The second Ignite Boise packed the house last night at the Egyptian Theatre.

With an official mission to unite thinkers from art, technology, business, government and academia, Ignite Boise's unofficial mission is to light a fire under our collective ass.


View from the nose bleed section.

Sixteen presenters get five minutes and 20 slides to speak on just about anything. This go round offered book recommendations, a primer on Turkish coffee and a history lesson on city planning, as well as 13 other completely unrelated talks (including the laugh-out-loud funny bedtime story presentation from @jamie_copper called "Desperado: A True Story about how an evil band called the Eagles almost destroyed rock and roll"), a motorcycle rubberband race from Reuseum, an official proclamation from Mayor Dave Bieter declaring yesterday as Ignite Boise Day, and a whole mess of Twittering.

The really impressive thing about Ignite Boise is how its founders, all of whom run Ignite Boise as volunteers, get the word out. Ignite Boise is promoted solely through the Web, relying most heavily on social networking. The fact that Egyptian was almost at capacity (about 750) because of those efforts is testimony to the fact that if you're not Twittering, you're missing out on some very cool stuff.

As soon as we get word of the next Ignite Boise, we'll let you know. In the meantime, start thinking about your presentation. It better be good, because you'll have some stiff competition to get through the auditions.