Five minutes. 20 slides. What would you say?

Ignite Austin brings together an inspiring and unexpected blend of thinkers from business, art, technology, government and academia. All with ideas. And all willing to share them.

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Ignite SXSW - Vision of the Future 2021

Ignite SXSW 2021 - Vision of the Future. In this Ignite we'll ask 16 experts in their fields to look ahead 10 years and help us understand how our every day lives will be affected by advances in technology and society.
This will be an official SXSW event promoted in the booklet and directory. It will be open to all SXSW participants and then we can sell additional tickets as well. We're currently expecting 750-1000 attendees.
We're psyched that Dorkbot will be joining us for the event and setting up around the perimeter of the Music Hall.
Do you have a great idea for a speaker? Please submit ideas here.


Agenda for Ignite Austin 1

Here is the agenda and the order of the speakers:




Style, Not Rules

Jason Cohen

Seeing the Light - Photography Evolves
Trey Ratcliff

How to Write a Book
Thom Singer

Is the Smart Grid the next Internet?
Steven Collier

I’m Never Buying Another Gas-Powered Car

Joshua Baer

Non-profits are Dead, Long Live the Social Business!

Matthew McCabe

Ten Percent

Jason Pratt

How to Open a Beer with Anything
Lorin Rivers

--- 30 MINUTE BREAK ---

The Austin Equation

Bijoy Goswami

How Technology and Pirates Make a Better High School

Chris Fancher

Future Social

Jon Lebkowsky

Why All Companies Should Improvise 

Dan Rumney

The Reality of Being ‘Open’; 20 Things You Need to Know 


The Story of Paal Payasam 

Jonas Lamis

Etymology of Curse Words

Lani Rosales

The Age of Creativity: revival or survival?

Matt Manroe

See you tomorrow!


How to set up "auto-advance" on Apple Keynote

Screen shot 2010-01-11 at 10.58.55 PM  In order to enforce the slide rules at Ignite we had to figure out how to make the slides auto-advance. If you're practicing for an Ignite talk you should definitely practice with the slides on autopilot.

First, select all of the slides at once. Go to the "Inspector" floating window and select the icon at the top left, second from the left (its a rounded rectangle icon).

Change "Start Transition" from "on click" to "automatically" and then set the delay to 15 seconds. We'll be using a Dissolve transition. Then hit play!


Don't be a flaming jackass

Ignite is meant to be fun, informative, mind expanding - but not salesy or commercial. This is not the place to pitch your product or personal services. If you get up on stage and start promoting yourself, your slides will be replaced by the flaming jackass on the screen and you'll be boo-ed off the stage. Don't be a flaming jackass!

Flaming jackass


Why and how to give an Ignite talk


Will Ignite Austin be as Hot 'n Steamy as Ignite Corvallis 2?

Ignite Corvallis 2 presentations.  If nothing else, watch the one on Train Porn and Sexy Social Media:


the first Ignite Austin will be held at... The Phoenix!

Located at 4th and Colorado in downtown Austin, the Phoenix (formerly Pangaea) has a great open space and a stage. We'll be setting up chairs in the middle for VIP seating.

Should be plenty of space for everyone to attend! Get your tickets now.

Get your tickets before they sell out!

IStock_000001991460XSmall  Tickets are on sale now from

There are 3 kinds of tickets:

  • VIP Tickets get you a guaranteed seat and include one drink ticket
  • GA Tickets are standing room only and include one drink ticket
  • Free GA Tickets are standing room only and do NOT include a drink ticket

We've sold out of VIP tickets already but hope to be releasing more once we verify with the venue the maximum number of chairs we can set up.


Ignite Austin will be held at...we'll be announcing that juicy detail soon!

Where, oh where will we be Igniting Austin?  We've chosen a f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s venue partner and will be sharing the news early next week.  Check back for "the deets!"  You won't be disappointed!!
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Austin. Five minutes. 20 slides. What would you say?

At every Ignite, 16 artists, technologists, thinkers, and personalities take the stage to answer this challenge. Our goal is to spark new conversations and collaborations across cultures and disciplines.