Call For Speaker Proposals!

Our next Ignite event is coming up fast – and speaker submissions are OPEN.

You do not need to be a professional public speaker to submit to Ignite. In fact, more than half of our speakers have never given a talk in front of an audience before!

Submitting a talk is easy. Click on the big red Submit button on the top of the screen (or submit a talk here!). All you need is a title, a description, and a bit of contact info – no need to have the whole talk planned out already!

In fact, our emcee Scott Berkun is a professional speaker as his “day job,” and he invites all selected speakers to a speaker coaching session.

If you’ve never given a talk in front of an audience before, this is a great way to learn some good strategies for preparing, practicing, and performing. If you’re already comfortable up on stage, this is a great way to learn some specific tips around giving great Ignite talks!

So what are you waiting for? What would you say if you had 5 minutes on stage? Tell us today!

Submissions close August 23rd, and the next event is October 4th.

 

Videos & Recap: Ignite Seattle #36

Wow! That was a good one.

Thanks to all of you who joined us last night for another sold-out show at the Egyptian Theater. Once again Seattle’s most awesome, energetic, and playful crowd suppported a line-up of some of our city’s most creative and interesting citizens.

Check out our Facebook page for photo booth pics, a video of the whole event, and other posts about the show.

And please share your opinion of your Ignite Seattle 36 experience in this brief survey.

All of the videos from last night are now live (thanks to Bootstrapper studios)! You can watch the talks on this Ignite 36 playlist.

And here are links directly to each of last night’s talks. Please take a minute to share your favorites on your preferred interwebs platform.

  1. How I Dumped Denial, Sally Fox
  2. Why We All Still Talk Like Pirates, Monica Houston
  3. How Slack Saved My Life, Rob Eickmann
  4. Silicon Valley Desperately Needs a Sense of Humor, Coco Krumme
  5. The Seattle Superman, Jonathan Belle
  6. Getting Naked for Feminism, Katrina Hamilton
  7. Breaking the Ramadan Fast Live on Stage, Kholood Alabdullatif
  8. How a Punching Bag Saved My Life: Parenting Tips from a Group Home Kid, Phoenix Cavalier
  9. How to Woo a Seattle WOC, Marie Bolla
  10. Ignite Survey Says . . . , Nicole Steinbok
  11. Pooing in Public, Jason Preston
  12. Mystery Ignite (improvised Ignite talk), Kinzie Shaw

Thanks again! We look forward to seeing you at Ignite Seattle #37 in October. Exact date and time are still being determined, so be sure to sign up for our mailing list to stay in the loop.

Speaker List: Ignite Seattle #36 at The Egyptian on May 17th

Selecting talks from the list of speaker submissions was tough once again, with so many great ideas submitted! Below is the list of who’s speaking at Ignite Seattle #36 on May 17th (with the speaking order yet to be determined):

Hint: you should buy your tickets for Ignite #36 now. Why? Ignite #34 & #35 sold out. We expect #36 will sell out too.

We can’t wait to see you at The Egyptian on May 17th, talks start at 7:30pm.
Reminder: buy your tickets for Ignite #36 now.

Get Free Accommodations Worldwide, Thanks to Neurotic Dogs – Silvana Clark

If you love pets and want to travel the world, consider house-sitting! Silvana Clark and her husband are “house-sitting hermit crabs.” They’ve lived for free in a chalet, a manor house, a Swiss barn, plus homes in Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Australia. No paying mortgage, internet, utilities or even for toilet paper!

Dude would only relieve himself after a one-hour walk. But we lived 20 minutes from downtown London with him! So we take him for a long walk, and then head off to see a London show, which was great.

Submit a talk for Ignite OSCON in Portland

From time to time we like to collaborate with other Ignites and help with promotion and sharing talks. In July, O’Reilly is running their Open Source Convention in Portland Oregon, with an Ignite on the first night to kick things off.

O’Reilly is looking for submissions to speak at the Ignite event. If your talk is accepted, you’ll get a free pass to the conference on Tuesday (the day after Ignite), and a 50% discount if you wish to attend the rest of the conference.

This is a great opportunity to do a more technical talk that wouldn’t be suited for the usual Ignite Seattle crowd. Talk submissions are due by May 2nd. Follow the link to submit your talk idea.

20% Discount to 360|intersect on Creativity + Technology at the Triple Door April 27-28

Our good friend from Ignite Denver, John Wilker, is bringing the 360|intersect gathering to Seattle’s Triple door on Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th.

360|intersect is focused on the intersection of creativity and technology. Speakers are technologists from around the world, talking about the things they do away from the keyboard, that make them awesome at the things they do at the keyboard.

You can see the schedule and great topics at http://360intersect.com/schedule

John’s given us a special 20% off discount code for anyone who’d like to attend – Just use the code “SeattleLocals” for a 20% discount.