Announcing the Ignite Seattle Podcast

After months of anticipation and anxiety, none of which you got to experience, we are excited to unveil our next project to the world. The Ignite Seattle Podcast.

If you’ve read enough and want to subscribe immediately, you can do so by clicking the appropriate links:

Or you can search for “Ignite Seattle Podcast” in your podcasting app of choice RIGHT NOW to listen to our first three episodes. Our first episode is also available for you to listen to on this very page below.

If you have some patience and want to learn a little more about the first episode, and how and why we’ve decided to get into podcasting, then read on.

Who’s the guest on the first episode?

For our first episode, I thought it would be fitting to sit down with Scott Berkun, Ignite Seattle’s MC and speaker coach. He talks all about what it’s like to be…an MC and speaker coach.


Scott shares some critiques of a talk he gave all the way back at Ignite Seattle #6, “How and Why to Give an Ignite Talk“. He also speaks about what he’s learned in the ten or so years since then, and how he passes that knowledge on to our speakers.

Lastly, he gives his thoughts on the importance of being an MC, and answers a question we’re all dying to know, “Where did those red trousers come from?”

If you have any feedback, or fashion tips to pass on to me, or Scott, please email them to podcast@igniteseattle.com or leave a comment below.

Why did we decide to get into podcasting?

“We” isn’t so much Ignite Seattle, as one person named Daniel. Who is currently writing this post in third person, now first person.

I decided to help Ignite to start their podcast because I’ve often sat in the audience at Ignite events wanting to know more about the speakers, and their topics. Unfortunately I’m far too socially anxious and introverted to visit the after party to meet the speakers and talk to them. I’m also not the type of person that would Tweet a total stranger about their Ignite talk.So literally the only option left was for me to spends hours of my life creating a podcast. Now I get to talk to all of my favorite Ignite speakers and learn all about them, and you get to benefit from it!

When will new episodes be released?

Every 2 weeks, on a Monday, a new podcast will be released. They’ll appear here on our website, or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. Just search for the “Ignite Seattle Podcast”.

What will the format for each episode be?

Each episode will give an opportunity for you to hear one of our favorite past Ignite talks, with an in-depth discussion with its speaker about what inspired their talk, what they didn’t get to say on stage, and anything else that piques curiosity. If there’s a talk or speaker that you’d love to know more about, please send me an email letting me know, and I’ll do my best to get them on the show!

Ignite Seattle #38 Recap

What to say about Ignite Seattle 38? We laughed, we cried… we cried some more. (There were a lot of emotional talks!) In the end this was another one for the history books.

Whether you attended in-person or online, thank you for joining us to hear so many of the wonderful stories Seattle has to offer.

Before we get to the list of talk videos, we wanted to remind you that Ignite Seattle #39 is only three months away! Please consider:

  • Submitting a talk. We want to hear your important, funny, or wonderful story on stage. Submissions close April 25.
  • Buying your tickets! Last Ignite sold out within hours of our speaker lineup announcement, and this one is selling even faster. We’re already more than 20% sold-out! Get a spot before it’s too late.

Ignite Seattle #38 – Talk Lineup and Videos

Ignite Seattle ticket giveaway!

UPDATE: All winners have been notified. But all is not lost! Any unclaimed tickets as of tomorrow morning will be reassigned.

Ignite Seattle is this Thursday. As we mentioned before, if you don’t have a ticket, the best way to watch Ignite Seattle is by registering for our free live-stream.

Good news: We recently found a couple of extra tickets under our virtual couch cushions, and we’ve decided to give them out to you, our dedicated fans!

On Wednesday, we will be giving out several sets of free, in-person Ignite Seattle tickets, to people who have registered for the livestream.All you need to do to win is sign-up for the livestream. (If you signed up before, you’re all set.)

We will email winners around noon on Wednesday, and you have until midnight to accept, before we select a new winner.

Hope to see you at Ignite this Thursday, whether virtually or in-person 🙂

Ignite Seattle #38 is sold out! Here’s how you can still attend…

With two of the biggest days of ticket sales in our history, Ignite Seattle #38 has sold out only a day after publicly announcing our speakers. (Like I said yesterday: “WOW.”)

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 Bootstrapper Studios to bring you the next best thing: a live-stream which makes you feel like you’re in the front row. Sign up now!
  2. Join the standby line.
    At 6pm on February 28, we’re setting up a line outside the Egyptian Theater for standby tickets. We’ll release any unclaimed seats shortly before the show starts.

(One last thing: if you’re an organization working with people traditionally underrepresented in public speaking – low-income, Black/Latinx, etc – we have a limited number of completely free tickets still available for you. Please drop us a line at diversity@igniteseattle.com.)

Speaker List: Ignite Seattle #38, February 28 at The Egyptian

WOW. With a record-breaking 82 submissions, selecting the speakers for Ignite Seattle #38 was more challenging than ever. (EDIT: Tickets sold faster than ever, too! Still want to attend? Register for the live-stream here.)

