Ignite Budapest #5 – be there on May 17!

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Ignite Budapest #5 is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17! Come out and watch our fantastic speakers give 5-minute presentations on various topics, each accompanied by a 20-slide powerpoint presentation.

The show starts at 8:00pm at Brody Studios (1064 Budapest, Vörösmarty u. 38.), with doors opening at 7:00pm. Admission of 1,000 Ft. (Brody members) or 1,500 Ft. (non-members), with a welcome drink to set the mood!

  • Eleven speakers! (see summaries of talks below)
  • PRESENTATION KARAOKE: audience members will have the opportunity to narrate a slideshow that they’ve never seen before.

see you there!

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Ignite Budapest #4 speakers – be there on Nov 23!

Ignite Budapest #4 is tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23!  Come out and watch our fantastic speakers give 5-minute presentations on various topics, accompanied by a 20-slide powerpoint presentation.

The show starts at 8:00pm at Brody Studios (1064 Budapest, Vörösmarty u. 38.), with doors opening at 7:00pm. Admission of 1,000 Ft. (Brody members) or 1,500 Ft. (non-members) includes a welcome drink to set the mood!

  • Eleven speakers! (see summaries of talks below)
  • PRESENTATION KARAOKE:  audience members will have the opportunity to narrate a slideshow that they’ve never seen before.
  • CONTEST:  a fun contest that everybody can participate in with actual prizes!

see you there!



  • Gábor Salamon “Default Decisions and Decision Defaults”

In many fields of our everyday life we are faced to complex decisions.  Even if such a complex decision has a long lasting effect, the cognitive effort necessary to make them pushes people towards shortcuts.  One of the most popular shortcuts is: be lazy, accept whatever is offered by default.  I will ignite thinking about how taking default influences our life and about the responsibility of those designing these default decisions.  Talk based on the work of R. H. Thaler and C. R. Sunstein (see their book “Nudge”).

  • Viktória Kiss “How to Hygge”

If the tradition of hygge can help explain why Scandinavian countries boast the happiest and most successful populations, then maybe many of us from other cultures could learn from this enduring and heart-warming way of life. After learning about hygge I have felt an intense urge to share my ideas of how could we incorporate hygge in our daily basis.

I do believe that enrolling hygge in our lives can better not only our mood, but the society around us as well. While preparing for this presentation my intention was to reveal and propagate the advantages of practicing hygge. I am going to explain what does this Danish expression mean, why do I find it important and how shall we practice it. I hope that I will also encourage the audience to do hygge regularly.

  • Marylin Ball Brown “Voice Lesson 101”

I am a professional opera singer and I would like to give a short presentation on simply how to sing!

  • Ildi Beck “What Happens in Vegas?”

Inspire to think out of the box, encourage the “don’t limit yourself” and fearless attitude in everyday life. I would use my own example when the first time exhibited at the Convention Center in Las Vegas with my tiny company.

  • Edward Salazar “TRUST ME!”

In a globalized, social-media dominated world, truth seems to have lost its value and public trust appears to have been ripped from the fabric of society.  Nevertheless, there are signs of hope that new networks of trust are emerging for a digital age, tapping into the growth of social capital, and creating new opportunities to restore habits of trust to a “post-truth” generation.

As a former career US diplomat, my entire professional lifetime has revolved around efforts to build and enhance trust, and to create enduring trustworthy relationships across political, cultural, economic, and language barriers.  Over the past 60 years, however, the steady disintegration of the fabric of public trust has eroded the very relationships that help to keep our societies stable, just, and prosperous.  That trend may be about to reverse.  I am grateful to the work of the University of Oxford’s Our World in Dat project, to the UK Behavioral Insight Team’s David Halpern, and to Harvard University’s Bob Putnam for opening my eyes and allowing me to share some prospects for hope.

  • Zsombor Vasvári “The Price of Coolness”

What is the proportion of the price in products we are willing to pay for the product to be cool? What % of the product price goes into: how it makes us feel? How do we make decisions when shopping, and choosing between products? Are humans really rational?

