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!

7 day's worth of creativity...

... in your pocket! That's right, the PechaKucha of the Day App is HERE!! With over 10,000 Presentations online (and growing daily!), we're making sure you have a curated selection PechaKucha's best delivered to you daily! Never be without some inspiration while the go! All you need is 400 seconds!

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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Freddie Heartline

Blockchain Investor + Evangelist + Advisor in Hanoi

"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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Past Presentations of the Day

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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.

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The Art and Science of Craft Confectionery

BY PAT SANTUCCI
@ VOL 30 ON FEB 23, 2017

"This is really where it started for me, in the land of pure imagination."

Creativity can be found everywhere! Even in candy! In "The Art and Science of Craft Confectionery" for PechaKucha Night Dayton Vol. 30, Pat Santucci dives into the little known art and science of craft Confectionery showing us that beautifully-crafted candies are possible even from a home kitchen. From hard candy to buttered fudge, Pat gets us right in our sweet tooth. 

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Puppetry in Paradise

BY DANIELLE HENDERSON
@ VOL 20 ON APR 19, 2017

"All creative journies start somewhere. Mine began in a paper cutting workshop..." 

In "Puppetry in Paradise" from PechaKucha Night Cairns Vol. 20,  Danielle Henderson is trained in theatre, performance and media arts. She is a passionate entertainer, writer/ storyteller and occasional singer living in Cairns, Far North Queensland.  Since becoming a mother her attention has turned to visual art forms, specifically Scherenschnitte, or silhouette paper cutting. Her work is exceptionally detailed and has a pure uncomplicated visual appeal which lends itself poetically to shadow play. In 2013 Danielle wrote and performed I Live Here - a shadow puppet theatre experience for children.
Seeking more colourful and less solitary creative engagements she has more recently facilitated a community arts project for children and families. Her latest work is pushing her interest in puppet making into 3 dimensions.