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Ignite Seattle Talks on Video

How I Became Seattle’s Premiere Kaleidescopist – Katarina Countiss

From Katarina’s pitch:

Last summer, I quit my job as a multimedia designer to go on a quest of creativity. My art was experimental before and it got a lot weirder. Kaleidescopy is a genre of art that allows for anything to be beautiful. It also has the power to transform beauty into terror (on occasion).

You can find Katarina Countiss on Twitter @katcountiss and learn more about her at

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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!

Think Like an Artist – Bryan Ohno

Do you want to know the secret of how artist think creatively? Why they do what they do and their ability to go to parts of their brain and body where most of us will never go?

About Bryan

Bryan Ohno is a Seattle art gallerist who features up and coming contemporary artist from the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Rim. His art career started in late 1980’s in Tokyo then worked with glass artist Dale Chihuly before opening his gallery in 1996, presently located in the International District, J-town neighborhood. You can find Bryan on Twitter @BryanOhno

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Ignite, Improv and You!  – Sol Villarreal

We’ve seen few talks that play within the constraints of the format in the way that Sol Villarreal did at Ignite Seattle 26. He invited a stranger from the audience (Mary Joyce) up on to the stage to give a completely improvised (yes, really) Ignite talk. And it was amazing.



About Sol
Sol Villarreal reads the Seattle Times and all the local blogs obsessively so that you don’t have to. Every Sunday morning he sends out an email called Sol’s Civic Minute that’ll tell you what’s happening in Seattle in just 60 seconds per week.