From March 1-5 there will be ~65 Ignite events happening around the world. Ignite is an opportunity for geeks to share their passions and ideas with local peers. Each speaker gets 20 slides that each auto-advance after 15 seconds for a total of just 5 minutes. The result is bite-size chunks of information that inform the crowd on new topics. There are lots of Ignite videos online.
Ignite has spread with very little prompting on our part. Almost all of the ~65 cities participating next week were self-started and community organized. As Tim said, “Self-organization enables amazing scale”. Global Ignite Week is definitely and example of that happening. Anyone can throw an ignite — they just need a laptop, a stage, ideas and a community. To be successful they will also need the backing of that community and in most cases the community has come together to make the event happen.
This week has taken a lot of coordination and planning. The independent Ignite organizers have all shown a great willingness to band together to make this happen. It’s been really impressive.
Next week you can participate by attending one or watching them streaming online. In the following weeks we’ll get >500 videos from all of the different events (events often have ~15 talks). I will personally be attending the Ignites at SMX West (3/2), Bay Area (also 3/2), and Portland (3/3). I’ll be hosting Ignite Seattle on 3/4.
Here are the events happening on Monday (on Thursday there will be over 30 Ignites).
Monday, March 1st
I’ve included the whole list after the jump. They are listed by date. Attend if you can.
Tuesday, March 2nd
Ignite New Mexico
Ignite Bay Area
Wednesday, March 3rd
Thursday, March 4th
Ignite Ann Arbor
Ignite Fort Collins
Ignite Iowa City
Ignite Silicon Valley
Ignite New Haven
Ignite Salt Lake
Ignite SMX West
Ignite Tampa Bay
Many, many thanks to Ignite CLS West organizer and map hacker extraordinnaire Van Riper for creating this map of Global Ignite Week events.