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Santa Barbara is hosting its own PechaKucha Night this coming Thursday, 29 March. Okay, so what is it?
PechaKucha, meaning "chit chat," started in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for people, mostly young people, mostly designers, to share ideas and information. It's evolved into a hip show-and-tell of sorts. Like if BoingBoing became a live show. A TED talk of sorts, except more casual, more open, and definitely friendly to those with a short attention span. And PechaKucha Nights take place in over 500 other cities around the world.
What inspires you? What are you working on? Did you go somewhere cool? Do you have a neat bottlecap collection? You can probably present at PechaKucha about it. As long as you follow some simple rules. Namely, do your presentation with 20 images, with 20 seconds devoted to each image.
No dallying, the images progress automatically and the presenter must keep it short and sweet. It follows one of my favorite philosophies: KISS - Keep It Simple, Stupid.
Santa Barbara's PechaKucha Night will be at the University Club downtown this Thursday. Doors open at 7 pm, for drinks and mingling, presentations start at 8 pm.
Some notables on the inaugural presentation roster:
Roberto Cortez - chef specializing in abstract culinary presentations.
Bruce Caron - social anthropologist and cultural geographer.
Faye Cox - currency ecologist.
Chris Farmer - organic farmer.
If some of these occupations or interests sound quirky or unique, that's the point. They do interesting things, or have interesting things to say. If you're curious about them, come to PechaKucha Night. If you want to be a presenter, come to PechaKucha Night!
Each presentation is under 7 minutes long, so it's not a big commitment. The cost of attending is a suggested donation of $5 to help pay for the venue, so it's not a big price to attend.
Have a look at a light-hearted PechaKucha 20x20 presentation earlier in March, this one from Derby, England. Topic: kebabs.
Here's their Facebook event page with more information on all the speakers, and directions to the University Club.
PechaKucha Santa Barbara
29 March, 2012
1332 Santa Barbara St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101