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.

Paddling a box of plywood around the San Juan Islands

Buck Heim



Buck Heim is a Bend resident who struggles to balance the isolation of a tele-commuting software development job with the natural outdoor wonders of Central Oregon.

When a friend asked Buck Heim if he could use his garage to finish building his boat Buck said sure why not. This simple accommodation set off an epic Pacific northwest tale of friendship, love, hate, fear, mystery, deception, redemption and ultimate triumph of the human spirit. In five minutes you will be led first hand through the inter-workings of a stagnating mind as it evolves with each phase of the first time boat building experience. See how a simple man who likes simple pleasures battles the gravitational pull of a well worn but perfectly functional futon to create a magnificent sea worthy vessel.



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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Jill Rosell Photography


Thanks to these businesses for supporting Ignite Bend!

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