Ignite San Diego is back! Important Ignite #7 Dates & Details

It’s been a while, but we’re baaaaaack! Ignite San Diego is returning this spring for another fantastic evening of talks, laughs, applause, Ignite karaoke and more! Keep reading for all the important dates, details and deadlines!

Save the date for Ignite San Diego #7 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 6 PM.  

Submit your talk idea today! Submissions are now open through Wednesday, March 15 at midnight.

As always, we will select 18 speakers. Your talk doesn’t have to be perfect or final to submit an idea. Just spend some time thinking about your topic, come up with an attention-getting title and submit! Check out the (easy peasy lemon squeezy) submission form here. If your talk is selected, you’ll have plenty of time and support to put your presentation together.

Know someone who would make a perfect Ignite San Diego speaker? Someone with a crazy story, interesting theory or weird passion? Nudge, bug, encourage, annoy, and remind them to submit! Submissions close in less than a month!

Ignite San Diego 6

A brand new venue: The next Ignite San Diego will be at a new (and bigger) venue. We’ve had a great time at the San Diego Central Library and most recently the San Diego Museum of Art, but we just keep growing!  Ignite San Diego #7 will be at the McMillin Companies Event Center at Liberty Station in Point Loma. We’ll be able to accommodate 500 people at this great new venue!

Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 25: Speakers will be announced the week of March 20 and tickets go on sale Saturday, March 25 via Eventbrite. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss out! As we always say — WE WILL SELL OUT!

Sponsorships available: Want to support the Ignite San Diego community? Sponsorships start at $100. More information is available here. We couldn’t put these awesome events on without our sponsors. Speaking of sponsors, a huge thank you to the Ignite San Diego #6 sponsors!

Need a reminder of what all the fuss is about? Check out these incredible videos from Ignite San Diego #6, thanks to our video partners infrastructure productions.

 

Ignite San Diego #6 Recap

And that’s a wrap! Ignite San Diego #6 is officially under our belts.

A huge thank you to all of incredible speakers, volunteers, our venue and all 400+ attendees who came out to cheer them on! If you missed out on Ignite San Diego #6 or you just want to relive the glory, there are a few things you can do!

  1. Check out our YouTube channel for a playlist of all the Ignite San Diego #6 talks, and talks from many of our past events.
  2. Share our YouTube videos with your friends and family! The live event is just the beginning of the lives of these Ignite talks!
  3. Make sure you’re subscribed to our email list so you don’t miss out on important updates. You can subscribe via the form here.
  4. Subscribe to our other social media channels like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so we can stay in touch!
  5. Start thinking about who you know that would make a great Ignite San Diego speaker! Or, start thinking about your topic! What are you passionate about? What would you like to share in 5 minutes? Enlighten us! But make it quick!

We’ll be back with the next Ignite San Diego event in Spring 2017!

Ignite San Diego #6 Talk Teasers

We are exactly ONE WEEK from Ignite San Diego #6! Can you feel the excitement in the air? We sure can.

To help you get ready for the event and learn a little more about our speakers, we’ve asked them to provide teasers for their talks, allowing you to “peek behind the curtain” a little before next week. Enjoy!!

Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned in a Dive Bar – Ellen Goodwin

Dive Bars, you either love them or hate them, but no matter what, they are microcosms of the world at large and as such they can teach us much about ourselves. So many people say “it’s a small world” but I believe it’s really just a big bar and we haven’t gone from one end of the bar to the other. And it’s that journey from end to end that teaches us so much about our lives and how we interact and live with other.

Oh, Chute! – Jan Lenhert

You know you want to do it. Yes, that quantum leap! Close your eyes if you must and just do the jump. I guarantee you will be rewarded with the most intense experience of your life.

Challenging Myths, Misconceptions, and Stereotypes About Polyamory – Selena Isela

Polyamory questions our defaults and challenges our definitions of intimate relationships. Starting with a crash course in polyamory, followed by direct challenges to the top myth, misconception, and stereotype about polyamory, I hope to provide clarification and increase awareness.

