Ignite Seattle 26 is SOLD OUT. No-show tickets will be released for purchase at 7:45pm.

For the first time since we moved to Town Hall Seattle’s enormous 900-seat venue, Ignite Seattle 26 is officially SOLD OUT!

If you already have your tickets, you’re good to go, but please plan to arrive before 7:45pm — when unused seats will be made available to folks who wish to buy last-minute at the door.

Talks begin at 8:00pm. This is going to be a great evening.

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.

Move over baseball, esports are here: or, why I shaved my beard – Jason Preston

From Jason’s pitch

“Five nerds from China just made more money in three hours than you’re going to make in your life. In front of 20 million people (that’s more than watched any World Series game in 2013). Doing something you probably think is stupid: playing a video game.

I wake up at 5 a.m. four days a week to play Counter-Strike in front of a digital audience. Here’s why eSports aren’t the next big thing, but the NOW big thing. “

About Jason
During the day, Jason Preston organizes the Dent conference and is also an organizer of Ignite Seattle. You can follow Jason on Twitter @jasonp and watch him playing Counter-Strike on Twitch.

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Everyone is a fraud so just roll with it – Hanna Brooks Olsen

From Hanna’s pitch:

I can count on one hand the number of jobs I’ve been hired to do wherein I was actually qualified, including cocktail waitress and janitor. But I need all of my digits to tally the jobs and gigs I’ve gotten based sheerly on pluck and youthful optimism.


About Hanna

During the day, Hanna Brooks Olsen is an Editorial Specialist at CreativeLive. You can find Hanna Brooks Olsen online at her Web site and on Twitter @mshannabrooks

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Stuck making a decision? Get help from a radioactive banana! – Elizabeth Grigg

From Elizabeth’s pitch:

Relying on data to make your decision for you? That’s for WIMPS. Hiding behind your data is a ROOKIE MOVE that gets you NOWHERE. That’s because data is either misinterpreted or WRONG in the first place. FINE FINE, you say, that’s all well and good, but these decisions won’t make themselves! What do we do? Do we have to go with our GUT? Is there a MIDDLE GROUND?? TELL US WHAT TO DO!

About Elizabeth
Elizabeth Grigg is a Project Manager at Prowess Consulting. You can find Elizabeth on Twitter @egrigg900

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Kitty Kafe – McRae Naayers

From McRae’s pitch:

A Cat Cafe is a place to buy yummy drinks and pay for time in a room of carefully selected cats. There is a huge boom of cat cafes in the world right now! The USA has yet to open a single one but three are trying in California while there is also 1 in Denver. Lets beat them all!

About McRae
McRae Naayers is a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific University and is currently busy planning the opening of Kitty Kafe in the U District. You can find out more about the Kitty Kafe at their site Seattle Kitty Kafe and on their Facebook page here.

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