About Us

“Enlighten us, but make it quick” is the slogan of Ignite–a community event celebrating the passion and creativity of geek culture, sponsored by O’Reilly Media. Ignite events showcase a series of speakers who, in rapid succession, give five-minute talks on whatever ignites their passion.

The format is half the fun with Ignite–speakers are allowed 20 slides that auto-forward every 15 seconds, whether they’re ready or not. Organized by volunteers in the local community and presented free of charge to their communities, Ignite talks range from starting your own role playing game, to the rules of roller derby, to quitting drinking bottled water

For more information on Ignite Salt Lake check out our Ignite Buzz page or watch the videos from past presentations.


The Buzz on Ignite Salt Lake

Here are some of the places Ignite has been mentioned online:

Global Ignite

  • Silicon Valley: Public speaking, the new geek sport
  • Mashable’s “10 Reasons You Should Attend a Global Ignite Week Event”
  • O’reilly: Blog post by Brady Forrest
  • O’reilly: Blog Post by Tim O’reilly

Ignite Salt Lake

  • CityWeekly: Ignite SLC 4
  • Jason Lynes: Your definitive guide to Ignite Salt Lake 4
  • UtahPulse: Ignite Salt Lake 4
  • The Leonardo Blog: Ignite Salt Lake
  • CityWeekly: We Have Ignition
  • Utah Pulse CouchCast: Jesse Harding Audio Interview
  • In Utah This Week Magazine: Scene in SLC
  • Utah Stories: Ignite Salt Lake, Not Just for Geeks
  • CityWeekly: 5 Things You May Not Know About Ignite Salt Lake


Raichle Farrely
Title: What happens when you say “Yes” to the request of a village chief?

Description: Sometimes you read a book and think – I wish that would happen to me. And other times, you read a book and – well, it does happen to you. Four words: Three Cups of Tea.

Bio: Rai is a graduate student and activist whose life continues to surprise no one more than her. Motto: Do what you love or risk doing nothing.
Daniel Garfield
Title: History is the most amazing thing that people make boring.

Description: History is all about the human experience. Learn about the insane things humans have gone through and done and why you should study it.

Bio: Dan is a know-it-all futurist that likes to trap people and force them to hear about what he’s been learning lately. You have been warned.
  Sam Garfield
Title: Net Neutrality: Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace

Jeremy Hanks – Wes Lapioli
Title: Rock n Roll vs. Prince

Description: Two veritable Apostles of Rock will weave a story of how they defeated the artist formerly and currently known as Prince in an epic battle of Mind Blowing versus Lameness.

Bios: Jeremy is an apostle of rock; one called from on high to proselyte the good news and glory that is Rock n Roll through it’s magnificent mind blowing holy power.

Wes is an apostle of rock; a messenger and ambassador of the highest and holiest forms of face melting and spleen busting only derived from the miraculous glory of rock.
Seth Jenks
Title: Bedpans and Walkers, and Wheelchairs! Oh, my! Sub-title: A magical journey through entrepreneurship and assisted living.

Description: When I was 23 I started a business with my friend Dave. Little did I know that I’d end up in an assisted living home.

Bio: Seth Jenks is a Designer and entrepreneur. His latest projects include G5Leadership dot com and Fight the New Drug dot org. He likes clever marketing, clean design and good BBQ.
Robb Kunz
Title: I can talk to the Astronauts and so can you!

Description: There are more exciting ways to communicate with the World than just Facebook, Twitter & email!

Bio: Robb Kunz is an high-tech Entrepreneur, an Angel Investor in Software Startups, and a licensed amateur radio operator with the call sign of N0KGM
  Mark Mclellan
Title: Kicked Between the Tweets
Michael Orton
Title: The Basics of Underwater Hunting

Description: The LA Fathomiers are conservation-minded spearfishermen. Hunting 80+ feet, breathholding, is great training for a SL valley red air day.

Bio: In the run-up to the 08 election, Michael Orton worked on the Western Clean Energy Campaign. He works in media at Sundance and stuff.
David Richards
Title: Fermi Questions: How to Know What You Know

Description: Life’s complex, but when we know what’s going on, we contribute. Enrico Fermi taught us to approach the complex.

Bio: Rubyist, semweb enthusiast, machine learning geek. Hacking on fathom (decision support) and ruby_community (RDF demo). fleetventures.com
Jared Stein
Title: Why Can’t My ID Skate?

Description: Instructional design is schooled by skateboarding’s self-organizing, DIY culture of individuality, adaptability, and informal learning.

Bio: 12+ years designing online learning. Director of UVU Innovation Center. Studying web reading behavior. Wore blue beanie before it was cool.
Erik Storheim
Title: Wasatch Pedicure

Description: Going for a run always clears my head, but running 100 miles distills my soul

Bio: Husband, Father, Dentist. Emergency Playlist: Thunderstruck, Que Onda Guero, Special Sauce, Proudest Monkey
Mitchell Wright
Title: Skynet Fights Back: Why Computers Will Own You At Video Games

Description: An analysis of how artificial intelligence is changing the game of Starcraft.

Bio: I study: Information Systems – I do: WordPress and SEO – I like: Ultimate frisbee and Starcraft – I hate: “We require more minerals” and meatloaf


Sponsor Ignite Salt Lake

We are looking for sponsors for Ignite Salt Lake. Ignite Salt Lake is a not-for-profit event comprised entirely of unpaid volunteers dedicated to creating fun and educational events for the local community.

100% of sponsor dollars go toward the cost of putting on the event.

Ignite Salt Lake has 3 levels of sponsorship:

Platinum Sponsor: $1,500

  • space to hang vendor provided banners
  • large logo on Ignite Salt Lake signage
  • logo and link on website leading up to event
  • large logo on finishing slide of each speaker
  • verbal recognition at event
  • elevator pitch at event or chance to give an Ignite talk (optional)
  • permanent text link on sponsorship page

Gold Sponsor: $1,000

  • logo on Ignite Salt Lake signage
  • logo and link on website leading up to event
  • logo on finishing slide of each speaker
  • verbal recognition at event
  • permanent text link on sponsorship page
  • elevator pitch at event or chance to give an Ignite talk (optional)

Silver Sponsor: $500

  • logo and link on website leading up to event
  • logo on finishing slide of each speaker
  • verbal recognition at event
  • permanent text link on sponsorship page

If you or your company are interested in sponsoring Ignite Salt Lake, please contact Jesse Harding. Demographics can be provided.

Past Sponsors

  • Doba
  • XMission
  • Mustache Power Productions
  • Marc Christensen Photography
  • Doba
  • The Stateroom
  • XMission
  • eBay
  • Mustache Power Productions
  • Great Projects Photography
  • Doba
  • The Stateroom
  • XMission
  • Blue Sky Factory
  • eBay
  • Super Heumann
  • Hulabalub
  • Utah Free Media
  • Utah News Source
  • Murray Theater
  • Xmission
  • Catalog Science
  • Reductive Labs
  • Vox Pop Design
  • Yoshi’s
  • BetaLoft
  • Catalyst Magazine
  • Mondo Designer
  • Piper Down
  • Super Heumann Productions
  • Utah FM
  • Utah News Source
  • Brewvies
  • Omniture
  • VoxPop Design
  • Xmission
  • Calanan Photography
  • Catalyst Magazine
  • Mondo Designer
  • UtahFM
  • Utah News Source
  • XMission
  • The Leonardo
  • Michael Calanan Photography
  • Tornadostream.com
  • Reductive Labs