What’s Your Passion?

Ignite is an internationally syndicated presentation series with a unique twist: 20 speakers fire off 20 slides in just 5 minutes each, for a night of inspiration-filled, rapid-fire talks.

Share what matters most to you. We’re seeking Tampa Bay’s most passionate and talented people to share stories, ideas, and inspiration. Everyone is welcome to submit a talk as long as you have something compelling to say, we want to hear it.

Start thinking now about submitting a talk for Ignite 2018.

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June 13, 2018

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Palladium Theater

253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Ignite Tampa Bay is a fun, fast-paced, evening of presentations where speakers gather to share their knowledge and passion.

Each speaker gets exactly five minutes to teach, enlighten, or inspire the crowd, all backed up by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds.

Talks cover a wide range of (often geeky) topics, from roller skating to nuclear reactors.

Ignite Tampa Bay’s unique rapid-fire format draws a loyal audience that reflects our vibrant community, often filling our venues to capacity. Each event is different, but you’re sure to experience talks that will educate, inspire, motivate, and entertain.The Ignite concept first appeared in Seattle in 2006 and has since spread to many cities across the globe. We brought Ignite to Tampa Bay in 2011, and have been running events annually since.  You can find videos from past Ignite Tampa Bay events below or in our video archive.

Ignite Tampa Bay is a production of Technova Florida, Inc., a Tampa-based nonprofit dedicated to creating resilient, radically inclusive tech and maker communities that empower positive change.

Our all volunteer organization produces other events throughout the year including Barcamp Tampa Bay each fall.

Look Who Gave a Talk in 2017!

At 6:00 pm we will open the doors to the historic Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg for the eighth annual Ignite Tampa Bay! Get to the event early and enjoy beer or wine from the theater bar on site, mingle with other guests and speakers.  Seating will begin at 6:30 and the event will kick off at 7:00 pm sharp with opening remarks and an introduction from our emcee.  Twenty talks broken into segments of ten each with a 20 minute break midway through and the evening will wrap-up at approximately 9:45pm.

Check Out Our Impressive Lineup of Passionate Speakers!

*Please note these are presented in no particular order nor is this the order presenters will give their talks at the event. We typically have >100 speaker submissions each year on average and unfortunately the speaker selection committee can only select 20 talks. We strive for diversity and to represent as many segments of our community as possible.  The overwhelming response by all of you demonstrates the passion of the bay are community members. 

Talk Title Speaker
It’s your fault if your job is sucking the life out of you! Ashley Grant

5 Tips for a Little More Happy

Peter Radizeski

Encouraging Women in Tech

Karla Campos

Smart Innovation: What Can Government Learn from Startups?

Chris Paradies

The Coral Lazarus Effect

Dr. Michael Crosby

Building a Film Making Community in Tampa

Chris Krimitsos

The Power of Passion in Progressing a Place

Ryan Lilly

How Stand-up Comedy, Improv and Yoga saved my life!

Susan Guidi

How the blockchain and smart contracts will change our lives

Michael O’Rourke

Technological Singularity: What Is It, and Will It Happen?

Steve Tingiris

What Are You Worth?

Susan O’Neal

Green Hyperloop Down the High-Tech Corridor

Wayne Rasanen

Mental Silliness with Mental Illness

Gabriel Dicristofaro

My Music Life

Dottye Stewart

Hyper-Localization is Suffocating Innovation & Progress

Tori Molnar

Unapologetically Black

Kyle Jackson

Dating with the Scarlet “E” (as in, Entrepreneur)

Kate Whatley

Anyone Can Learn Anything Giselle Mota
Personalization and the Fragmentation of Society Tracy Ingram
Untold Stories Nile Nickel
Active Citizenship Juhl Kore
Marketing, Vanity Metrics and Beer. Ron Favali

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