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Jemimah Knight speaking at #igniteLDN4 – Photo by paulclarke.com

Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Radar and Bre Pettis of Make. Since then hundreds of five minute talks have been given across the world. Besides Seattle, there are thriving Ignite communities in Portland, Sydney, NYC and a lot more.The idea is simple: presenters are required to stick to a rigid format of 20 slides, each of which changes automatically after 15 seconds, ensuring that each presentation is exactly 5 minutes long. The format forces presenters to think long and hard about every slide.

Presentation topics are diverse, and range from technology, travel, personal hobbies and passions and the arts. The only rule is that speakers cannot promote their own business ventures. If you want more information, please contact us. If you’re feeling brave and want to speak, learn all about how here.

The next Ignite London event is being held on 15th November 2012. Subscribe to the website, follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook group to receive updates.

Previous Ignite London Events

Ignite London 6

Ignite London 6 was held at 93 Feet East in Shoreditch on 3rd May 2012. The event was co-organised by Andy Kervell (who also served as the MC for the evening), Richard Johnson, Craig Smith & Claire Ross. The event was proudly sponsored by Wiley and held at our venue sponsor 93 Feet East. This free event sold out within 5 minutes to an audience of over 350. The following speakers presented (in order of appearance):

Ignite London 5

Ignite London 5 was held at 93 Feet East in Shoreditch on 8th November 2011. The event was co-organised by Andy Kervell (who also served as the MC for the evening), Richard Johnson, Claire Ross & Craig Smith. The event was proudly part of Internet Week Europe with our venue sponsor 93 Feet East. This free event sold out within 5 minutes to an audience of over 350 and was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth programme. The following speakers presented (in order of appearance):

Ignite London 4

Ignite London #4 was held at our largest venue yet, 93 Feet East in Shoreditch on 8th February 2011. The event was co-organised by Andy Kervell (who also served as the MC for the evening), Craig Smith, Richard Johnson and Claire Ross. Our assisting sponsor was Flip Video, promotional friend was FatDux and the venue sponsor was 93 Feet East. This free event sold out within 5 minutes to an audience of over 350. The following speakers presented (in order of appearance):

  • Alasdair Allan Who Owns Your Data?
  • Charlotte YoungArt Bollocks (or Stupid Kunst)
  • Ryan O’ConnellPretending to be an expert
  • Andrew BettsHow Standards Changed The World
  • Hayley Sudbury – The Surprise Economy and The British Food Revolution
  • Paul DowneyI-Spy
  • Maxwell Roberts – Underground Maps: Design Challenges & Challenging Designs
  • Michael ReeveDoes the Dice Man play God?
  • Steve BerryHow George Lucas’ empire destroyed the British toy industry
  • Kate BirkwoodWhy Libraries Are Great
  • Paul ClarkeMusic is mostly about cheating
  • Jemimah KnightThe Knight Patisserie
  • Ant MillerMaker Faires in general and one Maker Faire in particular
  • Aden DaviesCan Silicon Valley / Roundabout / any other geographic location where technology companies live, disrupt the world of banking?
  • Peter GasstonThe Top 10 Best Biases
  • Mark WubbenBuilding Interactive Installations in Five Days (and a bit)
  • Leila JohnstonMaking Things Fast
  • Tom ScottI Know What You Did Five Minutes Ago

Ignite London 3

Ignite London 3 was held again at The Luminaire in Kilburn on 28th September 2010. We were sad to hear of it’s closing at the end of 2010 and thankful for previous attendees visit their Wake Week gigs during March 2011. The event was co-organised by Andy Kervell (who also served as the MC for the evening), Craig Smith, Richard Johnson, Claire Ross and Dave Joyner. Our presenting sponsor was O’Reilly GMT and the venue sponsor was The Luminaire. This free event sold out within 5 minutes to an audience of over 250. The following speakers presented (in order of appearance):

Ignite London 2

Ignite London 2 was held at The Luminaire in Kilburn on Tuesday, 2nd March 2010 as part of Global Ignite Week. The event was co-organised by Amy Thibodeau, Dan Zambonini, Andy Kervell (who also served as the MC for the evening), Craig Smith and Richard Johnson. Our presenting sponsor was O’Reilly GMT, the venue sponsor was The Luminaire and the supporting sponsor was the Amaxus Web CMS. This free event sold out within 5 minutes to an audience of over 250. The following speakers presented:

  • Russell Davies – Newspaper Club
  • Dr. Keith Kahn Harris – My Dream Came True but I’m Still Not Satisfied: The Journey of a Metal Jew
  • Andy ‘Bob’ Brockhurst – How the Hacker/Maker Revolution Will Change the World
  • Christian Heilmann – Building Blocks of Web Development: APIs, Data Mashing and Interfaces Made Simple
  • Daniel Tenner – Exobrain Power
  • Dave Joyner – From Giant Killer to TV Station: A Look at Daves in History
  • Felix Cohen and Eliot Fineberg – Humour, Banality and Social Networks /or/ “everything you say online is rubbish, but that’s ok.”
  • James Ward – 2009: The Year in Twirls
  • Jonathan Kahn – Stop Killing Your Best Work
  • Matt Wood – A, T, C, G and You:Introducing the New Genomics
  • Nene Harrison – Doing Good with Data
  • NK Guy – Seven Illuminating Facts About Flash Photography
  • Tom Scott – Mob (a near-future science fiction story)
  • Tristan Roddis – British Sea Forts
  • Tyler Tate – The History of Colour
  • Dan Roddy – The Death of the Place We Live
  • Cory Doctorow – How the BBC Wants to Break Your Television

Ignite London 1

Ignite London 1 was held at the Ginglik bar in Shepherd’s Bush on Wednesday, 18th November 2009. The event was co-organised by Amy Thibodeau and Dan Zambonini, with Andy Kervell serving as the evening’s MC. Our presenting sponsor was Box UK, creators of the Amaxus Web CMS, with Ginglik generously acting as venue sponsor and the BBC and O’Reillyacting as promotional sponsors. The following speakers presented to a capacity crowd:

  • Ben Hammersley – The Sex Lives of the Great Renaissance Masters: How the Old Masters and their Mistresses Changed Art
  • Matthew Baker – Diarrhea & Dodgy Doners: What’s Special About Bacteria
  • Nicky Smyth – Analogue World Design Patterns: A Look at User Behaviour
  • Christian Howes – Tomorrow World – The Truth
  • Craig Smith – The Upsides and Downsides of Standards (web, language and otherwise)
  • Katy Lindemann – What We Can All Learn from Children
  • Gerard Darby – Sideways Thinking
  • Sofia Pires – Creativity slash Autism
  • Matt Edgar – 1794 – So Much to Answer For
  • Mandy Saven – Ideas We’d Like to See More Of
  • Allan Smith – Design + Business – A Real Life Partnership
  • John V Willshire – If Advertising is a Firework, Social Media is a Bonfire
  • Dafydd Rees – Guerrilla Software design – How to Make the Most of the Power of Small, Creative Software Teams
  • Jimmy Greer – Rediscovery: Brazil and the 21st Century
  • Ashley Benigno – error(e) 404: Italy as a Country Not Found
  • Matt Clarke – Human Energy
  • Jennie Albone – Things the Might Not Work Out
  • Alby Reid – Operation Paul Bunyan
  • Melissa McVeigh – Why Photography Defines Our World
  • J.K Tina Basi – Surfing the Net as a Path to Enlightenment
  • Chris Thorpe – Perils, Wonders and Learning to “be” in a Networked World