Ignite Liverpool

Inspiring Liverpool Quickly

Enlighten people but make it quick

We are a Grassroots community organisation who organise and present a quarterly events where members of the community are invited to present on a subject they are passionate about.

We have had some great presentations from a wide variety of people. You don’t have to be techy to do it, you just need passion, passion for the chosen subject of your presentation.

The format goes like this


Every Ignite a crowd gathers upstairs at Leaf Cafe on Bold Street for around 12 talks from members of the public each talking about a subject they are passionate about.

It runs from 6-10pm with talks normally starting  at 7pm.

Our Mission

To encourage as many people as possible to come forward and present on a subject that they are passionate about.

This blog is for attenders, speakers and organisers alike.

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Our Story

Ignite Liverpool started in 2010, when Andy Goodwin introduced Neil Morrin and Adrian McEwen to the Ignite O’Reilly format and convinced us to stage a first Ignite at the Art and Design Academy. Adrian is well known for saying words to the effect of “Well I’ll help to get it started but I’ll probably drop out then” 5 years later he is still MC’ing at the events.

Ignite is similar to TED and Pecha Kucha events but only 5 Minutes long, allowing for more talks and making sure people get to the point very quickly.

Ignite Liverpool is only the “local branch” of a much larger network of Ignites spanning the Globe. Around the world there is probably an Ignite taking place every week.

Ignite Liverpool  takes place Quarterly and is supported through donations.

If you are interested in taking part

Contact us via our Suggest a Talk page to suggest a topic for your presentation. After everyone has submitted their ideas we choose the best suggestions for that Ignite session and give you the go ahead to start preparing your Powerpoint presentation. Yep we said Powerpoint presentation.

You get 20 slides that are 15 seconds each – That’s 4 slides a minute so 4 x 5 = 20 slides and that’s all you get – 5 minutes.

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Neil Morrin

Neil Morrin


Director of Defnet Media, creating websites for 3rd Sector Organisations, Independent Trainer and arts worker.

Andy Goodwin

Andy Goodwin

Slideshow expert

Researcher Lead at Open Labs – LJMU – Avid Drone pilot

Ignite MC

Ignite MC

Company Role

Founder of @MCQN_Ltd. Creator of @Bubblino. Co-founder of @DoESLiverpool. Author @aBookOfThings. Ex-CTO of @GNLteam. Ramblings on #IoT, urbanism and Liverpool

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