Innovation to be focus of ‘IgniteOKC 6’

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Innovation to be focus of ‘IgniteOKC 6’ on June 19 at IAO Gallery

Eight passionate Oklahoma City residents will have five short minutes each to inspire an intimate gathering of fellow citizens with their ideas at IgniteOKC 6, scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 at Independent Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) Gallery, 706 W. Sheridan Ave.

Presented by Fowler Honda of Norman, IgniteOKC is the local extension of Ignite, a global nonprofit event that brings together techies, artists, entrepreneurs and others to share their ideas and insights in fast-paced presentations that consists of 20 slides in five minutes.

Slides auto-advance every 15 seconds whether the presenter is ready or not. The presentations are meant to “ignite” the audience on a subject, generating awareness and stimulating thought and action.

“Part of what makes an Ignite presentation exciting is that it’s not being delivered by a professional speaker, but ordinary working people like you and me with extraordinary passions,” IgniteOKC chairman Tyler Smith said. “Ignite is an entertaining, incredibly inspiring event that brings people together from all walks of life, creating the kind of creative connections that make cities a more exciting place to live. Events like this raise the collective IQ and elevate community spirit.”

Eight locals will be selected to present on the topic of their choice, with some kind of connection to the event’s theme of “Innovation.” Presentations can be about anything except politics and religion, and sales pitches about businesses are strictly disallowed.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and presentations begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. Tickets are $15 and attendance is capped at 150. Purchase online at

The first Ignite was held in 2006 in Seattle, Washington, and since then the event has become an international phenomenon, with gatherings in more than 100 cities worldwide, including Helsinki, Finland; Paris, France; New York, New York; Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Events are independently organized on the local level.

This is the sixth IgniteOKC event. The inaugural Ignite event in Oklahoma City was attended by more than 200 people in January 2010 at Lyric Theater in the Plaza District.

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