PechaKucha Enrichment Challenge

This week I went to an event in North Quad’s “Exposure Series,” which takes place one night a month. Each event takes the form of something called a PechaKucha Night, where people give presentations consisting of 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each. The presentation format was originally designed for architects as a way to keep presentations short. At the one I went to, all presenters were University students and staff. The theme was International Night (there’s a different theme each month).

It was definitely a unique event. The format was one I had never seen before, and all the presenters took very different perspectives on the same topic. One of the presentations that stuck out to me was from a grad student who talked about time she spent traveling abroad. I could tell she was very passionate about her experiences and had a lot to say – but was limited to only 20 seconds per slide/travel story. Her presentation was mostly visual, with many pictures of her and her friends, and much of the speaking time was spent explaining the photos, why they are significant, and how they represent her travels.

This reminded me of my remediation project, which is very image-based. It has been difficult to construct an entirely visual argument, because I am used to using images only as additions to a text-based argument. I like the possible solution that came out of attending this event: using visuals to tell my story and adding words only for context and analysis.

Overall, this was a fun event that I would definitely recommend to you all!

ALSO: Check out the official PechaKucha website to learn more about the format, and watch a lot of awesome videos. I liked this one on the myth of productivity

One thought to “PechaKucha Enrichment Challenge”

  1. That’s funny, I actually had to do a PechaKucha for my complex systems class last year for a group project based on a Coursera lecture we all had to watch. It was definitely difficult to fit all the information we wanted to include within such precise timing and slide limits. I’ve also experienced the same difficulty conveying my message visually for the remediation and I think the solution you’ve come up with after the event seems really useful! I’ll have to check out the presentations you linked because I really liked the whole concept as a way to push creativity.

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