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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.


The next Ignite Seattle will be on Thursday May 22nd at Town Hall Seattle.  We’re accepting talk submissions right now, no waiting.

You can buy tickets now through Stranger Tickets. Or fill out the Submit a Talk form if you want to get on the most fun and exciting stage in all of Seattle.




Our great host for Ignite Seattle, Town Hall Seattle is throwing their 10th anniversary fund raiser called Talk of The Town, on Thursday March 6th starting at 5pm. If you don’t know all that Town Hall Seattle does, they’re one of the premier venues for bringing in speakers and performers from around the world to the Seattle area. We think they’re awesome and are happy to help promote the great work they do.

Talk of The Town: Underground will be a fun evening of drinks, food trucks, Seattle notables and rocking local DJs. After an hour of drinks and appetizers you’ll hear mini Ignite!-style talks — short and sweet like their namesake — along with the annual Town Hall State of the Union by Executive Director Wier Harman.

Food trucks include SkilletMarination StationStreet TreatsSound SpiritsOola, and Sun Liquor will be at this year’s Underground. Notable personalities include Molly WizenbergLindy WestGeo,Kate LeboToby CrittendenHollis Wong-Wear Michelle QuisenberryJohn RichardsMarco Collins, and more.

You won’t want to miss this event, a distillation of all the great ideas from the Great Hall, brought downstairs for further discussion. Our home is your home, so grab a friend and come along — or make new ones at Underground.

Get tickets here soon – they’re likely to sell out fast. $60, $50 for Town-Hall members.



Ignite Seattle #23 is in just one week  on Wednesday, February 12th at Seattle Town Hall. You can buy tickets now to reserve your place.

This is our list of 16 awesome topics and speakers. Event starts at 8pm, doors open early so you can have fun in the bar.  Intermission half way through the event (for more fun and mingling).

  • I Love Board Games and Here’s Why You Should Too - Jonathan Ng
  • Food Hacks: Eat Your Way to Creativity and Success - Mark Briggs
  • The Cheater’s Guide to Saying “Thank You” - Carly Slater
  • Translate This, Interpret That - Geneva Hughes
  • Baby names for people who don’t care about babies - Jeff Weir
  • Talk now or risk being stuck on a breathing machine - Michael Westley
  • Fixing the World’s Biggest Machine - Max Effgen
  • All I Really Need to Know I Learned as a Car Salesman - Sol Villarreal
  • Embrace Your Inner Clown - Sally Fox
  • How Not to Use your Fitbit - Poornima Hanumara
  • Girls, Technology, and Blood - Nancy Muller
  • Polyphasic sleep: A body hack to live your dreams and ruin your life - Kyle Kesterson
  • The magic trick that changed my life and how to do it - Steve Broback
  • How To Know Everyone, And So Can You! - Zachary Cohn
  • Where a Bookstore Becomes a Community - Danielle Hulton

Tickets $5 – get them now. Please spread the word. Cheers.


We know the speakers are the stars. As organizers we do everything we can to select speakers with great topics and passions, but we also work hard to help them prepare and make sure they have what they need to do a great job.

As the Ignite Seattle speaker coach I run a coaching session that all speakers are encouraged to attend. We talk about common mistakes, tactics for preparing and answer any questions folks have. It’s informal, it’s fun and we usually feed people (hungry speakers are bad speakers). We also let speakers do a dry run and get feedback from me and other organizers. And of course speakers at Ignite are interesting people and it’s a chance to meet the folks you’ll be sharing the stage with.


Here’s the slide deck I use that covers the basic advice, including showing speakers photos of the stage and what to expect once they’re up there.

But many other folks have written advice on preparing for Ignite. There is no right way to prepare of course and the ends are far more important than the means.
We tell speakers that since they’re speaking about something they know well and are passionate about, they could probably spend time thinking carefully about  4 or 5 stories or messages and simply practice and present that, without any slides, and do fine. We strongly recommend people develop their ideas, points and stories before they make a single slide. What you say and how you say it is by far the most important thing.

