson

    Ignite Budapest will definitely take part in this too!

  • Chris Ostoich

    We are a go in Cincinnati, Ohio. Please add us to the list!

    Looking forward to it.

  • Kirk Walter

    As a former Chicagoan, I’m a bit surprised that the Second City is not on the global list – light it up Chicago!

  • Miguel Muñoz Duarte

    Let me just add another city in Portugal: Oporto!
    Ignite Portugal will be hosting two cities in simultaneous, and will have in the two venues, both live talks and streamed from the other city.

    Besides that, we are supporting another igniter in Europe to host also during the GIW it’s first ignite ever: Ignite Denmark in copenhagen.
    Brady and all the central Ignite team, please check your mail and give it a go!

  • salie

    I have been a reader for a long while, but this is my first time as a commenter. I just wanted to let you know that this has been / is my favorite entry of yours! Keep up the good work and I’ll keep on checking back.
    Sell Gold

  • Mickey Thompson

    Here is a shout out from San Diego Ignite!

    ~ Mickey Thompson

  • David Bieber

    So far, Global Ignite Week is represented on 4 continents and 10 countries. Our goal is to have participation from all 7 continents (Nairobi is looking good, and we’re working on Antarctica).
    save fuel

  • Tom Pauker

    If you are thinking about setting one up (because your city doesn’t have one) please step up and make it happen! Do it! Super fun and a way to give back and build community!
    Tom from, garage kits

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    I read through the report and it was a great source of information. Thanks for providing the great read!

  • http://www.pawntampa.com joe

    geek party how cool.

  • http://www.pawntampa.com patrick

    cool idea for a block party.