City Focus - Porta Vallarta

Welcome, Puerto Vallarta to the PechaKucha Family of now over 1000 cities! In the spirit of summer, we celebrate their first volume this week by putting the PechaKucha City Focus on them, wishing them the very best of luck and the most creative of evenings for their inaugural night! Watch this space for creativity coming online from one of Mexico's most scenic places! Buena Suerte, Puerto Vallarta!

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PK People: Marissa Kovatch

This week's PechaKucha People spotlight lands on PechaKucha Night Kalamazoo organier, Marissa Kovatch, who "believes PechaKucha provides a significant opportunity for an emotional exchange as people share their passions and purpose."  She loves to unite people through her work and has seen the power of PK's concise platform for diverse storytelling to inspire others.  She was a founding city organizer in St. Joseph and recently kicked-off Volume 1 for PK Kalamazoo where she resides. When not PechaKucha-ing Marissa is a Principal designer & co-founder of Intersect Studio, a design & architecture firm enhancing the human condition daily through the creation of great places for people.

Presentation of the Day

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Andrea and Andriana

Product Designers, Royal College of Art in London

"We would like to talk to you about our interest in the future of technology and how we can improve it by adjusting technology to humans rather than adjusting humans to technology."

In "Humane Technology" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 149Andrea & Andriana, design students from the Royal College of Art, London, have taken a cross cultural journey to Kyoto, Japan, exploring the unchartered territory between the realms of design and meditation. In collaboration with Shunkoin temple in Kyoto, using various creative techniques to amplify and augment breathing, they will attempt to enter and influence the subconscious state of being. Om ...

ロンドンのロイヤル・カレッジ・オブ・アート(Royal College of Art)でデザインを学ぶAndrea&Andrianaさんは、デザインと瞑想の間で潜む未知の領域を探索するために、京都へのクロスカルチャーの旅を始めました。 京都の数かる中の寺院のひとつ、春光院と共同で、様々な創造的手法を駆使して呼吸を増強することで、潜在意識状態に与える影響を試みています。 オーム...

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Past Presentations of the Day

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The Pottery Workshop

BY DRYDEN WELLS
@ VOL 21 ON APR 11, 2013

"Our cornerstone workshop is located in a place called Jingdezhen, which is known as the place where porcelain was invented during the Song Dynasty."

In "The Pottery Workshop" from PechaKucha Night Shanghai Vol. 21, Dryden Wells talks about The Pottery Workshop -- a ceramics-making community and business located in Jingdezhen. Dryden goes over the history of the work space, and the vast array of programs it runs. The studio offers a variety of ceramics classes, and regularly hosts arts events for the local populace.

 
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Bitcoin #WTF? Saved My Life

BY FREDDIE HEARTLINE
@ VOL 11 ON JUL 22, 2017

"Bitcoin is amazing because it is absolutely the most powerful network in the planet right now." 

In "Bitcoin #WTF? Saved My Life" from PechaKucha Night Hanoi Vol. 11, Freddie Heartlinee tells a quick story about how he, a founder of a fledgling and failing start-up, luckily found the investment of a lifetime after spending most of his retirement savings trying to save his company. 

The implications of Bitcoin's underlying technology totally blew Freddie Heartlinee's mind - and saved his (financial) life. He is currently as passionate and in love with the technology as he was on that fateful day, at that nerdy little meet-up in Vancouver in 2013.

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Pulp, Trash, Love!

BY ANDREW LEAVOLD
@ VOL 19 ON SEP 16, 2016

"It all started with a mad dream, and somehow I managed to get that out of the ether and onto the big screen. It's a kind of an alchemy and a magical process when you think about. Dreams can come true, even if they are horribly true."

In Pulp, Trash, Love! from PechaKucha Night Sunshine Coast Vol. 19, we hear from Andrew Leavold, an unrepentant and voracious fan of the pulpier aspects of genre cinema. Documenting his hunt for the enigmatic two-foot-nine Filipino James Bond, Andrew has since toured the world with his feature length documentary The Search For Weng Weng (2013). A PhD candidate at Brisbane's Griffith University, Leavold's thesis is soon to be published as a book entitled "Bamboo Gods And Bionic Boys: A History Of Pulp Film-making In The Philippines”.  Now based in Maroochydore, Andrew Leavold owned and managed Brisbane's Trash Video, the largest cult video rental store in Australia, from 1995 to 2010. He is also a film-maker, published author, researcher, film festival curator, musician, TV presenter, and above all, pulp cinema devotee. 

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Socktastic Adventures: Fashion in the Business World

BY CHRIS WINSTEAD
@ VOL 12 ON APR 11, 2014

"So they say the first part of coping with your addiction is truly acknowledging that you're dependent on substance. I guess it's only fitting that we're in a church this evening, so my name is Chris and I'm addicted to socks."

In "Socktastic Adventures: Fashion in the Business World" from PechaKucha Night Bangor, ME Vol. 12, Christopher Winstead presented on a topic near and dear to his feet and sole. As he has spent the last 14 years of his professional career in the business world, Chris quickly learned that the corporate uniform of suits and ties didn’t lend themselves to a high level of creativity. Looking to add a bit of fashion into his wardrobe, Chris started looking at socks. They are both a venue for expression and an ability to add a pop or color to the board room. A huge thank you to Rebecca Krupke of Captured Moments Photography who provided her talents and skills to the images in the presentation.