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.


Paul Evers



Paul Evers is president and creative director of branding agency, tbd, in Bend. Although, he's perhaps more known for being a husband, father, active community member and fly fisher.

When I reflect on the things that inspire me most, images of fine art, photography, poetry and great design race through my mind. Endless examples of great work that far surpass my own aspirations. These works' creators are unbelievably inspiring to me— individuals who have somehow tapped into a well of ingenuity that's seemingly bottomless. In digging deeper, to gain an understanding of what drives these people to do such astonishing work, I reflected on what I suspect are critical characteristics they possess. One rises to the top: conviction. Conviction as in "commitment, confidence, sincerity, passion and fervor." Without conviction, one loses the will to continue the arduous pursuit in bringing to life that impossible thing their inner being tells them they must create. Conviction, I believe, is at the core of every great artist, every great designer, every great creative. When I shift my reflection to bring to mind examples of people of great conviction, I'm surprised to find those who inspire me most work outside what are commonly considered creative endeavors. As creative persons, we have much to discover about true conviction from looking extrospectively.



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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