Speakers for Ignite Seattle 27

Our first themed Ignite event (Experimentation!) will be on May 20th 7pm/8pm at Town Hall Seattle.

Tickets $5 at the door or in advance (we sold out last time). Doors open at 7pm, 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 nicely sized intermission for you to do various acts of biology and sociology, including getting more drinks.

We received more than 50 submissions but due to the laws of space and time we can only have 16 speakers in one event (If you know how to transcend space and time we’d love to have you speak about it).

Here is the spectacular list of amazing presenters:

(The order of speakers for the evening is still TBD, but you really should come for the whole thing and get far more than your $5 worth):

  • What If You Say Yes To Everything For 30 Days? – Jen Kellum Nausin
  • If You Draw A Comic You May Save The World – Jeremy Kayes
  • Save The Planet: Eat A Bug – Virginia Emery
  • Recipes For Trouble – Jessica Hagy
  • Naked In Public – Peter Toms
  • How To Make A Teenager Talk To You – Linda Breneman
  • Operation Honest Day’s Work – Norman Bell
  • Gravity’s Shameless Affinity For One Wheeled Things – Anna Fusaro
  • Lessons In Building A Universal Translator – Tanvi Surti
  • Why You Should Run Away From Home – Phil Cook
  • Traveling Alone: And So Can You – Danna Klein
  • Own Time Or Die Trying – Ashan Kabir
  • Tone Deaf Diplomacy – Mathew Johnston
  • Why Everyone Needs More D – Julia Heitz
  • What Coming To America Taught Me About Worry – Kevin Obbayi

Please spread the word. A great night awaits you and your friends.

Ignite Seattle 26: Ignite, Improv and You!  

We’ve seen few talks that play within the constraints of the format in the way that Sol Villarreal did at Ignite Seattle 26. He invited a stranger from the audience (Mary Joyce) up on to the stage to give a completely improvised (yes, really) Ignite talk. And it was amazing.


Watch Sol’s talk on Youtube, and then submit a talk for the next Ignite Seattle on May 20th. The theme is experiments – what can you do to experiment with 20 slides in 5 minutes?

Experiments! The Ignite 27 Theme Explained

Ignite Seattle 27, on May 20th 2015 will be the first time we’re going to have a theme for the evening. What’s a theme, you ask? Good question. What we want to do is an experiment. All previous Ignites have been a potpourri of topics, ideas, styles and attitudes. What would an evening of talks focused on a theme be like? Better? Worse? We want to learn.

And it’s only fitting for our first themed Ignite that we pick the theme of EXPERIMENTS! 

An experiment is when you do something with the goal of verifying, refuting, or establishing the validity of a hypothesis. In other words, choosing to act fully aware you don’t know what’s going to happen.


Q: What kinds of talks do we want?

Good ones, of course. We’re looking for stories about an experiment you did in your life. It could be something you did at work, or the very idea of a career you tried to pursue. Maybe it’s about a place you moved to or a person you were trying to be with. It could be something deeply serious (an experiment of belief). Or perhaps it’s something very silly (an experiment in how many pierogis it takes to fill your car).

Q: Does the experiment have to have succeeded?

Absolutely not. The theme is not “amazing success stories!” We’re hoping to hear stories with a range of outcomes. Interesting failures, experiments that surprised you or your friends or changed how you look at something, including possibly yourself.

Q: Are the other restrictions on Ignite talks the same?

Mostly yes. Our default assumption as you might guess is that all talks will follow the Ignite format: 5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide. But we are open to the possibility of one or two talks that experiment with the format itself (If you attended Ignite Seattle 15 you witnessed chainsaw tricks by Jason Quick, a talk given from up on a trapeze, and other format twisters). If your idea for a talk involves an experimental format: perhaps you want to juggle chainsaws blindfolded (that’s an experiment if you’ve never done it before), do a talk in total darkness, or who knows what. If you have a format experiment be sure to submit your talk early and talk to us about it.

All Good? Good. You can submit your talk idea here.

(Here from Ignite 15 is Jason Quick, one armed performance artist)

Jason Quick The Juggling Act of Life


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