PechaKucha: A Presentation Format Designed to Spark Ideas

Date: Aug 29, 2017 2:53:44 PM

PechaKucha, Japanese for chit-chat, is a presentation format spreading across the globe because of its fun, quirky spirit. 

The format was developed by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture to create a framework for people to informally share ideas and creativity. The format is strict: 20 slides, 20 seconds each. A 6 minute and 40 second presentation where the slides automatically advance. There’s no jumping forward and no going back. Why did Klein Dytham devise something so specific? Because architects talk too much! (Ha! We completely agree.)

There are a lot of things we love about PechaKuchas. The speed and saturation of the presentations makes for quick, rich engagement. They’re democratic. Anyone with something interesting to share, despite their background, age, career success or lack thereof is invited to bring their story to the table. They build community and create a real-life social network. Presentations are often atypical and intimate, fun and funny. They invite connection on a deeper level. says, “Good PechaKucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected.” Here are a few of our favorites.

Things I Like about Surfing that are not Surfing. Sometimes you love the things you love, not just because of the thing itself, but because of the things that surround them.

Kevin Byrds Failures. This is a humorous one that helps us remember to laugh at our failures.

Life Journey of an Artist. It’s a behind the scenes look at what really motivates his creative work

How is it pronounced? Check out this video: