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.

Postcrossing & Smiles from Minsk

Stephanie Manzo



I am fueled by an intense curiosity for life and human interaction. I spend the majority of my days/week working as the Community Outreach & Marketing Coordinator for Sunlight Solar here in Bend. However, my one eco-guilty pleasure is that I love mail and postcards despite the tremendous amount of resources consumed by airmail.

I have been participating in a project called Postcrossing for the past year and it recently occurred to me that I was trying to communicate myself to someone I'd never met, to somewhere I'd probably never been, in 50 words or less. Then I learned about a project called Mysterious Letters in which two people decided to write a letter to everyone in the world, beginning with the small town of Cushendall, Ireland (pop. 467). What results in their notes are whimsical, endearing notes of adoration to complete strangers. Brilliant! All of this I find interesting considering that: - Only 70-75% of what is said in person is actually communicated via verbal & non-verbal cues - Only 30% is actually communicated if speaking over the phone, and - Only 7% is communicated via email So where does that leave written correspondence, much less a postcard?



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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