If you’re not familiar with PechaKucha as a presentation style, it’s something that you have to witness to fully understand. Essentially, it’s a very condensed presentation where you have limited time (6 minutes and 40 seconds total) to communicate a complex idea by using a combination of speech and images.
From the official PechaKucha website:
“PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. […] The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February, 2003. Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organize PechaKucha Night Tokyo.”
There is a PechaKucha Night organized in Winnipeg that is held regularly and our project director, Diane Roussin, took part in #PKNWPG33, their 33rd volume of the local event. Diane told the story of The Winnipeg Boldness Project including its history and what it’s trying to achieve overall – a very ambitious task considering the amount of information she had to convey.
Ultimately, PechaKucha’s format forces the speaker to really focus on the key ideas within their topic and get rid of any excess information, possibly distilling their speech into a very efficient and engaging presentation. Diane did a great job of achieving this, and you should check our the video of her presentation.