Ignite Open Mic Submissions are Now Open

If you read last week’s announcement, you’ll know that we’re putting on a new Open Mic event on July 8th at the Market Theater in Seattle (7pm-9pm).

The first 20 talk submissions we receive for the open mic will automatically be accepted to go up on stage on the night.

Submissions are open – currently 6 slots available (last updated 6/17 1pm). If you act soon you can be on our stage. Scroll down for details.

If you’re more partial to being an audience member, you can buy a $5 ticket for the event right now by clicking here.

How do I submit my talk?

For the Ignite Open Mic, we want to see 20 speakers giving 3 minute talks. Each talk will follow a Ignite format. Slides will still change automatically every 15 seconds, meaning you need to include a 12 slide PowerPoint presentation with your submission.

To become one of our 20 speakers, send us an email at openmic@igniteseattle.com with the following included:

  1. Your full name. (E.g. Major Tom)
  2. The title of your talk. (E.g. Being a Space Oddity)
  3. A short description of what your talk is about. (E.g. I’ll tell a story about the time I went into space in a rocket and then did a space walk.)
  4. Your completed PowerPoint slideshow for the event: this should be 12 slides long and in PPT format. We’ve created a handy template you can use to start you off.

If you make it into the first 20 submissions, we’ll send you a reply within a few days to confirm that you’re going up on stage. Please assume when you submit that you’ll be doing a talk. (So make sure you’re free on the evening of July 8th.)

Being a speaker will get you free access to the open mic. It will also be a great opportunity to wow a supportive audience and the Ignite organizers. Most important of all, you’ll have a whole lot of fun.

We’re looking forward to seeing your submissions!
– The Ignite Seattle Team

Ignite Seattle #39 Recap

We had an amazing evening back at the newly renovated Town Hall Seattle. If you were there, thanks for coming. And if you missed it, well, at least you are here now!

In this recap post you’ll find links to the videos for all of the evening’s talks, but first we have a few important things to share.

Our next event, Ignite #40, is on Thursday, October 3rd.

Buying your tickets. We’ve sold out many events in a row, and we expect this one to be no different. Reserve your seats before it’s too late and at the early bird price.

(NEW) Ignite Open Mic Night. If you’ve wanted to speak at our main stage event but have been rejected in the past, or were intimidated by the size of the event, this is for you. This is a much less formal, and likely more fun speaking experience, and you’re guaranteed a spot if you sign up early enough (starting Thursday, June 13). Event is Monday, July 8th. Details here.


Ignite Seattle #39 – Talk Lineup and Videos

Announcing: Ignite Open Mic

A new way to speak

We’ve been getting over 80 talk submissions for Ignite lately. But only 12 of those speakers make it up on stage.

We want everybody to have the chance to do an Ignite talk, so we’re starting a new event: Ignite Open Mic. 

How does it work?

From June 13th, we’ll start accepting submissions for our open mic night which will take place on July 8th. The first (reasonable) 20 submissions we receive will automatically go up on stage. We’ll be playing with our format a little: this time speakers will only have 3 minutes to give their talk.

Anybody can submit to the first Ignite Open Mic, but we’ll also be reaching out to people who previously submitted Ignite talks to give them a chance to shine.

There’s more info below if you’d like to speak or buy a ticket!

When is it happening?

Want to see 20 speakers take to the stage to give a 3 minute Ignite talk? Here are all the details you need:

Date: July 8th
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Market Theater, Post Alley, Seattle
Cost: $5 (cheaper than a fancy IPA!)

Buy your ticket now

But I want to speak!

You lovely, amazing person. Read carefully.

Submissions are open and go here for all the details. If you’re accepted to speak, we’ll send you a reply within a few days to let you know more about the event.

The first 20 submissions we receive will go up on stage. Let’s say the first “reasonable” submissions, just to cover us if somebody submits something really mean spirited.

With your submission, you will need to submit your PowerPoint presentation, along with some other essential details, like your name, talk title and a short description.

For our open mic, we want to see 3 minute talks, with 12 slides which will change automatically every 15 seconds.

Why take part?

For being our open mic guinea pig, you’ll get a free ticket to the event and a chance to earn the respect and admiration of your audience.

But you also get a chance to impress us too. We’re always looking for different ways to get quality speakers on stage at our main Ignite events. We make no promises, but this could be the first step in your path to becoming one of those lucky 12 speakers at Ignite 40. 

See you at Ignite Open Mic!

Ignite Seattle #39 is sold out – Here’s how you can still attend!

Ignite Seattle #39 has sold out! This is going to be one of our best shows yet, and if you missed your chance at a ticket, don’t despair. Here’s how to attend:


  1. Watch the event live online.
    For those of you who won’t be able to join us at the event, we’re working with Punch Drunk Productions to bring you the next best thing: a live-stream on the web which makes you feel like you’re in the front row. Sign up now!
  2. Join the standby line.
    At 6pm on Thursday, June 6th, we’re setting up a line outside Town Hall Seattle for standby tickets. We’ll release any unclaimed seats shortly before the show starts (there are usually some available).

