How to make slides Ignite Friendly (automated)

One of the requirements for speaking at Ignite is your slides must automatically advance. It’s wise to practice many times before doing an Ignite talk, and this post shows you how to set up your slides for this purpose.

For Powerpoint Mac/Windows:

  1. Select all your slides. You can do this by clicking the first thumbnail on the left hand side, scrolling to the bottom, then holding shift and clicking the last one (Or hitting Cntrl-A for Select All)
  2. In the ribbon/menu bar on top, go to “Transitions.”
  3. On the right hand side, you’ll see the “advance slide” section. Uncheck “On Mouse Click” and check the “After” box. Type “15.00” into the box next to “After.”
  4. Slightly further to the right, click on the “Apply To All Slides” button.
  5. Now start your slideshow from the beginning, wait 15 seconds, and presto!

Make sure you only have 20 slides (equivalent to 5:00 of presenting time). You don’t want to be rehearsing with more slides than are allowed.

[based on advice from Zac Cohn]

Speaker Lineup for Ignite 24 (5/22) + Tickets On Sale

Ignite Seattle is back with out 24th show on Thursday May 22nd at Town Hall. Buy tickets now ($5) to reserve your place.

Doors open at 7pm (as does the bar) and talks start at 8pm. This is our list of speakers, though not necessarily in the order they are speaking (we choose the order using a just in time algorithm involving big data, tea leaves and stray cats). There will be, as always, a glorious intermission half way through the program for more drinking, snacking and chatting (or dancing if you are so inclined).

  • Change ALL the passwords (without pain, misery and suffering), Arcadiy Kantor
  • Your Diet Will Fail (And Why Mine Eventually Will)Dylan Wilbanks
  • Nightclub Bartending and Middle School Teaching: A Venn DiagramKristin Leong
  • The Force is Strong in IslamHusayn Raza
  • The 4 Step Guide to Becoming the 41st Best Rock Band in the WorldDaniel Lee
  • What You’ll Wish You’d Known Before You Joined that Nonprofit Board, Karen Anderson
  • Can bicycles be lonely?Seijen Takamura
  • Hacker Camps!, David Hulton
  • Why My Face is Bright RedKathryn Downie
  • Take the Initiative, please!Jan Gray
  • The Art of Epic Failure… or How a weird Norwegian folktale involving implied bestiality, trolls, and laundry taught me how to liveAbigail Anderson
  • A Story About Syphilis: More Than You Ever Wanted to KnowJennifer Whetham
  • A Geek’s Guide To Wedding PlanningNoah Iliinsky & Teresa Valdez Klein
  • Words vs. Ideas: What Comes First?Lindsey Engh
  • How I weaseled my way into the hearts of 31,273 peopleNoel Frame
  • How I Stopped Worrying About the Future and Learned to Love the Robot ApocalypseRichard Yonck

Get your tickets before they’re gone (there will be a live stream but you’d be a fool not to go to your own town hall for this. Get off your laptop and out of your house for once, eh?)

Submissions for Ignite Seattle 24 Due Tomorrow

We are coming up fast on Ignite Seattle 24. The event is Thursday May 22th 7:00pm and tickets are on sale now.

If you have an a story to tell, or a lesson you want to share, fill out the Submit a Talk form. Deadline is end of day Friday.

Town Hall is an amazing venue to speak in, and our crowd is likely to be the most fun and supportive audience you’ll ever get to present in front of. We’ll be choosing talks next week and announcing them soon after.

Ignite Seattle #24: Thursday May 22 (Tickets / Submit a talk)

The next Ignite Seattle will be on Thursday May 22nd at Town Hall Seattle.  We’re accepting talk submissions right now, no waiting.

You can buy tickets now through Stranger Tickets. Or fill out the Submit a Talk form if you want to get on the most fun and exciting stage in all of Seattle.

 

 

Ignite Talk of the Week: The Protest Algorithm

At Ignite Seattle 22Darcy Burner gave an exceptional talk about the power of protest and the algorithm behind it. Watch and enjoy this talk of the week.

As a shorthand, her algorithm includes these five components:

  1. Innocents
  2. In harms way
  3. Broadcast to the world
  4. Shocks the conscience
  5. If it involves the use of force in response

New Event: Talk of The Town (A Benefit for Town Hall Seattle)

Our great host for Ignite Seattle, Town Hall Seattle is throwing their 10th anniversary fund raiser called Talk of The Town, on Thursday March 6th starting at 5pm. If you don’t know all that Town Hall Seattle does, they’re one of the premier venues for bringing in speakers and performers from around the world to the Seattle area. We think they’re awesome and are happy to help promote the great work they do.

