Speed presentations: Pecha Kucha

What is Pecha Kucha?

No, it’s not what your grandmother called you as a child.

It’s a rapid-fire, image-based presentation format. Presenters have 20 images up for 20 seconds each, for a 6 minute and 40 second presentation. Started in 2006 in Japan as a way to showcase architects’ portfolios, it has spread worldwide.

This year, at the Emerging Technologies Panel at the ArLiS/NA 2013 conference in Pasadena, seven presenters will give Pecha Kutcha-style presentations.  This format has been used at the Society of American Archivist 2012 and will be used for the upcoming Society of Architectural Historians conference.

Some helpful links:

Wikipedia entry for Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha pronunciation in muppet video (we really needed this!)

Pecha Kucha training bite. Clear concise British speaker explaining what Pecha Kucha is while doing a Pecha Kucha presentation.

Pecha Kucha article and presentation. Daniel Pink, Wired magazine.

Pecha Kucha Nights: Guide to Better Presentation Skills:

396+ Pecha Kucha presentations

Thanks to Cathy Billings and Sarah Sherman for the links.