For many years we’ve been thrilling some of Seattle’s best crowds with great stories, lessons and entertainments told in a fun and inventive way. The next Ignite event is a special one: we are celebrating 10 years of these amazing events. If you have an idea for a talk now is the time to pitch it to us.
Deadline is Oct 7th, 2016.
Ignite Seattle 31 will be held Thursday, Nov 17th, at the beautiful Town Hall Seattle. But without your submissions, we’d just be waiting around, drinking sad drinks, wishing something interesting would happen. Don’t let us down!
Instead share with us and our audience a great story, interesting lesson or fascinating insight into life you think we should hear (like the ones you can watch from our last Ignite event to help you get ideas).
To help you invest your time wisely, read our honest insider guide to getting your talk accepted. We get many for Ignite and want you to learn from what we know.
Then SUBMIT YOUR TALK HERE.
Ignite Seattle 30 was an amazing event and if you weren’t there, we’ve got you covered: all the amazing talks are now on youtube. If you were there like me, and it all just crashed over you like ocean waves, you might have forgotten some of the great stories we shared. Here’s your chance to go re-live the event.
Thanks once again to Bootstrapper Studios and Punch Drunk for their excellent video work at the event. You can see the full playlist of all 16 talks here.
Here are a handful of photos taken at Ignite, but you can view all the photos from Ignite Seattle 30 in our Flickr Pool here. Thanks to Morgen Schuler Photography for taking photos with me once again.
This Thursday (5/26) at 8:00pm is Ignite Seattle #30 – we’re thrilled to bring you another edition of the largest open submission public speaking event in the Northwest. We’ve sold out many shows in a row, as we consistently deliver a fun, challenging, fast paced evening of ideas, opinions and stories for your pleasure.
If you’ve never come before, or have missed a few, this is a great one to come check out.
Here are eight amazing reasons to come to Ignite 30:
- We are in Town Hall Seattle’s Great Hall, one of Seattle’s oldest and best venues for live events (and they have a cash bar that opens at 7pm)
- Erica McGillvray will teach you how to write a novel in a month.
- If you’re cranky and old (like me), you’ll get your biases confirmed (but also tested) in a talk about why the world hates millennials.
- If you are hip and young, you’ll laugh at learning about what if life were like stock photography, and how to live in the gig economy.
- Hang out with 800+ of Seattle’s coolest, most friendly audience members during our world famous intermission (we intermiss better than anyone anywhere). But the event usually sells out, so buy tickets in advance.
- If you like fruit and vegetables, and who doesn’t, you have bees to thank. Nicollette Neumann will tell you about fantastic bees and where to find them.
- Seattle has a homeless problem, yes? Learn about a new approach that might lead us to a cure.
- Islamophobia is sadly on the rise in America – Amanda Saab with share what it’s like to be your Muslim neighbor.
- It’s our 30th Ignite event, a number cleanly divisible by 6, 3, or 5! Go Math! We’re so excited we forgot how to count as this is reason #9 (which does NOT divide evenly into 30).
- We promise an evening free from the words: caucus, poll, superdelegate or Trump.
You will hate yourself if you don’t come. I mean, it’s Thursday night – shouldn’t you start your weekend of awesome a day early? We think you deserve it.
Go here to buy tickets ($5). Doors open at 7:00pm (as does the cash bar). Talks start at 8:00pm, with an intermission. Full list of speakers and topics.
Our 30th Ignite event is Thursday, May 26th, 7pm/8pm at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance (we frequently sell out – buy tickets early. Or NOW. Really).
Doors open at 7pm, with a cash bar and a fun (optional) social interactive game (you don’t have to play, and since there is a bar you can stand and drink and make fun of the people who do, but we suspect you’re more likely to play than you think).
Talks start at 8pm, with an nicely sized intermission halfway through for you to do various acts of biology and sociology, including getting more drinks.
