Ignite Open Mic Submissions are Now Open

If you read last week’s announcement, you’ll know that we’re putting on a new Open Mic event on July 8th at the Market Theater in Seattle (7pm-9pm).

The first 20 talk submissions we receive for the open mic will automatically be accepted to go up on stage on the night.

Submissions are open – currently 6 slots available (last updated 6/17 1pm). If you act soon you can be on our stage. Scroll down for details.

If you’re more partial to being an audience member, you can buy a $5 ticket for the event right now by clicking here.

How do I submit my talk?

For the Ignite Open Mic, we want to see 20 speakers giving 3 minute talks. Each talk will follow a Ignite format. Slides will still change automatically every 15 seconds, meaning you need to include a 12 slide PowerPoint presentation with your submission.

To become one of our 20 speakers, send us an email at openmic@igniteseattle.com with the following included:

  1. Your full name. (E.g. Major Tom)
  2. The title of your talk. (E.g. Being a Space Oddity)
  3. A short description of what your talk is about. (E.g. I’ll tell a story about the time I went into space in a rocket and then did a space walk.)
  4. Your completed PowerPoint slideshow for the event: this should be 12 slides long and in PPT format. We’ve created a handy template you can use to start you off.

If you make it into the first 20 submissions, we’ll send you a reply within a few days to confirm that you’re going up on stage. Please assume when you submit that you’ll be doing a talk. (So make sure you’re free on the evening of July 8th.)

Being a speaker will get you free access to the open mic. It will also be a great opportunity to wow a supportive audience and the Ignite organizers. Most important of all, you’ll have a whole lot of fun.

We’re looking forward to seeing your submissions!
– The Ignite Seattle Team

Announcing: Ignite Open Mic

A new way to speak

We’ve been getting over 80 talk submissions for Ignite lately. But only 12 of those speakers make it up on stage.

We want everybody to have the chance to do an Ignite talk, so we’re starting a new event: Ignite Open Mic. 

How does it work?

From June 13th, we’ll start accepting submissions for our open mic night which will take place on July 8th. The first (reasonable) 20 submissions we receive will automatically go up on stage. We’ll be playing with our format a little: this time speakers will only have 3 minutes to give their talk.

Anybody can submit to the first Ignite Open Mic, but we’ll also be reaching out to people who previously submitted Ignite talks to give them a chance to shine.

There’s more info below if you’d like to speak or buy a ticket!

When is it happening?

Want to see 20 speakers take to the stage to give a 3 minute Ignite talk? Here are all the details you need:

Date: July 8th
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Market Theater, Post Alley, Seattle
Cost: $5 (cheaper than a fancy IPA!)

Buy your ticket now

But I want to speak!

You lovely, amazing person. Read carefully.

Submissions are open and go here for all the details. If you’re accepted to speak, we’ll send you a reply within a few days to let you know more about the event.

The first 20 submissions we receive will go up on stage. Let’s say the first “reasonable” submissions, just to cover us if somebody submits something really mean spirited.

With your submission, you will need to submit your PowerPoint presentation, along with some other essential details, like your name, talk title and a short description.

For our open mic, we want to see 3 minute talks, with 12 slides which will change automatically every 15 seconds.

Why take part?

For being our open mic guinea pig, you’ll get a free ticket to the event and a chance to earn the respect and admiration of your audience.

But you also get a chance to impress us too. We’re always looking for different ways to get quality speakers on stage at our main Ignite events. We make no promises, but this could be the first step in your path to becoming one of those lucky 12 speakers at Ignite 40. 

See you at Ignite Open Mic!

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)

Ignite Seattle ticket giveaway!

UPDATE: All winners have been notified. But all is not lost! Any unclaimed tickets as of tomorrow morning will be reassigned.

Ignite Seattle is this Thursday. As we mentioned before, if you don’t have a ticket, the best way to watch Ignite Seattle is by registering for our free live-stream.

Good news: We recently found a couple of extra tickets under our virtual couch cushions, and we’ve decided to give them out to you, our dedicated fans!

On Wednesday, we will be giving out several sets of free, in-person Ignite Seattle tickets, to people who have registered for the livestream.All you need to do to win is sign-up for the livestream. (If you signed up before, you’re all set.)

We will email winners around noon on Wednesday, and you have until midnight to accept, before we select a new winner.

Hope to see you at Ignite this Thursday, whether virtually or in-person 🙂