Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

Learn to Ignite

Duane O'Brien (
9:00am12:30pm Monday, May 8, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 14
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to put together an Ignite talk and gain valuable experience in public speaking


Note: You must register for this tutorial in advance. This tutorial is limited to 15 attendees.

Have you ever wanted to give an Ignite talk but didn’t know where to start? Are you new to public speaking and having trouble arranging your talk? Or maybe you’re a savvy speaker who needs tips to fine-tune short form talks or just want to work on your presentation skills. If any of this sounds familiar, this workshop is for you.

Duane O’Brien takes you through the process of putting together your first Ignite talk. You’ll pick topics in the class, and everyone will build their talks together. You’ll present several iterations of your talk to individual members of the class as you learn how to break a big idea into smaller discrete pieces, practice your timing, and get comfortable speaking about your topic. One lucky class participant will have the opportunity to deliver their talk at Ignite OSCON on Monday night.

This fast-paced workshop alternates between brief periods of instruction and extended periods of guided independent work. Bring a laptop and your favorite slide software (or an account you can use to access Google Slides). And don’t forget a bottle of water—you’re going to need it!

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Duane O'Brien

Duane O’Brien is the Head of Open Source at, the world’s #1 jobs site. He is passionate about enabling smart and meaningful contributions to the open source ecosystem by both developers and corporations. Duane navigates the path between engineering and management, drawing on his experience as a developer and program manager at companies such as Autodesk, Adobe, and PayPal, as well as his experience supporting Agile transformations.

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Picture of Corey Quinn
05/01/2017 9:39am CDT

I speak at a ridiculous number of events in a given year, in the service of indulging my ongoing love affair with the sound of my own voice.

A couple of months ago I got the opportunity to take this workshop, and came away with a variety of techniques that cut my time to construct a lightning talk by two thirds— and resulted in a better talk.

Whether you’re new to public speaking, or have done it enough that you could give a meta-talk about it, this tutorial is very much worth your time.