EduIgnite Evening

What is ignite? Ignite is an event in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes.

The rules:

  • Drinks and nibbles are always provided, and anyone is welcome
  • Attendance at your first Ignite evening is ‘no strings attached’
  • Attendance at your second Ignite Evening requires you to do one of two things: i) bring a friend, or ii) present an Ignite talk.

All EduIgnite sessions are 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.

“Fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global—Ignite is all of these and more. It’s a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Run by local volunteers who are connected through the global Ignite network, Ignite is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in each city.  And, via streaming and archived videos of local talks, local Ignites share all that knowledge and passion with the world.” (

Come along to experience the crazy, mad, inspiring event that is an Ignite Evening. Watch ignite talks from previous events here.

Looking for ideas for an EduIgnite Contest? (That’s an ice-breaker competition before the actual presentations start.) Try these:

  • Paper Airplane Distance Contest: Give people a stack of paper and let them build and practice around for a bit as people arrive. Have everyone write their names on their planes and divide them into groups. The winner of each group went on to the finals and there were prizes for the 3 farthest throws. 
  • Tallest Tower: Using a bunch of random craft stuff; pipe cleaners, straws, masking tape, popsicle sticks etc., give teams of 5 people 20 minutes to build the tallest tower they can. Have a small prize for the winning team
  • Self-supporting structure: using small sticks or long matches, have groups work to create a self-supporting structure like this, or this, or this!
  • Popsicle stick bridge: build a bridge that will take a cetain amount of weight out of popsicle sticks and sellotape. Which bridge can take the heaviest weight?
  • Build the longest bridge (or tallest tower) you can out of toothpicks and blutac.

There is a description of how we did this here: 

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  2. […] Edu ignite is run by the NEAL group in auckland.  They host a PD night once a term and they are run in basically the same way as a PechaKucha, which is where I was first introduced to this style of presenting.  Teachers register for a PD night where they can go and listen to other teachers present info on something they are doing in their teaching that they are really inspired about e.g. Using facebook or setting up specific programs in their schools.  The topics are so varied and really interesting.  The second time you go, you have to either present yourself or bring a friend.  The ultimate goal of course is to ignite our passion for teaching and in doing so in our students.  I recommend attending these at least once, you will be amazed at what other teachers and educators are doing and you will be inspired to try new things yourself.  I myself am aiming to try to do a presentation at one of these next year when I return from my maternity leave.  So go ahead and get inspired. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. This entry was posted in Uncategorized by mrswooller. Bookmark the permalink. […]

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