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Ignite Boise Stokes City of Trees' Creative Fire

Thursday, April 18


Ignite Boise is back for its 10th go-round, and it's not slowing down just because it's reached the double digits.

Opinionated Boiseans will be out in force to share their ideas and random musings on topics serious and silly. Submissions were whittled down to 15 finalists, who each have five minutes and 20 Powerpoint slides to make their arguments in front of a sure-to-be-packed audience at the Egyptian Theatre Thursday, April 18.

This time around, speakers will cover everything from the practical to the hysterical. Red Sky Public Relations CEO Jess Flynn will share how she believes even the biggest bosses need to crank out at least one physical product each week, while Kayla Griffin will play myth-buster and clear up some of the scientific inaccuracies she continually hears parents teach their children—hint: Penguins don't eat carrots.

Other topics of the evening include how facial hair is being used to do criminal profiling; a native New Yorker's take on how Boise and NYC match up; getting famous on Twitter; getting your kids away from electronic screens and reconnecting; making better choices on how we spend our time; and one presenter's very personal experience with cancer, from diagnosis to shaving his head.

The previous nine Ignite Boise events have been massive successes—which leads to the good and bad news. The event is free to attend, but tickets are required and advanced tickets have all been spoken for. Here's the silver lining: Doors open at 6 p.m. for ticket holders, but at 6:30 p.m., general admission opens for any unclaimed seats, and organizers will admit as many people as the theater can hold.