Topics for this year’s Ignite FinCon are submitted, and voting lasts from now until September 30th. Good luck to our submissions. The top 9 get on stage at Ignite FinCon 2017 in Dallas! Once you have reviewed the submissions…
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages… Ignite FinCon is back for FinCon 2017 in Dallas! Thanks to PT, Jessica, and the rest of the FinCon team, this year’s event is shaping up to be better than ever! While FinCon is still three months away, Ignite is getting started early by opening up for your topic submissions if you want to speak at this year’s event.
For the Ignite virgins, think of Ignite like Ted Talks on speed. Each speaker has exactly five minutes on stage. However, this ain’t your grandma’s speaking event. There are rules that each speaker has to follow, and they lead to a fun and exciting event.
- Every speaker has exactly 5 mintues
- Every speaker has exactly 20 slides
- Slides are on a 15-second auto-advance
Yes, you read that right. Whether the speaker is ready or not, the next slide is coming in fifteen seconds. Talks can be about any topic, which may or may not have something to do with personal finance and blogging. Fun past topics have focused on travel, near-death experiences, and even how to become a nightclub DJ. Nothing is off limits at Ignite!
You can get involved!
Ignite FinCon is produced by me, Eric Rosenberg, but it is far from a one-man show. It takes a team of speakers, sponsors, and a few helpers behind the scenes to make it all work. Here are the current opportunities to get involved in Ignite FinCon 2017:
Speak – The star of the show is our roster of speakers. To speak at Ignite, submit your topic. When submissions close, the entire FinCon community will vote on which submissions make it to the big stage for five minutes of fame.
Sponsor – Ignite is not free to produce, and we have been lucky to work with amazing sponsors for past events. The sponsor for Ignite FinCon 2017 is not yet locked in. Contact me or the FinCon team for more information. This sponsorship may be packaged with an existing booth or sponsorship if you are looking for additional options to get involved.
Volunteer – I need about five volunteers each year to help with event-day logistics. Send me an email to let me know you’re interested in helping out.
Ignite works because of you
We have held Ignite FinCon events in Denver, Saint Louis, Charlotte, New Orleans, and San Diego. Join us for the sixth edition of this memorable event at FinCon 2017 in Dallas! Each year we have about 500 attendees, and would love to have you join us this year! Without the entire FinCon community, Ignite would not work. We need you to vote and come out for a great time at Ignite! Whether you are driving over from Fort Worth or flying in from Australia, you have a place at Ignite. See you there!
If you want to relive the fun of Ignite FinCon 2016 or missed out and want to experience it from the comfort of your own laptop, phone, or smart TV, look no further. Enjoy these 10 amazing talks from 10 amazing speakers at Ignite FinCon from San Diego!
After the most competitive voting we’ve ever seen here at Ignite FinCon, I am excited to share your 2016 speakers! Below find the list of speakers, a link to follow them on Twitter, and their Spark title and description.
Robert Sofia – @robertsofia – How to Conclusively Persuade Any Audience In Just 5 Minutes – By demonstrating five powerful public speaking techniques in five minutes, Robert Sofia will both teach his audience how to persuade others, and will simultaneously convince them of a reality they thought impossible just moments before.
Mike Andes – @thebizpodcast – The Making of a Millennial Millionaire – How do we get the attention of teens and twenties (millennials) and include and inform them when it comes to business, finances, and entrepreneurship? I started college at the age of 13 and have had an inside view of what is wrong with our traditional educational institution and why it produces entitled, money-dependant members of society.
Sandy Smith – @yesiamcheap – How Rihanna Taught Me to Embrace My Inner Ratchet – It’s Rihanna. It’s ghetto. And it promises to be fun. That’s all. And there really is a money angle to this, I promise.
Colin Jones – @colinCOBRAjones – 5 Things I learned about Business and Money from Being a Professional Card Counter – I stumbled into card counting as a profession, going on to run a blackjack team that beat casinos for $3.5Million. My time as a card counter both prepared me to successfully create a 6-figure internet business. But much more importantly, it taught me invaluable lessons about money and meaning. I would like to share the top 5 lessons with you all at FinCon.
Toni Husbands – @debtfreedivas – Failure isn’t Final – Using the bounce back after a business wipe out to become a better blogger.
Jessica Moorhouse – @jessi_moorhouse – How Talking to 52 Strangers in a Year Transformed My Life – I’m what you’d call a typical introvert. But I’m also incredibly ambitious. It’s no surprise I was eventually drawn to the world of personal finance blogging.But after almost 4 years of blogging, I was getting tired of the constant conflict between the side of me that wanted to remain a shut-off introvert, and the side of me that wanted more.I’ll be honest, I’ve got some crazy dreams. And I know I won’t make any of those a reality by typing behind a screen without interacting with anybody. So, a month before my 29th birthday, I decided to do something radical — I was going to start a podcast.In the name of financial literacy, I forced myself to talk to someone new for 30 minutes every week for an entire year. I was dripping in sweat for my first few episodes, but soon enough I was hungry for more.Instead of getting anxious about talking to a total stranger, I’d get excited to put my radio voice on and talk shop. Soon enough I was finding myself talking with my guests for another 30 minutes after recording. And it wasn’t just because I was getting used to it. Every conversation I would learn something new, form a meaningful relationship with someone I’d never met before, or get inspired by someone’s incredible personal story.This doesn’t mean the cure to being an introvert is starting a podcast (though in my case it did help quite a bit). It means that if you want to take that leap and change your life, you need to do something different. Something that scares you. Something that is bigger than you. You need to force yourself to get out of your head and reach out to someone who inspires you.
Valerie Rind – @ValerieRind – Single is the New Divorced – A glimpse into the adventures of dating when you’re 50+ and newly divorced. Too old to be a Millennial, but you’re not dead yet!
Teresa Mears – @teresamears – I spent all my money on a trip around the world – I spent all my money on a trip around the world. And then I came home and I didn’t write “Eat Pray Love” or make a million dollars. In fact, I went back to the exact same job. I was still the same person. Or was I?
Jordon Cox – @Jordon_Cox – You Americans are weird..! – Only the Atlantic Ocean separates the USA from my homeland of Britain… yet it’s a completely different world! We both speak the same language… but how much we differ gives me the collywobbles and is a load of tosh! (Didn’t understand that..? See what I mean!)
Plus a bonus speaker at the end with a special surprise!
Hey there FinCon friends! I am excited to share that Ignite is back in 2016 in sunny San Diego! A huge thanks to this year’s sponsor CentSai for making it happen.
This year we will bring back the same fun, inciteful 5 minute sparks as we have seen for the last four years of Ignite FinCon. What’s different? Speaker submissions are now accepted through the official FinCon speaker submission form. Be on the lookout for an Ignite option while working your way through the questions.
Looking forward to seeing you this year in San Diego!