Following our hugely successful first year, Ignite Bristol returns on Wednesday 9th February on board the world famous ss Great Britain. The event will be part of Global Ignite Week, when over 100 cities will host Ignite events attended by upwards of 12,000 technologists, entrepreneurs, DIYers, and creative professionals on at least six continents.
Participating cities include Seattle, Boston, Phoenix, Mumbai, Manila, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Bristol, Sydney, and Wellington. Global Ignite Week happens online as well as in person, with Ignite talks available to the whole world. Local Ignites will film, upload and even stream live video during their events, and then add those talks to the 1300+ five-minute videos archived on .
Across the globe, there will no more appropriate and iconic Ignite venue than Brunel’s ss Great Britain
The ship was a world first when she was launched in Bristol in 1843, by Prince Albert, bringing together new technologies in a way which transformed world travel. The ss Great Britain was innovative, exciting and new for the 19th century. In the 21st century the ss Great Britain Trust continues to innovate with the ingenius dehumidification chamber and glass ‘sea’, formed within the Dry Dock, helping to conserve the ship for the next 100 years, and the Trust’s latest venture with the opening of the Brunel Institute, encouraging learning for all. The Ignite movement champions the same passion for education and enlightenment.
The ss Great Britain Trust’s Director of Development Vanessa Edwards said “We are delighted to host this event on board Brunel’s ss Great Britain, for Global Ignite Week. It will provide us with the opportunity to showcase our stunning visitor attraction and venue hire facilities to a new audience, whist supporting an exciting and bold initiative which is fast becoming a well-loved Bristol institution. The ss Great Britain Trust shares Ignite’s passion for intelligent debate, learning and new ideas.”
Ignite Bristol co-ordinator Peter Blackman added ‘Having enjoyed some wonderful nights at the Polish Club, and then the Tobacco Factory Theatre, we’re hoping for another memorable night at the ss Great Britain. We’ve already got some extraordinary ideas for talks, but we’re always looking for new submissions, so we’d encourage anyone who wants to speak to get in touch.’
To submit an idea that you would like to present on the ship at Ignite Bristol #4 – simply fill in the form on this website. To give you a flavour of past Ignite Bristol talks we have enjoyed presentations on, amongst others, comic books, homeless archaeology, rowing the Atlantic, cryptic crosswords, behavioural economics, the Lindy Hop, and misuse of the word ‘literally’. Films of all of which can be found on this website.
Tickets for Ignite Bristol, which are free, will be released to the public in stages. Details of this process will be announced soon. All three previous Ignite Bristol events have ‘sold out’ and we anticipate tickets selling very quickly.