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Speakers for 10th Anniversary Ignite Seattle (#31)

Our 31th Ignite event, and our OFFICIAL 10th ANNIVERSARY,  is Thursday, November 17th, 7pm/8pm at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance (we frequently sell out – buy tickets early. Or NOW. Really).

This will be a very special night (10 years is a long time – 496 Ignite talks, or 2400 minutes of people on stage speaking, to be exact). If you haven’t been to ignite in awhile, don’t miss this one.

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 80 talk submissions – more than ever before. Many were excellent. But since we are restricted by the laws of physics we had to pick just 16 speakers for this event.

Here is the glorious list of amazing speakers:

  • Happiness through Calculus, Jordan Couch
  • Building Solid Teams with Silly Games, Shannon Mead
  • Nope! Really! Africa is Not A Country. Kevin Obbayi (alumni)
  • Hello, My Friend. Madi Williamson
  • After the Psych Ward, Jeffrey Hicks (alumni)
  • The Streets Where You Live, Amy Cash
  • So You Think You Can’t Dance, Sandi Olson
  • Great Things Never Came From Comfort Zones, Andrew McGee
  • Breaking Bread, Breaking Boundaries. Phillip Deng
  • The Irish Goodbye, Kelly Kanary
  • Our Brain’s Next Firmware Update, Laura Lantz
  • Not Everything Is A Collaboration, Eric Holderman (alumni)
  • Eat Your Ice Cream: How To Live Like You’re Dying, Robin Tarter
  • Appy Bride: How I Infuriated the Wedding Industry & Got My Dream Wedding, Sarah Schacht (alumni)
  • Guaranteed Successful Design, Noah Iliinsky (alumni)
  • Vaguely Ethnic and About The Size of a 7th Grader, Kristin Leong (alumni)
  • (Speaking order TBD so don’t presume this is it)

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

Pitch us for Ignite Seattle #31 (10 year anniversary)

For many years we’ve been thrilling some of Seattle’s best crowds with great stories, lessons and entertainments told in a fun and inventive way. The next Ignite event is a special one: we are celebrating 10 years of these amazing events. If you have an idea for a talk now is the time to pitch it to us.

Deadline is Oct 7th, 2016.

Ignite Seattle 31 will be held Thursday, Nov 17th, at the beautiful Town Hall Seattle. But without your submissions, we’d just be waiting around, drinking sad drinks, wishing something interesting would happen. Don’t let us down!

Instead share with us and our audience a great story, interesting lesson or fascinating insight into life you think we should hear (like the ones you can watch from our last Ignite event to help you get ideas).

To help you invest your time wisely, read our honest insider guide to getting your talk accepted. We get many for Ignite and want you to learn from what we know.



Experiments! The Ignite 27 Theme Explained

Ignite Seattle 27, on May 20th 2015 will be the first time we’re going to have a theme for the evening. What’s a theme, you ask? Good question. What we want to do is an experiment. All previous Ignites have been a potpourri of topics, ideas, styles and attitudes. What would an evening of talks focused on a theme be like? Better? Worse? We want to learn.

And it’s only fitting for our first themed Ignite that we pick the theme of EXPERIMENTS! 

An experiment is when you do something with the goal of verifying, refuting, or establishing the validity of a hypothesis. In other words, choosing to act fully aware you don’t know what’s going to happen.


Q: What kinds of talks do we want?

Good ones, of course. We’re looking for stories about an experiment you did in your life. It could be something you did at work, or the very idea of a career you tried to pursue. Maybe it’s about a place you moved to or a person you were trying to be with. It could be something deeply serious (an experiment of belief). Or perhaps it’s something very silly (an experiment in how many pierogis it takes to fill your car).

Q: Does the experiment have to have succeeded?

Absolutely not. The theme is not “amazing success stories!” We’re hoping to hear stories with a range of outcomes. Interesting failures, experiments that surprised you or your friends or changed how you look at something, including possibly yourself.

Q: Are the other restrictions on Ignite talks the same?

Mostly yes. Our default assumption as you might guess is that all talks will follow the Ignite format: 5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide. But we are open to the possibility of one or two talks that experiment with the format itself (If you attended Ignite Seattle 15 you witnessed chainsaw tricks by Jason Quick, a talk given from up on a trapeze, and other format twisters). If your idea for a talk involves an experimental format: perhaps you want to juggle chainsaws blindfolded (that’s an experiment if you’ve never done it before), do a talk in total darkness, or who knows what. If you have a format experiment be sure to submit your talk early and talk to us about it.

All Good? Good. You can submit your talk idea here.

(Here from Ignite 15 is Jason Quick, one armed performance artist)

Jason Quick The Juggling Act of Life

Submissions for Ignite Seattle 24 Due Tomorrow

We are coming up fast on Ignite Seattle 24. The event is Thursday May 22th 7:00pm and tickets are on sale now.

If you have an a story to tell, or a lesson you want to share, fill out the Submit a Talk form. Deadline is end of day Friday.

Town Hall is an amazing venue to speak in, and our crowd is likely to be the most fun and supportive audience you’ll ever get to present in front of. We’ll be choosing talks next week and announcing them soon after.