Talk of The Town: Underground will be a fun evening of drinks, food trucks, Seattle notables and rocking local DJs. After an hour of drinks and appetizers you’ll hear mini Ignite!-style talks — short and sweet like their namesake — along with the annual Town Hall State of the Union by Executive Director Wier Harman.

Food trucks include SkilletMarination StationStreet TreatsSound SpiritsOola, and Sun Liquor will be at this year’s Underground. Notable personalities include Molly WizenbergLindy WestGeo,Kate LeboToby CrittendenHollis Wong-Wear Michelle QuisenberryJohn RichardsMarco Collins, and more.

You won’t want to miss this event, a distillation of all the great ideas from the Great Hall, brought downstairs for further discussion. Our home is your home, so grab a friend and come along — or make new ones at Underground.

Get tickets here soon – they’re likely to sell out fast. $60, $50 for Town-Hall members.

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Ignite #23 Tickets On Sale / Speaker lineup

Ignite Seattle #23 is in just one week  on Wednesday, February 12th at Seattle Town Hall. You can buy tickets now to reserve your place.

This is our list of 16 awesome topics and speakers. Event starts at 8pm, doors open early so you can have fun in the bar.  Intermission half way through the event (for more fun and mingling).

  • I Love Board Games and Here’s Why You Should Too – Jonathan Ng
  • Food Hacks: Eat Your Way to Creativity and Success – Mark Briggs
  • The Cheater’s Guide to Saying “Thank You” – Carly Slater
  • Translate This, Interpret That – Geneva Hughes
  • Baby names for people who don’t care about babies – Jeff Weir
  • Talk now or risk being stuck on a breathing machine – Michael Westley
  • Fixing the World’s Biggest Machine – Max Effgen
  • All I Really Need to Know I Learned as a Car Salesman – Sol Villarreal
  • Embrace Your Inner Clown – Sally Fox
  • How Not to Use your Fitbit – Poornima Hanumara
  • Girls, Technology, and Blood – Nancy Muller
  • Polyphasic sleep: A body hack to live your dreams and ruin your life – Kyle Kesterson
  • The magic trick that changed my life and how to do it – Steve Broback
  • How To Know Everyone, And So Can You! – Zachary Cohn
  • Where a Bookstore Becomes a Community – Danielle Hulton

Tickets $5 – get them now. Please spread the word. Cheers.

How to prepare to speak at Ignite Seattle

We do everything we can to select speakers with great topics and passions, but we also work hard to help them prepare.

As the Ignite Seattle speaker coach I run a session where we talk about common mistakes, tactics for preparing and how to develop a great story. It’s informal, fun and we usually feed people (hungry speakers are bad speakers). We also encourage folks to do a dry run improvisation with us to get feedback early on in their process. And of course speakers at Ignite are interesting folks and the session is a chance for them to get to know each other.

We tell speakers that since they’re speaking about something they know well and are passionate about, they could probably spend time thinking carefully about  4 or 5 stories or messages and simply practice and present that, without any slides, and do fine. We strongly recommend people develop their ideas, points and stories before they make a single slide. What you say and how you say it is by far the most important thing.

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Here are the slides I use that covers the basic advice, including showing speakers photos of the stage and what to expect once they’re up there.

But others have written advice on preparing for Ignite. There is no right way to prepare of course and the ends are far more important than the means<

Summary of additional good advice:

Speaker Lineup for Ignite 21

The next Seattle Ignite is Sunday August 18th at the Fremont Outdoor Cinema. Tickets are $5.

Here is our list of amazing 5 minute talks and speakers:

  • How video games are like kissing – Jenny Kuglin (@jenkuglin)
  • Getting geeky about Civics – Web Hutchins (@civicsforall)
  • Where my girls at? (Or, How one obvious “discovery” revolutionized my world view) -Maris McEdward (@mmcedward)
  • Gleaning molten lessons – What I learn from Glass – Pallavi Garg
  • Wobbling Is Normal – Laura Lantz
  • High school majority: I like pink, but I that doesn’t mean I cant think – Riyanka Ganguly-
  • Going Fast on One Wheel – Bruce Dawson
  • Being a Tech Entrepreneur in Baghdad – Othmane Rahmouni (@othmaner)
  • The Geek Diet – Dan Shapiro (danshapiro)
  • From Refugee to Technologist: How I’ve Used Software to Persevere – Tai Pham
  • Tap me on the shoulder if you’d like to chat –  Jason Simon (@jasonasimon)
  • Urinals. A Political and Aesthetic Expression – Christian Hagel-Sorensen (chrhage)
  • How to write your own user manual – Heidi Miller
  • An hour of coding for every student in America – James Gwertzman (gwertz)
  • Baby, I Was Born This Way! (Or Why A Polish Psychologists Let Me Know I’m Sane Amy Voros (coachaddamy)

(Note: this is not necessary the order speakers will appear)