About Ignite Baltimore


If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say to Baltimore?

What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?  At every Ignite Baltimore, 16 artists, technologists, thinkers, and personalities will answer this challenge.  There’s also plenty of time to network with other professionals and make new connections. Our goal is to spark new conversations and collaborations across cultures and disciplines.


We’re interested in any topic as long as it’s interesting, from technology to culture to business to philosophy. The night includes time to network and chat, and will begin with a contest to test your creative mettle.  We’re always looking for new speakers, but are not interested in product demos.  Instead, present a how-to, a travelogue, something inspirational, lessons learned, or a forecast.  If you’re interested in speaking, please email speak@ignitebaltimore.com.


We’re always looking for sponsors to fund the cost of refreshments and door prizes. Email sponsors@ignitebaltimore.com if your interested.

What's It Like?

Why Ignite?

Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Since then hundreds of 5-minute talks have been given across the world. There are thriving Ignite communities in Seattle, Portland, Paris, and now, right here in Baltimore!


Ignite is brought to you by organizers Mike Subelsky and Patti Chan, plus a special guest organizer for each event. Would you like to help organize a future Ignite event? Contact us for more details!

Guest Organizers:

Mike Subelsky is co-founder and lead developer of OtherInbox.com, an Internet startup company based on open source technologies. In 2004 he helped found the Baltimore Improv Group and in 2007 helped found the Baltimore Improv Festival. He lives in Charles Village and works from home on a treadmill desk as a Ruby hacker, SproutCore enthusiast, improv theater director, and occasional blogger. He is a seven year veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in a variety of overseas and US-based assignments, including Operating ENDURING FREEDOM.
Brent Halliburton is the Senior Director of New Product Development for Advertising.com. He blogs at http://www.cogmap.com/blog/.

Patti Chan is co-founder, and creative / interactive director of 600block.com, a kick-ass social site for discovering Baltimore, through the people who live here. She resides in Canton where she spends half her days in Photoshop, and the other half in Textmate conquering Ruby on Rails. When not perched in front of a computer, she can be seen around town doing “field research” on food and happy-hour specials for 600block. She also makes some mean eggrolls.

David Adewumi Smiling in KenyaIgnite #2 Organizer David Adewumi, Founder and Chief Storyteller of Heekya, leads the overall vision and product strategy for the start-up dubbed the ‘Wikipedia of Stories.’ For the past year, he has been contributing writer for VentureBeat.com, a high profile Silicon Valley technology and venture capital blog. Previously, he led sales & product development for Lomic, Inc. an oil & natural gas software firm. Mr. Adewumi has served in the US Army as an Airborne Infantryman, before being appointed to the US Military Academy at West Point. He attended the Pennsylvania State University, where he pursued a degree in Economics.


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