Today, we’re excited to publicly announce the lineup for Ignite Seattle #38, hosted on February 28 at The Egyptian:

  • Run, Forrest Stump, Run! — Nicole Ver Kuilen
  • Civil Disobedience: A Beginner’s View — Tae Phoenix
  • How to Make a Hyperbolic Paraboloid — Danielle Fague
  • How Parents Can Break the “Color Code” — Nayah Ndefru
  • Dating Tips From A Former Dominatrix — Miss Kaila Yi
  • Life After Death: An Instructional Guide — Heather Smith
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being… — Bruce Dawson
  • When My Husband Said, “I Don’t Want My Penis Anymore” — Kate Pond
  • Intersections: What Uber Has Taught Me About Humanity — Andrew Spink
  • Convincing People: An Attorney’s Guide to Negotiation — Alexander Theoharis
  • Speakeasies, Felons, and Prohibition Moonshine: A Family DNA Love Story — Tracy Romoser

Thank you wholeheartedly to everyone who submitted a talk. We had to make some very tough decisions for this one, and almost every rejected talk would have been great on the stage.

photo by: Brady Harvey

Get the speaker list early for Ignite #38 (Feb 28)

Ignite Seattle Community – you rock, you rock so hard. Your submissions were off-the-charts amazing! We had a record breaking 82 submissions, and from those submissions, we selected 12 talks.  The organizers pictured above spent 2.5 hours and consumed 24,568 calories selecting the talks. It was so much fun discussing the talks and so challenging narrowing it down.

If you submitted an idea and didn’t get selected, please know that we appreciate you, encourage you to submit again, and we would love for you to attend Ignite Seattle on Feb 28.

So where is this amazing speaker list? We are giving an exclusive, sneak peek to our super fans on our mailing list so they can decide if they want to buy tickets to Ignite Seattle 38 (spoiler alert: the answer will be yes).

How do you get access to this sneak peek, you ask? Join the Ignite Seattle Announcement Email List. We can’t wait for you to see our amazing lineup.

 

 

Top Ignite Seattle Talks of 2018

2018 was a fantastic year for Ignite Seattle! Thanks to our 37 speakers who took to our stage and shared their story with us. And thank you to the folks who submitted a talk that was not accepted this year. We read and consider every submission and even if you’re not chosen you do influence how we think about each event. So please do keep submitting – and we’ll keep our minds open.

The Top Talks have been selected by the Ignite Seattle organizers. Ignite Seattle is not a competition, there are no formal judging criteria, but we wanted to honor some of our favorites this year and we thoughtfully put this together for the first time.

So without further ado here are the Top Ignite Seattle Talks of 2018, in no particular order:

  • How to Mouse with Your Toes – Elizabeth Nelson. We all know sitting at desks all day staring at screens isn’t great for our bodies, and we were delighted by this entertaining and unusual concept for a better way to interact with your computer.
  • How to Not be the Least Secure Gazelle – Zachary Cohn. Everyone worries about their security online, but there’s so much confusion over what to do about it. Ignite Seattle alumni and organizer Zachary Cohn brings us to the animal kingdom for a killer (literally) metaphor to use for understanding security and what specific actions you should take.
  • So, You’re Black in Tech – Rovina Broomfield. Diversity in the working world, specifically in the tech sector, still has so many challenges, and Rovina eloquently takes them all on, including a glorious riff on the abuse of the term ‘unicorn’.
  • Pooing in Public – Jason Preston. The design of everyday things matters, and perhaps there is no better example of this than the locking mechanisms of public bathrooms. Ignite Seattle alumni Preston deftly examines the user experience problems found in bar and restaurant restrooms, with advice for owners and customers on how to avoid getting yourself into embarrassing kinds of trouble.
  • Getting Naked for Feminism – Katrina Hamilton. How brave are you about taking risks? What ideas do you believe in enough to act on them in public? Katrina explains, with a flair for the serious and the comical, takes her feminist ideals out into the world through the costumes she makes that challenge our culture’s fundamental assumptions about power, control, and gender roles.
  • Mystery Ignite (improvised Ignite talk on Bitcoin) – Kinzie Shaw. All of our speakers are brave, but we love when someone pushes the limits. Kinzie agreed to take our stage to present to an Ignite slide deck she had never seen before (on the topic of bitcoin). It’s hysterical, it’s amazing and it puts into relief any fears of public speaking you might have, as what she did is so much braver and harder than what most of us do.
  • The Seattle Superman – Jonathan Belle. Photographer and artist Jonathan Belle shares his unusual and surprisingly moving story of why he regularly wears a Superman costume. We can all learn something from his honest intensity and the challenge he’s taken on to define how he treats others in the world.

Did we miss the one you loved the most this year? Leave a comment and give that talk the love it deserves.

And if you can’t remember them all, or the name of your favorite, these links will help you:

Ignite #35 Talks
Ignite #36 Talks
Ignite #37 Talks