Ignite Fort Collins is all about enlightening people, but making quick. So how is Ignite Fort Collins: After Dark Different?
At a normal Ignite Fort Collins, we require all talks be PG-13. At Ignite Fort Collins: After Dark, we don’t put any limits on what you talk about. The only rule is: no hate speech. Those in attendance will be at least 21 years old, so presentation topics can be totally unrated.
It’s still an Ignite, meaning in addition to being edgy, shocking, or provocative, talks should still be interesting, educational, thought-provoking, and engaging.
If you had five minutes to talk to Fort Collins what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? What are you passionate about?
Talk submissions are open now.
There is no voting on After Dark talks, 12 talks are curated entirely by the Ignite Fort Collins organizers.
If you are curious what this is all about, check out some videos from past Ignite Fort Collins events: http://www.youtube.com/ignitefc
Important: There’s nothing our audience hates more than pitches from stage. If your talk has anything to do at all with how you make money, even if it’s your passion, we probably can’t accept your talk. We’ll review these on a case-by-case basis, but chances are we’ll still say no.
If you do submit a talk, don’t buy a ticket until you hear back from the selection team. (Speakers get free tickets). However, DO encourage your friends and family to pick up their own tickets.
It’s not hard to submit a talk idea – please keep it to one idea per form submission. There are only a few things you really need to be able to do:
- Speak about your topic for five minutes in front of a crowd on May 13th
- Attend a 90-minute training on how to create a great talk
- Create a 20-slide presentation to support your talk (it’s mostly images – this isn’t school!)
- Arrive at the event an hour before show time (typically around 5:00 or 5:30 p.m.)
- Avoid pitching or advertising for a product or business (especially your own)
START WITH THE POINT – You’ve got the passion
No matter what your topic (and we’ve seen some REALLY interesting ones) we want to know why it matters to you. What draws you to it? What makes it a part of your life? Determine the who, what, when, where, and why of your passion, and tell us that.
MAKE SURE WE KNOW THE END – Ambiguity is not your friend
If you save the “good stuff” for your actual talk, it’s likely you won’t even get chosen to give it. Tell us the best parts, leak the surprise twists, and solve the cliffhanger ending. Don’t worry, we won’t hold it against you.
DON’T BE BORING – It’s called Ignite for a reason
You have an emotional tie to the topic you’re describing. You feel joy, anger, sorrow, remorse, excitement, or something similar and complex about this topic that you want to share with our audience. You have 500 characters to ignite that feeling you carry for your topic into the reader of your submission. Make us excited to read it! It’s hard to resist the urge to start at the beginning of the story you want to tell us, but if the beginning is boring and obvious, start in the middle.
YOU’RE WHO PEOPLE COME TO SEE – Tell us a little about you
If your description of your talk is boring, we might assume you are boring. That’s not the case. So while you’re busy making us excited about what you want to speak about, give us a reason to get excited about you too. We want to know the people on our stage.