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BitSummit Channel

BitSummit is a new conference in Western Japan for indie developers to showcase ideas and meet with publishers. For this year's BitSummit MMXIV (March 7-9) the festival has expanded in size, length, and quality, with three days worth of guest speakers and musical guests, combined together in an event unlike anything ever seen.

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New Cities Foundation: WhatWorks Channel

The New Cities Foundation's mission is to incubate, promote and scale urban innovations. WhatWorks is a speaker series curated by the Foundation aimed at finding the up-and-coming innovators working on solving the great urban challenges of our time, including energy, mobility, health, housing, and many more.

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Inspire Christchurch Channel

After the events of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the worldwide PechaKucha community has come together to "Inspire New Zealand". The road to recovery is a long one, and you can help inspire regrowth by sharing your story of Christchurch here. Get in touch with us via inspire@pechakucha.org.

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Public Health/Occupational Therapist in Oklahoma City

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New Orleans @ Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center
Jan 15, 2009

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New Orleans @ Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center
Apr 15, 2009

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New Orleans @ Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center
Oct 29, 2009

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New Orleans @ The Icehouse
Jun 10, 2010

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New Orleans @ Eiffel Society
May 26, 2011

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New Orleans @ Joan Mitchell Center
Dec 17, 2011

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New Orleans @ Grow Dat Youth Farm
Oct 04, 2012

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New Orleans @ Urban South Brewery
May 19, 2018

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New Orleans @ Children's Hospital New Orleans Conference Center
Nov 27, 2018

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New Orleans @ The Southern Food & Beverage Museum

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Loving and Making in New Orleans

BY LIONEL MILTON
@ VOL 12 ON MAY 08, 2014

New Orleans born and raised artist Lionel Milton draws inspiration for his vibrant work from the local sights, sounds and flavors of his hometown. Lionel talks about kicking it New Orleans style, loving life, playing and working hard to produce a body of work in a style all his own. (first 40 seconds silent due to technical issues at the event)

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The King Lives

BY RAY CANNATA
@ VOL 13 ON AUG 07, 2014

Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, Rev. Dr. Ray Cannata, shares a few of his interests, passions and what he does for fun in a city that he loves and is actively engaged in, not only as a pastor, but as a husband , father,  author, foodie, radio show host, Elvis and a member of the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi.    

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Design + Second Lines

BY BRYAN C. LEE JR.
@ VOL 13 ON AUG 07, 2014

Bryan C. Lee Jr. is an architectural designer, artist, writer and devoted advocate for social justice through design. He is dedicated to promoting diversity within the profession and relentless in his efforts to elevate the design process as an effective means of change for underserved communities. He currently an architectural designer for the nationally recognized architecture firm, Eskew + Dumez + Ripple, based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Along with his professional endeavors, Bryan has had the opportunity to serve his community through the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

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NOLA-nacular

BY ANTHONY TURDUCKEN DELROSARIO
@ VOL 13 ON AUG 07, 2014

Artist, music promoter, math tutor and seeker of all things cool and fun, Anthony “Turducken” DelRosario share some of the things that he does for fun while living and riding his bike around New Orleans.

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Deltaworkers

BY JORIS LINDHOUT
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 08, 2014

Founders of Deltaworkers Maaike Gouwenberg and Joris Lindhout share the history of this nomadic artistic production and residence program that began by investigating the southern United States and then focused their work in New Orleans.  The name Deltaworkers is taken from the two cities in which Maaike and Joris are base: Rotterdam (NL) and New Orleans, which are both located in a river delta.

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I'd Rather Be Printing

BY J.S. MAKKOS
@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

"This is the first color newspaper ever printed in New Orleans!"

In I'd Rather Be Printing from Pechakucha Night New Orleans Vol. 17, J.S. Makkos shares falling in love with antique printing presses as a youth exploring in his father’s antique shop. This helped define his passion for print making. He came down to New Orleans with a purpose to salvage the detritus and material culture of this city that was being lost in dumpsters and through a sequence of events, stumbled on a treasure trove of New Orleans history.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Monday, October 5th, 2015.

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Visual Documenter of War

BY SEAN O'GRADY
@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

Videographer and photographer, Sean O’ Grady, is a visual documenter of the war of man vs. nature.  As a documenter Sean shares that he is able to be an observer and not an active participant of this futile war that man has with nature.  He explains that he doesn’t have the answers for the war, but only the evidence of its existence.  Being lost prior to coming to New Orleans he is in search of finding the 6th sense of balance.

