Past Orlando Event: VOL 11

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VOL 11

September 20, 2013
@ The Orange Studio

NEW! Tickets can be purchased online here:


PechaKucha Night is an entertainment event held several times a year in downtown Orlando. We feature an hour of mingling and socializing, followed by an hour of PowerPoint presentations on a variety of topics, led by some of the most interesting people in the city. (Followed by more mingling.)

Drawing its name from the Japanese term for "chitchat," PechaKucha rests on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes the presentations concise and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. Speakers present their PechaKuchas on any subject, from the personal to the public.


On Global Night, the worldwide PechaKucha community (which includes over 600 cities) comes together virtually to inspire one another with great presentations. It's a chance to celebrate with the whole PechaKucha family around the world.

Past global nights have connected all participating PKN events via Ustream, "passing the baton" from one PechaKucha city to the next, in effect making a wave of presentations and conversations that circled the globe. This year we are teaming up with Google and will be using Google Hangouts to connect us all. Watch this page for more updates about our participation in Global Night!
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The Audacity of Play

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Darren McDaniel, the founder of Urban Rethink, tells a story about how its mascot, Googly Ann, was born. It was drawn by his then 5-year-old niece. Urban Rethink strives to spur intellectual, economic, and community vitality through empowering independent-minded, community-spirited doers.

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The Opportunity of Crisis

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Chris Castro, a co-founder of an NGO called IDEAS, talks about how the organization was formed, how it has changed over the years, what they have done, and what they are trying to do. Since IDEAS founding only a few years ago, the things it has accomplished are amazing.

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Water Scarcity in Florida

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Eric Hoffman blows the cap off the hydrant regarding Florida's worsening water shortage. By next year (2014) Orlando water demand will exceed its water supply. Where is the water going? How is it being used? What can we do about it? Watch to find the answers to these questions and more.

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Business as a Force for Good

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

After realizing what a force for good business could be and serving on humanitarian missions to New Orleans and Haiti, Evan Keller decided to start a non-profit which leverages business to fight poverty. They send experienced businessmen to Honduras and Haiti to teach, mentor, and hold seminars. Their first year was extremely successful. Watch to see the amazing things they accomplished.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 22, 2014.

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The Awe of Awesome

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Jill Shargaa argues that the word 'awesome' is being used incorrectly. It is being used to describe things that are not awesome. The word is losing its value. Here she gives us some examples of things that are awesome and some things that are not awesome.

"Presentation of the Day" on December 16, 2013.

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Phil, the Quest

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Before high school, Phil Zoshak was a socially-awkward student with below-average reading skills taking remedial classes. Video games changed his life for the better. In college he got overly addicted to a game called World of Warcraft and threw away four years of his life. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Phil escaped and soon found his dream job. Now he is launching a program called Play 15 which will utilize the good points about gaming to teach reading, writing, and problem-solving to kids who are in the situation he was once in.

"Presentation of the Day" on December 14, 2013.

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Surprisingly Simple Ways to be Healthy and Happy

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Puja Madan shares the secrets to health and happiness. They include things like water, breathing, relationships, passion, sex, pets, organization, a lack of news, gratitude, careful word usage, humor, living in the now, meditation, and taking baby steps. 

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Through Heat and Storm

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Amy Selikoff and Nathan Selikoff spontaneously decided to take a bike ride from Florida to Canada. They planned for months and took time off from their jobs. The actual journey was fraught with accidents, detours, and bad weather. They found that it was similar to marriage. Every marriage is a different journey filled with its own special joys and obstacles that need to be solved in their own ways.

Chris Castro
Sustainability & Clean Energy Consultant, Citizen Energy in Orlando
Eric Hoffman
ePortfolio and Mediia Producer, Self-employed in Asheville, NC
Evan Keller
Entrepreneur, Entrust Enterprise Development Inc. in DeLand, FL
Puja Madan
Coach. Writer. Speaker. in Orlando
Jill Shargaa
Senior Graphic Designer & Comedian, Shargaa Illustration & Design in Orlando
Phil Zoshak
Programs Coordinator- Page 15/ Founder- Play15, Page 15 in Orlando
Darren McDaniel
Founding Director, Urban ReThink + Course Director at Full Sail in Orlando
Amy Selikoff
Teacher, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Florida in Orlando
Nathan Selikoff
Artist and Programmer in Orlando