Summary of more good advice on speaking at ignite:


We are coming up fast on Ignite Seattle 23. The event is scheduled for mid-February – the 12th. That means if you would like to give an Ignite talk, you need to submit by this Friday. We’ve already gotten lots of great submissions, but we are always looking for more.

Fill out the Submit a Talk form if you have an idea. We’ll be choosing talks some time next week. As always, we look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, February 12th. You can buy tickets now through Stranger Tickets.


Speaker Lineup for Ignite Seattle 22

November 11, 2013

Ignite Seattle 22 is next Wednesday, November 20th at Town Hall. You can buy tickets now to reserve your place. This is our list of speakers, though not neceassarily in the order they are speaking. Steve Roth – Five Things You Don’t Know About Hamlet Mandy Sorensen (@mandercrosby) – Superbugs: It’s What’s for Dinner. Manuhuia [...]

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Deadline to Submit a Talk is Midnight

October 11, 2013

Today (Oct. 11th) is the last day that you can submit your idea for an Ignite talk. At midnight tonight we will no longer be accepting talks and we will begin deliberating on who will make it into the next batch of presenters. Next month, November 20th, we will be back at Town Hall and [...]

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Videos from Ignite Seattle 21 are up

October 11, 2013

We have finally posted the videos from the last Ignite, held at Fremont Outdoor Cinemas in August. We had a fantastic crop of talks, including The Geek Diet, Being a Tech Entrepreneur in Baghdad, and How Video Games are Like Kissing. Check out the entire playlist for a view of all the talks. The next [...]

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We Want YOU to Speak at Ignite 22!

September 5, 2013

Complete this form to submit a talk or nominate a friend. The next Ignite Seattle is November 20th. Details below. Submission deadline: Friday, October 11th. Event Location: Town Hall Seattle. Tell us about your cool idea, hack, lesson, or “war stories.” Don’t worry if you’re shy or an inexperienced speaker! We provide a couple speaker [...]

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Guide to Outdoor Ignite 21 – Bring your chair!

August 16, 2013

Sir Pug reminds you to bring a chair. We’re looking forward to our 3rd Annual Outdoor Ignite this Sunday! Below is a handy list of Things and Stuff you should know: Located at Fremont Outdoor Cinemas (3501 Phinney Ave. N, across from Brouwer’s and Theo Chocolate). Doors open at 7:00, talks start at 8:30(ish). Feel [...]

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Speaker Lineup for Ignite 21

August 6, 2013

The next Seattle Ignite is Sunday August 18th at the Fremont Outdoor Cinema. Tickets are $5. Here is our list of amazing 5 minute talks and speakers: How video games are like kissing - Jenny Kuglin (@jenkuglin) Getting geeky about Civics - Web Hutchins (@civicsforall) Where my girls at? (Or, How one obvious “discovery” revolutionized my world [...]

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Advice for getting accepted at Seattle Ignite

July 8, 2013

Ignite organizer Randy Stewart gave an Ignite talk on How to Pitch an Ignite talk. I’ve written up and revised his points here in a blog post for easier reading. Following this advice should improve the odds your talk will get in. Important Facts Talks are strictly 5 minutes long with automated slides. You can [...]

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Talk Submission Closing on Monday

July 3, 2013

If you would like to speak at the next Ignite (Sunday, August 18th), you’ve got a little bit less than a week to submit your talks. The talk submission form will be closing at 11:59pm on Monday, July 8th. That should give you plenty of time over the holiday weekend to finish up your best [...]

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Talk Submissions are Now Open for #is21 in August

May 16, 2013

We are now accepting talks for Ignite Seattle 21, which will be held in August, exact date and location tbd. The submission deadline isn’t until mid-June, so there’s plenty of time to think up a talk and post it.

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Submit a talk for Ignite OSCON in Portland

April 25, 2013

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 [...]

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