Ignite Sault’s Purpose

To promote community growth by gathering a diverse group to share passions and inspire ideas.

About Ignite

“Enlighten us, but make it quick” is the slogan of Ignite – a community event celebrating the passion and creativity of people that want to share their thoughts and ideas with others. Ignite events, which last 2 to 3 hours, bring together artists, techies, entrepreneurs, academics, thinkers, and others to share their ideas in fast-paced, bite-sized presentations.

The founders of this local event are Gerry Kirk and Lou Derrer, two entrepreneurs who decided to adopt the Ignite meeting format to create their own local group. They see Ignite Sault as a great opportunity to meet smart, interesting people that want to share ideas and spark creativity in the Sault.

Ignite was originally started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Since then hundreds of 5-minute talks have been given in cities across the world.

How it Works

Presenters each get five minutes and 20 slides (automatically rotating every 15 seconds) to talk on a topic of their choice.  Everyone is invited to participate, though due to the limitations of space and time, only a handful will be selected to present at each event. There is no cost to present or attend.  As long as you have something interesting, and stick to the format (20 slides for 15 seconds each), you’re good.

If you don’t like something about the way Ignite works, and want to change it, let us know. We’ll listen to you, but can’t promise to accommodate every request.

Make it Interesting!

We’re not targeting a specific “theme” or “feel” for events, and prefer to let that form from the types of submissions received. We, the organizers, don’t pretend to know what “most people” would find interesting, and we don’t think the presenters should worry about that either. If your idea fits the format, and is interesting to at least one person, you’re in.   If those ideas happen to take the form of the company you work for, the start-up you’re trying to get funded, or any other self-serving commercial interest, then so be it. We’re fine with it, really. But whatever you present had better be interesting, because that’s what you want people to walk away with and chatter about in the end.

Engage & Ignite

We encourage everyone to engage in discussions in and around the presentation sessions.  Nothing feels greater than when someone walks up to you says “nice job” after a presentation.  Engage, participate, enjoy, ignite!