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Ignite Boise to Light Up the Egyptian Theatre

Thursday, Oct. 18


There are a lot of things you can do in less than five minutes: take a shower, go for a really short run, Google unflattering pictures of celebrities, shotgun two beers, overcook a bag of popcorn--you get the idea. But if you're one of Boise's 16 chosen people, five minutes is just enough time for you to present a hopefully brilliant idea to a room full of people.

The ninth installment of Ignite Boise will take place Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Egyptian Theatre. The format of Ignite Boise is both simple and genius--16 of the city's thinkers, workers, dreamers and doers are selected and then given five minutes and 20 slides to speak about a subject of their choice. Topics include everything from the phenomenon of the human penis size to the perils of looking like Zach Galifianakis. While some speakers take a more serious tone discussing ideas such as bike safety and how the Internet influences democracy, all have been designed to entertain, and more importantly, inspire.

Admission is FREE, but those with tickets get to stake their claim on primo seats before the riff-raff non-ticket-holders. Early admission tickets are sold out at, so be sure to arrive early if you're hoping to get close enough to see the sweat drip off the brow of Boise Weekly's own Josh Gross, as well as 15 other thinking types.