About Ignite

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.

Travel With a Purpose: Meet Your Sister...City

Samuel Palacio

NICA Connect


I am a full time student at Oregon State University, studying environmental economics and policy. During my free time, you can find me freestyle rapping, working on the ranch, folding clothes at American Eagle Outfitters, or roaming through the hidden gem that is Condega with my companeros. Last year I was introduced with Condega, and this year, I fell in love with her.

Condega, Bend. Bend, Condega. Bend meet your Sister City. July 20th, 2011. 13 individuals boarded a plane to a place most US travelers wouldn’t ever think to go. Condega, Nicaragua. Although there are many people from all across the country who will never go to this small town, let alone even know it exists, it is relevant to every single resident of Bend. You might not know them, you probably drink their coffee and they certainly know you. When asked where we were from, the Conedgan’s faces lit up as we replied, “Ohhh you are from Bend! We know Bend!” After 6 days in Condega, 13 individuals left with a deepened understanding of what being a “Sister City” truly entails and after these five minutes so will you.



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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Alpenglow Vacation Rentals

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Anjou Spa

Spark Sponsors



Multimedia Partner

Hand In Hand Productions

Media Partner

The Source Weekly

Other Partners


Mug Revolution


Mt. Bachelor

Connexion Printing

Jill Rosell Photography


Thanks to these businesses for supporting Ignite Bend!

Ideasmith • Silver Moon Brewing • Hot Box Betty • Where To Eat Guide • Dahlia's Consigment • Sara Bella Upcycled • Hypnotherapy Healing • Humm Kombucha • Robbie Bianchi • Café Sintra • Bellatazza • Spa W