The Walking Dead—Homeless in San Diego – Lee Silber

Surprise! You can learn a lot of valuable lessons from the homeless in San Diego. I left the comfort of my beach house to live ON the beach with only a few dollars in my pocket. The idea was to learn what life on the streets to write the main character for my new novel. However, the experience changed me in profound ways I never expected.

EchoThief – Chris Warren

Every physical space responds distinctly to sounds created within. EchoThief is a virtualized collection of these unique sonic signatures: Alaskan glacial caves, subway tunnels, and abandoned artillery batteries. Let’s take a moment and listen to the spaces around us.

What I Learned About Love After Putting My Mom on Match – Sarah Elizabeth Richards

When my Mom called me sobbing to say she was divorcing my stepdad, she said she was through with love. “Who will want me at age 61?” she asked. So I secretly created a Match profile to prove her wrong. What followed was a feeding frenzy of suitors that made me rethink my beliefs that love is hard to find after a certain age. I’ll draw upon what I learned writing an advice column for eHarmony for the past three years and jumping into the San Diego dating pool after spending 15 years in Manhattan.

Some Assembly Required – Jillian Bukoski

I am a 22 year old with a “crippling disability.” Luckily I have had the opportunity to reinvent being disabled for the last two years. From climbing mountains to falling down rock faces I have taught disabled people to live with no excuses.

Don’t Believe You’d Pay a Woman Less? Here’s What You’re Missing – Kristen  Knepper

A male friend told me that he didn’t believe women made $.77 on the dollar. When I asked why, he told me he’d never pay a woman less and failed to believe anyone else would either. Not intentionally. But math doesn’t lie. So what is he (and maybe you) not considering?

Diversity and the Rez – Paula Curtiss

In their college applications,three best friends from North County are required to submit photos depicting their community’s diversity. As they scramble up mountains and down canyons, they encounter scenes from their community’s history as well as from their three families; one white, one Latino, one Native American. Small town North County meets Bill & Ted and they all apply to college.

What I Learned From Bike Pedals, Flat Tires and My Dog Ferris – Adrian Ortiz

In 2014 I earned my Master’s Degree, quit my corporate job, sold my beach condo, separated from my wife and cycled from Ocean Beach California to Key West Florida, with my dog. After five months and 4,500 miles of varying weather, mechanical breakdowns, colorful humans and a mushroom trip in Mexico, I discovered important life lessons that can be summed up using pedals, park benches and my dog Ferris. This is a story about saying yes to life and all of its rolling hills.

Emergency Beard Syndrome – What Happens When the World Can’t Process Your Beard? – Daniel Axelrod

How does the world react when a man has a beard down to his chest? Find out how men & women treat a man differently for each inch his beard grows… and what that means for identity and masculinity overall.

#FacebookOffish – Mia Mian

Ever tried learning something new in business? Chances are you heard the phrase “Oh that? Well, it’s like dating.” If everything in life is like dating, what does that mean as millennial’s change the norms, values, and expectations of dating as an institution?

How 175 Grams of Plastic Changed My Life – Kyle Olson

It’s rare to run into someone that isn’t familiar with a frisbee. It’s even more rare to run into someone who IS familiar with the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. Ultimate has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee and is one of the fastest growing sports around the world, yet remains obscure. Millions of people play Ultimate in youth leagues, high school and college teams, clubs and even professional leagues. In fact, San Diego’s pro team the Growlers just began their second season!

Explore San Diego with Childlike Wonder – Andy Bayon

Remember what it felt like as a kid spending time outside climbing trees, finding a trail that led you on an adventure, capturing frogs and collecting shells? I will talk about how to reconnect with our sense of childlike excitement and wonder, and why America’s Finest City is the perfect place to be inspired by nature. Through the lens of your five-year-old self, discover all there is to see and do in San Diego’s three climate zones. Get ready to add some hidden gems to your adventure list!

Locally Grown Politics – Michael Higham

We empower politicians by using our right to vote, but at the national level we are by and large skeptical and wary of those seeking office. However, right here in our streets of San Diego we can see and feel the changes our local and state officials make. When go out to vote, we cannot overlook the candidates and issues down the ballot that determine how our city thrives.

