What is Ignite Seattle?

Ignite Seattle is the largest open submission public speaking event in the Pacific Northwest. 3 to 4 times a year, one of the greatest audiences in the world gathers to hear interesting people tell interesting stories. Each speaker gets 20 slides, for 15 seconds each, to share a passion for 5 minutes – it’s an evening of curated discovery. We take pride in providing every audience with a deep sense of the community + possibility that surrounds us in Seattle in every moment.


  • MC and Coach: Scott Berkun
  • Speaker/Slide Wrangler: Zac Cohn
  • Producer: Tyler Menezes
  • Marketing and More: Heidi Miller and Nicole Steinbok
  • Photography: Randy Stewart
  • Special Projects: Bryan Zug
  • Friends of Ignite Seattle: Jen Zug, Larry Swanson, and Justin Martenstein



First held in Seattle in 2006. There have been 35+ Ignite Seattle events and they are currently held at the wonderful Egyptian Theatre in conjunction with our partner, Town Hall Seattle. Many other cities also run Ignite events.

The first event was organized by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis, inspired in part by a desire to simplify presentations into a 5 minute format.


In addition to the fantastic volunteers and organizers, Ignite Seattle couldn’t happen without it’s amazing partners, WeWork, The World is Fun, Town Hall Seattle, Bootstrapper Studios, The Evergrey, and Brady Harvey Photography.