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If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

High Power Rocketry in the High Desert (... or "How I Joined the [Other] Mile-High Club")

Robert Kieffer



Mr. Kieffer is a software developer, entrepreneur, cyclist, father, and Maker. He has previously presented at Ignite Bend 10 ("Bloodthirsty history of Copyright") and 11 ("BitCoin").

Mr. Kieffer presents technical topics in a style suitable for all audiences, with humor and insight. The extent to which he succeeds at this is, of course, debatable.

Every summer for the past decade, model rocketry enthusiasts from around the Pacific Northwest gather make pilgramages to Brothers, Oregon. Here, they gather on 80 acres of remote scrubland to launch rockets.

These are not the toy rocket kits that many people played with as kids, and launched at local parks. Rather, these are high power model rockets. Made from fiberglass and carbon-fiber, powered by large, reusable motors, and controlled by sophisticated flight computers, these rockets fly at supersonic speeds and reach altitudes in excess of 40,000 feet.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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