5:30 PM, June 22, 2023


Victor Valley Christian Church - 11223 11th Ave, Hesperia, CA 92345


250 Tickets


14 Ignite Presentations

What is Ignite? Check out videos from the past year!

Ignite High Desert showcases the community’s movers,
shakers, creators, thinkers, innovators, doers and
dreamers in a fast-paced format designed to inspire. 

What can you do with 20 slides and five minutes?
Enlighten us! Click here to go to our YouTube Channel!

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Jimmy Waldron - Discussing The ``H`` Word

Shannon Shannon - Me And My Malinois

Byron Ward - The Pink Lady of Malibu

Dr. Kenisha L. Williams - The Comeback Kid







Why Sponsor?

The Ignite High Desert event and audience is a reflection of our vibrant community. Every event allows you to experience talks that educate, inspire, motivate, and entertain. You’ll be introduced to new ideas and perspectives, all presented by members of the High Desert community. The audience is diverse, but share a common love for community, innovation and ideas.

Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

To allow for companies of all sizes to contribute to Ignite High Desert events, there are three levels of sponsorship. Within each level, there is often an opportunity to sponsor with a cash donation or through in-kind support. Because sponsorship is so much more than just a donation, Ignite High Desert offers fantastic perks to sponsors at every level:

  • Logo placement as sponsor on printed Ignite program
  • Logo placement on Ignite High Desert website
  • 2 tickets to the event!
  • Online logo placement as a sponsor
  • Logo displayed played throughout the event on a slide show
  • Logo placement on printed program
  • Display table as a promotional sponsor
  • 2 tickets to the event!
  • Online logo placement as flame sponsor with URL attachment to sponsor website
  • Logo displayed played throughout the event on a slide show
  • Logo on printed program (placed in each gift bag)
  • Frequent mention as sponsor throughout the event
  • Logo placement as flame sponsor on all banners for event displayed throughout the event
  • Option to have promo table at event as a vendor (Additional $200 charge)
  • 6 tickets to the event!
  • Large logo placement as sponsor on all banners for event displayed throughout the event, and all printed promotional items
  • Online logo placement as Lead sponsor with URL attachment to sponsor website
  • Logo largely displayed as event sponsor played throughout the event on a slide show and on printed program
  • 60 Second video to be played at the event (One in the beginning and one after intermission)
  • Frequent mention as Blaze sponsor throughout the event
  • 8 tickets to the event!
  • Logo displayed as speaker sponsor of choice

In your video, anything goes! In fact, we encourage you to produce a creative, high-energy video that keeps up with the rapid-fire pace of the event. The only restriction is keeping the video PG-rated, as it’s an event open to all ages.


Passion. Everyone has at least one!

Do you have a funny story, unusual hack or quirky hobby?

A geeky passion, unique perspective or outrageous solution?

How about just something that fires you up, widens your eyes and makes you talk a little faster?

We want to hear it!

Ignite High Desert provides the platform to share these life-shaping experiences, passions, and unique perspectives. With 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, share your idea with 250 eager audience members that have your undivided attention! Just make sure it’s PG-13 or lower and not a sales pitch.

Speaker requirements

Each selected speaker must commit to all of the following:

  • Speak about your topic for five minutes in front of a crowd
  • From our template, create a 20-slide presentation to support your talk
  • Attend presenter orientation on May 3, 2023 via Zoom
  • Attend a practice critique (in person) on May 17, 2023
  • Attend the final rehearsal (in person) on June 21, 2023
  • Sell at least 5 tickets to the event (invite your family and friends!)
  • Arrive a few hours before showtime (typically around 4:00 p.m.)
  • Avoid pitching or advertising a product or business (including your own)
  • Allow your submission, presentation, and a video of your talk to be posted online (your email address and phone number will be kept private)

To apply

Submissions are open now and will close on Monday, April 17, 2023

All applicants will be notified of the committee’s selections by April 28, 2023.

Click on the button below to access the application. Let’s Ignite the High Desert!

Apply as a Speaker

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Come on Baby, light our fire! Share. Learn. Ignite!

Event FAQS find your answers

Then you really need to become a sponsor! Sorry, no sales pitches for speakers.                                                
Ignite is run completely by volunteers like you! You can join a committee or just volunteer the day of the event. Contact us at to get involved today.  
Absolutely not! You just have to be willing to put in the time to create a presentation and be rehearsed.  
Nope! It’s important that we maintain a level of purity in the content, meaning the selection process is not hindered by the almighty dollar. Trust us, this will create an event that people want to attend again and again, and that’s better for your brand anyway.  
Unfortunately, no. We believe in a separation of “church and state,” so the talks will be 100% selected by our committee and based on content. You do have the opportunity to tell your story through video, which kicks off the event. For more information, see our Speaker page and Sponsor page.  
Nope! No theme, no restrictions and no limits. You finally found a platform for your hobbies in underwater basket weaving and Civil War stamp collecting. Let your passion shine through. Just keep it PG-13.  
While TED Talks tend to feature experts in different fields of study, Ignite showcases your neighbors, your peers, and members of your community sharing their passions, stories and ideas. In addition, the format for Ignite is the same for everyone: 5 minutes, 20 slides advancing every 15 seconds.

Did you know? Ignite events take place in more than 100 cities worldwide!

Ignite High Desert brings the community together in a fast-paced evening filled with high impact 5-minute presentations – directly from your High Desert peers! Add a sprinkling of local brews and local tunes and it’s an event you won’t want to miss. Will you join us?

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5 tips for aspiring Ignite High Desert speakers

As we get ready to light up the High Desert with Ignite for a second year on March 17, 2016, we are looking for interested & passionate people that have burning ideas that they want to share with our community in this


Ignite High Desert is run 100% by volunteers like you, so if you’d like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you. Whatever your talents or skills may be, rest assured we can put them to good use. And don’t worry if you have limited time. There’s a job for everyone who would like to be involved!
As the saying goes, “It takes a whole village to raise a child,” and if you’ve ever put on a large event before, you know the same sentiment certainly applies. We may even need TWO whole villages! Our vision is for Ignite High Desert to grow into a landmark community event that occurs multiple times throughout the year – THE event people can’t wait to attend. But don’t misunderstand – this is not an ego-based desire. It’s just that Ignite events have impacted our lives in such a positive way that now we want to share that experience with as many people as possible.
Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer for Ignite High Desert
  1. The bragging rights.
  2. Your network will grow!
  3. The cool t-shirt.
  4. Your resume will be happy.
  5. You’ll get your “hands dirty” and meet some awesome people.
  6. Your grandma will be proud.
  7. You’ll help to make a difference in your community.
  8. You’ll be super inspired by the event and the people you meet.
  9. You can form a gang with the other volunteers and write your own theme song.
  10. Your cat will miss you and be more affectionate when you come home.

Event Location

Victor Valley Christian Church

11223 11th Ave,
Hesperia, CA 92345
+1 (760) 245-6506

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