5 Reasons To Submit a Talk Idea To Ignite Seattle

Submissions are currently open for our next main stage event, Ignite Seattle #40, on Thursday, Oct. 3rd at Town Hall Seattle (Tix $10). If you’ve thought about proposing a talk in the past, now is a great time. Here are 5 reasons why you should do it:

  1. It’s Seattle’s best live audience. We fill the great hall at Town Hall Seattle with almost 1000 of the most curious and supportive people you will ever speak in front of. They’ll cheer you on, laugh at your jokes and appreciate the effort you put in.
  2. You get to think about what you really care about. Submitting a talk is a forcing function: it gets you to think about your life experiences and knowledge and what you most wish to share, or want people to understand. Even if you don’t get in, you’ll better understand yourself (or realize you might need some more adventure in your life to make for new stories!)
  3. Receive free expert speaker coaching. We do everything we can to help our speakers, including two practice sessions with expert speaker coach Scott Berkun.
  4. You’ll become part of the Ignite Seattle family. For more than ten years we’ve put some of the most interesting people in our city on our stage, and you’ll be invited to our alum events to meet and get to know many of them.
  5. We give you great advice on what we’re looking for. Read our handy little guide that explains the common mistakes people make, how submissions get chosen, and what kinds of topics and ideas are most likely to get accepted.

Submissions close on August 22. Don’t wait! Go here to see the form and get started.

5 great reasons to come to Open Mic @ Ignite Seattle

Over the years, Ignite Seattle has grown to be a wildly popular, well curated and high-quality storytelling event. But way back at the beginning there was a chaotic fun in our first events in 2006, surprises and unexpected moments, that don’t happen often anymore. But now that’s back, with our first ever Open Mic evening.

When: Monday, July 8th, 7pm
Where: Market Theater (Pike Place Market)
Tickets: $5 on sale now

Here are 5 great reasons you and your friends should come.

  1. We don’t know what’s going to happen! We’ve never seen these talks before. Some will be amazing! Some will be… less than amazing! Ignite talks are high risk, with automated slides, so you may see some amazing things and some spectacular failures. Or some talks that are some of both. We’re excited to see what happens and you should be too.
  2. We’re in a smaller and cozier venue. We’ll be at the Market Theater, home of the improv group, and our friends, Unexpected Productions, and it has a lovely college vibe and a cozy bar just a few steps away from where you’ll sit. We love Town Hall Seattle, but Market theater is great for the vibe this event is going to have. The Ignite Seattle team will be there, so you can easily chat with us, give feedback and suggest other things we should be doing.
  3. Talks are only 3 minutes long. To quicken the pace and give room for more folks to take the stage, talks are only 3 minutes, 2 minutes shorter than the standard Ignite format. Don’t forget that you can say a lot in 3 minutes – the Gettysburg address can be read in under 2 minutes.
  4. Tickets are only $5. That’s less than half the price of a movie ticket, and you’ll get live action, high drama, high stakes edutainment and storytelling, performed live on stage (and no sequels or prequels or Nyquils). It’s a bargain in every way.
  5. There’s a great talk lineup. Maybe curation is overrated? The list of talks are challenging, interesting, funny and inspired. All things we know Ignite Seattle fans love to hear.

Talk / Speaker List (order TBD)

  • My Personal Experience with ID Theft – Christopher Wilson
  • An Unexpected Call for Courage – Kiesha Garrison
  • What My Kids Teach Me About Networking – Lynette Garcia
  • Data Bases and 3D Paintings – Bronson Shonk
  • Good News & Bad News A New Way To Deal With Things You Don’t Want to Hear – Matt Jensen
  • My Crimes and My Punishments – Daniel Baird
  • Out of the Box Belonging – Rebecca Kathleen Andersen
  • How to Be Old, Pissed off, and Wildly Hilarious* in Five Easy Steps –  Ro
  • Toss the Design Porn and Find Your Happy Place – Rebecca West
  • Blockchain for Direct Democracy – Ana Jamborcic
  • The Lonely ‘Lancer – Melissa Strawn
  • Escaping Ordinary Consciousness Through Sex– Jen Martin
  • Happy Birthday Women’s Suffrage! – Tonya Peck
  • C Level Under 30 – Altagracia Daly
  • 3 Lessons From the Commune – Uri israel
  • Why are Disability Products so #$@&%*! ugly? – Sarah Dillingham
  • One – Lennee Reid
  • Planning a Themed Wedding (if your theme is disaster) – Laura Williams Argilla
  • Quitter to Queen: How Getting Fired at Forty Changed My Life for the Better – Riah Gonzalez
  • The Life Changing Magic of Firing Marice – Marice Sy

You really don’t want to miss this. It’s going to be a special and memorable night in the 13 year history of Ignite Seattle. It may never happen again!

Get your tickets ($5) now.

Ignite Seattle #39 Recap

We had an amazing evening back at the newly renovated Town Hall Seattle. If you were there, thanks for coming. And if you missed it, well, at least you are here now!

In this recap post you’ll find links to the videos for all of the evening’s talks, but first we have a few important things to share.

Our next event, Ignite #40, is on Thursday, October 3rd.

Buying your tickets. We’ve sold out many events in a row, and we expect this one to be no different. Reserve your seats before it’s too late and at the early bird price.

(NEW) Ignite Open Mic Night. If you’ve wanted to speak at our main stage event but have been rejected in the past, or were intimidated by the size of the event, this is for you. This is a much less formal, and likely more fun speaking experience, and you’re guaranteed a spot if you sign up early enough (starting Thursday, June 13). Event is Monday, July 8th. Details here.


