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.

The Hot Dog Defense for Marriage Equality

Chela Sloper



I was born and raised in San Francisco, and was propelled into the Pacific Northwest for my graduate school internship. Drawn to Bend in 2007, I began a business in 2009 called "Practically Family" which draws on my professional experience as a paralegal and hospice chaplain. My current favorite spiritual practices are contra dancing, gardening, and enjoying chewy conversations while savoring the fine flavors of our local beers.

Our imagination is one of our best -- and under-utilized -- tools for developing compassion. Without moving from the comfort of our world and preferences, we can use our imagination to enter into the experience of someone else, and our world grows a bit larger.



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.


We're looking for sponsors for Ignite Bend! Please download a Sponsor Packet or check out the Sponsorships page for details.

Flame Sponsors

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Ember Sponsors

Berg Real Estate Brokers


Home System Solutions

Wanderlust Tours

Alpenglow Vacation Rentals

The Village Baker

Anjou Spa

Spark Sponsors



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!

Ideasmith • Silver Moon Brewing • Hot Box Betty • Where To Eat Guide • Dahlia's Consigment • Sara Bella Upcycled • Hypnotherapy Healing • Humm Kombucha • Robbie Bianchi • Café Sintra • Bellatazza • Spa W