Ignite Denver #23 Spark Voting Is Open!

Today is the day that Spark voting goes live! What do you need to know?

Sparks are voted in by the community. For one week, we open up the voting and encourage the community to take 5 minutes and vote. We strive to be a supportive community and ask that each person takes the time to rank each and every Spark.

Anyone can speak at Ignite! There is no set requirement, other than that each talk is 5 minutes with 20 slides that auto advance every 15 seconds. We are hosting a workshop on how to give a kick-ass presentation on Monday, June 6th. Stop by and build that skill set!

Sparks come in all shapes and sizes: debt and student loans; giving up car ownership; the discrepancy between health care throughout the U.S.; analyzing dreams; the art of raising children; personal struggles with mental health. Our speakers draw on their personal stories, education, observations and passions to speak about any topic; the beauty is that there isn’t a set tone and we welcome anyone and everyone.

Sparks can be inspiring, personal, eye opening, raw, humorous or all of the above. They can inspire you to jump out of your seat and take action, think about a topic a little differently, or simply remind you of the beauty of humanity.

If you took the time to read this post, please take a few minutes to vote for our Ignite Denver 23 Sparks. (Note that Spark descriptions follow the titles and ranking section) Thursday, June 30 is our next event, and you can buy tickets here.

Leap Reasons To Attend Ignite Denver #22

We don’t need an extra day to give you extra reasons to come to Ignite Denver #22 on Thursday night, but here are TWO:

One: Ultralowfi is bringing their brand of stripped-down jams back to Ignite Denver! Check their website for a taste of what you’ll get to see and hear at the Oriental Theater: ultralowfi.com


Photo courtesy of Ultralowfi

Two: Biker Jim’s Dogs are back! I’ve personally had the Southwest Buffalo dog, and I think maybe the reindeer. SO GOOD. They get rave reviews from everyone and there’s a whole stack of fixin’s to pile on your own dog. Doors to the Oriental open at 6pm and the show starts at 7, so show up early for some grub (you too, vegetarians – they sell a vegan dog!).

Biker Jim's Dogs

Bonus reason! The weather is supposed to be gorgeous! Last  year we sold out the Oriental Theater in the middle of a snowstorm, so get your tickets ASAP to avoid being shut out! See you in the sun on Thursday, Denver!

Here Are Your Ignite Denver #22 Spark Presenters!

It’s that time of year again, when we throw a party for Denver to come listen to Ignite Sparks, learn, maybe heckle a bit, have a few drinks, and nosh a dog from Biker Jim’s cart. Not necessarily in that order, of course.

I have it on great authority that this lineup is amazing and will move you, but – you have to be there to see them! (It’s just not the same watching on our YouTube channel after the fact, trust me.)

In no particular order, here is the list of Spark presenters for ID22!

Kimberly Brokling – Deal with that obnoxious morning person… by becoming one!
Michelle Archuleta – Disparities in Medicine: A Journey from MIT & Harvard to Rural Colorado
Mike Kilcoyne – Stop Being Such a Wimp – Thoughts on The Power of Honesty
Shawna Urbanski – Why life is wonderawetascially horruckful!
Brier Fine – I am Not my Stereotype
Paul Heffner – Get an Extra 30 Minutes in Your Day
Chrysta Bairre – White on Welfare
Meagan Cain – We Will Rise: Resiliency in Chaos
Mike Sudolsky – Temporal Architecture – Denver Homeless Shelters
Andy OConnor – Five Minutes to Freedom – 4 Financial Blunders that Kill Your Financial Goals
Joe Fleenor – The World at its Best

See you one week from today! Doors open at 6, show starts at 7. Biker Jim’s will be there serving their tasty dogs (even the vegan one!), and Ultralowfi will be playing the afterparty. w00t! Click it for tickets!