5 Minutes. 20 Slides. 1 Passion.

Friday 8 December 2017 from 18:30

@ Impact Hub Kraftwerks (a.k.a. Selnau Project)

Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have a burning idea and the guts to get on stage and share it with their hometown crowd.

Ignite Zürich is open to everyone. All talks are 5 minutes (20 slides x 15 seconds/slide).

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Thank you! to our last show’s Speakers* – they killed it!

*Now accepting Ignite talk applications for Dec. 8th show in new 200-seat Impact Hub “Kraftwerks” auditorium

Brian Iselin

Brian Islelin

Ending Modern Slavery

Danna Levy Hoffmann

Danna Levy Hoffmann

Grandma’s Way
Jim Carson

James (Jim) Paul Carson

The Camino de Santiago Virus
Sahar El Khoury

Sahar El Khoury

The Ultimate Unknown
Frederic Dreher

Master Frederic Dreher

True Self — the Taekwondo Way
Lesley Stephenson

Michelle Seaton-Witte

MC December Show

Reginald B. Saunders

Reginald B. Saunders

Find Your Greatness!
Léo Davesne

Léo Davesne

Why Do Most Projects Fail?
Michelle Seaton Witte

Michelle Seaton Witte

How to Be Funny

Joel Blom

Joel Blom

Lead Organizer Ignite Zurich


Speak at Ignite

Who's this for?

Speaking at Ignite is an unforgettable experience. You come on stage. Your palms sweat. You can hear the thump of your blood rushing. Your voice cracks for an instant and then you launch into a rant for 300 straight seconds, wearing your passion on your sleeve, barely pausing to breathe. The crowd goes wild.

What's your burning idea?

There is no theme for Ignite. You can talk about virtually anything as long as you can show us your passion for it. What’s the thing you most geek out about? What’s the topic of conversation that quickens your pulse and sets your toe a-tappin’? That is what we want to hear you speak about.

The Ignite Audience

The audience at Ignite is generous and patient. They know the Ignite format is difficult, and they realize you might be an absolute beginner at public speaking. Don’t worry – they’ve got your back. You’re giving them your passion and your vulnerability, and they love you for that. You won’t find a more appreciative audience at any other event.


All speakers get equal time and equal billing. All talks are 5 minutes. You create 20 slides, and we set them up to auto-advance every 15 seconds.

This ain't self-help time

Some people think Ignite is about self-help talks. It isn’t. Nobody wants to hear a preachy pep talk. We’re already “good enough and smart enough,” so let’s keep this about you and your passionate ideas.

Seriously, no pitching

Finally, we’re serious about the no pitching thing. We know that sometimes a speaker must mention their profession in order to give their talk context, which is totally fine. But Ignite is not the place to tout your organization or to troll for clients.

Let me speak!

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please contact us.

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