August 27, 2020 —- Black Designers Ignite launched! Our inaugural event was livestreamed via Crowdcast featuring 30 Black Designers and 6 special guests uniting under the 2020 theme, Transitions, on 8/27/20.
In 2 months, we designed a brand, got over 40 talk submissions, secured 8 sponsors, and sold 738 tickets! This community was lit! (Read our origin story here). Thanks to sponsors, we were able to pay everyone behind the scenes and thanks to those buying & donating tickets, we paid each speaker $736.
Shout out to the 2020 organizing team behind the scenes And big thank yous to our friends and community partners (especially silent $ sponsors), and our special guests Glennette Clark, Cheryl D. Miller and Meryanne Loum-Martin.)
In the weeks leading up to the event several speakers became the organizing/design team, we went live on Instagram, we hyped up the event on social, and we got our whole networks excited about this virtual event (to go on in the midst of a global pandemic, unemployment and racial uprising), We united!
It was a very inspiring and memorable event. With representation from 15 US states and 10 design disciplines, these 30 Black Designers shared their unique perspectives as a Black creative living and working in America. Together, over the course of 5 hours we celebrated all their transitions and triumphs along the way.
@dsgnrswrkshp on Instagram said this about the event..
“Did anyone else attend @black.ignite’s Inaugural Conference last night? 👀 There was so much love & empowerment all in celebration of Black design & futurism! We really love to see it.”
Fireside chat speaker Meryanne Loum-Martin said,
“I loved it.. Fabulous line up. Very interesting people. I think it should become a regular rendez vous maybe once every 3 months?”
“So much wisdom and words
of encouragement were
past down from the speakers.
I left feeling inspired
– #Blackignite2020 audience feedback