As explained on the Ignite site:
Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Since then 100s of 5 minute talks have been given across the world. There are thriving Ignite communities in Seattle, Portland, Paris, and NYC.
Scott Berkun provides a terrific overview of what Ignite is and why you should give it a try, and it’s in Ignite format (of course).
Since I first learned about Ignite, I’ve been itching to give the format a try. Most of the presentations I’ve given in the past at conferences have been 30-60 minutes in length. The idea of using just five minutes to get your point across in a compelling way is exciting.
Ignite has finally come to Los Angeles with help from geek dinner, and I’m going to be one of 13 people standing up and presenting at the inaugural Ignite LA event. I’ll be speaking on something that I’m passionate about–nurturing virtual communities behind the enterprise firewall. Sexy, if you’re a social media geek in an enterprise world.
If you are in the Los Angeles area and want to drop in to check it out, you can RSVP here. Admission is free, and there will be booze and food available. Drink up. I’m much more entertaining after you’ve had a few cold ones.