What are Ignites?

Ignites are fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking presentations. This is your opportunity to share your insights and passions with the 18NTC Community.

But, there’s a catch: you are strictly limited to five minutes, and 20 slides, which advance automatically every 15 seconds. This is not a sales pitch. It’s a passion pitch.

This year’s theme is “My biggest smallest lesson.” Share your story of a small lesson that had a big impact.

a woman speaks on the 17NTC main stage during an Ignite presentation. She's holding a microphone in one hand and gesturing with the other.
Sammie Raynor sharing her fail story from the 2017 Ignites.

Looking for inspiration? Watch Ignite presentations from 2016 and 2017.


  • Applications open November 1st
  • Applications close December 15th
  • Notifications to all applicants by December 22nd

18NTC Ignite Applications

  • The theme is "My biggest smallest lesson", so your presentation should follow the format of "My biggest smallest lesson: [Fill in description]" As an example, it may read like "My biggest smallest lesson: How I found my life's calling by changing my shoes" or "My biggest smallest lesson: The reason I never say never".
  • Please share a short overview of your intended content. Don't worry, we won't share this and spoil your talk!
  • Do you have a central lesson or a few highlights? Please share here the idea/s you want the audience to remember from your talk.
  • It is incredibly important to us that there are a diversity of voices as well as a diversity of perspectives represented on the NTC stage. Please help us understand more about you!