I is for… Ignite Cardiff

A lovely blog, from the lovely Lou, finished off with some sage advice for anyone wanting to speak at @IgniteCardiff in the future.


Ignite Cardiff is a bi-monthly event held at Porter’s Bar, at which eight to ten people speak about something they are passionate about, for five minutes each. There are rules; each talk has to accompany 20 PowerPoint slides which auto-advance every 15 seconds and there are strictly no sales pitches allowed.

Ignite events are held globally and I attended my first in November last year, the 14th of its kind held in Cardiff. I’d heard a lot of buzz about it on Twitter and tickets (it’s free but numbers are limited to 200 people) are like gold dust so I was keen to find out what makes Ignite Cardiff so popular.

I wasn’t disappointed – I was blown away. Porter’s was packed out and the atmosphere was vibrant. The speakers were inspiring and entertaining, all in completely different ways: I learnt about science; I was made even more paranoid about online…

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