“Enlighten us, but make it quick”

We are now accepting applications for our launch of Ignite Melbourne to be held on 25 October 2019. 

Ignite Melbourne is a professional speaking event with a series of 15 speakers presenting five-minute presentations. The uniqueness of an Ignite event is that each presentation must consist of 20 slides and each slide automatically rolling on after 15 seconds. What we are asking for from speakers is basically “Enlighten us, but make it quick”. 

Our first launch for Ignite Melbourne will be on Friday 25 October 2019. ​Applications to present at Ignite Melbourne is welcome and open to anyone who has a message they love to share with everyone.


Due to the huge volume of submissions, in your application just tell us why you, why your topic and why now. 

Ignite Melbourne organisers

Warren Tate

Author, Communication Coach, Master Auctioneer

Experienced and energetic presentation and communication speaker and coach working with various corporate companies and within the real estate industry. Was the CEO and Franchise Director of a Melbourne based real estate company - doubling its size in a short period of time.

Warren has delivered over 1,500 training and workshop presentations. 
A Certified Speaking Coach, Warren has spent countless hours of study and research into understanding the psychology, biology and behavioural science behind how humans think and communicate and that research and learning forms the foundation for his recent book.

Hassan Younes

Author, Professional Speaker, Entrepreneur

Hassan Younes is a keynote speaker, author and a successful entrepreneur. Hassan has a background in aerospace engineering, organisational change and business management across multiple diverse industries, and over two decades in the education and training sector.

As an authority on Business Leadership, Business Management, Education Skills Training and Entrepreneurship, Hassan is widely published Nationally and Internationally, providing valuable insights into the future of Leadership.


Hassan works with businesses and business leaders to recognise key strategies for growth and success, and to be aware of the pitfalls that are not always obvious yet can be devastating.

Ignite Melbourne Application Process

Submission Process

  • Applicants will need to fill out and submit the online form (below) by 9pm on Friday 6 September 2019 to be considered for selection.

    • As part of the application form you will need to submit

      • Your contact details 

      • URL links to your headshot photo

      •  1 minute video pitch,

      • URL link to your facebook and website (if available).

      • Your bio-data

      • A short paragraph on WHY YOU are applying, WHY THIS is important to you and WHY NOW.

  • Submissions of applications will close at 9pm on Friday 6 September 2019.

  • The selection process of all applications will commence on Saturday 7 September 2019 and conclude on Thursday 19 September 2019.

  • The selection committee will review and screen all applications based on the information provided in the application.

  • Selection of Ignite speakers is at the discretion of the selection committee.

  • The selection committee reserves the right to accept or decline speakers applications for the Ignite Melbourne event.

  • Applications that contain marketing, sales or pitching themes for products or services will not be entertained.

  • The selection committee will shortlist applications and select the successful applicants. 

  • A maximum of 15 speakers will be selected for the Ignite Melbourne event.

  • Our preferred method of communication will be via email. 

  • Successful applicants will be notified via email of the outcome on Friday 20 September 2019.

  • To speak at Ignite Melbourne, a speaker fee of $250 plus GST is payable upon successful application

  • Successful applicants will be sent an invoice for the speaker fee.

  • The Speaker fee is payable within 7 days of invoice.

  • All payments and deposits paid are non-refundable and non-transferable. Refund exception: In case the ignite event is cancelled, full refund of payments will be made.

  • If using your company/business ABN, please advise us in your submission.

  • Payment method is via: EFT or EFTPOS (over the phone). We only accept debit card, Mastercard or Visa Card.

  • Each speaker will be given 7 guest tickets that can sold-on or gifted to their chosen guests

  • Each speaker will be required to bring along 7 guests as their supporting audience.

  • Each speaker must pass on the names of each of the 7 guests  prior to the event. 

  • Successful applicants will need to submit their 20 slides in Microsoft Powerpoint format. 

  • All slides are to be in wide screen 16:9, Microsoft Powerpoint format.

  • Each slide will automatically roll on to the next after 15 seconds giving a total of 5 minutes per keynote.

  • The cover slide of your profile photo keynote title is in addition to the 20 slides.

  • Our technical team will format your Powerpoint slides accordingly to advance every 15 seconds. 

  • A lapel will be used to mic up speakers prior to going stage.

  • No hand held microphone will be used.

  • Professional video cameraman will be available to record your keynote. 

  • Your Powerpoint can not contain more 20 slides (excluding cover slide)

  • Your Powerpoint slide can not contain marketing, advertising, sales or pitching themes.

  • Your powerpoint slides can not contain sexual, religious, political or abusive language or images

  • Your slides can not contain your company or business name or promote your business or services

  • You must have or hold the copyright/license of the Images in your slides. 

  • No videos, animated images or animated artwork can be used in your slides.

  • Your Powerpoint slides can not contain music or sound. 

  • The program for the event  will be available on the evening.

  • The running sheet of speakers will be given to speakers on the day of the event prior to commencement of the event

  • Each speaker will receive a high-resolution video footage of their keynote on stage

  • Professional photos of their presence on stage. 

  • Networking opportunities at end of the event


The Ignite Melbourne organisers may run a speaker coaching session prior to the Ignite Melbourne event in early October 2019 subject to demand (miminum 10 speakers). 


An email will be sent out to Ignite Melbourne speakers towards end of September to obtain expressions of interest for this session.

  • Applications submission close on Friday September 6, 2019

  • Successful applicants are notified on Friday September 20, 2019. 

  • Speakers Powerpoint slides submitted no later than Friday October 11, 2019

  • Ignite Melbourne starts at 6pm on Friday 25 October 2019

Selection Process

Notification and Communication Process

Speaker fee, refunds and guest tickets

Technical requirements

Slides and Content

Program and running sheet


Important dates to remember

Speaker coaching workshop


 Speaker Application Form


Event date: October 25, 2019
Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: Bayview Eden, 6 Queens Rd, Melbourne (Albert Park)

APPLICATIONS CLOSE September 6, 2019

* Required





Please provide URL link to your website or facebook account.


Please provide URL link to your high resolution professional headshot.


Please provide URL link to your 1 min video talking about your message.


In the box below please provide:


1- A short bio about yourself (written in third person)

2- Title of your talk

3- What story, lesson or message would you like to share with the audience?

      (Tell us WHY YOU, WHY THIS, WHY NOW)


Payment and Invoicing

If your Ignite application is successful, you will receive an invoice for the registration which will also details the method pf payment. 

Refund Policy

All payments and deposits are non refundable and non-transferable. Refund exception: In case the ignite event is cancelled, full refund of payments will be made.