All Around the World

Ignite Talks was started in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Since the first Ignite took place in Seattle around 10 years ago, Ignite has become an international phenomenon, with Ignite events produced in Helsinki, Tunisia, Paris, New York City and over 350 other locations in between.

Ignite’s mission is “everyone speaks." We believe that public speaking builds confidence in individuals and that events like Ignite build community. Our goal is to make it possible for anyone, anywhere, to learn to present their ideas and their stories.

Ignite is also about having fun, and showing that presentations don’t need to be about “death by PowerPoint.”

An Event of Our Own

Ignite Lincoln began in 2010. In 2013, to increase Ignite’s impact on the community, organizers selected five nonprofits to receive 100% of the proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales (as voted on by the audience) with $5,000 going to Launch Leadership in celebration of Ignite Lincoln 5. We have done so every year since with a $1,000 increase in the winning amount.

The Crew Behind the Magic

Your Ignite Lincoln planning committee is:

Ben Spence, Committee Chair
Hannah Bauer
Aaron Bowen
Tim Burke
John Coffey
Gene Deyoe
Cheryl Hansen
Randy Hawthorne
Ronni Lanham
Jay Wilkinson
Tawnya Starr Wilkinson