Submit your talk idea, today.

Ignite Seattle #38 (Feb 28th) planning is underway and it is shaping up to be another epic evening of eclectic, energizing talks. You can submit your talk idea, today.

  • Tickets: We’ve already sold 20% of the available tickets. Get your tickets now.
  • Volunteers: 10 new volunteers are helping us make this show better. More on this later.
  • Donations: We have received our first community donation! Yes: you can donate to Ignite Seattle. More on this later too or if you can’t wait, email us. Thank you so much for your donation Jeremy Kayes. It will help run Ignite Seattle and it was a huge inspiration to us that you believe in Ignite Seattle so much. Jeremy is an Ignite Seattle Alum and a super fan. Check out his fabulous talks here and here.
  • Talk submissions: We have a few great ones already, but we would love more.  Specifically, we want to hear YOUR talk idea. Tell us a story, teach us a skill, or try a serious crazy talk idea (inspiration).

You can submit right now <<<
Or you can procrastinate to the due date, Jan 17th. Tell us you are interested.
Or you can ask for advice on your submission send us a message on Facebook.

We can not wait to read your talk ideas. Thank you!

Have fun at TWIF’s Innovators Auction

One of our favorite partners is The World Is Fun, a local non-profit that connects people with great Seattle community events and organizations. They’re having their annual fundraising auction this week and it’s going to be a great evening. You should be there. All proceeds go to support the great work they do.

General admission is $35 (cocktails and appetizers) and they’re auctioning off all kinds of great prizes, like Ken Jennings (of Jeopardy fame) joining your trivia team, get your own flavor of ice-cream on the menu at Full Tilt, behind the scenes tours of the Woodland Park Zoo, DJ for a day on 92.5, and many more.

  • Event Begins 7:30pm
  • Cocktails & Silent Auction: 7:30pm
  • Live Auction: 9:00pm
  • Get tickets here

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.