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2013 has been a fantastic year for PechaKucha Chattanooga. Four events, four unique locations, 35 great presenters, many gracious sponsors, hundreds of attendees, and the list could go on.

Our team is and has been quite satisfied with 2013. But, we wanted to find out what you, the attendees of PKN Cha, thought. It felt funny to make a generic survey. So, as we planned the last event of the year, we wanted to come up with something fresh. Something that didn’t look or feel like a survey.

The PK posters typically include a quote from a speaker at the previous event. For PechaKucha v15, our team choose, “By day I tell other peoples stories, tonight I’ll tell you l mine”, by Leif Ramsey. After a few weeks of iterations—and almost giving up on the concept—we arrived at the PKN15 poster design.

Then, we wondered what other people do by day, and what they get to do differently at PKN. Essentially, who’s showing up and what does PechaKucha mean to each of them? The seed of the idea was formed, and we realized we had our survey. We shrunk down the poster to get what we would give to PKN15 guests, using Leif’s quote as an example of how you could answer the questions.

As people arrived, we asked them to fill out the pseudo survey. Results varied from sheet to sheet, telling of our audience’s make up. Attendees included developers, storytellers, teachers, students, dreamers, designers, entrepreneurs, managers, gamers, crime fighters, home makers, engineers, and more. Patterns emerged. A lot of people enjoyed kicking back at PK. Many responded that they enjoyed learning or hearing stories. Quite a few mentioned the drinks! Overall, we read satisfaction.

It’s tempting to think PechaKucha is just for designer types—that’s how the whole thing started in Tokyo, after all. However, our little survey revealed that PechaKucha is for everyone. Beyond that, people are coming to PechaKucha to learn and find inspiration (and free drinks, of course).

As we close out the year, we’re excited to continue serving up fresh content and ideas for all of Chattanooga. We believe in the importance of PechaKucha. From the looks of the surveys, you do too!

We can’t wait to see you in 2014.

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For the "City Focus" this week we head to the city of Chattanooga. This week will mark its PechaKucha Night Vol. 16, to be held on "lucky" Friday, December 13. You'll find more details, as well as the poster and full list of presenters, on the official event page. The photo in the post is by Andrew Steele, was cropped, and is used under Creative Commons license. 

PKN Chattanooga Vol. 11 Presentations In his presentation (from PKN Chattanooga Vol. 11), Jim Farmer takes a look at all manner of unsanctioned racing, from the nostalgic to the crazy, to the plain old fun. As we discover in her presentation (from PKN Pittsfield Vol. 3), Diane Firtell goes out and takes photos of people she meets at the Guido's grocery store (and sometimes other places), a project that then saw her add computer "painting" to eliminate the visual noise in the background of the photos. PKN Guimaraes Vol. 4 Posters For today's additions to the Tumblr blog, we start with a look at the flyer and poster for the upcoming PKN Guimaraes Vol. 4. We've also added the poster for PKN Castellon de la Plana Vol. 2  PKN Guimaraes Vol. 4 PKN Hong Kong Vol. 2 PKN Hong Kong Vol. 2 Photos Adding to the photo gallery for last week's PKN Hong Kong Vol. 12 we've already shared, here are two more Facebook galleries to share, with photos by Cheehaur Tan and Vic Shing (Art Surveillance).  Calendar There are no events this evening, but tomorrow night sees PKN Providence Vol. 42. Thursday will bring the following five events: PKN Guatelmala City Vol. 2, PKN Lille Vol. 2, PKN Knoxville Vol. 5, PKN Chillicothe Vol. 1, and PKN Vladimir Vol. 9. 

PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11 Presentations In his presentation (from PKN Chattanooga Vol. 10), Mason West hopes to inspire others -- like he does his students -- to find their inner potential, and break free of the limits that society appears to impose on them. Jason Guo is an architect, and in his presentation (in Chinese, from PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11) he hopes to show how parametric modelling can result in unpredictable imagery. It's a topic he calls "Rules Based Design." PKN Logrono Vol. 7 Posters We have a two new posters on the Tumblr blog today, for PKN Logrono Vol. 7 (pictured above) and PKN Huddersfield Vol. 7, as well as a flyer for PKN Miami Vol. 17.  PKN Lyon Vol. 3 Photos Lyon's Vol. 4 is happening later this month (on September 25), but here's a photo gallery [Flickr] from this past April's PKN Vol. 3.  Calendar Tonight (September 18) you'll find the following events: PKN Louisville Vol. 9, PKN Jacksonville Vol. 21, and PKN Helsingborg Vol. 9. And tomorrow is a big Wednesday that includes two PKN firsts: PKN Bari Vol. 1, PKN Albany Vol. 1, PKN Prague Vol. 30, PKN Kiruna Vol. 3, PKN Dallas Vol. 10, and PKN Stuttgart Vol. 8.

