Ignite 9 Program

Please RSVP at igniteannarbor.eventbrite.com – admission is free

Friday Nov 7, 2014 – 7pm

Take Back Date Night: Redefining Dinner and a Movie
Nan Bauer@nanettesfeast
I Wanna Fly You
Jim Gilligan
Day of the Triffids or Day of Reckoning?
Kirsti Ashworth
Fugget about it – The Right to Be Forgotten
Kevin Norris@BeGuidedAccordingly
Acoustic Imaging of Cells & Tissues
Frank Winterroth
Bareknuckle Democracy
Mary Morgan@MaryA2Chronicle
The Gamified Classroom: Inspiring Consumers to Create
Nate Aschenbach & David Arditti@gamestartschool
Making Brewster: Building a laser lightshow projector into a beer keg
Mike Gould


Violin Monster@ViolinMonster
RP: The Cruelest Eye Disease
Patti Smith@TeacherPatti
Instead of College Debt?
Jennifer Shikes Haines@jenshaines
Jack of All Trades, Master of None
Jack Dean@jackp_dean
Using Water Wisely: Olla Irrigation Updated
Linda Diane Feldt@lindadianefeldt
Taking Time to Nurture Passion
Jennifer Bond @TeamBond
Place(deuce)-Making: Leveraging the Arts for Ann Arbor
Omari Rush@RushOmari

Ignite 9 – Nov 7th 2014 – Call for Speakers

There comes a time every year when the cry goes out across the land: “All ye awesome people, distill your remarkable efforts down to 5 minutes of entertaining speech, and accompany it with 20 images that will auto-advance every 15 seconds.”

That time is now. That land is Ann Arbor. This .. is the Ignite Ann Arbor 9 Call for Speakers.

Ignite talks are 5 minute talks where the speaker gets 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. We think that breeds creativity, and we like to see talks on a very wide range of topics, as you can see by looking at some of the previous talks in the tabs above.

A very big thank you goes to the U of M Master of Entrepreneurship program for providing Blau Auditorium at Ross Business School as our venue!

Ignite Ann Arbor 9 will take place at 7pm on Friday November 7th.

YOU can give an Ignite talk. We know it. The program is selected from the applicants by the Ignite organizers based on the submitted talk titles and descriptions. We’re looking for people we don’t know, people who don’t look like us, don’t act like us, don’t think like us. We’re looking for you!

Need examples to spur you on? Click one of the Ignite tabs above to see videos from a previous event, such as Ignite 8.


Application Deadline is 11:59pm, October 3rd October 5th
Speaker Selection by October 10th
Slide submission in 20-page PDF deadline: October 24th
Runthroughs with Washtenaw Toastmasters: around weekend of Nov 1-2
Ignite 9 : 7pm Friday November 7th

Ignite 8 2013-11-17

  • You can RSVP for a few more hours.  If you didn’t register don’t worry about it, we take walk ups! Come on down to Ignite!
  • We’re keeping an eye on the weather, hopefully it blows through before 7pm.
  • Follow the conversation on twitter #ignitea2
  • Follow @ignitea2 !

Live Stream:


Every Home Should Have a Turret
Gyll Stanford –
What is an artist book? . . . and why I can’t tell you
Annette Haines –
Not Your Grand-Daddy’s Conlang
Ed Cormany – @ecormany
Yes I can… the right answer to most questions.
Chuck Bultman –
Artist in the Wilderness
Leslie Sobel –
A Free Market for Michigan Tech Talent?
David Blanchard –
Do It Together: Community Bicycle Repair in Ann Arbor
Benjamin Schultz – @common_cycle
How I Lost My Cynicism Without Losing My F*cking Edge
Jensie Wight Simkins – @jensie_simkins


Elementary Students Generate Clean, Renewable Electricity from Junk
George Albercook – @albercook
Your Devil, or Deity (if you have one), might be in the Small Data
Jackie Cohen – @jczetta
It Wasn’t My Fault!
David Bloom – @factotem
Confessions of an Elder-in-Training
Jeanne Mackey –
Life as a Digital Nomad
David Sickmiller – @davidsickmiller
The Terawatt Problem or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sun
Steven Sherman –
The Cat Lady Learns to Fly
Elizabeth Skene – @elizabethskene
Make Your Own Booze (without Going Blind)
David Erik Nelson – @SquiDaveo



Ignite 8 Call for Speakers!

Apply Now

Ignite Ann Arbor 8 will be held at Blau Auditorium, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, at 7pm on Sunday November 17th, 2013! We are excited to bring Ignite to Ann Arbor again and are eager to see what the community comes up with.

A very big thank you goes to the U of M Master of Entrepreneurship program for providing Blau Auditorium as our venue!

Ignite talks are 5 minute talks where the speaker gets 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. We think that breeds creativity, and we like to see talks on a very wide arrange of topics, as you can see by looking at some of the previous talks to the left.

If you are interested, please fill out our application! The deadline for applying is midnight on October 17th, 2013. We encourage you to talk about something you have experience with, something you’ve done, or something whimsical. We’ve had more than a hundred talks, from hacking together your own camping equipment to holding a home funeral, from tracking your sleep to roller derby, from homemade near-space balloons to original fiction.

YOU can do this. Apply Now.

Ignite 7 Live Stream

Live Program Updates at @ignitea2 – Show begins at 7pm Eastern Time

Front Row View

Streaming by Ustream

Screen View

Free desktop streaming application by Ustream

You can play both at once, and mute the sound on one. One will have control room audio, one will have camera audio. The slide view should have the best audio, from the control room.

How to Fly an Airplane (in 60 seconds)
Andy Fowler – @andyfowler
Awesome New World
Greg Austic – @austiclabs
Dynamic Design: The Wild World of Japanese Movie Posters
Jeremy Wheeler – @JeremyWheeler
Five Ways to Figure Out if Your Startup is the Next Google
Maya Ben Ari
Put ‘Em Up: Home Food Preservation
Cynthia Hodges – @momskitchen
My Duty as a Mature Adult (haha I said “duty”)
Steve Schwartz – @jangosteve
Introducing… iBus
Don Kline – @DonDoesIt
Brian Ralph Short – @andessurvivor

– I N T E R M I S S I O N –

Lucid Dreaming: Questioning Reality
Miheer Sapre
Speaking Up
Annie Wolock – @a2annie
Tactile Comics
Adam Kempa – @adamkempa
Hacking Education: How Hackers are Helping the Next Generation
Dana Nelson – @DanaHeibai
Are You The Next Mad Men?
Evelyn Chou – @evyfindstheway
Publish Early, Publish Often
Kevin Dangoor – @dangoor
Scrubbed: Space, Florida, Disappointment
Peter Baker – @ptrbkr
Spread the Warmth, Save Lives
Grace Hsia – @GoGettingGrace
Power and Change through Burlesque
Evelyn Hollenshead – @thetickledfancy

Thanks to our Wonderful Sponsors!

We really appreciate your support! UM Center For Entrepreneurship has been a long time supporter. Duo Security is a local startup providing easy two-factor authentication as a service. The Michigan Masters of Entrepreneurship Program has generously provided Blau Auditorium for Ignite. Washtenaw Toastmasters provided speaking guidance and coaching at our run through sessions that was very helpful to our speakers!