Help Wanted: Money Master & Sponsorship Master

Here at Ignite Seattle a small team of volunteer organizers works behind the scenes to make everything happen. Thanks to you, our fans, our events have become so popular now that we’re looking to grow our team.

We have two roles, which could possibly be filled by the same talented person!

1. Role: Money-Master (Bookkeeper)

We excel at making the most out of our events, working mostly with volunteers to make everything happen. Yet we do have basic accounting tasks, including paying bills, collecting ticket revenue (from our venue partners) covering expenses, and doing non-profit accounting and planning, things most of us have only minor experience with.

We need an experienced bookkeeper to track our income and expenses, help us make sure we pay our vendors on time, and improve our financial planning and basic accounting.

2. Role: Sponsor-Master

For  years we’ve filled Town Hall Seattle, and now, The Egyptian theater, with sold out shows that provide a great platform for the amazing stories, projects and ideas Seattle citizens are working on.

We want to extend that platform to include a handful of select sponsors, trading resources we can use to improve our shows, for premier exposure to our audience and community.

The role would be to define our sponsorship program, recruit sponsors and manage ongoing relationships with them.

Minimum time commitment: a couple of hours a week between events, with spikes of 5-10 hours a week leading up to and during the events (3 times a year).

Rewards:  You’ll be part of a fun, smart and loyal team of volunteer organizers, well connected in the Seattle tech and arts community. You will meet many interesting and amazing people, work with a great team, and share in thrills at each live event. You’ll get to  use skills you already have to do good in the arts community in Seattle.  Ignite Seattle might be one of the most rewarding things you contribute to regularly. .

How we work: We are mostly virtual (Slack), with monthly in person meetings related to the events and our speakers. We are all volunteers and happily wear many hats. You may get your hands dirty often, and have fun doing it, as we are a small, lean team.

How To Apply: 

  1. Give us a brief rundown on your past bookeeping and/or sponsorship experience (link to resume or LinkedIn is fine)
  2. Tell us what you love about Ignite Seattle, and/or why you want to join the team?
  3. Email the above to

Prepare: how to find royalty free images

If you present at Ignite Seattle, your talk, and your slides, will be seen by hundreds of people, and even more online. It’s important that you use only images that you have permission to use: you wouldn’t want someone to use your work with out permission, would you?

To help, there are several ways to find images that are rights and royalty free, the easiest is Google.

Google Images

  1. Go to Google Images Search
  2. Search for something (e.g. “people playing dodge ball”)
  3. Click on the Tools option, on the right
  4. Click on Usage rights


  1. Select Labeled for reuse or the level of license you need


You can also set other options for the images you want (high size equals higher quality).

Other sources of royalty-free images




Ignite Seattle #34 – The Recap

Thank you to all of you who joined us last week for a spectacular SOLD OUT show at The Egyptian Theatre. We learned about the unusual history of volunteering, robots taking our jobs, death, sofas, pageants, birders, Seattle and so much more. Which talk was your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

Our sincerest hope is you had a great time and will spread the ideas of our speakers to your friends, coworkers and followers. And we hope you will join us for our next event. Mark your calendars: Ignite Seattle #35 is Thursday March 1st, 2018.

Watch videos from your favorite talks right now:

Don’t stop there – here’s more you can do:

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Speaker List: Ignite Seattle #34 at The Egyptian on Oct 19th

Well, Seattle, you did it again. You made the Ignite Seattle organizers job of selecting 16 talks very difficult. There were 66 talk submissions and any 16 would have made for a great Ignite.  Thanks again to everyone who submitted a talk or encouraged others to do so.

Here is most of the speaker list. As always, order is to be determined.

  • Dead 2.0 – Jeremy Dragt
  • From Tech to Texas – Jack Timmons
  • Sofas Are (not) ScaryRebecca West
  • Embracing Obstacles As OpportunitiesAlicia Crank
  • The Unusual History of VolunteeringAmy Faulkner
  • Leading the Majority Minority – Eugene Hsu
  • If You Want to Create Change, Host a Pageant! – Abari Charles
  • 4 Signs Your Friend or Loved One Is a BirderJeremy Schwartz
  • How to Make Seattle Your Own in 10 Easy StepsMonica Guzman
  • How to Stay Calm Around Impossibly Annoying People – Susan Fee
  • Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture – Shepherd Siegel
  • Doorstops & Bicycles: Why We Humans Keep Making Things – Jeremy Bowen
  • Sleeping with Specters — How Designing the Dead Changed My Life – Patrick Blanchard
  • Robots are Not Coming for Your Job and We’re All Going to be Okay – Patrick Rauland
  • The Proximity Principle (and why you’ll probably become best friends with the person sitting next to you) – Rupi Sureshkumar

We will keep you posted when more talks are confirmed.

Pro Tip: Buy your tickets now we think this one will sell out!

Be a speaker at… The Egyptian Theatre (Oct 19th)

Great event… Ignite. Check!
Great MC… Scott Berkun. Check!
Great venue… The Egyptian Theatre. Check!
Great speakers… well that is where you come in 🙂

We want you to share a story about a great (or weird) idea you love, a hard lesson learned, an insight into how something in the world works (or should work), or anything you are passionate about and want to share.

The talk submission deadline is Friday, Sept 15 at midnight.

Don’t worry if you’re an inexperienced speaker — we provide two speaker training sessions to help you craft your story and feel more confident about speaking in front of a crowd.

We want to hear from you! So submit a talk idea and enlighten us — but make it quick!

Pro tip: The Egyptian Theatre is a bit smaller than Town Hall Seattle…  you can buy your tickets now.

Best of Ignite Seattle at Town Hall’s Last Hurrah: June 30

Did you know Town Hall is closing for major renovations? Let’s shut it down with a bang–and some of the best Ignite Seattle speakers we’ve ever heard!

Register for your free tickets

Come together for our final hours in Town Hall’s current building for an evening jam packed with slam poetry, live music, hip-hop tap, a late-night Ignite, live music from local bands, a Great Hall dance party, and more. Concessions will stay open all night, joined by food trucks and photo booths. The night will cap off with a midnight toast to our future!

Schedule of events:
7PM: Performance by three-time world champion spoken word artist Buddy Wakefield
8:15PM: Dance performance by Northwest Tap Connection
9:30PM: Best of Ignite Seattle, including these amazing speakers:

10:30PM: Musical performance by The Nines, one of Seattle’s best party bands covering hits from the ‘70s to today.
11:45PM: A reading of the Great Hall poem and a toast to Town Hall’s future.

Get your tickets now before they sell out! Register for your free tickets now!

Videos / Recap from Ignite Seattle #33

Thanks to all of you who joined us last night for another spectacular show at Town Hall Seattle. We learned about baby delivery, sex of salmon, weird side projects, polyamory, the soundtrack of our lives and so much more. Which talk was your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

Our sincerest hope is you had a great time and will spread the ideas of our speakers to your friends, coworkers and followers. And we hope you will join us for our next event. Mark your calendars: Ignite Seattle #34 is Oct 19th, 2017.

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You can view more of Ignite 33 Seattle photos here.

All of the videos are now live (Thanks to Bootstrapper studios). Please take a minute to share your favorites on all the interwebs (use #ignitesea).

Hope to see you at Ignite #33 on Oct 19th, 2017. You can volunteer to help or read about how to submit your own talk right now.

Enlighten us, but make it quick!