Organization:Ignite Talks

From University Innovation Fellows
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Ignite Talks

Imagine that you’re in front of an audience made up of your friends, family, and people from your community, about to present a 5-minute talk on the thing you’re most passionate about. You’ve brought 20 slides, which advance every 15 seconds whether you’re ready or not. You have a few last-minute butterflies, but off you go—and the crowd loves it. Welcome to Ignite.

Ignite is a fast-paced event similar to TED Talks... Speakers are given 20 slides, each shown for 15 seconds, giving each speaker 5 minutes of fame. Ignite has two parts: the Ignite contest, where people make things, and Ignite talks, where presenters get 20 slides and five minutes to make their point. You can opt to do one or both of the events. If you’re looking for a good explanation of the why and how of giving an Ignite talk, then take a look at this presentation by O’Reilly author Scott Berkun. He does a great job of summarizing what can be achieved in five minutes with twenty slides. Here’s a short URL to share:

Below are some resources to get you started planning one. It seems like a fairly straightforward process as long as funding can be secured. 



There are over 150 Ignite locations in the world, on 5 different continents (South America and Antarctica excluded), and anyone can host one. See the following steps on how to plan a successful Ignite, and fill out the form [1] to make one anywhere!


Ignite Videos

Ignite videos can be recorded and uploaded to the Ignite website for later viewing, in many different languages all over the world. They can be accessed here.


Plan It

You've decided that you want to organize an Ignite event and may be wondering what the next steps will be.

  • Gather a Team
  • Find a Location
  • Pick a Date
  • Let Us Know

Promote It

Once you’ve gathered a team, found a location, and picked a date you’ll want to let the world–know.

  • Create an Account
  • Get Ignite-in-a-Box
  • Promote!
  • Recruit Speakers

Produce It

If you've planned it well and you take things in stride, then the night will be easy. Have fun!

  • Select Speakers
  • Prepare the Slides
  • Setup the Venue
  • Setup the Contest

Broadcast It

You’ll want to let the rest of the world know how much fun you had by posting video on

  • Post Event Video
  • Naming Conventions
  • Screencasts


If you accept local sponsorship, let them know you appreciate their contribution.

  • Display Local Sponsors
  • Find a Local Charity
  • View Demographics

Tips & Tricks

We’ve picked up a few tips & tricks along the way and thought we’d share them with you.

  • Handle Cancellations
  • Video Production Tips
  • Advice for Speakers