Category Archives: Seattle

New Event: Talk of The Town (A Benefit for Town Hall Seattle)

Our great host for Ignite Seattle, Town Hall Seattle is throwing their 10th anniversary fund raiser called Talk of The Town, on Thursday March 6th starting at 5pm. If you don’t know all that Town Hall Seattle does, they’re one of the premier venues for bringing in speakers and performers from around the world to the Seattle area. We think they’re awesome and are happy to help promote the great work they do.

Talk of The Town: Underground will be a fun evening of drinks, food trucks, Seattle notables and rocking local DJs. After an hour of drinks and appetizers you’ll hear mini Ignite!-style talks — short and sweet like their namesake — along with the annual Town Hall State of the Union by Executive Director Wier Harman.

Food trucks include SkilletMarination StationStreet TreatsSound SpiritsOola, and Sun Liquor will be at this year’s Underground. Notable personalities include Molly WizenbergLindy WestGeo,Kate LeboToby CrittendenHollis Wong-Wear Michelle QuisenberryJohn RichardsMarco Collins, and more.

You won’t want to miss this event, a distillation of all the great ideas from the Great Hall, brought downstairs for further discussion. Our home is your home, so grab a friend and come along — or make new ones at Underground.

Get tickets here soon – they’re likely to sell out fast. $60, $50 for Town-Hall members.

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Ignite #23 Tickets On Sale / Speaker lineup

Ignite Seattle #23 is in just one week  on Wednesday, February 12th at Seattle Town Hall. You can buy tickets now to reserve your place.

This is our list of 16 awesome topics and speakers. Event starts at 8pm, doors open early so you can have fun in the bar.  Intermission half way through the event (for more fun and mingling).

  • I Love Board Games and Here’s Why You Should Too – Jonathan Ng
  • Food Hacks: Eat Your Way to Creativity and Success – Mark Briggs
  • The Cheater’s Guide to Saying “Thank You” – Carly Slater
  • Translate This, Interpret That – Geneva Hughes
  • Baby names for people who don’t care about babies – Jeff Weir
  • Talk now or risk being stuck on a breathing machine – Michael Westley
  • Fixing the World’s Biggest Machine – Max Effgen
  • All I Really Need to Know I Learned as a Car Salesman – Sol Villarreal
  • Embrace Your Inner Clown – Sally Fox
  • How Not to Use your Fitbit – Poornima Hanumara
  • Girls, Technology, and Blood – Nancy Muller
  • Polyphasic sleep: A body hack to live your dreams and ruin your life – Kyle Kesterson
  • The magic trick that changed my life and how to do it – Steve Broback
  • How To Know Everyone, And So Can You! – Zachary Cohn
  • Where a Bookstore Becomes a Community – Danielle Hulton

Tickets $5 – get them now. Please spread the word. Cheers.

How to prepare to speak at Ignite Seattle

We know the speakers are the stars. As organizers we do everything we can to select speakers with great topics and passions, but we also work hard to help them prepare and make sure they have what they need to do a great job.

As the Ignite Seattle speaker coach I run a coaching session that all speakers are encouraged to attend. We talk about common mistakes, tactics for preparing and answer any questions folks have. It’s informal, it’s fun and we usually feed people (hungry speakers are bad speakers). We also let speakers do a dry run and get feedback from me and other organizers. And of course speakers at Ignite are interesting people and it’s a chance to meet the folks you’ll be sharing the stage with.

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Here’s the slide deck I use that covers the basic advice, including showing speakers photos of the stage and what to expect once they’re up there.

But many other folks have written advice on preparing for Ignite. There is no right way to prepare of course and the ends are far more important than the means.
We tell speakers that since they’re speaking about something they know well and are passionate about, they could probably spend time thinking carefully about  4 or 5 stories or messages and simply practice and present that, without any slides, and do fine. We strongly recommend people develop their ideas, points and stories before they make a single slide. What you say and how you say it is by far the most important thing.

Summary of more good advice on speaking at ignite:

Talk Proposals Due Friday

We are coming up fast on Ignite Seattle 23. The event is scheduled for mid-February – the 12th. That means if you would like to give an Ignite talk, you need to submit by this Friday. We’ve already gotten lots of great submissions, but we are always looking for more.

Fill out the Submit a Talk form if you have an idea. We’ll be choosing talks some time next week. As always, we look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, February 12th. You can buy tickets now through Stranger Tickets.

Speaker Lineup for Ignite Seattle 22

Ignite Seattle 22 is next Wednesday, November 20th at Town Hall. You can buy tickets now to reserve your place. This is our list of speakers, though not neceassarily in the order they are speaking.

Steve Roth – Five Things You Don’t Know About Hamlet
Mandy Sorensen (@mandercrosby) – Superbugs: It’s What’s for Dinner.
Manuhuia Barcham – What Do You Mean the Culture is Different Here?!?
Lewis Lin (Lewis_Lin) – Negotiate Like an Angry Bride
Michael Grabham (@survivestreets) – Hey Mister, Can You Spare a Dime?

Paul Shoemaker (@paulshoeSVP) – Hacking Social Good: 3 Questions to Unlock Your Potential
Molly Bullard (@seattlephotoorg) – How to Tame Your Digital Photos
Hanne Ockert-Axelsson (@hanneoa) – Revolutionary Compassion
Christine Klimkowski (@c_klimkowski) – Ship That Matters
David Hoang (@davidhoang) – Coast-to-Coast: How to Live in Two Cities
Shannon Houghton (@MsHoughton) – We Need Math Pushers

Jeris JC Miller (@dakini_3) – Adventures with Google Glass
Darcy Burner (@DarcyBurner) – The Protest Algorithm
Sarah Schacht (@Sarahschacht) – I Got E. Coli so You Don’t Have To; How Open Data and Usability Can Prevent Food Poisoning
Shango Los (@VIMEA_grows) – Embrace Your Local Pot Farmer
Cristina McAllister (kinabutterjelly) – Reject to Lab Tech

Deadline to Submit a Talk is Midnight

Today (Oct. 11th) is the last day that you can submit your idea for an Ignite talk. At midnight tonight we will no longer be accepting talks and we will begin deliberating on who will make it into the next batch of presenters. Next month, November 20th, we will be back at Town Hall and we are looking forward to seeing everyone there, whether you are giving a talk or not.

Click the Submit Talk link and fill out the form and voila!, you’re done! It’s never too late to submit your talk. Well… until midnight tonight, then it definitely will be too late. Good luck!

Videos from Ignite Seattle 21 are up

We have finally posted the videos from the last Ignite, held at Fremont Outdoor Cinemas in August. We had a fantastic crop of talks, including The Geek Diet, Being a Tech Entrepreneur in Baghdad, and How Video Games are Like Kissing. Check out the entire playlist for a view of all the talks.

The next Ignite is Wednesday, November 20th and today is the last day to submit a talk. Get yours in tonight before the deadline!