Gratitude Gorilla vs Guerrilla Gratitude? – Matthew Baker

WTF? Gratitude gorilla is easy. It’s the 800 pound gorilla in the room. If he’s your friend, (house, car, health, relationship, etc.). Really easy to be grateful. If shit goes sideways (hot water heater blows out, you get stranded on the freeway) a little harder right? Guerrilla gratitude. Small things. The things we take for granted. The air in our tires, the electricity that comes out of the plugs in our walls, and more.

Monsters In My Closet: A Life Bringing Horror to San Diego – Miguel Rodriguez

I spend my life, money, and energy exploring and presenting horror cinema to the public. Why is this so important to me? The reasons may surprise you.

I Want to Change Your Problems into Pinatas – Krista Wright

As a sensitive young artist and human being I understand how hard life can be sometimes. There is one thing that gets me by though, and it is the idea that these huge monstrosities that life throws at me are just piñatas. That’s right piñatas!

As of this moment we are down to less than 40 tickets remaining.  Tickets are only $15 (that’s less than $1/talk) and can be purchased at Eventbrite here. Then RSVP on Facebook, so you can invite friends and get all our important updates.

Meet Your Ignite San Diego #6 Speakers

First, we’d like to offer a huge thank you to everyone who submitted a talk for Ignite San Diego #6. We received more than 60 incredible submissions, but we only have space for 18 speakers at each event. Our selection committee definitely had their work cut out for them. Congratulations to everyone who was selected. To those of you who were not selected, please, please, PLEASE do not be discouraged — submit again next time!

Without further ado, in no particular order, since we never reveal the lineup until the night of the event, here are your Ignite San Diego #6 speakers!

Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned in a Dive Bar – Ellen Goodwin

Oh, Chute! – Jan Lenhert

Challenging Myths, Misconceptions, and Stereotypes About Polyamory – Selena Isela

The Walking Dead—Homeless in San Diego – Lee Silber

EchoThief – Chris Warren

What I Learned About Love After Putting My Mom on Match – Sarah Elizabeth Richards

Some Assembly Required – Jillian Bukoski

Don’t Believe You’d Pay a Woman Less? Here’s What You’re Missing – Kristen Knepper

Diversity and the Rez – Paula Curtiss

What I Learned From Bike Pedals, Flat Tires and My Dog Ferris – Adrian Ortiz

Emergency Beard Syndrome – What Happens When the World Can’t Process Your Beard? – Daniel Axelrod

#FacebookOffish – Mia Mian

How 175 Grams of Plastic Changed My Life – Kyle Olson

Explore San Diego with Childlike Wonder – Andy Bayon

Locally Grown Politics – Michael Higham

Gratitude Gorilla vs Guerrilla Gratitude? – Matthew Baker

Monsters In My Closet: A Life Bringing Horror to San Diego – Miguel Rodriguez

I Want to Change Your Problems into Pinatas – Krista Wright

Want to see this awesome lineup? Of course you do! Tickets go on sale THIS Saturday, April 16 at 9 AM. Tickets are only $15 (that’s less than $1/talk) and can be purchased at Eventbrite here. Then RSVP on Facebook, so you can invite friends and get all our important updates.

In the meantime, spread the word, share the love, tag your friends! Ignite San Diego is a relatively new event, so share this awesome lineup, let us know what you’re excited to hear about, and help the Ignite community grow.

Once again, thanks to each and every one of you who submitted and who helped select the talks. It’s people like you who make the Ignite community so amazing. Looking forward to a fantastic event!

5 Reasons You Can’t Submit A Talk for Ignite San Diego

As you probably know, Ignite San Diego submissions are due Wednesday, April 6 at midnight. That’s two weeks from today, which means you have plenty of time to put together a great title (we can’t stress how important your title is!), 500 characters about your talk and 300 characters about you.

