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.


Buy your Ignite #39 (June 6) Tickets Now 

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.


Announcing speakers and stories for Ignite Seattle #39 – June 6th at Town Hall Seattle

We are supremely pleased to announce our speaker lineup for Ignite Seattle #39. We had over 70 submissions of which we picked 12 fantastic talks (thanks to all who took the time to share their story with us). And we’re excited to return to Town Hall Seattle on Thursday, June 6th, now that their major renovations are finished.

Get your tickets now – just $10 at the early bird price, which ends tomorrow ($5 more after that).

  • The speakers are amazing. See the list below. 
  • We will sell out. We are currently over 55% sold. 
  • You save $5 now. Buy tickets before May 9 and you get Early Bird pricing.

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
  • Teaching the components of music to autistic people through multiple senses –  Kent Godfrey

What to expect at the show on Thursday, June 6th:

  • Doors open at 6:30pm – get a drink, snack and/or play a game
  • Show starts at 7:30pm – intermission in the middle
  • After party – celebrate the show with the speakers and organizers

$10 until Thursday – $15 after

We want your story: submit a talk for Ignite Seattle

If you had five minutes to talk to your city, what story would you tell? What lesson would you teach?

Ignite Seattle is our city’s “town square as an event” and gives ordinary folks the opportunity to share what they know, a story or an opinion, to a large audience of their fellow citizens (and the world, through our free internet livestream).

We believe everybody has a great story to share, and with good coaching (which we provide) and a great stage (Town Hall Seattle) they can make a difference in how people think and feel about almost anything. Ignite talks are 5 minutes long, with 20 slides that automate every 15 seconds, to create a vibrant and lively evening event.

To submit, all that’s required is a thoughtful talk title and description (read our advice), plus a commitment to attend the rehearsal and of course the event itself. For most events, we get about 80 submissions to fill 12 slots. We recommend you watch a few Ignite Seattle talks to get a sense for what they are like.

Go here to see the submission form and get started.

  • Submissions Due: April 25
  • Responses Sent: May 2
  • Coaching: May 20
  • Rehearsal: June 3
  • Ignite Seattle #39: June 6 (buy tickets here)