Ignite Seattle #39 – Talk Lineup and Videos

Ignite Seattle #39 is sold out – Here’s how you can still attend!

Ignite Seattle #39 has sold out! 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 Punch Drunk Productions to bring you the next best thing: a live-stream on the web which makes you feel like you’re in the front row. Sign up now!
  2. Join the standby line.
    At 6pm on Thursday, June 6th, we’re setting up a line outside Town Hall Seattle for standby tickets. We’ll release any unclaimed seats shortly before the show starts (there are usually some available).

The doors at Town Hall Seattle open at 6:30pm (bar & snacks), Show starts at 7:30pm.

(One last thing: if you’re an organization working with people traditionally underrepresented in public speaking – low-income, Black/Latinx, etc – we hold a limited number of completely free tickets for each event. If you’d like to be notified for our next event, or advise us on how to do better outreach, for Ignite Seattle #40 (October 3rd), please drop us a line at diversity@igniteseattle.com.)

Eight great reasons to come to Ignite Seattle #39 (Thurs June 6th)

We’re thrilled to bring you another edition of the best open submission public speaking event in the Northwest. We’re on a long stretch of sold out shows, but there are still some tickets left for this one (don’t wait).

If you’ve never come before, or have missed a few, this is a great one. Here are seven reasons to come to Ignite 39:

  1. We are one of the first events in Town Hall Seattle’s newly renovated Great Hall, it’s one of the best venues for live events in town (and their bar opens at 6:30pm)
  2. Wish you were McGyver? Evy Haroldson will tell us how she learned how to fix nearly anything.
  3. Curious about what happens when a transgender band plays a gig in a rural bar? Ginger Chien tells a great story of a lifechanging event.
  4. Nicole Steinbok, Ignite Seattle alumni and organizer, will be our guest MC. She’s a fantastic Ignite veteran and improv performer and we’re thrilled to have her host #39.
  5. Wonder what happens when you mix AI with cats? Ben Hamm talks about a machine learning project to help train his feline friend.
  6. Want to be a better friend (human or otherwise)? Christin Boyd explains how to do more they say “let me know how to help.” when a friend is in crisis.
  7. Beat the traffic and grab a pre-show snack or drink in the neighborhood near Town Hall Seattle – our recommendations.
  8. Plus eight more talks on a wide array of challenging, fun and entertaining subjects.

You will hate yourself if you don’t come. I mean, it’s Thursday night – shouldn’t you start your weekend a day early? We think you deserve it.

Go here to buy tickets ($15).  Doors open at 6:30pm (as does the cash bar). Talks start at 7:30pm, with an  intermission. Full list of speakers and topics.

And thanks to our new sponsor Mindhatch, local provider of design thinking and team improv training.

Super Speakers and New Guest MC

Hi Ignite fans! This week we had our first coaching session with our Ignite #39 speakers. Our favorite part of the session was when the speakers – with little prep work – stood up and gave a rough practice run of their talk. They did an incredible job. There was a lot of smiling, laughing, clapping and just a couple of tears this time. You will not want to miss the June 6th show.

Buy your Ignite #39 (June 6) Tickets Now 

Here is our excellent lineup (order is to be determined):

  • Cats, Rats, A.I., Oh My! –  Ben Hamm
  • I’m the Weirdo Who Left the Elevator Note –  Sixta Morel
  • Design for Conflict –  Bonnie Toland
  • Oh, You’re a Mommy Who Wants to Work. How Sweet. –  Nancy Jensen
  • Fix Evy-thing –  Evy Haroldson
  • An Immigrant’s Battle –  Salome Munyaka
  • You Can’t Ask a Choking Man for Instructions –  Christin Boyd
  • A Transgender Band Walks Into a Rural Olympic Peninsula bar… –  Ginger Chien
  • Growing Up Un-Special –  Leah Scherschel
  • Forgive and Remember: How Forgiveness Really Works – Susan Fee
  • Retiring My “Best Idea” – Emoji Pillows –  Roberto Hoyos
  • Multisensory Music and Autism  –  Kent Godfrey 

New Guest MC: Nicole Steinbok

Nicole Steinbok, Ignite Seattle organizer and multi-time alumni, will be MC’ing Ignite Seattle #39. She will be fabulous and like our speakers, she is very excited and a bit nervous. Come be a part of one of the best audiences in Seattle and cheer on Nicole and our speakers as they entertain, enlighten and channel their excitement into a great show.

New Sponsor: Mindhatch

The talks at Ignite Seattle are often about creativity and exploring ideas, which explains why we are excited to announce that Mindhatch, with their masterful blend of Design Thinking, Organizational Improv, and Innovation Facilitation, is now on board as one of our sponsors.


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Announcing Mindhatch: our new sponsor (design thinking and organizational improv)

The talks at Ignite Seattle are often about creativity and exploring ideas, which explains why we are excited to announce that Mindhatch is now on board as one of our sponsors.

Mindhatch

Many organizations and teams struggle to find and develop new ideas into solutions, but if you work with Mindhatch, based in Seattle, they’ll show you the way.

Using their masterful blend of Design Thinking, Organizational Improv, and Innovation Facilitation, they help you solve complex business problems, boost customer value, and improve team performance, while having engaging and productive fun and the same time. Their customized experiences develop team skillsets and spur collective creativity, innovation, and actionable results.

Coonoor Behal, the founder and CEO of Mindhatch, will be at Ignite #39 (June 6, 2019) to help celebrate our new partnership. Her amazing background in both strategy and innovation consulting, combined with her experience as an improv performer and teacher, makes Mindhatch a stellar organization to help you grow and develop your organization. Watch a video of them in action here.