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Experimental Ignite: 5 Talks That Will Astonish You

What happens if you get 16 amazing people to talk about their passions, but gave them only 5 minutes and automatically advanced their slides every 15 seconds?

  1. Would speakers find this format fun to do?
  2. Would this format be interesting to watch?
  3. Would this experiment be an unmitigated disaster?

Experimentation has been core to Ignite since those first hypotheses were posed. In the past 9 years and 26 prior events, we’ve seen Ignite talks that have expanded our minds and have pushed the boundaries of what an Ignite talk can be. In preparation for next week’s Ignite, here a few of our favorite Ignite talks that had experimentation driving their theme.

Experimental Ignite Talks

Sol Villarreal asked, “Can one person improvise a short presentation inside someone else’s presentation?”

Noah Illinsky & Teresa Valdez Klein asked, “Can you get married in 5 minutes?”

Dave McClure answered a question that’s important to many of us, “How to measure experiments (aka startups)”

Hacking The Format

Two talks that were not experiments per se, experimented heavily with the how an Ignite talk could be presented.

In our first foray into live music, Karen Cheng showed us “How to Solve a Song.”

And finally, at our first outdoor Ignite (an experiment unto itself), Bev Sobelmen tells us how to run away and join the circus while performing on a trapeze.

Ignite 27: Experimentation is next week, May 20th and we’d love to see you there. Tickets are available online now. We expect another sell out crowd, so get your tickets today!

Speakers for Ignite Seattle 27

Our first themed Ignite event (Experimentation!) will be on May 20th 7pm/8pm at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance (we sold out last time). Doors open at 7pm, with cash bar and a fun social game (you don’t have to play but you probably will despite what you think as you read this). Talks start at 8pm, with an nicely sized intermission for you to do various acts of biology and sociology, including getting more drinks. We received more than 50 submissions but due to the laws of space and time we can only have 16 speakers in one event (If you know how to transcend space and time we’d love to have you speak about it).

Here is the spectacular list of amazing presenters:

(The order of speakers for the evening is still TBD, but you really should come for the whole thing and get far more than your $5 worth):

  • What If You Say Yes To Everything For 30 Days? – Jen Kellum Nausin
  • If You Draw A Comic You May Save The World – Jeremy Kayes
  • Save The Planet: Eat A Bug – Virginia Emery
  • Recipes For Trouble – Jessica Hagy
  • Naked In Public – Peter Toms
  • How To Make A Teenager Talk To You – Linda Breneman
  • Operation Honest Day’s Work – Norman Bell
  • Gravity’s Shameless Affinity For One Wheeled Things – Anna Fusaro
  • Lessons In Building A Universal Translator – Tanvi Surti
  • Why You Should Run Away From Home – Phil Cook
  • Traveling Alone: And So Can You – Danna Klein
  • Own Time Or Die Trying – Ahsan Kabir
  • Tone Deaf Diplomacy – Matthew Lee Johnston
  • Why Everyone Needs More D – Julia Heitz
  • What Coming To America Taught Me About Worry – Kevin Obbayi

Please spread the word. A great night awaits you and your friends.

Ignite Seattle is TONIGHT!

Our first Ignite of 2015 is TONIGHT at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance. Doors open at 7, with cash bar and a fun social game (you don’t have to play but you probably will despite what you think as you read this). Talks start at 8pm, with an intermission.

Our usual fantastic MC Monica Guzman will be out of town doing super cool journalistic things. Filling in will be Scott Berkun, former-fill in host from Ignite 17 and a multi-Ignite-Seattle-veteran.

NOTE: We are expecting a larger crowd than normal, so we’d advise you to get there a little earlier to get a good seat.

Here is our stellar roster of amazing speakers

First Half

Second Half

Please spread the word. A great night awaits you and your friends.

Speakers for Ignite Seattle 26

Our first Ignite of 2015 is ready to go on Wed Feb 18th 7pm/8pm at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance. Doors open at 7, with cash bar and a fun social game (you don’t have to play but you probably will despite what you think as you read this). Talks start at 8pm, with an intermission.

We received 50+ submissions, but alas, due to the laws of space and time we can only have so many speakers in an evening (If you know how to transcend space and time we’d love to have you speak about it).

Our usual fantastic MC Monica Guzman will be out of town doing super secret cool journalistic things. Filling in will be Scott Berkun, former-fill in host from Ignite 17 and multi Ignite Seattle veteran.

Here is our stellar roster of amazing speakers

The order of speakers for the evening is still TBD, but you really should come for the whole thing and get well more than your $5 worth:

Please spread the word. A great night awaits you and your friends.

Countdown: Last chance to submit for Ignite Seattle 26

Got a talk idea for Ignite? It’s time to let us know: Our next Ignite takes place at Town Hall Seattle on Wednesday, Feb. 18 and submissions are due this Friday.

We’ll be reviewing submissions and selecting speakers very soon, so don’t miss out. Use our submit talk form before the end of the day Jan. 9.

Need inspiration, or tips on how to submit? Watch this talk from Ignite organizer Randy Stewart on how to pitch a winning idea or read the blog post that summarizes it:

Ignite 25 videos are up!

We had a hell of a show last week. Big thanks to Bootstrapper Studios for getting these ready for online in record time, and to all our speakers, of course, for absolutely killing it.

Here’s the whole playlist.

Here, the full recorded livestream (show starts at 26:30 or so):

And the breakdown:

See you back at Town Hall Seattle for our next event Tuesday, Feb. 18! Stay tuned for more…

IGNITE IS TONIGHT!: Here are our 16 speakers for Ignite 25

And we’re back! Ignite Seattle 25 is just a few weeks away on Tuesday, October 7 at Seattle Town Hall. The fun starts at 8 p.m., but doors open early so you can get a drink and chat it up. Thanks to everyone who submitted! Here are our 16 speakers:

  • Fact check EVERYTHING – Jason Rantz
  • Embracing the passion behind great works of interactive art – Meghan Trainor
  • Radical honesty – Why all my cards are on the table – Benjamin Caudill
  • Fixing politics – Nick Rubin
  • Stuck making a decision? Get help from a radioactive banana! – Elizabeth Grigg
  • Everyone is a fraud so just roll with it – Hanna Brooks Olsen
  • In which flying robots bring us stuff – Matt Shobe
  • Kitty Kafe – McRae Naayers
  • Trust your gut: how microbiology is influencing parenting – David McAndrew
  • Why working at Microsoft was making me mentally ill & how bodybuilding saved me  – Anushka Rehn
  • What it feels like to be hit in the face with a shovel – Randy Scott
  • Trial by fire – George Perantatos
  • Move over baseball, esports are here: or, why I shaved my beard – Jason Preston
  • Armageddon’s alternate ending: Bruce Willis’ character becomes a trillionaire  – Caitlin O’Keefe
  • Return to Planet Krypton: What I gained when I lost my superpowers – Candace Faber
  • Friendship science: How to enter a conversation – Camille Shea

Tickets are $5 – get them now and spread the word! See you then ~