5 minutes per speaker. 20 slides each. 15 seconds per slide. Auto-advancing. Interested?
Before submitting your application and speaking topic for consideration, please read this page in its entirety. If you are cast in the show, you will be required to attend a video call one month prior to the event, and an in-person practice session the weekend prior to the event. Cast announcements will be made six-weeks prior to the event.
I want to speak in Dallas on Tuesday, March 13th. Apply here.
I want to speak in Fort Worth on Tuesday, October 16th. Apply here.
Who can speak at IgniteDFW?
You. Your mom. Anyone. If you’ve got a geeky passion, a desire to inspire, and a thrill for public speaking challenges, IgniteDFW is a speaking event for you. All DFW community members are welcome to apply. There is rarely a theme, so the more geeky the better!
What are the speaking requirements and restrictions?
There are very few requirements when it comes to speaking at IgniteDFW, but the ones that we do have are absolute:
- Static slides, only. No audio/video allowed.
- Your topic teaches something of social value.
- Your topic doesn’t take cheap shots.
- Your topic is an original presentation (no repeats).
- You are not pitching or promoting your business. Srsly.
- You prepared and attended the practice sessions.
- You have not blown off the organizers e-mails.
- You did not speak at the last IgniteDFW event.
Rules may vary according to venue, mood, astronomical data, and taste. Event organizers have final say on speakers. (See rule #6.)
How are IgniteDFW talks structured?
20-slides. 15-seconds per slide. Auto-advancing. 5-minutes (total) per talk.
Why is the application only a topic submission?
Everyone has a geeky passion and everyone deserves a chance to share it. By submitting a topic you’ve automatically entered yourself in a TED-talk speaking bootcamp lottery. You never know who the IgniteDFW team is going to pick. If you’re thinking of speaking, here are some application tips:
- Be geeky about your subject.
- Go beyond just entertaining.
- Teach something, but not too much. (Just 5 minutes!)
- Be qualified on your topic.
- Don’t talk about just yourself.
- Don’t pitch. Seriously. No logos, URLs etc.
- Keep it appropriate. Nothing below the belt.
How do speakers rehearse?
Speakers are required to attend a video prep call one month prior to the show and an in-person practice session the weekend prior to the event. The speaker coordinator will also schedule a one-on-one Skype call to review each speaker’s talk. Speakers typically practice on their own, memorize their talks, and come prepared to the final in-person practice session with their slides.
What is the time commitment?
The schedule practice time is approximately five hours spread across 6 weeks. This, of course, does not include travel time, additional practice time, nor the time that you spend promoting your talk to friends, family, and your mom.