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.

We are the medical community's repeat customers!

Laurie Thorson



Born and raised in Montebello, CA Moved to Placerville, CA, where I married and had my son. Moved to Oregon in 1992. Moved to Bend in October 2010. Experience: Secretary Legal Assistant Real Estate Agent

I moved to Bend in October 2010. Soon thereafter, my son was deployed to Afghanistan for the 2nd time (5th or 6th deployment to the Middle East). I was filled with anxiety that my son would not return home alive, as many of his mates had not. I went to see a doctor because I was crying all the time and shaking. The doctor prescribed Ativan to me, and kept me on the drug, despite my many efforts to stop taking the drug. I "unknowingly became addicted to the Ativan. The doctor caused my Ativan addiction & subsequent damages (withdrawal seizures, fractured my back T3-T12 from falling during a seizure, damaged knees, etc.). Another doctor misdiagnosed me with a seizure disorder, when I was actually having Ativan withdrawal seizures. Every time I stopped taking the Ativan "cold turkey", I had seizures. The doctors had me convinced I had a seizure disorder, and would put me back on the Ativan after being released from the hospital. The doctors made a drug addict. The doctors almost killed me.



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.

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Ember Sponsors

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Home System Solutions

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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