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Speakers for Ignite Bend 9 announced

BEND, Ore. - Following an incredible response to a call for presentation ideas, we are pleased to announce the speakers that have been selected for Ignite Bend 9. We hope that you will join us at this outstanding community event!

 Ignite Bend 9

Tower Theatre - Bend, OR

October 17, 2012 - 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)


ShanRae Hawkins - What is Ignite?

Gail Menasco – The Reality of Skydiving

Kevin English – 18 White, 6 Blue

Garrett Gladden – Hearts of Darkness: a Completely True Tale of the Mayhem, Mischief and Mania of   


Amy Clark – The Shortest Distance from Point A to Point B = 26.2 Miles

Paul Freed – 5 Reasons Why I love Geocaching

Brian McGinnis – Hipsters: The New Old Way of Doing Things

Margery Untermeyer – Am I a Mess? Turning Life's Little Bumps Into Stepping Stones

Megan Minkiewicz – A Year: How I Raise a Puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind Over and Over Again

Brian Walker – Bipolar MANiac: Living from Pole to Pole

Marie Machado – Lions and Tigers and Babies??? Oh My! How I survived the First Year as a New Parent


General admission tickets for Ignite Bend 9 are free and will be available at beginning at noon on October 5, 2012, and at the door beginning at 6:30 PM the night of the event. Ignite Bend 9 will also be webcast live thanks to our multimedia partner, The Media Geeks. Presentations may also be selected for inclusion in the O'Reilly "Ignite Show" which highlights a different talk from Ignite events around the world for weekly broadcast at their site.


Volunteers are needed to help Ignite Bend run smoothly. Please contact Jordan Elliott ( if you wish to help at the event on October 17, 2012.


ABOUT IGNITE BEND – If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 PowerPoint slides and they rotated automatically every 15 seconds? Around the world people have been putting together "Ignite" nights to share their answers. Visit the Ignite Bend website ( to find out more about local events. More information about Ignite Events held around the world can be found at O'Reilly's Ignite website (

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