What is Ignite Portland?

Ignite Portland is a fun, fast-paced, evening of presentations where speakers gather to share their knowledge and passion. Each speaker gets exactly five minutes to teach, enlighten, or inspire the crowd, all backed up by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds.

Talks cover a wide range of (often geeky) topics, from roller skating to nuclear reactors. You can find videos from past Ignite Portland events in our video archive.

Help Support Ignite Portland

We’re still looking for sponsors! Please get in touch if you’d like to connect with our audience and support our event. You can find all the details on our sponsorship page.

Speaker videos for Ignite Portland 12 are up!

We had an amazing Ignite Portland 12 in November 2013, and now have all the video posted on the Stumptown Syndicate YouTube channel.

In case you missed any of the speakers or want to revisit any of the great slides, you can watch them all:

 

This was the first time we had an Ignite Portland at the Hollywood Theatre, which is a slightly smaller venue than in years past, so we unfortunately did have to turn a few people away after we reached full capacity. We always post videos of the speakers, though. Be sure to check out the archives of past Ignite Portland events as well.

10 Things You Need to Know About Ignite Portland 12

It’s that time again! Tomorrow night, Thursday, November 14th, we will be opening the doors at the glorious Hollywood Theatre for the twelfth Ignite Portland! Here are a few important things you need to know to make the most of your night. Let’s make this Ignite another great event!

  1. We have some great talks lined up. You can check out the updated line-up to see the final list of talks, in the order they’ll be presented.
  2. The event is at the Hollywood Theatre. Remember, this year we’ve changed venues from our old alma-mater, the Bagdad (which isn’t doing rentals anymore), to the Hollywood Theatre. Come enjoy incredible beverages, delightful concessions, pizza, and check out their gorgeous new marquee.
  3. Seating is still first-come, first-serve. An RSVP is NOT a guarantee of a seat. We decided to try out RSVPs this year to get a better idea of attendance at our new venue and the response was staggering. We’ve got around 300 seats available for Ignite, and over 650 people RSVP’d, so it’s definitely best to show up early. We’ll keep a close eye on the numbers and make sure to announce as soon as we know we’re at capacity, both in-person and on Twitter. If you don’t make it in, see below for how to watch the event in real-time online via our live stream.
  4. Speaking of coming early, doors open at 5:00 PM with a food donation for Oregon Food Bank. We are partnering again this year with the OFB to gather food for those in need. Bring a can or two and get in early! They have a list of most wanted foods and you can always stop by Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, mere blocks from the Hollywood.
  5. Doors open at 5:45 PM for everyone else. If you don’t have time to grab a food donation, we’ll start letting anyone in at 5:45.
  6. Please, no saving seats. We know you’re excited to watch the show with all your friends. And maybe they couldn’t make it down as early as you did. But it’s not fair for one person to squat on a whole bunch of seats with coats so their friends can saunter in late, and if we see this happening we will step in. Please don’t be a jerk about this—we want everyone to have a fair chance at getting a good seat. It’s fine to hold a seat for yourself, so you can get up and order drinks/food.
  7. Follow @IgnitePortland on Twitter for updates, and tag all your stuff with #ip12.
  8. We strive to make Ignite Portland a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all. Please review our Code of Conduct and help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.
  9. Join us after the show at Velo Cult. After the show we’ll be moseying over to Velo Cult, across Sandy and around the corner on 42nd. Come hobnob with our speakers, hang out, and be merry.
  10. Can’t make it? Catch the live stream. Like previous years we will be showing a live video stream of the event for those who can’t make it out or just can’t get a seat after we fill up. When the stream goes live, we’ll post it front and center right here at IgnitePortland.org.

Special thanks go out to our sponsors: 32° Digital, brytCAST, The Hollywood Theatre, Maids by Trade, PDX POP NOW!, and the Social Venture Society for helping us keep Ignite free and amazing.

Ignite Portland is a production of Stumptown Syndicate, a Portland-based nonprofit dedicated to creating resilient, radically inclusive tech and maker communities that empower positive change.

We’re pretty excited, how about you?

See these great talks at Ignite Portland 12

After much deliberation, we’re thrilled to announce the lineup for Ignite Portland 12. These talks will be presented at the Hollywood Theatre on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

In the order they’ll be presented, the talks:

Thanks to everyone who submitted proposals! We had a great crop of talks to choose from and had to make some hard decisions. If your talk wasn’t selected, you can always submit it again for Ignite Portland 13. We always need burning ideas and, with competition like this, your talk could be up there next time!

Like what you see? Please RSVP today! Admission is still first-come-first-served, with early entrance granted to folks who bring non-perishable food items for Oregon Food Bank, but the RSVPs really help us plan for attendence numbers.

Want to get recognition in front of our savvy Ignite audience? We’re still looking for a few great sponsors to help us keep Ignite Portland free and amazing. You can find all the details over on our sponsorship page.

For the others looking to help out, there is always room for more hands-on volunteers on the night of the event. If this sounds like your thing, head to our volunteer page and sign-up!

See you at Ignite!

Choose Your Own Ignite Adventure

Want to help us decide what talks you’ll be enjoying at Ignite Portland 12?

Now’s the time to provide us with your comments about what talks you’d most like to see and why. Here’s how you can choose your own Ignite adventure today!

  1. Go to the Ignite 12 Proposals site.
  2. Click on a proposal to read the contents.
  3. Add your comments as to why you want to see a particular talk and/or speaker.

That’s it! So head on over and provide us your thoughts today so we can make #IP12 an event you can’t wait to be at.

Speaking of attending #IP12, take a moment to RSVP. With our change in venue it will be helpful for us to know how many people are planning to come. Ignite Portland is still free, but you can be part of putting it on by making a contribution when you submit your RSVP.