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A Brief Career In Karaoke

BY LAUREN COLEMAN
@ VOL 4 ON NOV 19, 2015

Lauren Coleman shares about her brief career in the karaoke circuit.

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Designing Bicycle Share Programming

BY KRIS MOREAU
@ NEW YORK BUILD ON MAR 16, 2017

Kris Moreau is a Brooklyn-based designer, maker, and writer. She wants to help catalyze more ecologically resilient urban systems through architecture and inclusive civic design. Listen to her PechaKucha presentation about how bicycle share programs are being designed in Portland and New Orleans.

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Embracing Mindfulness for Change.

BY MIMI WILLIAMS
@ VOL 28 ON JUL 27, 2017

Mimi Williams sends us to New Orleans for a journey that proves how important mindfulness really is.

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PKN New Orleans + Inspire Japan

New Orleans has its PechaKucha Night Vol. 5 tonight (May 26), and it will indeed be an Inspire Japan event. It all happens at the Eiffel Society, and you'll find the list of presenters with links on the official event page.

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Reexamining an Abandoned Amusement Park, Teaching Kids How to Deal with Disabilities, and Guerilla Projecting in Providence

Presentations A presentation (from PKN Miami Vol. 15) by Anthony Spinello and Augustina Woodgate about a project in Berlin called Kulturpark, taking place in an abandoned amusement park. Here's more on the project from the official website:In the Treptower Park forest in East Berlin, along the Spreeriver, there is an abandoned amusement park. The park, originally called Kulturpark Planterwald, was built in 1969 by the GDR and was a rare site for Soviet amusement and attraction. After the fall of the wall, the park became the family-owned Spreepark and suffered challenges of access, attendance, and economy. In 2001, the park closed from capital collapse. Ever since, visitors have regularly traversed the fence to explore this jungle of broken thrill machines. In June 2012, Kulturpark will explore the poetics and potential of these recent ruins, building upon the unique energy of Berlin’s urban, social, cultural, and political landscapes.Marina Potanina is the president of a charity foundation called To Kids About Kids. In her presentation (in Russian, from PKN Moscow Vol. 12) she talks about the project, and the creation of an animated series about school life for a group of kids, with one of the main characters being a girl in a wheelchair. In Russia, there are no books, TV, or other examples of adequate communication with people with disabilities. Marina believes that if we start by talking to kids about these issues, that our society will be changed. Posters We end the week with a Tumblr blog update that includes quite a few older posters: PKN Beirut Vol. 11 (pictured above), PKN Sevilla Vol. 9 and 11, PKN Jakarta Vol. 10, PKN New Orleans Vol. 4, PKN Chicago Vol. 18, PKN Louisville Vol. 1, PKN Dublin Vol. 1, PKN Christchurch Vol. 3, PKN The Hague Vol. 5, PKN Victoria Vol. 3-6, PKN Huddersfield Vol. 1, and PKN Los Angeles Vol. 28. Photos We spotted this photo (by Twitter user @parulia, who was attending her first PKN) taken at this past Wednesday's PKN Providence Vol. 41 -- we sure love the guerilla nature of the venue and projection wall.  Calendar There's just one event tonight (August 31), with Kumamoto hosting its Vol. 4. Then, you can look to Saturday for the following two events: PKN Hyderabad Vol. 10 and PKN Kathmandu Vol. 6. 

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A French Magazine About Graphic Design and Painted Fantasy Worlds

Presentations Alexandre Dimos is a French graphic designer, and in his presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 95) he talks about Back Cover. As he explains, he couldn't find what he really wanted to read in France, and so he helped create an independant magazine focusing on thinking and analyzing graphic design and typographic practices, and to a larger extent, visual arts. Miro Pecho is a Slovak painter, and he uses his presentation (in Czech, from PKN Znojmo Vol. 1) to explain how different fantasy worlds influence his paintings. Posters We have two new posters on the Tumblr blog today, starting with PKN Malaga Vol. 3, pictured above (the event was held last night). The other addition is for PKN New Orleans Vol. 7, which is happening tomorrow night.  The image below is not a poster or a flyer, but rather part of a call for presenters for the next PKN in Genoa (or Genova), and we loved it so much we wanted to share it. All roads lead to PechaKucha! The event itself will take place on November 23. Calendar There are two PKNs on the agenda tonight (October 3), PKN Bilbao Vol. 13 and PKN Szczecin Vol. 1. Tomorrow, it's another big Thursday: PKN Pittsburgh Vol. 13, PKN Moncton Vol. 7, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 6, PKN Doha Vol. 6, PKN Vaxjo Vol. 12, PKN Kolding Vol. 18, and PKN New Orleans Vol. 7. 

