PECHAKUCHA DAILY BLOG

PECHAKUCHA DAILY BLOG Posts

This week's PechaKucha People spotlight lands on PechaKucha Night Hanover's one and only organizer, Svetlana Shaytanova. Originally from Russia, Svetlana is currently studying to get her master's degree in English Philology in Göttingen while organizing PechaKucha nights in Hanover. With one successful under her belt, we look forward to another PechaKucha Night in Hanover soon! Thank you for your hard work and once again, Welcome to the PechaKucha Family, Svetlana!



This week we shine the PechaKucha People spotlight on designer, triathlete, publisher, editor-in-chief, AND PechaKucha Night Guangzhou organizer, Tom Kwan. In addition to regularly amassing at-target design crowds in China's most-populous built-up metropolitan area (check out photos the photos above), he oversees publication of Wave Design Magazine. Here he is pictured preparing to compete in last years Ironman 70.3 in scenic Liuzhou, China. Goes to show PechaKucha Nights are often organized by some super-achieving go-getters. We wish you the best, Tom! 

This Week's PechaKucha People spotlight lands on PKN Anchorage’s organizers Kamu Kakizaki and Kir Moore. As one of the newest cities to join the PechaKucha Family, Anchorage has already WOWed us with hosting a very successful First Volume on January 5th at the Anchorage Museum. Kir moved to Alaska from LA, and runs a small design studio working with restaurant and retail start-ups while Kamu is the senior designer for the Anchorage Museum. Kir and Kamu are bringing PechaKucha Night to the Anchorage community in conjunction with the Alaska Design Forum, where they are both board members, committed to the mission of broadening the discussion of design and the built environment in Alaska. We are looking forward to the duo making Vol. 2 a success, and once again, Welcome to the PechaKucha Family, Kamu and Kir!



Welcome to the New Year and welcome our newest AllStar at PechaKucha HQ in Tokyo, Cristina Marie Deane. While completing her degree at Temple University Japan, Cristina complimented her studies with an internship at PKN Tokyo, (photographed her on her first day!) Proving her invaluable worth in helping us feature all YOUR amazing 20x20 presentations 1 year later, not to mention adding a particularly bubbly air to the office, we just couldn't bear the thought of losing her. Sooo, now that she has graduated, we got her! Congrats on your graduation Cristina, and welcome to the PechaKucha HQ team!



This week we shine the PechaKucha People spotlight on PKN Ellensburg organizer, and executive director at Gallery One Visual Arts Center (where her PKN are hosted), Monica Miller, a champion of her community's talent and creativity. Having worked with arts organizations for over 15 years, Monica is dedicated to ensuring that her gallery is relevant to the community it serves, providing artists opportunities like PechaKucha Nights for networking, inspiration, and for a sustainable arts community! Monica holds a BA from the College of William and Mary and an MA from Johns Hopkins University in Museum Studies. She grew up as a military brat visiting museums around the world, and for a brief stint wanted to be a potter, and now makes ceramics dinosaur fossils with her five-year-old son, plans camping adventures with her artist husband, and rides her bike when time allows! Thanks Monica for your commitment to PechaKucha Nights in Ellensburg! 

This week we shine the PechaKucha People Spotlight on the dynamic duo, Sonia Selavy and Leslie Tsai of PechaKucha Night Tainan. Sonia’s journalistic sensibilities combined Leslie’s charismatic leadership and people prowess make this power couple a formidable team who do more than just showcase Tainan’s talent but truly celebrate it. Congrats Sonia and Leslie! Looking forward to your next PKN!!!

As our Japan Huddle 2017 organizer meetup has come to a close, there is one person in particular that has not only contributed to its seamless organization and execution but has consistently supported the successful curation of PechaKucha events in Tokyo. This very special PechaKucha People spotlight lands on PechaKucha HQ's very own curative coordinator, Mariko Yokogi. With Mariko's diligence in keeping our humble headquarters running smoothly, she has become an invaluable part of our team and an important member of both the Japanese and Global PechaKucha community. From everyone at HQ, thank you for everything you do, Mariko!

This week's PechaKucha People spotlight lands on the lovely Kate Levina and the PechaKucha Night Volgograd Team. Taking a few cues from her leading role in running and curating PechaKucha Nights, Kate has also recently landed a key role in the preparation for FIFA 2018 in Volgograd. Three cheers for this hardworking team of inspiring and creative individuals - wishing them luck at their upcoming event PechaKucha Night Volgograd Vol. 3. Keep the ball rolling, Volgograd!



The PechaKucha People spotlight circles back around on the city of San Antonio and it's fearless PKN organizer, Vicki Yuan who visited us at PechaKucha HQ last week in Tokyo with her other half, Matt Wallace, bearing a beautiful PechaKucha silk-screened poster back from their Vol. 13. THANK YOU, Vicki, for the rad poster and for being such a stellar and turned-on organizer. San Antonio is very lucky to have you! Hope your upcoming Vol. 28 is off the hook! 



Polygot Sarah Stark, PechaKucha Night Tokyo's intrepid interpreter steps into the PechaKucha People Spotlight for her translational talents with which she continually supports Tokyo's multi-lingual audience. It was her voice in our earphones at last week's Designart 2017 Opening Event - PechaKucha Night Tokyo Special that allowed us to follow along with the images!  We salute Sarah and all the other PechaKucha People out there that help translate 20x20 presentations across the 40+ languages of PechaKucha!  Thank you, Sarah! ありがとう, Danke, Gracias, Merci, спасибо, ευχαριστώ, 谢谢... <3

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