Here's how it works
Passionate speakers, random topics and a great audience... become a part of Ignite
Choose your subject
Ignite is all about sharing personal and professional passions. Sales pitches are a no no, but anything else goes…
Talk through 20 slides
After plucking up the courage and finally choosing a topic, our speakers are given 20 blank slides to prepare their 5 minute talk.
15 Seconds per slide
On the night, between 8-12 speakers take to the stage. With their presentations complete, each slide auto rotates every 15 seconds.
Inspire an audience
From hilarious stories to thought provoking facts, no two Ignite talks are ever the same…. so what could you talk about?
Our Next Event:
Wednesday 10th September 2014 , 6.00pm
Glee Club, Bute Street, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff CF10 5BZ
Next Event Speakers
I’m a married father of 2 and have been the mouthy one at Bluegg for 12 years. I do enjoy a bit of cycling but get more excited about my garden than most things nowadays. I’m 36 and have finally accepted that I was born bald and will die that way.
Terminally single and older than most people think, I have a low boredom threshold so I tend to keep myself frantically busy. My day job is a HR & Compliance Manager, and nothing keeps my job more interesting than people – with all their myriad quirks, foibles and worries. I travel a lot (as you’ll hear from my talk) and a keen photographer - I’ve taken a specific interest in art nouveau architecture and have spent the last two years photographing over 200 art nouveau buildings built between 1880 – 1920 across Europe, I’m a singer/songwriter in the process of writing and recording my fourth album, I’m a huge music fan (I own over 2000 CDs), I love football (big Liverpool fan) and play 5-a-side 3 times a week. I enjoy going to the gym and circuit training an, as you know, I’ve just bought a new house and have spent the last 4 weeks frantically working on re-decorating it from top to bottom.
Firstly I’m a dad, and mediocre husband. I’m a lover not a hater and have a passion for cars (it borders on the ridiculous), photography, the world of recruitment and widening the human experience through living freely. I am slowly losing everything except weight (hair, marbles, sense of direction). I am Sales Director for Innovantage a software company in the recruitment space. Some interesting facts about me are
- I once killed wasp nests for a living. (It’s a stupid job but it pays really well)
- I have accidentally hit myself in the face with a chainsaw
- I have been electrocuted twice
- I have a phobia of socks
Alternative Aesthetics is a human. This human is sometimes referred to as Colin Kersley. He lives in the deepest, darkest depths of his drawing cave. Some say that he’s fueled by rum and pizza. Within his drawing cave, Alternative Aesthetics spills his imagination in the form of black and white illustrations. They’re all a bit odd.
Taren has been described as bubbly, cooky or zany more times than she can remember, but there is a serious side to her. She is incredibly passionate about her career and loves that she is able to work with students on a daily basis to help them realise their potential as an Enterprise Officer at Cardiff University.
Taren is originally from Seattle, Washington where she studied at Central Washington University. She earned two BAs in History and Religious Studies and studied abroad at the University of Dundee. She decided to stay in Scotland and do some postgraduate work at St Andrew’s University before returning to Seattle to work for a large design, build and maintenance firm.
Whilst working for the Man, she realised that she missed the UK and higher education, and decided to return to Scotland. Before accepting the post at Cardiff University, Taren worked at Plymouth University in their Marketing, Recruitment and Outreach Teams specialising in printed publications, event coordination, school’s liaison and public speaking.
Currently, Taren leads on the implementation of the Welsh Government funded Youth Enterprise Strategy SE HUB project and manages and coordinates an extracurricular programme of enterprise education events and activities with the aim of nurturing and encouraging youth enterprise. Taren is dedicated to the student experience and to working with students as partners in both business and learning.
Neil Atherton. Born Saturday 5th December 1987, just in time for The Generation Game, in the Heath Hospital, Cardiff. First kiss at the age of 10. Rachael Day stole his keys and wouldn’t give them back until he did the deed.
Then not much of note until age twelve when he won a competition on The Top Ten childrens tv programme. Mini Scooter and signed comics. Science geek all through school. Prefects badge revoked, for laziness. Studied Genetics at Leeds University and Cardiff University. Spent 8 months in Ibiza in between the two.
Co founded his business 18 months ago, Nudjed Ltd. Aiming to make people healthier by promoting behavioural change. Nudjed has just hired their seventh employee and Neil is terrified 65% of the time.
(Neil was drunk when he wrote this.)
Michelle is designer with a head for business, communication and strategy. She pushes her life through at a full on pace, including walking mountains, travelling, volunteering, being social and is the MD of creative design agency Rose-Innes Designs.
She launched the agency over 9 years ago with a packaging design project for Sainsburys. The business is now a successful brand and service design agency with a wide client base across the private, public and third sector, with a select team of five designers. They design brands, packaging, websites and marketing materials and Michelle also consults on the design of service.
Her ambition is to complete the Wales Coast Path and her party story is that she designed the Frankie & Benny’s brand back in 1997! (yes – that is her handwriting!)
Michelle has recently been appointed a consultant for European and Welsh design policy development at PDR, She’s an exec associate of Cardiff Business School and active contributor to many networks, universities and other professional bodies.
I am 28 year old living in Llantrisant, working across South East Wales as a Digital Inclusion officer ( I help social housing tenants get online). I have also taught media and film studies and run my own business. I have a 9 year old son called Jacob. I enjoy tea, cake, riding my bike and cats.
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