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.

Oh Look....Shiny!

Bruce Emerson



I am...who? A re-purposed 70's back to the land hippie. A modestly competent musician who has finally begun to accept his musical possibilities. A groupie and fan of one of the most dedicated and courageous artists I know, my wife. The father of two fabulous young adults. A long time physics teacher who still aspires to get this teaching gig figured out someday. A wannabe kinetic artist and a guy who puts his fingers in the dirt to calm down.

Makers are a community of tinkerers, inventors, take-care-of-your-selfers, techno-repurposers, and creators who are all about us. I think of of these folks as my tribe though I am personally a minor member of the group. The digital age has provided tools for the breathtaking creativity and stunning breadth of the maker community to become accessible to everyone. This access has been mind blowing, generative, and uplifting and also crazy making for me. I am a 5 year old in a candy store of ideas and images and I'm melting down. Does everyone else feel this way too? How do you all look so calm in the midst of this storm of stimulation? And yet......even as I feel overwhelmed, look what the storm has brought to my teaching, to the new ways I can honor my friends and colleagues, and to my hopes for the future. Oh, look........shinnnnnnnnnny.



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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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!

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