  • Atis Szabó “Welcome to the Anxious Flyers Club.”

My talk is about my fear of flying. How I developed it and how I try to cope with it.

  • Andrea Major “How to Choose a Good Leader?”

We are not educated to choose the right leader and there are so many people try to act like leaders these days, we shall ask what is it that makes a true leader. A true leader wants to make people stand on their own and not make other people follow them like a sheep following the herd. Elected leaders shall be public servants and not a person who is well-connected, powerful, charismatic or wealthy. We have to look at a leader by what he has not — ego, arrogance, and self-interest, someone who has a greater purpose who is greater than himself, who is able to rise above his-her individual goals. A true leader shows us the world is heading somewhere and we do not need to live in fear and that we are not just observing history (and nature) but — we “are” history and nature and we are capable of getting rid of war, anger, hate and ignorance and can even tackle climate-change. True leadership is important not only in politics but it affects the lives of communities, schools, corporations, churches and also partnerships.

In order to select the right leader, whom we can trust, we need to continuously question: is he truly devoted to his mission or just seeking glory? Is he truly interested in the welfare of others or wants a herd for his own aggrandizement? We then set standards for our leaders and even more so for ourselves and this is exactly why leaders are a reflection of us.

When people sincerely trust a leader, they become eager to accept his direction and input, and are inspired to accomplish far more than they could have on their own…that is why it is so important to choose a true leader.

  • Péter Temesváry “What Makes an Airplane Fly?”

Have you ever looked up at the sky and wondered: “How on earth does 300 tons of aluminum, filled with kerosene, suitcases and human beings, stay up in the air?”

  • Andrea Brietling “On Being Fabulous, with a Bit of Bad-Assery.”

Stop wasting time on being mediocre. Find the superhero within.

  • Tamás Lippner “The Enchanted Lamp”

Who hasn’t dreamt of borrowing Aladdin’s enchanted lamp for a while? What would your wishes be if you knew that they could become reality? Hear the true story about how someone found the enchanted lamp in modern times and received love, money and faith. An ancient secret told in just five minutes!


Ignite Budapest #3 speakers announced – be there on March 3!

Ignite Budapest #3 is tomorrow, Wednesday, March 3!  Come out and watch several fantastic speakers give 5-minute presentations on various topics, accompanied by a 20-slide powerpoint presentation.

The show starts at 7:30pm at Cotton Club (VI. corner of Jókai and Weiner Leó u., map).  700 Ft. entry, includes first drink!

  • Nine speakers! (see summaries of talks below)
  • PRESENTATION KARAOKE:  three speakers will have the opportunity to narrate a slideshow that they’ve never seen before.
  • CONTEST:  a fun contest that everybody can participate in with actual prizes!

see you there!



  • Natalie Bowlus – “A Tragicomedy of Errors: British Shenanigans, WWI and the Creation of the Modern Middle East.”

With the prevalence of the Middle East in the news today, it is hard to imagine that a hundred years ago the same area was nothing more than the site of an ongoing struggle for influence between the Great Powers (England, France and Russia). At the Paris Peace Conference the stage was set for the Modern Middle East; however, the solution that emerged in 1919 was vastly different than that imagined at the beginning of the war. This presentation seeks to take the audience from point A to point B and examine how the final outcome was a product of accident, ignorance and good old-fashioned clock-and-dagger, double-crossing diplomacy as much as design.

  • Sandor Illes – “Be Innovative by Being Lazy!”

We, as humans, are quite lazy to change our usually boring and repetitive, every day tasks. But who is truly lazy, finds a way to get rid of these tasks easier, to spare that time to an extra coffee break. The others call these people inventive or innovative. I am going to show you some (mainly technological) examples how can we change our “cozily lazy” way of life to truly lazy style.

  • Peter Temesvary – “Something’s in the Air”

Let’s go flying!

  • Mary Murphy – “Verbally Challenged: How the L-word Lost Its Lustre”

In days gone by, when the leading man  told the pretty girl that he loved her, it was the same as a proposal of marriage. It meant something. Today, through overuse, misuse and  abuse, the L-word has lost it’s charm and its effectiveness, and with it, the world has lost its soul.

