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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 1:30 pm | Updated: 3:45 pm, Tue Jul 24, 2012.

Attendees at Thursday’s Ignite Newark needn’t be worried if they find one of the presentations boring.

“If you don’t like it, in five minutes, it will be gone,” event organizer Rodney Jordan said.

Of course, the fast-paced networking event aims to entertain, not bore, and, judging from previous installments, it usually succeeds.

“It’s not a serious night,” Jordan said. “It’s just a night to come together with people you may or may not know.”

Originated six years ago in Seattle, Ignite events have been held in cities around the world, including twice before in Newark.

Presenters get five minutes to lecture about any topic they choose — and being too wordy is not an option. Their PowerPoint slides automatically change every 15 seconds, meaning the presenters have no choice but to stay within their allotted time.

Topics have not been announced, but previous years have featured presentations on tips for using Photoshop, the power of small donations and how the UD creamery makes its ice cream, and well as more lighthearted topics such as last year’s lecture titled “How to Buy a Gift for Your Girlfriend Without Getting Dumped.”

Jordan is expecting more than 100 people to turn out for the event, being held at the University of Delaware’s Courtyard by Marriott hotel on New London Road. The event usually draws an mix of people from the technological, scientific, social media and university communities.

“It’s an eclectic group that wouldn’t normally get together,” Jordan said.

Inspired by Ignite Wilmington, which was first held in 2009, Jordan brought the concept to Newark last year.

“It shows Newark has a lot going on and shows reasons for bringing your business to Newark,” he said.

Ignite Newark is free to attend and features complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. However, donations are recommended and will benefit Exceptional Care for Children, a Newark–based facility for sick kids.

Networking begins at 5 p.m., and the presentations will start at 6 p.m. To RSVP or for more info, visit www.ignitenewark3.eventbrite.com

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