5 Minutes. 20 Slides. 1 Passion.

Next show TBA Spring 2019

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

We are a volunteer-run geek event open to everyone. All talks are 5 minutes (20 slides x 15 seconds/slide).

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Thank you to our recent speakers who Lit Up the Night

Click photo to see where these speakers’ passions runs deep and wide.
Next Ignite Zurich event is Spring 2019. Speaker applications welcome.

Brian Iselin

Lisa Christen

Brain Hacks: The Secret to Performing Your Best When It Counts The Most

Jack Vincent

Yvan Monneron

Imperialism of Ideas

Jim Carson

Nick Bubb

Wildlife Conservation: A Role For Everyone

Sabine van T Hart

Daniel Fels

The Original Cell Phones

Ossama Khalaf

Tanya König

Moderator and MC for our event
Lesley Stephenson

Ariane Leanza Heinz


Reginald B. Saunders

Mark Heinz

What (good) Teachers Will Never Teach You

Reginald B. Saunders

Anka Grzywacz

Good Enough Sex

Marcus Gisi

Shelly Verma

The Story that made me fall in love with Storytelling

Marcus Gisi

Mikey Santopaolo

Let’s write a song

Guido Schwarz

Madhur Seth

Dreams and Emotional Intelligence
Joel Blom

Joel Blom



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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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Ignite Zurich at Kraftwerk

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If you have questions about Ignite, or would like to provide some feedback, please contact us.

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