Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea - and the guts to get on stage and share it. Run by local volunteers, Ignite London is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in our city.
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Become a Speaker
Thinking about doing a talk? Submissions for June 12 are due June 1st at midnight. Just email gavin (at) ignitelondon.ca with your name, brief (1 or 2 sentence) summary of your topic and a little bit about yourself!
Step 1: Get inspired
Scott Berkun from Ignite Seattle puts our fears to rest and inspires us to tell our story in exactly 5 minutes with 20 auto-advancing slides.
Step 2: Know the rules
In order to keep presentation times and expectations equal for all presenters, there are a number of rules that all presentations must follow.
1. Your talk proposal should be submitted 15 days before the Ignite event. Not all talk proposals make it to the schedule, but we aim to fit in as many passionate and unique ideas as we can.
2. Your talk must be exactly 5 minutes long. This is an extremely short amount of time. Be sure to practice your presentation to make sure you don’t go over time. We will give the MC permission to use a giant cane to drag offstage any speakers who go over 5 minutes. Make sure you are wrapping up on your last slide.
3. Your talk must be accompanied by 20 unique slides. Your talk should not hinge on transitions, animation or sound. If you have a video in one of your slides, you have to be able to talk over it, and be prepared if the video does not play – this slide will still be displayed for exactly 15 seconds. Presentations must be submitted to me in .ppt format. I believe it will be presented in Microsoft Power Point, but this may change. Also, be sure to use high-contrasting colours, as we do not know the condition of the projector we will be using.
4. Slides will auto-advance every 15 seconds. Keep this time limit in mind while crafting your slides, as 15 seconds is not a lot of time for your audience to read. Auto-advancing can help you with your pacing, but it can also be overwhelming if you cannot keep up with the slides. Practice, practice, practice!
5. Your slides are due 7 days before the Ignite event. Please email your presentation to gavin [at] ignitelondon [dot] ca . You cannot make changes to your presentation after emailing it in.
Note: Your presentation will be recorded. The video camera will most likely be on a tripod, angled in such a way as to show you and your slides. Your presentations will be publicly viewable on the IgniteLondon.ca website, and may be used to promote future events.
Step 3: Send us your proposal by the Deadline
Email a short blurb to gavin [at] ignitelondon [dot] ca outlining who you are and why you are excited to talk about your topic.