The live experience of attending our events is a special thing. We know that people who come, and even speakers, can have a hard time explaining what Ignite Seattle is. It’s more than presentations. It’s more than storytelling and community. It’s more than a fun night. It’s…. MANY GOOD THINGS.
To help solve the problem, we’ve made a short video that tells the story. We hope you like it enough to share it! Kudos to Bryan Zug for putting this together.
Thanks to all of you who joined us last night for another spectacular show at Town Hall Seattle. We learned about our bodies, our spirits, our stuff and our wifi. Which talk was your favorite? Let us know and leave a comment.
Our sincerest hope is you had a great time and will spread the ideas of our speakers to your friends, coworkers and followers. And we hope you will join us for our next event. Mark your calendars: Ignite #33 is May 18th, 2017.
This Thursday (2/23) at 8:00pm is Ignite Seattle #32 – we’re thrilled to bring you another edition of the largest open submission public speaking event in the Northwest. We’ve sold out many shows in a row, as we consistently deliver a fun, challenging, fast paced evening of ideas, opinions and stories for your pleasure.
If you’ve never come before, or have missed a few, this is a great one to come check out.
Here are ten reasons to come to Ignite 30:
We are in Town Hall Seattle’s Great Hall, celebrating their 100th year. It’s one of the best venues for live events in our town (and their cash bar opens at 7pm)
Hate fighting with coffee shop wifi? Patrick McCanna will teach you all you need to know.
Have too much stuff and not enough space? Beth FitzGibbon will train you in storage hacking.
Trying to predict the future? Andrei Borodin will explore his (and our) obsession with causality.
Want to grow? Get Uncomfortable! Virginia Emery will explain how and why.
Do your kids make you angry? Get mad the right way, as Jenni Pertuset will teach us.
Do you have, and/or like, female body parts? Well Lets Talk About Menstruation! says Sara Gentzler.
The photobooth will be back – take pictures of friends old and new.
Here at Ignite Seattle a small team of volunteer organizers works behind the scenes to make everything happen. Thanks to you, our fans, our events have become so popular now that we’re looking to grow our team. Here’s what we are looking for:
Marketing/Media Champion (P/T)
Ignite Seattle needs someone who can lead the way for our kind of storytelling on the interwebs. You will use your proven social media talents to transform our nascent marketing efforts before, during and after our events into a glorious wave of tweets, posts and shares, spreading the ideas of our speakers far and wide. Perks include working with a high fun / high trust team, your fill of good bourbon and wine and the joy of using your talents for the altruistic goodness of the Seattle creative community.
Minimum time commitment: a couple of hours a week between events, 5-10 hours a week, or more, leading up to and during the event (3 to 4 times a year).
The role: you’d lead our social media and other marketing efforts. This includes working with other organizers to define strategy and also leading the work to implement tactics. We all support each other, but we’d look to you as our marketing expert.
Rewards: none of us organizers are paid – this role is something you should do because you like Ignite Seattle, you love doing pr/marketing for cool projects, and you want to volunteer to be part of an important community (of ideas). You will meet many interesting and amazing people, as they (our speakers and audience) are the stars of each event – Ignite Seattle might be one of the most rewarding things you contribute to regularly. You’ll know much more about your city and what great things are happening.
How we work: We are mostly virtual (Slack), with monthly in person meetings related to the events and our speakers. We are all volunteers and happily wear many hats. You will get your hands dirty often as we are a small, lean team.
How To Apply:
Study the marketing/media efforts Ignite Seattle already has. What two things would you improve first and how? (You won’t hurt out feelings)
Give us a brief rundown on your past marketing/media experience (link to resume or LinkedIn is fine)
Our 32nd Ignite event, and part of our 10th anniversary year, takes place on Thursday February 23rd, 7pm/8pm at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance (we frequently sell out – buy tickets early. Or NOW. Really).
Doors open at 7pm, with a cash bar and a fun (optional) social interactive game (you don’t have to play, and since there is a bar you can stand and drink and make fun of the people who do, but we suspect you’re more likely to play than you think).
Talks start at 8pm, with an nicely sized intermission halfway through for you to do various acts of biology and sociology, including getting more drinks.
Here are the brilliant speakers we are thrilled to bring to our stage:
It Takes a Village, Stephanie Carrillo
Become a Wifi Ninja: Learn How to Fix Internets, Patrick McCanna
Storage Hacking (or how to hoard neatly 101), Beth FitzGibbon
Holy Shit – A New Way “To Go”, V Calvez
A World For Every Classroom, John Krajewski
The Power of Wearing Your Pain, Bridget Foley
A Gut Feeling: Microbiome and Mental Health, Hannah Thomasy
No, I Don’t Know Where To Buy Weed, Farris Holliday
Obsession With Causality, Andrei Borodin
Being Uncomfortable Is The Only Way to Grow, Virginia Emery
How To Win A National Award, Stephanie Lucash
Why We Stopped Eating The Nasty Shit, Andrew Ho
Simulating The International ComMUNity, River O’Connor
Here at Ignite Seattle we’ve built a finely tuned machine. Each event delivers on great talks, fascinating stories and a fun and welcoming community atmosphere. But one problem with finely tuned machines is this: they become predictable.
Over the years we’ve had some folks bring us bold ideas that challenge us. They push the limits of the 5 minute format or what can be done with an audience of 800 people. We’re always looking for more talks like this. Do you have something in mind? We want to hear from you. Submissions for the next Ignite are open.
Challenge us with:
New ways to use the 5 minute / 20 slide format
Topics or perspectives we’ve never had on stage before
Interesting ways to use the stage or the audience
Something we’ve never even considered
To seed your thoughts, here are some challenging examples from Ignite Seattle history:
Tag-Team: How To Have An Argument
Live music performance: How to Solve a Song
Getting the crowd to dance on stage: Where the hell is Matt?
A Wedding In 5 minutes: Wedding Planning for Geeks
An improv talk within a talk: Improv, Public Speaking and You
Thanks to all of you who joined us last night for another sold out show at Town Hall Seattle. For our 10th anniversary we couldn’t ask for a more supportive, energetic and playful crowd. Our sincerest hope is that you keep coming to our shows, and help spread the word about what we do – we want to keep this forum for the exchange of ideas going for a long time.