Pitch us for Ignite Seattle #31 (10 year anniversary)

For many years we’ve been thrilling some of Seattle’s best crowds with great stories, lessons and entertainments told in a fun and inventive way. The next Ignite event is a special one: we are celebrating 10 years of these amazing events. If you have an idea for a talk now is the time to pitch it to us.

Deadline is Oct 7th, 2016.

Ignite Seattle 31 will be held Thursday, Nov 17th, at the beautiful Town Hall Seattle. But without your submissions, we’d just be waiting around, drinking sad drinks, wishing something interesting would happen. Don’t let us down!

Instead share with us and our audience a great story, interesting lesson or fascinating insight into life you think we should hear (like the ones you can watch from our last Ignite event to help you get ideas).

To help you invest your time wisely, read our honest insider guide to getting your talk accepted. We get many for Ignite and want you to learn from what we know.

Then SUBMIT YOUR TALK HERE

 

Eight Great Reasons To Come To Ignite Seattle #30

This Thursday (5/26) at 8:00pm is Ignite Seattle #30 – 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 eight amazing reasons to come to Ignite 30:

  1. We are in Town Hall Seattle’s Great Hall, one of Seattle’s oldest and best venues for live events (and they have a cash bar that opens at 7pm)
  2. Erica McGillvray will teach you how to write a novel in a month.
  3. If you’re cranky and old (like me), you’ll get your biases confirmed (but also tested) in a talk about why the world hates millennials.
  4. If you are hip and young, you’ll laugh at learning about what if life were like stock photography, and how to live in the gig economy.
  5. Hang out with 800+ of Seattle’s coolest, most friendly audience members during our world famous intermission (we intermiss better than anyone anywhere). But the event usually sells out, so buy tickets in advance.
  6. If you like fruit and vegetables, and who doesn’t, you have bees to thank. Nicollette Neumann will tell you about fantastic bees and where to find them.
  7. Seattle has a homeless problem, yes? Learn about a new approach that might lead us to a cure.
  8. Islamophobia is sadly on the rise in America – Amanda Saab with share what it’s like to be your Muslim neighbor.
  9. It’s our 30th Ignite event, a number cleanly divisible by 6, 3, or 5! Go Math! We’re so excited we forgot how to count as this is reason #9 (which does NOT divide evenly into 30).
  10. We promise an evening free from the words: caucus, poll, superdelegate or Trump.

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

Go here to buy tickets ($5).  Doors open at 7:00pm (as does the cash bar). Talks start at 8:00pm, with an  intermission. Full list of speakers and topics.

Speakers for Ignite Seattle #30

Our 30th Ignite event is Thursday, May 26th, 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.

We received more than 55 talk submissions. Many were excellent. But since we are restricted by the laws of physics we had to pick just 16 speakers for this event (If you have supernatural powers beyond the laws of please volunteer: we can use you).

Here is the glorious list of amazing speakers:

Looks like a great night, yes? Get your tickets here. 

Tickets on Sale for Ignite Seattle #29

Our 29th Ignite event is Thursday, February 18th, 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 social interactive game-like-thing (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 for you to do various acts of biology and sociology, including getting more drinks.

For Ignite Seattle #29, we received more than 55 submissions. Since we are restricted by the laws of physics we can only have 16 speakers in one event (If you have supernatural powers please volunteer: we can use you).

Here is the delightful roster of magnificent speakers for the evening:

(Speaking order TBD. Stay for the whole night – you’ll get far more than your $5 worth):

  • Yes, I’m having an identity crisis – Sarah Novotny
  • Why I’m bringing Robots to Prison – Lindsey Wilson
  • How to Talk to Your Teenage Son about Sex – Hillel Cooperman*
  • The Data Is In: How To Improve Your Neighborhood – Shelly Farnham*
  • Choosing Our President: How To Caucus in Our State – Jon Culver
  • Molecular Machines and Designer Drugs – Franziska Seeger
  • De-Isolation: Overcoming Social Anxiety – Bill Bernat
  • How To Catch an Idea and Make It Yours – Mark Teppo
  • There’s So Much Bullshit Around Coffee – Jacob Fleisher
  • The Taboo of Death Talk – Dani Buckley
  • How the Super Loop Saved Me – Tamara Clammer
  • Make Law, Not Sugared Water – Dan Lear
  • How To Catch Mackerel In Norway – Judy Oldfield
  • 12 Things I learned about Teams By Coaching Little League – David Betz
  • By Their Surplus You Will Know Them – Peter Adelsheim
  • How I Went From Blogger To Pro Food Writer in 10 Short Years – Naomi Tomky

* = Ignite Seattle Alumni

Looks like a fantastic evening, yes? Get tickets here. 

Videos for Ignite Seattle #28 Now LIVE

Thanks to everyone at our sold out show at Town Hall Seattle  last Thursday. It was a fantastic evening in so many ways because of you and the great show our speakers put together.

The ever diligent Bootstrapper Studios has already posted all videos from the talks, listed here for your viewing and sharing pleasure. If you couldn’t make it here’s your chance to enjoy what our speakers had to share. Please spread the word.

