Global Ignite Week: Starts Monday with 65 Cities, 6 Continents, 500 Speakers over 5 Days

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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.

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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

Ignite Berlin

Ignite Frankfurt

Ignite LA

Ignite Manchester

Ignite Munich

Ignite Nairobi

Ignite Savannah

Ignite Milwaukee

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 Anchorage

Ignite Casablanca

Ignite Denver

Ignite London

Ignite Manila

Ignite Melbourne

Ignite Montreal

Ignite Philly

Ignite Princeton

Ignite Bay Area

Ignite Sydney

Ignite Wellington

Wednesday, March 3rd

Ignite Bangkok

Ignite Beijing

Ignite Brussels

Ignite Budapest

Ignite Cincinnati

Ignite Dallas

Ignite Madrid

Ignite Portland

Ignite Raleigh

Ignite Sacramento

Ignite Sebastopol

Ignite Toronto

Ignite Waterloo

Thursday, March 4th

Ignite Ann Arbor

Ignite Baltimore

Ignite Bangalore

Ignite Boston

Ignite Brisbane

Ignite Bristol

Ignite Cardiff

Ignite Denmark

Ignite Fort Collins

Ignite Hamburg

Ignite Houston

Ignite Iowa City

Ignite Jakarta

Ignite Lisbon

Ignite Liverpool

Ignite Lyon

Ignite Minneapolis

Ignite Missoula

Ignite Monterrey

Ignite Silicon Valley

Ignite Nashville

Ignite New Haven

Ignite NYC

Ignite Oporto

Ignite Italia

Ignite Salem

Ignite Salt Lake

Ignite SMX West

Ignite Seattle

Ignite Tampa Bay

Ignite Tulsa

Friday, March 5th

Ignite Boulder

Ignite Lansing

Some weren’t able to get their venues next week so there will still be Ignites happening throughout the month. Tomorrow is Ignite Bend 4 and a bonus one on 3/11/2010, Ignite Novato

Many, many thanks to Ignite CLS West organizer and map hacker extraordinnaire Van Riper for creating this map of Global Ignite Week events.

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