 

Right? No, because here are 5 things you think are standing in your way. Of course, these aren’t REAL reasons. These are just common myths, and we’re going to explain why they aren’t true.21851844474_57dbc8bac6_k

  1. I don’t have any public speaking experience. So what? Great! Even better, actually. Ignite talks are rigid, with exactly 5 minutes and exactly 20 slides. Throw in the fact that they auto-advance every 15 seconds and you definitely need to be on your game. So if your talk gets picked, you have to practice your talk. But that doesn’t mean you need to have any prior speaking experience. In fact, in our experience, experienced speakers sometimes think they can “wing it.” You can’t wing an Ignite talk. So, yes, speaking at Ignite will require time and practice. But no, speaking at Ignite does not require any previous speaking experience. But it is a great opportunity for your FIRST speaking experience — to get up on stage and speak for 5 minutes about something you really love.
  2. My job is boring, so I don’t have anything to talk about. This isn’t a corporate conference. Maybe you’re a lawyer Monday through Friday but on the weekends you’re becoming a certified skydive instructor. So, maybe the latter would make a slightly more interesting Ignite talk… Just saying.
  3. My interests are interesting to other people. Actually, the audience at Ignite probably doesn’t KNOW anything about your interests. The room at Ignite is about as heterogenous of an audience as you can get. We’re not congregating around a certain topic or interest. The only thing we all have in common is that we’re San Diegans. So even though all your friends share your interest, Ignite is a great opportunity to talk about what you love outside of a group of like-minded individuals. Open our horizons!
  4. I really love this one thing, but I’m not an expert. Not a problem! You don’t need credentials to be an Ignite speaker since this isn’t TED talks or a professional conference. Ignite is the perfect spot to talk about what you love, why you love it, how you discovered it (maybe you bought a Groupon? Or your passion moved in at your house. Or you did it for love.) Tell us YOUR story. 
  5. I don’t have time to put a whole presentation together by Wednesday, April 6. Good news, you don’t need to submit a presentation. Or a video. Just fill out this form with your Title, Description (500 characters) and Bio (300 characters). If your talk gets picked, you’ll attend a mandatory speaker training session here we’ll go over how to put your slides together, how to develop your talk and all the other details you need to know.

Ok, so you’re out of excuses. Join us on stage on Thursday, May 19 at the San Diego Museum of Art. But first, you’ll need to get on over to our submit page and give us what you got by Wednesday, April 6 at midnight.

Ignite San Diego #5 Recap (And Important #6 Info)

We know, we know. It’s been too long. You miss us. Well, we miss you too! I don’t think we’ve seen each other since back in October at the Central Library Auditorium when we had the biggest and best Ignite event yet! You remember, right? Earwigs, Bitcoin, bees, medical marijuana, community gardening.

Well, thanks to our fantastic video partner, Blue Lava Studios, you can relive Ignite San Diego #5 over and over again on our YouTube channel. Check out everything from gang prevention, microaggressions and that lonely melon.

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And they even captured the hilarious rounds of Ignite Karaoke. Did someone say cats? Check out the videos below:

If you didn’t make it to Ignite San Diego #5, here’s what you missed:

  • 80 submissions!
  • 18 speakers
  • Ignite San Diego’s youngest speaker yet at 13, giving us a crucial lesson in bipartisan politics
  • 13 wonderful sponsors
  • 22 volunteers
  • 1 awesome local non-profit partner, San Diego Futures Foundation
  • 200 Ballast Point beers sold to raise money for SDFF
  • 1351 views (so far!) on our Ignite San Diego #5 YouTube playlist

Thank you to everyone who was a part of Ignite San Diego #5 and for helping us grow our community. And check out the great photos from Frank Rodrick of StrayShots Photography over on Flickr

Ignite San Diego #6 is just around the corner. Submissions are open, and here’s what you need to know.

We’ll be at a new venue: We had to say goodbye to our wonderful friends at the San Diego Central Library. They have the best events team we’ve had the pleasure of working with to date, and we couldn’t have brought Ignite San Diego back without their help and belief in our mission.

For Ignite San Diego #6, we’ll be at the 400-person James S. Copley Auditorium at the San Diego Museum of Art. Awesome local food and beverage will be available for purchase at Panama 66 next door and we’ll be gathering for music and mingling in the sculpture garden. It’s a gorgeous venue and we’re thrilled to be in the heart of San Diego’s historic Balboa Park.  