Complete Event in one single video

1st Half

2nd Half

Full Speaker List and Tickets for Seattle Ignite 28

Our 28th Ignite event is Thursday, September 17th 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 social interactive game-like-thing (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 for you to do various acts of biology and sociology, including getting more drinks.

We received more than 50 submissions. Since we are restricted by the laws of physics we can only have 16 speakers in one event (If you have supernatural powers please volunteer: we can use you).

Here is the resplendent list of wondrous presenters:

(Speaking order TBD. You should come for the whole thing and get far more than your $5 worth):

  • The World Turned Upside Down: What Our Teachers Never Told Us About the Revolution – Don Glickstein
  • Why You Probably Suck: Your Keyboard is Slowly Killing You – Chris Mosetick
  • How To Kill Your Husband (and Other Disaster Preparedness tips) – Eric Holderman
  • Hiring More Women Isn’t Rocket Science – Ruchika Tulshyan
  • Seattle and The Future of BooksPaul Constant
  • Bootstrapping Social Change: the case for Universal Basic Income Victor Chudnovsky
  • To Be A Great Leader, Perform Burlesque – Cat Cuevas
  • Sensitive Badass – Amber Hargett
  • Turing and Cancer: complexity matters – Ron Burk
  • Sex My Flies – Dave Zucker
  • Screenager – All Grown Up Melinda Fox
  • Update Your Default SettingsChristina Durbin
  • Drawing From Cancer – Carrie DeBacker
  • What You Don’t Know Will HurtShannon Polson
  • How My Mom’s Untreated Schizophrenia Made Me A Better WriterBerrak Sarikaya
  • My Life As a Nuclear FreakshowMark Reed

Looks good, yes? Get tickets here. 

Speakers for Ignite Seattle 27

Our first themed Ignite event (Experimentation!) will be on May 20th 7pm/8pm at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance (we sold out last time). Doors open at 7pm, with cash bar and a fun social game (you don’t have to play but you probably will despite what you think as you read this). Talks start at 8pm, with an nicely sized intermission for you to do various acts of biology and sociology, including getting more drinks. We received more than 50 submissions but due to the laws of space and time we can only have 16 speakers in one event (If you know how to transcend space and time we’d love to have you speak about it).

Here is the spectacular list of amazing presenters:

(The order of speakers for the evening is still TBD, but you really should come for the whole thing and get far more than your $5 worth):

  • What If You Say Yes To Everything For 30 Days? – Jen Kellum Nausin
  • If You Draw A Comic You May Save The World – Jeremy Kayes
  • Save The Planet: Eat A Bug – Virginia Emery
  • Recipes For Trouble – Jessica Hagy
  • Naked In Public – Peter Toms
  • How To Make A Teenager Talk To You – Linda Breneman
  • Operation Honest Day’s Work – Norman Bell
  • Gravity’s Shameless Affinity For One Wheeled Things – Anna Fusaro
  • Lessons In Building A Universal Translator – Tanvi Surti
  • Why You Should Run Away From Home – Phil Cook
  • Traveling Alone: And So Can You – Danna Klein
  • Own Time Or Die Trying – Ahsan Kabir
  • Tone Deaf Diplomacy – Matthew Lee Johnston
  • Why Everyone Needs More D – Julia Heitz
  • What Coming To America Taught Me About Worry – Kevin Obbayi

Please spread the word. A great night awaits you and your friends.

Experiments! The Ignite 27 Theme Explained

Ignite Seattle 27, on May 20th 2015 will be the first time we’re going to have a theme for the evening. What’s a theme, you ask? Good question. What we want to do is an experiment. All previous Ignites have been a potpourri of topics, ideas, styles and attitudes. What would an evening of talks focused on a theme be like? Better? Worse? We want to learn.

And it’s only fitting for our first themed Ignite that we pick the theme of EXPERIMENTS! 

An experiment is when you do something with the goal of verifying, refuting, or establishing the validity of a hypothesis. In other words, choosing to act fully aware you don’t know what’s going to happen.

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Q: What kinds of talks do we want?

Good ones, of course. We’re looking for stories about an experiment you did in your life. It could be something you did at work, or the very idea of a career you tried to pursue. Maybe it’s about a place you moved to or a person you were trying to be with. It could be something deeply serious (an experiment of belief). Or perhaps it’s something very silly (an experiment in how many pierogis it takes to fill your car).

Q: Does the experiment have to have succeeded?

Absolutely not. The theme is not “amazing success stories!” We’re hoping to hear stories with a range of outcomes. Interesting failures, experiments that surprised you or your friends or changed how you look at something, including possibly yourself.

Q: Are the other restrictions on Ignite talks the same?

Mostly yes. Our default assumption as you might guess is that all talks will follow the Ignite format: 5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide. But we are open to the possibility of one or two talks that experiment with the format itself (If you attended Ignite Seattle 15 you witnessed chainsaw tricks by Jason Quick, a talk given from up on a trapeze, and other format twisters). If your idea for a talk involves an experimental format: perhaps you want to juggle chainsaws blindfolded (that’s an experiment if you’ve never done it before), do a talk in total darkness, or who knows what. If you have a format experiment be sure to submit your talk early and talk to us about it.

All Good? Good. You can submit your talk idea here.

(Here from Ignite 15 is Jason Quick, one armed performance artist)

Jason Quick The Juggling Act of Life