by brady on November 4, 2006

If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers.


Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Radar and Bre Pettis of Make. Since then 100s of 5 minute talks have been given across the world. Besides Seattle, there are thriving Ignite communities in Portland, Sydney, Boulder, Baltimore, NYC and lot more.

The first Ignite Seattle was a great success with 17 bridge-building teams, 25 speakers, and 250+ attendees. The second and third Ignites had ~350 attendees. Since moving to our new location at the King Cat Theater, our most recent Ignite had just north of 500 attendees.


Ignite Seattle is thrown 4 times a year and, as of 2012, we usually hold it at Town Hall Seattle.

As a change of pace, each summer we try to hold it at at the Fremont Outdoor Movie Cinema (N 35th and Phinney Ave, Seattle, Washington)

Event Schedule

6:30 – Doors open

7:00 – A Science Challenge contest begins at approximately 7:00

8:00 – Ignite talks begin


Ignite Seattle is organized by Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Radar, Bryan Zug, Justin Martenstein, Randy Stewart, Scott Berkun, Zachary Cohn, Jason Preston, Monica Guzman Preston, and Jeff Shuey. We would love to hear your thoughts; we want this to be a community event.

Contact Us!

Want to say hello? Email the organizers at ignitenight@gmail.com.