We received more than 55 talk submissions. Many were excellent. But since we are restricted by the laws of physics we had to pick just 16 speakers for this event (If you have supernatural powers beyond the laws of please volunteer: we can use you).
Here is the glorious list of amazing speakers:
- Landing the Job I Never Wanted, Tammarrian Rogers
- What If Life Were Like Stock Photography?, Jesse Baker
- How Chefs Save The Planet, Jonathan Merrill
- Slang is The Mother of Invention, Remington Purnell
- I am Your Muslim Neighbor, Amanda Saab
- The World’s Smartest House?, Ian Mercer
- How To Gig Economy, Sarah Squire
- Fantastic Bees and Where To Find Them, Nicolette Neumann
- Tiny Particles Can Change The World, Charlie Corredor
- BlueFin Tuna are Badass Fish, Mark Vande Kamp
- An Engineer’s Guide to Being a Foster Parent, Kevin Moore
- Preparing to Write a Novel in a Month, Erica McGillvray
- Hack Mentorship with Twitter, Emily Carrion
- That’s What He Said, Katie Chase
- The Skin We Live In, Fes Naqvi
- Why The World Hates Millenials, Cameron Barnes
- (Speaking order TBD so don’t presume this is it)
Looks like a great night, yes? Get your tickets here.
Want to speak at the next Ignite? While you can always get an extension for doing your taxes, we’re firm with our submission deadline of this Friday, April 15th.
Ignite Seattle 30 will be held Thursday, May 26th 2016 at the beautiful Town Hall Seattle, but without your submissions, we’d just be staring at our navels. And as interesting as that sounds, I’m sure you’ve got something more interesting to tell the 900+ people who show up to our sold out events.
SUBMIT YOUR TALK HERE
We’d love to have YOU on the Ignite stage.
Thanks to Bootstrapper Studios, all 16 talks from Thursday’s Ignite Seattle #29 are now online.
Ignite Seattle #29 videos
Our 29th Ignite event is Thursday, February 18th, 7pm/8pm at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance (we frequently sell out – buy tickets early. Or NOW. Really).
Doors open at 7pm, with a cash bar and a fun social interactive game-like-thing (you don’t have to play, and since there is a bar you can stand and drink and make fun of the people who do, but we suspect you’re more likely to play than you think).
Talks start at 8pm, with an nicely sized intermission for you to do various acts of biology and sociology, including getting more drinks.
For Ignite Seattle #29, we received more than 55 submissions. Since we are restricted by the laws of physics we can only have 16 speakers in one event (If you have supernatural powers please volunteer: we can use you).
Here is the delightful roster of magnificent speakers for the evening:
(Speaking order TBD. Stay for the whole night – you’ll get far more than your $5 worth):
- Yes, I’m having an identity crisis – Sarah Novotny
- Why I’m bringing Robots to Prison – Lindsey Wilson
- How to Talk to Your Teenage Son about Sex – Hillel Cooperman*
- The Data Is In: How To Improve Your Neighborhood – Shelly Farnham*
- Choosing Our President: How To Caucus in Our State – Jon Culver
- Molecular Machines and Designer Drugs – Franziska Seeger
- De-Isolation: Overcoming Social Anxiety – Bill Bernat
- How To Catch an Idea and Make It Yours – Mark Teppo
- There’s So Much Bullshit Around Coffee – Jacob Fleisher
- The Taboo of Death Talk – Dani Buckley
- How the Super Loop Saved Me – Tamara Clammer
- Make Law, Not Sugared Water – Dan Lear
- How To Catch Mackerel In Norway – Judy Oldfield
- 12 Things I learned about Teams By Coaching Little League – David Betz
- By Their Surplus You Will Know Them – Peter Adelsheim
- How I Went From Blogger To Pro Food Writer in 10 Short Years – Naomi Tomky
* = Ignite Seattle Alumni
Looks like a fantastic evening, yes? Get tickets here.