Using the Format at Conferences

The PechaKucha format goes beyond regular PechaKucha Nights, and we are often contacted about having one-off PechaKucha sessions as part of conferences or festivals, which we call "Powered by PechaKucha" events. Here's one planned for the Werklund School of Education's IDEAS: Rising to the Challenge conference in Calgary.

This spring, a conference focusing on education innovation will be held on campus, and PechaKucha will figure prominently in the program. The conference, called IDEAS: Rising to the Challenge, will focus on creating opportunities for participants to inform each other’s work, to build on ideas and to challenge the ideas of learning and teaching.

According to Brenda Gladstone, co-chair of the conference and Chief Operating Officer of the Galileo Educational Network, the two-day event is for innovators, designers, educators, academics, researchers and students (hence the acronym IDEAS).

“Participants will build new knowledge networks,” says Gladstone. “These networks will focus on scholarship for teaching, in which research informs teaching and leading practices, and leading edge practices from the field inform research.”

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PKN Curitiba Vol. 1 Presentations In a culture where robots are everywhere -- whether as a toy, in an industrial setting, or as a movie villain -- it's good to have someone like DJ Sures, CEO, roboticist, and the visionary behind EZ-Robot. Watch as he shares (from PKN Calgary Vol. 12) his passion for robots, particularly the ones that are easy to control. With "The Art of Communication" (in Portuguese, from PKN Curitiba Vol. 1), Michelle Thomé fully embraces the 20x20 format -- specifically, the numbering -- as she covers effective and efficient ways of speaking in public. PKN Bahrain Vol. 5 Posters We've got a few new posters on the Tumblr blog today: the proper poster for PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1 (we shared the flyer a week or two ago), PKN Kingston Vol. 3, PKN Katowice Vol. 7, and the poster for tonight's PKN Bahrain Vol. 5, pictured above. PKN Bahrain organizer Mohammed Jannahi adds a few details for that poster:
The poster is designed by Bahraini designer Muna Yateem, who recently launched her brand HARAKA (a common word used by Bahrainis which means to wear or do something with swagger). The idea behind the poster is making fun of Bahrainis and their reaction when they hear and pronounce PechaKucha, some find it very difficult and its even funnier when elder people try to say PechaKucha. The great thing about this parody is the fact that PechaKucha has an audience from all age groups and the word itself makes it "special" in Bahrain.
And although not a poster, here's a look at the new logo for PKN Seoul -- the series has been on hiatus for quite a few years now, but is about to relaunch this summer. PKN Seoul PKN Nara Vol. 2 Photos We've got another fresh batch of photo galleries from around the web, and if you missed the live streaming of the recent PKN Edmonton Vol. 13, you can still watch the video here, courtesy of the Edmonton Journal. Above, the scene at PKN Nara Vol. 2. Links and press A pair of links (that second link is also an invitation to read more interviews with PKN Birmingham's presenters), as well as some press coverage. Below, a scan of recent coverage for Jersey's first PKN from the Jersey Evening Post. Jersey Evening Post Calendar After a rather busy week, the PKN network slows down a bit over the weekend. Tonight (June 8) you can catch PKN Cagliari Vol. 3 and PKN Bahrain vol. 5, and then tomorrow night (Saturday) look to PKN Cancun Vol. 5, an event that was supposed to happen last month, but got postponed due to bad weather (yes, you guessed it, it's an outdoor event).

Promo for PKN Calgary Vol. 7

httpv:// This is a promo for a PechaKucha Night in Calgary from last year (Vol. 7), and while we thought it was rather nice, we were then surprised to see that it seems to have been produced using a Google service. Nice way to get people to know what you're talking about.

Marriage Proposal at PKN Calgary

"Sorry, I went over my 6 minutes 40 seconds." Well, in this case, we can certainly make an exception. The title of this post probably ruins the surprise, but take a look at the presentation above -- recorded at this past September's PechaKucha Night in Calgary Vol. 9 -- by Matthew Talbot-Turner (creator of Breathe Parkour magazine), and see what happens at the end. That's one lucky lady! Please note that PKN Calgary Vol. 10 is taking place tonight (Wednesday, November 23) at the Central Library's John Dutton Theatre -- you'll find the full list of presenters and more details on the official event page.

PKN Calgary + One Book, One Calgary

Calgary is holding its PechaKucha Night Vol. 6 tonight (November 24) at the John Dutton Theatre (in the Central Library), and it's part of the Calgary Public Library's "One Book, One Calgary" initiative. You'll find the list of presenters on the official event page.

PKN Calgary Vol. 2

As PechaKucha Night in Calgary organizer Mike Scullen tells us, the recent Vol. 2 -- with the theme "How We Live Together" -- was a great event. Don't believe him? The tweets certainly don't lie. Here are also a few photos from the event, courtesy of Mike -- there's more to see in this Flickr photoset.


PKN Calgary Vol. 1

As we covered before, PechaKucha Night Vol. 1 launched to great success in Calgary earlier this week, and now here's the photographic evidence -- there's more to see in this Flickr photoset.


Twittering PKN Calgary Vol. 1


The very first PechaKucha Night in the city of Calgary was held just last night (or a few hours ago, depending on where in the world you find yourself), but already we can get a very good idea of just what a great launch it was thanks to Twitter -- see for yourself.

Pictured above, an old overpass in Calgary.