How to do an Ignite presentation


Dear presenter,

thank you for contributing to the success of this summit.

If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? Would you talk about your latest passion? Describe the trip of a lifetime? Teach a hack? We’ll find out at in this high-energy, fast-paced, technology show-and-tell.

Any topic is fair game as long as it’s interesting, from technology to culture to business to science fiction. Speakers are limited to 20 slides, which automatically advance after 15 seconds—that’s the fun of Ignite!

As a presenter, here are some important details you’ll need:

Presenter Instructions

  • Slides are due no later than Sunday, March 22, 2015.
  • Please upload them by emailing them as an attachment to this address:  + CC:
  • For back-up purpose please also send a .pdf format
  • Slides must be in Powerpoint. (NO exceptions).
  • You get 20 slides–that’s it! And no video, please.
  • Please set your slide to advance automatically  after 15 seconds.
  • Please name your Powerpoint file: scheduled time _track (1to6) _name_presentationname.ppt (e.g.:  08:15_1_PhilippeVanImpe_Generalintro.ppt)
  • Your slides will be projected in 16/9 format, make sure you use high quality images (don’t cut and paste images from internet)
  • There are no possibilities to connect your own pc on the spot.


  • By sending your presentation or presenting at the event you agree that your slides can be made public, that your presentation can be recorded, and that the recorded video can be made available to a broader audience.
  • You also agree that all photo’s taken at the summit can be made public.

Speaker Recommedations

Here Are Some Tips and Recommendations For Speakers (in case you want to get a better feel for the event)

  • Don’t use notes! Really. Be familiar with your presentation, and cue off of the slides (but be ready–they’ll be moving right along). You’ll be able to see your slide presentation on a large “confidence monitor” that will be facing the stage.
  • The best presentations rely on the speaker, not large blocks of text.
    We recommend lots of images and no more than 3-5 words per slide–except perhaps for summaries at the end.
  • Ignite is not the place to make product/service pitches. If your product is part of the story, and illustrates a Big Idea that you’re addressing, that works. It’s fine to mention your company/product name, point to additional resources, and invite people to find you after your presentation.
    But if it comes off at all as a sales pitch or commercial, you’ll
    do yourself more harm than good. Ignite audiences don’t respond well to that
  • Practice! You’ll be surprised how fast the time goes. I recommend that you keep talking until your slide transitions. And again–no notes on stage.
  • If this is your first Ignite presentation (or even if you’ve done it before), please watch these Ignite presentations at
  • *Especially* watch Scott Berkun’s “Why and How to Give an Ignite Talk,
  • Read Jason Grigsby’s “How to Give a Successful Ignite Presentation” at
  • Read Jon Udell’s thoughts on how to actually practice the presentation
  • Remember you only want 3-5 words per slide (ideally). Here’s a great presentation on making diagrams:
  • Practice one more time. It only takes 5 minutes, and makes a huge difference when you’re up there on stage and the clock is ticking. 😉
  • Last but most definitely not least: The crowd will love you! Have fun, and enjoy the applause. If you have any questions at all, please contact (0477/23.78.42 )Kind regards,

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