Submissions are now open through Wednesday, April 6 at midnight. As always, we will select 18 speakers. But the clock is ticking, so submit your talk or nudge your friends to submit today!

Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 16: Speakers will be announced the week of April 11 and tickets go on sale Saturday, April 16 via Eventbrite here. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss out!

Sponsorships available: Want to support the Ignite San Diego community? Sponsorships start at $100. More information is available here.We couldn’t put these awesome events on without our sponsors. Speaking of sponsors, a huge thank you to the Ignite San Diego #4 sponsors!

And Your Ignite San Diego #5 Presenters Are…

We had 80 submissions for Ignite San Diego #5, up from 50 submissions for Ignite San Diego #4. That’s more than a 50% increase,  which just goes to show how much San Diego loves Ignite! Awww…we love you guys too.  To everyone who took the time to submit, we thank you sincerely! To those who were not selected, please consider re-submitting next time.

The competition was fierce, and needless to say, our distinguished selection committee members had their work cut out for them!  But after some serious study, debate and even a little bloodshed (seriously, someone cut his foot on a chair), they finally arrived at a consensus. So without further delay, we present to you the Ignite San Diego #5 speaker lineup for October 22, 2015 (note: in no particular order and this is not the order of the event):

Earwigs in Love Madeline McCurry-Schmidt

Feel Your City Breathe – Data Hidden Behind a Single City Block Maksim Pecherskiy

Would You Like Morphine With That? Russell Haight

I Smoke Pot. And Oh, So Should You. Nick Musica

What California Can Learn from Water-Stressed Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa Daniel Goldberg

How Improvisation Can Help You Take Over the World Amy Lisewski

Mind Your Metaphors Rose Hendricks

Post Traumatic Stress – It’s an Injury Not a Disorder Kathy Allan

Cryptocurrency Crash Course: How Bitcoin Works Chris Groshong

Nourishment in the Most Unlikely Places Sommer Cartier

Being Connie Chung Edna Nerona

A Gender Called Glitterbutch Liat Wexler

Stand up or Shut up? Navigating Microaggressions in the World of White Men Meghan Seawell

A Lonely Melon Sandeep Ponnuru

What If Gang Prevention Programs Made Things Worse? (And What Should Be Done Instead) Christopher Yanov

In Theory, You’re Paying Attention Erik Peterson

A Bipartisan Inspiration Yasha Kharrati

I Have 100,000 Bees on My Roof. You Should, Too. Erin Holko

Excited and intrigued? Us too! So now what?

1.Help us spread the word! Ignite San Diego is a relatively new event, so share the good news and help the Ignite community grow.

2. Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 26th at 9am when you can buy your tickets here. We sold out the last event very quickly, so chop chop with the ticket buying! Event is October 22.

3. Want to get involved and show more support? Sponsorship starts at $100 and we could always use more smiling volunteers.

Once again, thanks to each and every one of you who submitted and who helped select the talks. It’s people like you who make the Ignite community so amazing. Looking forward to a fantastic event!

Jill Badonsky: What I Learned from Ignite San Diego

Jill Badonsky is founder of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training, artist, poet, and author of three inspiring and witty books on creativity. She delivered Ain’t No Ballerinas in Hip-Hop at Ignite San Diego #4. Submit your talk at www.ignitesandiego.org/speak.

Last February, I had the good fortune of being chosen as a presenter at Ignite San Diego. It’s one of the highlights of my 2015. Here are some things I learned:

Read guidelines thoroughly before applying.

I had no idea what I was getting into. My toastmasters club sent around a link to something called Ignite San Diego. I loved the name, it involved speaking and slides both of which I am fond, so I applied and got accepted. THEN I found out it was twenty slides that changed every 15 seconds whether I was ready or not. I felt a little anxious.

But I did it anyway.

You can rise to the unexpected challenges.