The doors at Town Hall Seattle open at 6:30pm (bar & snacks), Show starts at 7:30pm.

(One last thing: if you’re an organization working with people traditionally underrepresented in public speaking – low-income, Black/Latinx, etc – we hold a limited number of completely free tickets for each event. If you’d like to be notified for our next event, or advise us on how to do better outreach, for Ignite Seattle #40 (October 3rd), please drop us a line at diversity@igniteseattle.com.)

Eight great reasons to come to Ignite Seattle #39 (Thurs June 6th)

We’re thrilled to bring you another edition of the best open submission public speaking event in the Northwest. We’re on a long stretch of sold out shows, but there are still some tickets left for this one (don’t wait).

If you’ve never come before, or have missed a few, this is a great one. Here are seven reasons to come to Ignite 39:

  1. We are one of the first events in Town Hall Seattle’s newly renovated Great Hall, it’s one of the best venues for live events in town (and their bar opens at 6:30pm)
  2. Wish you were McGyver? Evy Haroldson will tell us how she learned how to fix nearly anything.
  3. Curious about what happens when a transgender band plays a gig in a rural bar? Ginger Chien tells a great story of a lifechanging event.
  4. Nicole Steinbok, Ignite Seattle alumni and organizer, will be our guest MC. She’s a fantastic Ignite veteran and improv performer and we’re thrilled to have her host #39.
  5. Wonder what happens when you mix AI with cats? Ben Hamm talks about a machine learning project to help train his feline friend.
  6. Want to be a better friend (human or otherwise)? Christin Boyd explains how to do more they say “let me know how to help.” when a friend is in crisis.
  7. Beat the traffic and grab a pre-show snack or drink in the neighborhood near Town Hall Seattle – our recommendations.
  8. Plus eight more talks on a wide array of challenging, fun and entertaining subjects.

You will hate yourself if you don’t come. I mean, it’s Thursday night – shouldn’t you start your weekend a day early? We think you deserve it.

Go here to buy tickets ($15).  Doors open at 6:30pm (as does the cash bar). Talks start at 7:30pm, with an  intermission. Full list of speakers and topics.

And thanks to our new sponsor Mindhatch, local provider of design thinking and team improv training.

Super Speakers and New Guest MC

Hi Ignite fans! This week we had our first coaching session with our Ignite #39 speakers. Our favorite part of the session was when the speakers – with little prep work – stood up and gave a rough practice run of their talk. They did an incredible job. There was a lot of smiling, laughing, clapping and just a couple of tears this time. You will not want to miss the June 6th show.

Buy your Ignite #39 (June 6) Tickets Now 

Here is our excellent lineup (order is to be determined):

  • Cats, Rats, A.I., Oh My! –  Ben Hamm
  • I’m the Weirdo Who Left the Elevator Note –  Sixta Morel
  • Design for Conflict –  Bonnie Toland
  • Oh, You’re a Mommy Who Wants to Work. How Sweet. –  Nancy Jensen
  • Fix Evy-thing –  Evy Haroldson
  • An Immigrant’s Battle –  Salome Munyaka
  • You Can’t Ask a Choking Man for Instructions –  Christin Boyd
  • A Transgender Band Walks Into a Rural Olympic Peninsula bar… –  Ginger Chien
  • Growing Up Un-Special –  Leah Scherschel
  • Forgive and Remember: How Forgiveness Really Works – Susan Fee
  • Retiring My “Best Idea” – Emoji Pillows –  Roberto Hoyos
  • Multisensory Music and Autism  –  Kent Godfrey 

New Guest MC: Nicole Steinbok

Nicole Steinbok, Ignite Seattle organizer and multi-time alumni, will be MC’ing Ignite Seattle #39. She will be fabulous and like our speakers, she is very excited and a bit nervous. Come be a part of one of the best audiences in Seattle and cheer on Nicole and our speakers as they entertain, enlighten and channel their excitement into a great show.

New Sponsor: Mindhatch

The talks at Ignite Seattle are often about creativity and exploring ideas, which explains why we are excited to announce that Mindhatch, with their masterful blend of Design Thinking, Organizational Improv, and Innovation Facilitation, is now on board as one of our sponsors.


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Announcing Mindhatch: our new sponsor (design thinking and organizational improv)

The talks at Ignite Seattle are often about creativity and exploring ideas, which explains why we are excited to announce that Mindhatch is now on board as one of our sponsors.

Mindhatch

Many organizations and teams struggle to find and develop new ideas into solutions, but if you work with Mindhatch, based in Seattle, they’ll show you the way.

Using their masterful blend of Design Thinking, Organizational Improv, and Innovation Facilitation, they help you solve complex business problems, boost customer value, and improve team performance, while having engaging and productive fun and the same time. Their customized experiences develop team skillsets and spur collective creativity, innovation, and actionable results.

Coonoor Behal, the founder and CEO of Mindhatch, will be at Ignite #39 (June 6, 2019) to help celebrate our new partnership. Her amazing background in both strategy and innovation consulting, combined with her experience as an improv performer and teacher, makes Mindhatch a stellar organization to help you grow and develop your organization. Watch a video of them in action here.