Global Ignite Week is scheduled for Feb. 7-11, 2011. For the second year in a row we are going to have as many Ignite events as possible in a single week. At launch, we have 45 cities on 5 continents participating. The list includes Bucharest, Paris, New York City, San Francisco, and Sydney. If you’ve ever wanted to start an Ignite in your community, now is your chance.
Each Ignite event has a series of five-minute talks. The constraints of the Ignite format — each talk is accompanied by 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds — adds something extra. It’s a boon for the audience because presenters realize they need to prepare and rehearse to keep up with their slides, and that leads to well-thought-out talks.
Last year, Global Ignite Week was in 67 cities. More than 600 five-minute talks were given on 6 continents. I expect this year we will reach 100 cities.
Ignites are community-run geek events (O’Reilly is really just the shepherd, Ignite would be nowhere without the support of communities around the world). Starting an Ignite is a great way to build community and hear new ideas. Contact us if you want to join up for Global Ignite Week — by starting, attending or assisting with a local Ignite event.
Participating cities and countries
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ann Arbor, MI
Boston, MA – Ignite Spatial
New York, NY
Rochester, MI Ignite Automotive
Santa Fe, NM
San Francisco/Bay Area, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Sioux Falls, SD