Maybe I felt a little anxious but the challenge to make this happen mobilized my inner resources. Bring it on! I surpassed the worry that I could find images to illustrate my message, to find ones that I was able to use without impinging on copyright laws, to get it done when I was inflicted with the three week cough that was going around, to NOT cough during my presentation when I had had a coughing attack the day before in a class I was teaching. When faced with multiple challenges and surpassing those challenges, I believe we strengthen a muscle that not only applies to the task at hand but gives us confidence, motivation, and courage to do other things that expand our experience of life.

Not a bad fringe benefit to go away with.

Don’t fall prey to destructive comparison

Then there was the worry that my presentation would not measure up to everyone else’s presentation.

As a creativity coach, I know that comparison is common but it can be toxic. It can derail us and haunt us. Our inner critic can have a field day with “They’re better than you, you’re going to look bad!” To choose to see those who do the same things we are doing without judging ourselves or criticizing them as a defense to feel better, is to access a greater part of ourselves, again developing a skill we can use in many areas of our lives.

It took some mental gymnastics but I felt honored to be in this group of fellow courage-troopers. They were brilliant, ignited my inspiration and made me laugh.

An awesome audience is exhilarating.

The people who showed up to watch our presentations were supportive, enthusiastic, and their energy inspired my highest performance.

I’m so grateful I participated in Ignite San Diego. I’m so grateful I got to see what others presented. It was fun to work with the organizers and the participants.  The confidence and sense of accomplishment I feel are gifts that continue to serve me.

Connect with Jill at www.themuseisin.com or www.kaizenmuse.com.

 

 

Ignite San Diego #5 Submission Deadline Extended

Maybe it was the nice long weekend, the perfect weather or the delicious cocktails. Whatever it was, the organizing committee has decided to give you a little more time on your submission for Ignite San Diego #5.

So now you have until Friday September 11 at midnight, but not a minute longer! The selection committee will be gathering this weekend to make the decisions, so you’ll know by early next week what talks were selected.

So once again, make sure to go over to our submissions page and tell us about your idea, story, hobby and/or passion.

Happy submitting!

Ignite: About as vulnerable as you can be with your clothes on

Matt Baker gave the Ignite talk The 90-Day Itch at Ignite San Diego #4. 

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Why did I sign up to speak for Ignite?  Initially I just wanted to speak in front of a big group on a stage with lights and cameras and action.  I didn’t really know what I was going to speak about when I decided I wanted to submit a talk, I just knew I wanted to speak.

When I sat down and actually watched previous Ignite videos I realized, OMG the slides change on their own.  Yikes.  Enter fear.  That would mean I have to memorize stuff.  Sort of.  I’m not a memorizer.  I’m more of a big picturer.  An, “I expand on ideas until my time is up and mostly adlib kind of guy”.  This was going to be challenge.

And challenge me it did.  It scared me.  And I’ve never been scared to speak in front of an audience.   And then it forced me to actually practice.  And prepare.  I practiced my ass off.  Poured myself into it hoping that the additional practice and preparation would ease my fears.  It didn’t.

I showed up anyway.

When I got to the event and started mingling, I noticed something.  The other 17 speakers were scared too.  We were in this together.  The excitement and camaraderie of fear.

18 people nervously chatting with each other, about to throw themselves out there and be about as vulnerable as a person can be with their clothes on.  “Here’s what I think is really cool.  I hope you don’t think it sucks.”

Then one by one each person gets their turn to speak.  And one by one that camaraderie of fear turns into the camaraderie of achievement.  Feels great no matter how old you are or how many times you’ve felt it.

I was fortunate in that I was one of the first to speak, so I got to hear nearly every speech as an audience member.  I didn’t have to practice in my head or read my notes while I listened to everyone else.  I just got to listen and watch.

Here’s what I want to hear as an Ignite audience member. I wanna hear about that motorcycle that was sitting in your dad’s garage that you pulled out and fixed up. I wanna hear about you learning how to make quilts.  About the worst vacation you’ve ever had.

I want to laugh, I want to cry, I want to think, I want to change the way I think, I want to feel, I want to jump up and cheer…

And I want it all in 5 minutes using 20 slides to illustrate your story.