What is Ignite Seattle: in 60 seconds

The live experience of attending our events is a special thing. We know that people who come, and even speakers, can have a hard time explaining what Ignite Seattle is. It’s more than presentations. It’s more than storytelling and community. It’s more than a fun night. It’s…. MANY GOOD THINGS.

To help solve the problem, we’ve made a short video that tells the story. We hope you like it enough to share it! Kudos to Bryan Zug for putting this together.

 

Encourage a friend to submit a talk idea (due April 14)

Do you know that 78.9% of people who submit a Ignite Seattle talk are encouraged to do so by a friend? Well if so please share your data because that is a just an estimate based on what we hear 🙂 Seriously, encouragement is sooo critical for many people to tell their story about their passion, a hard lesson, an insight or idea that is important for others to hear.

So…
We encourage you to encourage a friend to submit a talk idea

And…
We encourage YOU to submit a talk idea… that idea floating around in your head wants to be told and we know you are the best person to tell it.
You will be awesome!
The crowd will cheer!
You will be so glad you did it!
We promise.

The next Ignite Seattle is Thursday, May 18th at Town Hall and the talk submission deadline is Friday, April 14th at midnight.
Don’t delay encourage and submit a talk idea today 🙂

Bonus info:
Here is great advice for getting accepted at Seattle Ignite

Thursday Throwback: How to Get 5 Million People to Read Your Website (2010)

Matthew Inman gave an Ignite Seattle talk when his famous web comic (www.theoatmeal.com) was just a year old and already getting 5 Million unique users a month. Woah.

He explains how you can get millions of people to read your website, if that isn’t your jam his talk is still good for lots of laughs with a trip through memory lane of his early work. He will also explain why when he dies he wants to come back as a pig.

We Want YOU to Speak at Ignite!

The next Ignite Seattle is Thursday, May 18th at Town Hall!

Share a story about a great (or weird) idea you love, a hard lesson learned, an insight into how something in the world works (or should work), or anything you are passionate about and want to share.

The talk submission deadline is Friday, April 14th at midnight.

Don’t worry if you’re an inexperienced speaker — we provide a couple speaker training sessions to help you craft your story and feel more confident about speaking in front of a crowd.

We want to hear from you! So submit a talk idea and enlighten us  — but make it quick!

Throwback Thursday: How to Make a Viral Video (2013)

Forest Gibson gave a great Ignite talk on making viral videos. However the video of his talk got very little views… isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

Forest has been involved in some great viral videos:
We’re NASA and We Know It 2.8 M views
Surface vs iPad Leaked TV Ad #SurfaceVSiPad 2.3 M views
Cool Things to Find (Parody of “Dumb Ways to Die”) 5.8M views

So what happened? Although the video of his talk was posted shortly after Ignite, it remained unlisted for 4 years, so no one could see it! On behalf of Ignite Seattle: I am sorry Forest.

Ignite is a 100% volunteer organization and sometimes things happen or in this case don’t happen. If you want to make Ignite better we have small jobs, big jobs, easy jobs, and hard jobs waiting for you, sign up to lend a hand.

Now without any further ado watch and share Forest’s video.

Throwback Thursday: Yes, I’m Having an Identity Crisis (2016)

Sarah Novotny‘s amazing Ignite Seattle talk on her identity crisis is a wake-up call to people on the treadmill of life making decision based on society’s expectations of who they are. Sarah reminds you that you are not your wallet, you are not your shape, and you are not your accomplishments. Then who are you? Watch Sarah’s talk to hear her story and to help discover yourself.

Bonus round:
We were reminded of Sarah’s openness in her Ignite talk, when we saw her rocking the Google Cloud Next ’17 – Day 3 Keynote last week talking about Open Source innovations. Great job Sarah!

And you can watch Sarah’s first Ignite talk here: Living the OG (Original Geek) Lifestyle  It even includes the why behind this crazy thing we know and love… Ignite Seattle.

Enlighten us, but make it quick!