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.
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
Ignite Seattle #38 (Feb 28th) planning is underway and it is shaping up to be another epic evening of eclectic, energizing talks. You can submit your talk idea, today.
- Tickets: We’ve already sold 20% of the available tickets. Get your tickets now.
- Volunteers: 10 new volunteers are helping us make this show better. More on this later.
- Donations: We have received our first community donation! Yes: you can donate to Ignite Seattle. More on this later too or if you can’t wait, email us. Thank you so much for your donation Jeremy Kayes. It will help run Ignite Seattle and it was a huge inspiration to us that you believe in Ignite Seattle so much. Jeremy is an Ignite Seattle Alum and a super fan. Check out his fabulous talks here and here.
- Talk submissions: We have a few great ones already, but we would love more. Specifically, we want to hear YOUR talk idea. Tell us a story, teach us a skill, or try a serious crazy talk idea (inspiration).
You can submit right now <<<
Or you can procrastinate to the due date, Jan 17th. Tell us you are interested.
Or you can ask for advice on your submission send us a message on Facebook.
We can not wait to read your talk ideas. Thank you!
Ignite Seattle and The Evergrey have been friends for a loooong time. We are so excited to make it “Facebook” official: The Evergrey is now Ignite Seattle’s Media partner.
What is The Evergrey? The essential resource for Seattle’s curious locals. From spotlighting our quirkiest communities to finding ways to address our city’s biggest challenges, they’re all about bringing the city together and helping you live like you live here. They produce a morning newsletter. It’s basically a cheat sheet for the city that day: the news you should know, the events you should check out, and the memes that will make your mornings better.
Sign up for The Evergrey <- it is like an email version of Ignite Seattle, you will love it. We do.
Update: We are sold out, but standby tickets are available!
Selecting talks from the list of speaker submissions was challenging once again, with so many great ideas submitted by so many fantastic people! Thank you, thank you, and thank YOU to folks who submitted talks. Below is the list of who’s speaking at Ignite Seattle #37 on Oct 4th.
But first buy your tickets for Ignite #37 now. Why?
- Ignite Seattle sells out. Don’t miss out.
- The early bird ticket price of $10 is available for a limited time (regular price is $15)
- The speaker list is amazing.
Ignite #37 Speakers (order to be determined):
- De-Mystifying the Instant Pot – Sumit Basu
- Summer Pop Songs, 1595 to Present – Michael Hamm
- A Survival Guide for Black Millennial Single Mothers Striving to Slay – Sydney Swonigan
- What Military Peacekeeping Taught Me About Humility – Urs Koenig
- Translating Earth’s Historical Record – How The Chemistry of Microscopic Shells Tells Us About Our Past, And Our Future – Elisa Bonnin
- Exploring the 8th Continent – Cindy Wu
- So, You’re Black in Tech? – Rovina Broomfield
- Me Too: What it Takes To Come Forward – Sarah Schacht
- How to Thru-Hike Without Suffering – Beth Jusino
- Juliet Wasn’t Dumb & We Need to Stop Assuming She Was – Emma Broback
- Physician, Speak Thyself: Storytelling As Healing In Healthcare – Sam Blackman
- Oceans and Robots and Volcanoes, Oh My! – Dana Manalang
Selecting talks from the list of speaker submissions was tough once again, with so many great ideas submitted! Below is the list of who’s speaking at Ignite Seattle #36 on May 17th (with the speaking order yet to be determined):
Hint: you should buy your tickets for Ignite #36 now. Why? Ignite #34 & #35 sold out. We expect #36 will sell out too.
We can’t wait to see you at The Egyptian on May 17th, talks start at 7:30pm.
Reminder: buy your tickets for Ignite #36 now.
Great event… Ignite. Check!
Great MC… Scott Berkun. Check!
Great venue… The Egyptian Theatre. Check!
Great speakers… well that is where you come in 🙂
We want you to share a story about a great (or weird) idea you love, a hard lesson learned, an insight into how something in the world works (or should work), or anything you are passionate about and want to share.
The talk submission deadline is Friday, April 6th at midnight.
Ignite Seattle #36 is Thursday, May 17 at The Egyptian Theatre, talks start at 7:30pm.
Don’t worry if you’re an inexperienced speaker — we provide two speaker training sessions to help you craft your story and feel more confident about speaking in front of a crowd.
We want to hear from you! So submit a talk idea and enlighten us — but make it quick!
Pro Tip: tickets are already for sale and will likely sell out, get your Ignite Seattle #36 tickets now so you don’t miss out.