Pecha Kucha SF is gonna rock!

Pecha Kucha is a really cool design-geek event that originated in Japan. The format is somewhat similar to PowerPoint Karaoke, with some important differences. Participants design a 20-slide slideshow, and have 20 seconds PER SLIDE to talk over it. The timing is done by computer, so you don’t have any leeway, and have to time your presentation perfectly for it to work.

It’s creative, it’s competitive, it’s funny, it’s awesome. And it’s happening in SF on August 29th! The SF Pecha Kucha group has been at it a while (this is their 16th event) and was recently listed in the SF Bay Guarian’s “Best of The Bay” issue as “best hyper-intellectual show and tell“. Here’s the full description:

Pecha Kucha – Japanese for chitchat – began in 2003 in Tokyo as a way for emerging designers to share ideas. The wildly popular concept has now caught on here, with San Franciscan chitchatters meeting every last Wednesday evening of the month, usually at 330 Ritch. The format is simple: presenters curate a 20-image slide show about their creative work; each slide is shown for exactly 20 seconds; and each night has an overarching (and often disregarded) theme. Anyone can sign up, though it’s mostly designers and artists talking about their work – which can range from Burning Man sculptures to mass-market furniture. But you never really know what you’re going to get: recent nights have seen a writer, a couple of software developers, a social engineer presenting an interesting theoretical exercise, and a creative vacationer with some gorgeous images of plate tectonics in the Colorado basin, graffiti in Australia, and the state of socialist architecture in Eastern Europe.

2 thoughts on “Pecha Kucha SF is gonna rock!

  1. Karen Zeller August 7, 2007 / 3:01 pm

    Wow- how do I get involved? I would love to do a demo about book arts…..

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