  • Howard Cohen – “How NOT to Do a Powerpoint Presentation”

After working in so many jobs that required me to do presentations or to train other people to do them, I have seen so many examples of presentations and seen so many people genuinely believe that they have the most amazing presentation skills when, in reality, they are sending their audience to sleep. I thought it was time for me to fight back! So I am going to show you how not to do a presentation. I just hope I don’t come too close to anything my fellow presenters have prepared!

  • Jeff Taylor – “Graffiti is Censorship”

The presentation will present the controversy of graffiti art by discussing it in its competing contexts with other art forms, namely architecture. Graffiti inevitably appropriates its platform, its canvas, from pre-existing objects, and in so doing degrades, and even denies those objects’ right to exist in their creators’ intended condition.

  • Justin Hyatt – “On the Active Life”

A long-time activist looks at what it means to take a part in the environment around you, what it means to be involved in things that matter, and a few tidbits from the field – and it’s all about finding your “hot button”.

  • Dániel Faragó – “Make Contributions Possible”

In the last seventy years people are sitting on the riverbank and are waiting for the the birds to fly in their mouth especially in Hungary. “What can we do alone against everybody else?” “I am not enough to make things matter!” The time of excuses is over. Making a contribution is easier than ever. And I’d love to make it happen, organised in grand.

  • Mark Andrews – “The Joys of Joyce: ‘he would wipe alley english spooker, multaphoniaksically spuking, off the face of the erse'”

There must be something cool about a guy who spends 17 years writing one book, especially a book that draws on 60 different languages to entertain its reader. This talk will take you on a humourous exploration of Joyce the river lover, Joyce the linguist, Joyce the EFL teacher and Joyce the lover of  Swiss Fendant white wine.  And without Trieste there would have been no Leopold Bloom. Trieste, ah Trieste, ate I my liver!

Ignite Budapest #3 now open for reservations and proposals!

Ignite Budapest is returning and it’s less than a month away now!  Check it out

Ignite Budapest #3

Wed., March 3, 7:30pm

Cotton Club (VI. Budapest, Jókai  u. 26.)

700 Ft. (includes first drink)


  • Reserve tickets for this event by sending an email to ignitebudapest@gmail.com. We will hold reservations until 7:00pm on the day of the event.
  • We need speakers.  Submit a brief summary of your talk by leaving a comment on this page.  Thanks!

We’ll be a part of the stupendous and mind-blowing Global Ignite Week.  Should be fun!

Ignite Budapest

Speakers announced for Ignite Budapest #2!

The second Ignite Budapest extravaganza is coming!! Here’s the scoop:

Ignite Budapest #2
Tuesday, Nov. 10,  7:30pm
Cotton Club, VI. Budapest, Jókai u. 26.
700 Ft. (includes first drink)

Reserve tickets for this event by sending an email to ignitebudapest@gmail.com.  We will hold reservations until 7:00pm on the day of the event.


In this Ignite, audience members will get the opportunity to be a part of the show too. Four audience members will have the opportunity to come up on stage and narrate a 3-minute slideshow they’ve never seen before in front of everyone!  Contact ignitebudapest@gmail.com if you’re interested in doing this.

UPDATE: Two new presenters just added, Anikó and Dániel!  Check below.

Check out our super-cool eight ten presenters for this event:

Geoffrey Thomas – “Consciousness: Easy and Hard”

  • This is a brief look at the problems of consciousness that scientists think we can solve and those they don’t think we can solve.


Gretchen Meddaugh – “Capuchin Monkeys Spending Money”

  • Behavioral economists have studied capuchin monkeys and whether they can understand the concept of money. The monkeys make rational and irrational choices with remarkable similarity to humans’ decisions. I mean, remarkable!
Mary Murphy – “Lacking Comma Sense”

  • Favouring self-expression at the cost of sentence structure, educators frequently leave errors uncorrected. Bad syntax, sloppy punctuation, misplaced apostrophes and misspellings abound. Most people couldn’t care less. Some care too much.
Mark Andrews – “The beautiful bridges of Budapest and the history of our beautiful language teaching profession”

  • The talk will focus on all 8 bridges of Budapest and key moments in the history of language teaching.
Gábor Bihari – “Believe It or Not: This Crunch is Green!”