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From Asphalt to Eden, the City of Plzen Revealed, and Photos from The Hamptons

Presentations Adelaide-based architect Tanya Court took to the stage in Tokyo (at the city's Vol. 95) to talk about an urban renewal project she was recently involved in, part of a government-launched competition. In their presentation (in Czech, from PKN Plzen Vol. 1), Dana Lukasova and Olina Dankovicova reveal the interests, activities, and willingness of the people in the city where they live, using a very unique visual backdrop. Posters Today's new addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster for last night's PKN Moncton Vol. 4 (on the left), and on the right you'll find pictured the poster for PKN New Orleans Vol. 7, which was also held last night. Photos Today we have a photo gallery [Flickr] to share from the recent PKN Hamptons Vol. 1 -- all photos were taken by Michael Pintauro. Calendar The weekend kicks off tonight (October 5) with PKN Osijek Vol. 1, PKN Kosice Vol. 23, and PKN Tulsa Vol. 2. On Saturday there's Bandung's Vol. 15, and then since Monday is a holiday and so we won't be updating, let us mention that day's event, PKN Fresno Vol. 11.

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Photos from PKN New Orleans Vol. 9

Sure, it's only two photos, but we still love getting this small peek of what August 1's PechaKucha Night Vol. 9 in New Orleans was like, or at least a taste of the venue.

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The Comfort (Danger) of Not Knowing

"The pink ribbon for breast cancer charity is often a disguise for cosmetic companies hiding chemicals linked to cancer." Lily Tse is the founder and CEO of Think Dirty, which produces an iOS app that empowers consumers with safety information about cosmetics. Think Dirty started as a series of hackathons, but the idea itself was borne out of Lily's personal journey to understand truths about the use of toxic chemicals in the beauty industry. In "The Comfort (Danger) of Not Knowing" from PKN Toronto Vol. 29 Lily expresses her discontent with the concept that "ignorance is bliss" and encourages consumers that knowledge is empowering. 

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You Can Only Keep What You Have By Giving It Away

"Peace goes into the making of a poem, as flour goes into the making of bread." - Pablo Neruda Baker Graison Gill of Bellegarde Bakery, lends his thoughts about bread and the primitive yet poetic process of making, baking and sharing his art in New Orleans. In "You Can Only Keep What You Have by Giving it Away" from PKN New Orleans Vol. 12 hear Graison go deep on his love for his work. 

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Making Something Greater

Architects are teams of people that come together; designers, builders, community members, all as a collective whole. Architect Emilie Taylor speaks the public perceptions of the architect’s role, and goes into depth on a few of the wonderful projects she has worked on. In “Making Something Greater” from PKN New Orleans Vol. 14, Emilie shares how she views architecture as the culmination of something that is greater than any one person’s achievement.

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The Hunt for American Brilliant Cut Glass

"Upon seeing the green vase, I was speechless. It was wrapped in newspaper dated from 1970 and had been in the attic the entire time. It was a one of a kind piece, and no one knew it existed. After all the wasted trips and false alarms, here I was with one of the greatest discoveries of cut glass." Franz Hellwig is an avid collector of American Brilliant Cut Glass, an art form and product popular in the United States from 1876-1916. In The Hunt for American Brilliant Cut Glass from New Orleans Vol. 7, Franz shares with us a bit of the history and methods used by the American artisan to create these pieces of art. Today Franz is considered one of the foremost experts of American Brilliant Cut Glass and travels across the country in search for his next piece.

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Community Participation and Architecture

"We wanted every design decision that we made to be affordable, made locally, and something that could teach a skill."In Community Participation and Architecture, from PechaKucha Night New Orleans, Vol. 17, architect Mary Gilmore, shares her master’s thesis on Community Participation and Architecture. Her belief is that if people participated in the design and construction of a building, not only will they become stake holders in the process, but also learn something.  To put her thesis into practice, Mary moved to India and then later to Mali, West Africa with the Peace Corps.  Now as a practicing architect here in the states, she is has rediscovered the notion of community participation and architecture.