Considering that Ignite Lincoln is billed as a celebration of local ideas, it might give one pause to reach the end of the list of scheduled speakers for the third-annual event and see John Coffey's five-minute speech titled "Nebraska Sucks!"

"There is a twist to that," promised Justin McDowell, who has organized each of the three Ignite Lincoln events.

He asked that the twist remain a surprise for those who will attend the free event at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bourbon Theatre. In the previous two years, the event has drawn more than 300 people to the Bourbon, and McDowell said he hopes the audience will continue to build.

This year's 16 presentations will be delivered under the same quick pace-producing rules as the first two Lincoln events -- five-minute speeches with four picture slides projected per minute.

The speakers this year range from the owner of a personal basement arcade (Steve Ramos) to a local blogger (Brent C. Wilson) to the group that brought you last summer's "X-Files: The Musical" (The Colonel Mustard Amateur Theatre Company).

"I just think it's a lot of fun," said McDowell, who presented during the first year's event on his experiences as a couch surfer. "It kind of started as a way for me to meet other people around town and see what others are doing."

McDowell said the first two Ignite events have helped speakers meet others with like-minded interests. Lincoln filmmaker Dustin Ferguson, who talked about horror films he shot in and around Lincoln during the first Ignite event, was offered several local filming jobs after his presentation, McDowell said.

More info on the event, including videos from the first two Ignite Lincolns, is at ignitelincoln.com. The talks begin at 7 p.m. at the Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St.

The speakers:

Steve Ramos -- Pinball: A Game Of Skill

Shane and Sunny Dwyer -- Great Pictures With Any Camera

Jane Garrity -- The Startup Visa: Helping The World's Entrepreneurs Create American Jobs

Calvin Pappas -- Silicon Valley To The Silicon Prairie

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Brenda Ealey -- Intellectual Freedom

Shane Farritor -- Becoming More Creative

Steve Maly -- Get Real

Shauna Groenewold -- And They Lived Happily Ever After

Tanner O'Dell -- Attraction of Awkwardness

Julie Beno -- The Secret Life Of Librarians

Hope Edwards -- Serve To Lead

Collin Caneva -- Turning a Headwind Into a Tailwind

Jordan Pascale -- The Evolution of Reporting

Brent C. Wilson -- A Foster Family's Tale

John Coffey -- Nebraska Sucks!

The Colonel Mustard Amateur Theatre Company -- Modern Representations of Expressionism: In Freedom of Thought and State of Being.


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