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 Lineup for Ignite Portland 13!

We’re very pleased to announce our speaker lineup for Ignite Portland 13! The following people will be sharing their burning ideas on November 2nd at OMSI’s Empirical Theater:

Julie Williams: How Buying Nothing Changes Everything
Lillian Karabaic: Get on your Red Shoes and Finance the Blues
Drew Anderson: 2020 Vision – You, your bots.
Stephen Green: A Case for Spending Small*
Mason West: Everything I know about Experience Design I learned from Magic: The Gathering
Logan Kleier: 4 Reasons to Bootstrap, Not VC, Your Startup
George Mandis: A Year Like Any Other (Just Somewhere Else)
Jessica M. Frey: From 0 to Dancing in 300 Seconds (a.k.a. 5 minutes)
Tyler Sticka: The Best Video Game Console You (Probably) Never Owned
Charlie Levenson: Basic Rules for Success in Development and Business
Clarissa Littler: Is Physics Computable or: Can I 3D Print a Galaxy?
Evan Dumas: Have You Run Out of F#cks to Give?
Henry Abel: Top Five Reasons Why Every Responsible Parent Should Immediately Buy Their Teenage Daughter A Motorcycle.
Carolynn Duncan: Life Lessons as a Mzungu in Kenya, Africa
Mo Nishiyama: Enjoy the Silence
Linda Resca: For the Love of Care-giving
Simon Tam: 5 Life Lessons Learned from Touring in a Punk Rock Band

*We invited Stephen to submit via our proposal page but a late flight out the Bay Area foiled his plans on deadline day. Stephen submitted his talk to your humble speaker wrangler later that day, and the selection committee included it in the discussions.

Thank you to everyone who submitted talk proposals!

Call for volunteers for Ignite Portland 13!!

Ignite Portland 13 is coming up fast this November 2nd and requires a whole bunch of dedicated, enthusiastic people to help make sure the event runs smoothly and we all have a great time.

Want to be one of those proud volunteers? Those people who are the only ones with guaranteed seats? Well, check out some of the ways in which you can get involved and sign up to volunteer here. We are seeking a few more folks!

If you have any Q’s or concerns about volunteering, please reach out to our volunteer coordinator.

Ignite Portland 13 coming November 2, 2016

Are you interested in speaking at Ignite Portland 13? Submit your proposal here: http://present.igniteportland.org/

Wed Sept. 21 = Deadline to turn in your talk submissions

Wed Sept. 28 = Ignite selects speakers & invites them to participate

Monday Oct. 3 = Selected speakers must confirm participation by this date or we will invite other proposal submissions to participate


Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
1945 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Before submitting, please look over our Code of Conduct.

RSVP Available via Eventbrite