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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

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