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FULL IGNITION: IgniteOKC X showcases some of Oklahoma City’s best new ideas

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OKLAHOMA CITY—Now in its tenth year, the metro’s take on the world famous Ignite program continues to inspire and change lives, bringing together techies, artists, entrepreneurs, academics, and others to share their ideas and insights.

Done in a fast-paced format—13 presenters each get five minutes to speak on the topic of their choice, utilizing 20 slides that will automatically advance every 15 seconds—IgniteOKC Communications Chair Matt Goodwin believes that what this series does best is “builds community and brings people together.”

“If you have some great idea and you want to share, this is a great platform to do it,” Goodwin said. “We like people who are passionate about ideas. This year, we also have an entrepreneur who owns a winery in Napa Valley, and then we also have an entrepreneur who started a wood-window rescue and has built a huge following on Instagram. There’s a wide variety of people here to get motivated and inspired by.”

IgniteOKC X will be held at 7 p.m. May 25 at the Lyric Theatre in the Plaza District, 1727 NW 16th St. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a networking hour featuring a cash bar, as well as free appetizers and beverages.

“The first time I went I just left really hopeful for our community and for the city,” Goodwin said. “It was just very innovative and exciting that everyone was working on something, but the heart behind whatever they we’re working on, they wanted it to be for the good of the city. It is how this particular Ignite has evolved. I think people will walk away thinking that there are some really exciting things happening in the city.”

A few of the presentation topics at this year’s IgniteOKC X will include “how to overcome the fear of ordering wine at a restaurant” from Piyush Patel, founder of Conclusion Wines in Napa Valley, the “ghosts of Oklahoma City” from Jeff Provine, Professor and Ghost Hunter and “how Bach can change your world one honey butter chicken biscuit at a time” from Cruise Berry, award-winning composer and baker.

It is diverse ideas from diverse people that Goodwin believes is the true secret to IgniteOKC’s success over the past ten years and, at the rate they’ve been going, the next ten years.

“If you enjoy being involved in your community in any way, this is a great event to come to because you see people from various walks of life, people that you most likely wouldn’t run into on the street, and here’s your chance to talk to them. There’s been several things, several ideas that have started and been inspired from conversations that have happened here. It really does some good.”

Tickets for IgniteOKC X are $20 each and can be purchased online at or at the door.

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