  • How the Credit Crunch and the Global Economic Crisis will actually improve the state of the environment.
Bullet Shih – “The Neo-Naive Movement”

  • Some basic tenets of the Neo-Naive Movement and how they apply to art and life in the 21st Century.
Jacob Doyle – “Operation Blue Med”

  • An initiative to clean up the waters of the Mediterranean and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by allowing only emissions-free ships and boats and other sea-going vessels on the Med waters by 2030. The details of the initiative will be described along with the technology to make it possible.
Erik D’Amato – “Why everyone should still be pooping their pants about the world economy”

  • Erik D’Amato, who has covered international finance on and off for the last 20 years, takes a walk through some of the lesser-known – and truly awful – statistics and trends that suggest everything could get a lot, lot worse before it gets much better.
Anikó Kiss – “What is Reality, really?”

  • Physicists have known for decades that reality is not as solid as it appears. As a matter of fact, it depends a whole lot on how you observe it. How is it to live in a world where reality depends on you?
Dániel Farkas – “Play to Learn How to Sell Value”
  • People in general have very poor  practical(!) entreprenurial knowledge – though money is one of the key factor in their life. We need the knowledge how to sell our value in order to make living out of what we love doing the most, in other words, we have to learn entrepreneurial skills. We have an idea, a game, how people can experience the entrepreneur mindset, and learn the skills step by step gradually by real life challenges. All this via a simple, but forceful game.   In one sentence: Learning by doing on steroids that makes available for everyone to practice and master business.

Ignite Budapest videos and slideshows online!

Here are all 14 presentations from Ignite Budapest #1!  Enjoy!

Tycho Sierra – “Swimming Against the Waste Stream”

Balázs Nagy – “Way of Life in the Antarctic Oases

Patrick Astro Judson – “How Electronic Dance Music Can Save The World”

Kristin Faurest – “The Roma Parliament and the Artists Garden”

Todd Williams – “The Slacker Diaries: The Philosophy of Shirking Work”

Tibor Kocsis – “300 Tons of Gold”

Gábor Bihari – “Green CSR in the Crunch”

Greg Spencer – “Bicycling as Transport”

Steven Carlson – “Gypsy Social Networking”

Franca Rosielle – “Abolishing Borders: Join Multi-Kulti”

Stephen Spinder – “Thirteen Years in Transylvania”

Valéria Urbán – “The Power of Raw Food”

David Erickson – “In the Moment: Notes on Becoming a Photographer

Michelle Barrett – “Impressions of Afghanistan from Behind the Bullet-Proof Glass”

  • All the videos can also be seen here:


  • The slideshow presentations, which can be downloaded, appear on Slideshare:


Ignite Budapest #1 – it’s a wrap!

Steve at Ignite Budapest #1

Thanks so much to everyone for coming out to the first Ignite Budapest on Thursday night! We had over 100 guests for our premier event, an unbelievable turnout for something new and unknown like this. This was also the biggest turnout ever for an event at Treehugger Dan’s Cafe. Wow!

–> We were extremely fortunate to have had 14 amazing speakers present at the first Ignite. Videos of each presentation will soon be uploaded online and embedded into this website.

–> If you were at Ignite Budapest #1, we’d love to hear your feedback! Just leave a comment anywhere on this site.

–> We’re also looking for sponsors for future Ignite events! If you can help us in any way with finding an approprite sponsor for Ignite Budapest, please let us know.

–> Info about the next Ignite, and how to apply to become a speaker yourself, will be coming soon. Sign up to our newsletter by sending an email to ignitebudapest@gmail.com to make sure that you don’t miss any important information about Ignite Budapest.

The above photo is actually the only one I have of the event at the moment. Hopefully I’ll be able to get more and post them here.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this event a huge success!