Seven Fun Ignite Ideas Which Need Your Help

Ignite Seattle is led by a fun, energetic, and all volunteer team. We’re just former attendees who raised their hands and said “I want to help.”

Today, we’d like to ask for your help, too. We’re hosting a potential volunteer info session on November 13 at 6:30pm (there’s free food)!

Not sure what volunteering for Ignite looks like? Below are just a few fun ideas to make Ignite better, which all need help from someone like you.


  1. Ignite Encore
    Arrange for conferences/events to host small Ignite sessions, with a handful of alumni giving encores of their talks. We’ve done this once or twice in the past, but what if it were a regular thing?

  2. Bring alumni speakers back together
    Over 500 people have spoken at Ignite Seattle. Where are they now? Whether it means hosting parties and happy hours, or working with them to run a pre-show activity, we’d love to keep in closer contact.

  3. Partner with the community
    Ignite is a place for Seattle to share and discuss diverse ideas, but that doesn’t have to end at the talks and the pre-show activity. Whether it’s sponsors, other organizations with a similar mission, or just community fixtures the audience should know about, there are so many opportunities to grow Ignite beyond the walls of our theater.

  4. Be Ignite’s social butterfly
    Sure, we have Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but when it comes to our audience, most interaction happens at the show. How can we engage with our audience online? What should we post? Should we run contests? Oh, did we mention there is a budget to experiment with?

  5. Become our CEO… Chief Emailing Officer
    We have a growing list of Ignite Seattle fans, but we mostly email them about submissions and ticket sales. What else might our community care about? The latest crazy project from a speaker they heard from? Tips on telling their story? Something else? You also get to press a red button that instantly emails 2000 (and growing) fans of Ignite Seattle. Woah!

  6. Rethink the event, and bring crazy ideas to life
    Did you know Ignite Seattle never did a survey until 2018!? When we did, we learned the audience wanted a shorter show that started earlier. (It only took us 12 years to find out…)What if you were in charge of the 3 Rs: help us research, recommend, and realize crazy new ideas? Research could include surveys, observations, and plain old talking to people. Yes that is still a thing.
  7. Make fun videos
    If you have ever dreamed about being in the movie business this idea is for you. We are looking for new ways to explain Ignite to excite new speakers, new attendees and new volunteers. You would film behind the scenes at our events and create promo videos to share on the web.


These ideas (or your own ideas for Ignite) won’t happen without you. Are you ready to help? Sign up for our volunteer info session below or visit our volunteer page if you can’t make it.

Ignite Seattle Volunteer Info Session

November 13, 6:30pm

Downtown Seattle WeWork, 1411 4th Avenue

How To Be Less Racist & Support a Good Cause

One of our highlights from Ignite #36 earlier this year was Maryam Hosseini’s inspiring talk about her Iranian heritage.

She’s also an active member of SISCA, a group that works here in Seattle to “reverse hostility between the United States and Iranian governments by developing people-to-people relationships.”

Next month, In partnership with famed local chef Tom Douglas, they’re doing a dinner fundraiser on Thursday, November 1st at the Palace Ballroom, with the proceeds going to SISCAs programs and local events.

If you haven’t seen it, watch this wonderful talk. And then see about having a tasty dinner that supports a good cause.

 

Translating Earth’s History: Microscopic Shells Tells Us About Our Past & Future – Elisa Bonnin – Ignite Seattle 37

Some people need crystal balls to see into the past or predict the future – but not Elisa Bonnin. She just needs seashells. Well, seashells and an almost-PhD.

Elisa expertly explains to an audience of non-PhDs how she uses microscopic seashells from animals called Foraminifera to uncover the history of ocean acidification, temperature change, sea level rise, and ice ages for the last million years.

It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since your last chemistry class – if you want to learn about some science, Elisa is ready to teach you.

Welcoming The Evergrey as our Media Partner

Ignite Seattle and The Evergrey have been friends for a loooong time. We are so excited to make it “Facebook” official: The Evergrey is now Ignite Seattle’s Media partner.
 
What is The Evergrey? The essential resource for Seattle’s curious locals. From spotlighting our quirkiest communities to finding ways to address our city’s biggest challenges, they’re all about bringing the city together and helping you live like you live here. They produce a morning newsletter. It’s basically a cheat sheet for the city that day: the news you should know, the events you should check out, and the memes that will make your mornings better.
 
Sign up for The Evergrey <- it is like an email version of Ignite Seattle, you will love it. We do.

Ignite is SOLD OUT. Here’s how you can still attend.

Good news! Due to an incredible speaker lineup and our incredible partners, Ignite Seattle #37 is officially SOLD OUT.

Bad news… There are no more tickets available for Ignite Seattle #37.

Good news! If you’d still like to attend, we have a standby line! We can’t 100% promise you’ll get tickets if you line up, but most people usually do.

Don’t want to line up? You’re also welcome to watch the free livestream (although you’ll miss the preshow and afterparty).

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.