Countdown: Last chance to submit for Ignite Seattle 26

Got a talk idea for Ignite? It’s time to let us know: Our next Ignite takes place at Town Hall Seattle on Wednesday, Feb. 18 and submissions are due this Friday.

We’ll be reviewing submissions and selecting speakers very soon, so don’t miss out. Use our submit talk form before the end of the day Jan. 9.

Need inspiration, or tips on how to submit? Watch this talk from Ignite organizer Randy Stewart on how to pitch a winning idea or read the blog post that summarizes it:

Ignite 25 videos are up!

We had a hell of a show last week. Big thanks to Bootstrapper Studios for getting these ready for online in record time, and to all our speakers, of course, for absolutely killing it.

Here’s the whole playlist.

Here, the full recorded livestream (show starts at 26:30 or so):

And the breakdown:

See you back at Town Hall Seattle for our next event Tuesday, Feb. 18! Stay tuned for more…

IGNITE IS TONIGHT!: Here are our 16 speakers for Ignite 25

And we’re back! Ignite Seattle 25 is just a few weeks away on Tuesday, October 7 at Seattle Town Hall. The fun starts at 8 p.m., but doors open early so you can get a drink and chat it up. Thanks to everyone who submitted! Here are our 16 speakers:

  • Fact check EVERYTHING – Jason Rantz
  • Embracing the passion behind great works of interactive art – Meghan Trainor
  • Radical honesty – Why all my cards are on the table – Benjamin Caudill
  • Fixing politics – Nick Rubin
  • Stuck making a decision? Get help from a radioactive banana! – Elizabeth Grigg
  • Everyone is a fraud so just roll with it – Hanna Brooks Olsen
  • In which flying robots bring us stuff – Matt Shobe
  • Kitty Kafe – McRae Naayers
  • Trust your gut: how microbiology is influencing parenting – David McAndrew
  • Why working at Microsoft was making me mentally ill & how bodybuilding saved me  – Anushka Rehn
  • What it feels like to be hit in the face with a shovel – Randy Scott
  • Trial by fire – George Perantatos
  • Move over baseball, esports are here: or, why I shaved my beard – Jason Preston
  • Armageddon’s alternate ending: Bruce Willis’ character becomes a trillionaire  – Caitlin O’Keefe
  • Return to Planet Krypton: What I gained when I lost my superpowers – Candace Faber
  • Friendship science: How to enter a conversation – Camille Shea

Tickets are $5 – get them now and spread the word! See you then ~

Submit your talk ideas for the next Ignite Oct. 7!

Send ’em in, folks: After a nice summer break (with some lovely Seattle weather, we might add), submissions are open for the next Ignite Oct. 7 at Town Hall Seattle.

But hurry: The deadline to submit talks is Labor Day, Sept. 1!

To submit your talk, fill out the form here. It’s nothing too fancy, but if you’ve never submitted a talk before, we recommend you check out organizer Scott Berkun’s guide to building a great Ignite talk. We get a LOT of submissions. Make sure yours stands out!

Here’s a little bit on what Ignite is all about from the folks at Ignite Phoenix:

And here’s a fun piece from KUOW on our May event.

See you in October!

Dylan Wilbanks: Your Diet Will Fail (and why mine eventually will)

Diets always fail. Always. Definitely. At Ignite 24, Dylan Wilbanks told us all about why.

“Over 16 months Dylan Wilbanks lost over 125 lbs with caloric restriction, heavy exercise, and being slightly insane. But the statistics say he won’t be able to keep it off. He’ll explain why, and how he’s trying to fight it.”

Dylan Wilbanks is a user experience designer and public speaker based in Seattle. He’s spoken at South by Southwest, Webvisions, and Ignite Seattle.

Jennifer Whetham: A Story About Syphilis

Where does syphilis come from? There’s more than one answer to this question. At Ignite 24, Jennifer Whetham gave a more brainy, linguistic one than you probably saw coming.

“Two questions you may not have thought to ask: What is the origin of the word “syphilis”? When was the word first used? This talk begins in fair Verona, where we lay our scene…”

Jennifer Locke Whetham is a Shakespeare scholar, hip hop theorist, and self-proclaimed intellectual pervert. She has over ten years experience teaching literature at the college level, where she indulges her obsession with conceptions of sexuality, gender, love, and words.

Jan Gray: Take the Initiative, please!

Washington state’s initiative process could use a few advocates — you. Jan Gray laid out the issues at Ignite 24.

“You’re successful, energetic, organized and full of great ideas. You’ve volunteered and donated to a nonprofit with a mission you really care about. But…there are a few questions you’ll want to get answered before you commit to serving on their board of directors.”

Jan Gray is a two career baby boomer with 20 years in broadcast marketing and 20 more in not-for-profit leadership and consulting. She is a co-founder of the non-partisan, not-for-profit group Responsible Choices which is currently raising funds to produce Washington State’s first Citizens’ Initiative Review.