About Ignite

If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

Speakers for Ignite Bend 9 Announced

Published on October 4, 2012

Following an incredible response to a call for presentation ideas, we are pleased to announce the speakers that have been selected for Ignite Bend 9. We hope that you will join us at this outstanding community event!

  • ShanRae Hawkins - What is Ignite?
  • Gail Menasco – The Reality of Skydiving
  • Kevin English – 18 White, 6 Blue
  • Garrett Gladden – Hearts of Darkness: a Completely True Tale of the Mayhem, Mischief and Mania of Childhood
  • Amy Clark – The Shortest Distance from Point A to Point B = 26.2 Miles
  • Paul Freed – 5 Reasons Why I love Geocaching
  • Brian McGinnis – Hipsters: The New Old Way of Doing Things
  • Margery Untermeyer – Am I a Mess? Turning Life’s Little Bumps Into Stepping Stones
  • Megan Minkiewicz – A Year: How I Raise a Puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind Over and Over Again
  • Brian Walker – Bipolar MANiac: Living from Pole to Pole
  • Marie Machado – Lions and Tigers and Babies??? Oh My! How I survived the First Year as a New Parent

General admission tickets for Ignite Bend 9 are free and will be available at www.ignitebend.com beginning at noon on October 5, 2012, and at the door beginning at 6:30 PM the night of the event. Ignite Bend 9 will also be webcast live thanks to our multimedia partner, The Media Geeks. Presentations may also be selected for inclusion in the O'Reilly “Ignite Show” which highlights a different talk from Ignite events around the world for weekly broadcast at their site.

Volunteers are needed to help Ignite Bend run smoothly. Please contact Jordan Elliott (volunteers@ignitebend.com) if you wish to help at the event on October 17, 2012.

Back to News


Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


We're looking for sponsors for Ignite Bend! Please download a Sponsor Packet or check out the Sponsorships page for details.

Flame Sponsors

Would you like to be a Flame Sponsor? Check out our Sponsorship benefits and sign up today!

Ember Sponsors

Berg Real Estate Brokers


Home System Solutions

Wanderlust Tours

Alpenglow Vacation Rentals

The Village Baker

Anjou Spa

Spark Sponsors



Multimedia Partner

Hand In Hand Productions

Media Partner

The Source Weekly

Other Partners


Mug Revolution


Mt. Bachelor

Connexion Printing

Jill Rosell Photography


Thanks to these businesses for supporting Ignite Bend!

Ideasmith • Silver Moon Brewing • Hot Box Betty • Where To Eat Guide • Dahlia's Consigment • Sara Bella Upcycled • Hypnotherapy Healing • Humm Kombucha • Robbie Bianchi • Café Sintra • Bellatazza • Spa W