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Speakers for Ignite Seattle #32

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
  • Badass 3.0, Karen Johanson
  • Lets Talk About Menstruation, Sara Gentzler
  • How To Be Mad at Your Kids, Jenni Pertuset
  • (Speaking order TBD so don’t presume this is it)

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

Where to eat and drink before (and after) Ignite Seattle

Our current home for Ignite Seattle is the lovely Town Hall Seattle, located on first hill, just across from I-5. It’s a curious little neighborhood that many Seattleites don’t know very well (it has so many hospitals nearby, it’s often jokingly called “pill hill”).

To help you get the most out of your Ignite experience, here’s a short guide for where to eat and drink before (or after) Ignite. Of course at the event there are always two cash only bars open, selling drinks and light snacks, but they can get crowded at times (for Ignite 31 there will be a dedicated wine/bar line to speed things up).

  • Quarter Lounge – It’s a small, charming dive bar a few blocks away. Open late. This is the semi-official location of the Ignite Seattle after party.
  • The Hideout – just three blocks away from Town Hall, this speakeasy style art bar has fine cocktails, simple snacks, and fantastic art (including an art vending machine). Open late, but it’s a small place and can get crowded at peak hours.
  • Vito’s – A 60 year old Italian lounge/restaurant that will make you think of Frank Sinatra (and soon you’ll have a Martini in your hand). Yes the walls are carpeted and there is a cougar (literally) by the front door. The food is alright, but the vibe is memorable.
  • Primo pizza – directly across the street from Town Hall, this reliable, straightforward pasta and pizza place is the most convenient meal you’ll find. It does gets busy and service can be slow so get there early if it’s your plan.
  • Pho  Saigon – Decent pho and Vietnamese fare.  3 blocks away.
  • Thai Star – Same as above, but… Thai.
  • Sazerac – Just a 6 minute walk away at 4th avenue, near the library, this southern style restaurant and bar has a great happy hour 4-8pm. (Doors open at Ignite at 7pm, event starts at 8pm).
  • Han’s deli – If you hope to just grab a candy bar or a bag of chips, this is just a block away.

See you soon!

Videos and Photos from Ignite Seattle 30

Ignite Seattle 30 was an amazing event and if you weren’t there, we’ve got you covered: all the amazing talks are now on youtube. If you were there like me, and it all just crashed over you like ocean waves, you might have forgotten some of the great stories we shared. Here’s your chance to go re-live the event.

Thanks once again to Bootstrapper Studios  and Punch Drunk for their excellent video work at the event. You can see the full playlist of all 16 talks here.

Here are a handful of photos taken at Ignite, but you can view all the photos from Ignite Seattle 30 in our Flickr Pool here. Thanks to Morgen Schuler Photography for taking photos with me once again.

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Amanda Saab - Ignite Seattle 30

Remington Purnell

Katie Chase - Ignite Seattle 30

Tammarrian Rogers

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. 

Submit a talk to Ignite Seattle 30

Want to speak at the next Ignite?  While you can always get an extension for doing your taxes, we’re firm with our submission deadline of this Friday, April 15th.

Ignite Seattle 30 will be held Thursday, May 26th 2016 at the beautiful Town Hall Seattle, but without your submissions, we’d just be staring at our navels.  And as interesting as that sounds, I’m sure you’ve got something more interesting to tell the 900+ people who show up to our sold out events.

SUBMIT YOUR TALK HERE

We’d love to have YOU on the Ignite stage.

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.