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.

5 reasons why I love Geocaching

Paul Freed



My "outside expert cred": Lived in Seattle the last 15 years and have done several public speaking events as I run the largest executive search firm in the Northwest (www.herdfreedhartz.com) working with the most interesting big brands to startups. My "Bend cred": I grew up in Bend, graduated from Bend High School (go Lava Bears), met my awesome wife Rachel there, go back to Bend every few months to visit family and stay in our condo. I love Deschutes Brewery, breakfast at Victorian Cafe, and long walks along Old Mill District waterfront. My "random cred": Traveled to 54 countries, just adopted a baby girl 2 months ago, I'm addicted to Mighty O donuts (winner of best donuts in the US on Food Network), and took my wife Rachel to Paris to eat crepes on our 15th anniversary this summer.

There are 4 great worldwide trends that came out of Seattle: Starbucks, grunge music, Ignite and Geocaching! It's the worldwide treasure hunt you can do anytime, anyplace and with anyone. I will unlock the secrets for those newbies, share my journey and experiences of seeing new things/places, my favorites, and how this has been the best marriage new adventure over the last few years.



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.


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Thanks to these businesses for supporting Ignite Bend!

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