Ignite Denver 5 tonight

If you need to scratch your nerd itch tonight, Ignite Denver 5, at Casselman's, 2620 Walnut Street, starting at 7 p.m., would be a fine place to do it. If you aren't familiar with the Ignite concept, it challenges a ragtag bunch of "experts" to present their expertise in five minutes, using twenty slides that rotate every fifteen seconds. It's fast, it's rowdy and it should be quite fun -- especially if you're not one of the poor bastards on stage presenting. "Come meet people, learn something new about something you might never have even thought about. That's what Ignite is all about," explains organizer Jeff WIlker. "Ignite's motto, more or less, is 'Enlighten us, but be quick.'"

The topics are eclectic and tend toward the techy, odd and/or humorous. Take tonight's offering, "Cupcakes and Dating: A Comparative Study," by first-time presenter Krista Jurczenia, who promises slides featuring buckets of kittens and packs of douchebag guys among her visual aides. Other topics you'll experience will include how to pick up guys, how to pick up girls (nice symmetry!), the evolution of Internet FAIL and my personal favorite, how to avoid and survive bear attacks. Never trust a bear.

You can read more about Ignite via our previous coverage) or the Ignite Denver website. If possible, the organizers encourage you to RSVP via Eventbrite.

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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