PKN Chattanooga Vol. 10 Presentations Clay Bennett is a political cartoonist who left Alabama for Massachusetts, only to find himself returning to his Southern roots by way of a move to Tennessee, and more specifically, Chattanooga. He tells his story in his presentation (from PKN Chattanooga Vol. 10), highlighting each part with with a selection of his cartoons. Eva Štybrava is the founder of a group of painters called the Saint Thomas Five. Her presentation (in Czech, from PKN Plzen Vol. 1) offers up a selection of their works, as well as revealing their process. PKN Bratislava Vol. 20 Posters We have three new posters on the Tumblr blog today, starting with the one you see above, for this month's PKN Bratislava Vol. 20. You'll also find the posters for PKN Wellington Vol. 15 and PKN Bangor, Maine Vol. 6.  PKN Moscow Vol. 21 PKN Moscow Vol. 21 PKN Moscow Vol. 21 Photos and event news Here's a photo gallery [Facebook] for the recent PKN Moscow Vol. 21 -- above, a few shots that give a peek at what the event, held outdoors, looked like.  Next week (on September 13), PKN Amsterdam will be hosting a special event at the Stedelijk Museum, under the canopy of the new building, as pictured below. You'll find more details, as well as the full list of presenters with links, on the official event page. Stedelijk Museum Calendar Here's what you'll find on the agenda for tonight (September 4): PKN Chicago Vol. 23, PKN Williamsburg Vol. 2, and PKN Cap Town Vol. 20. Tomorrow, we have PKN Roanoke Vol. 3 and PKN Trnava Vol. 5. 

PKN Koszalin Vol. 8 Presentations Before we get to today's presentation, we'd like to highlight and celebrate the fact that this week saw us cross the 400 presentation mark on the site. All of these presentations have been viewed over 1.5 million times, and we also love pointing out that so far, we have been able to share presentations from over 80 cities. A big pat on the back to the amazing Yuki Takai who has been working with organizers on trying to get the most varied collection of presentations as possible. In our first presentation today (in Polish, from PKN Koszalin Vol. 8), Bartłomiej Zielonka shares the activities of a local knight's company. Following the presentation by Marek Czechowski, now you can see the Teutonic Knights in action! Training their skills regularly, they get together wearing the original knight outfits, revealing that being a real warrior yelding a bow and sword these days is still possible. Armina Mkhitaryan's presentation (from PKN Istanbul Vol. 14) covers some of the latest Microsoft technologies, everything from the Kinect to the innovative projects implemented by the Microsoft Innovation Center in Armenia. PKN Chattanooga Vol. 11 Posters No new additions to the Tumblr blog today, so we take this opportunity to highlight the second poster that was added yesterday, for PKN Chattanooga Vol. 11. The event will happen on July 13 at Green Spaces. PKN Guangzhou Vol. 10 PKN Guangzhou Vol. 10 PKN Guangzhou Vol. 10 Photos Today's gallery [Flickr] comes your way from the recent PKN Guangzhou Vol. 10, and that's what you're seeing above as well. We're not quite sure what's happening in the third photo, but it must have made for an intriguing presentation. Calendar Here's what you'll find on tonight's (July 5) agenda: PKN Semarang Vol. 9, PKN Augsburg Vol. 1, and PKN Las Palmas Vol. 7. For your Friday night plans, you can look to these events: PKN Nishinomiya Vol. 13, PKN Pisa Vol. 2, and PKN Castellon de la Plana Vol. 1.

PKN Tokyo Vol. 93 Presentations Tim Costello has worked in Australia's television industry for the past 10 years, creating animated graphics for a variety of TV shows, which he shares in this presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 93). He also worked on the feature film Where the Wild Things Are. In her presentation (in German, from PKN Aalen Vol. 6), Annegret Barth wants to introduce us to the interplay of colors. Using photos from nature, Annegret walks us through the development of the color wheel and its possible applications. (in German) PKN Vladimir Vol. 6 We don't have a full presentation to share, but PKN Vladimir organizer Boris Matin has sent us the following photos (above) and description of this rather interesting participant at the city's recent Vol. 6.

Sergei Karelin is a silversmith and goldsmith, a member of the Union of Artists of Russia, and an academic at the Petrovskaya Academy of Science and Art in St. Petersburg. The clock (in the photos) shows the countdown of the time from the moment of the Birth of the Earth to the moment of its collapse, owing to its inevitable approach to the Sun. The work calls for the drawing together of world religions, the union of all nations, and the immediate stop of all war conflicts in the face of the fatal disaster.

PKN Waterville Vol. 8 Posters We have two new posters on the Tumblr blog today, one for this month's PKN Waterville Vol. 8 (pictured above), and one for PKN Chattanooga Vol. 11, also happening later this month.  Video Pisa's Vol. 2 is happening this Friday, and today we have a video promo to share for the event.  Calendar On this 4th of July, we may not have any PKNs happening in the US, but we do have these two events: PKN Amsterdam Vol. 22 and PKN Utsunomiya Vol. 1. Tomorrow, you can look for the following: PKN Semarang Vol. 9, PKN Augsburg Vol. 1, and PKN Las Palmas Vol. 7.

Poster for PKN Chattanooga Vol. 10 We're just a week away from Chattanooga's PechaKucha Night Vol. 10 (on Monday, April 16), and here's one of the great posters that was produced for the event, as well as a few notes from organizer Matt Brown. You'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page.

The poster was designed by DJ Trischler of D+J using Chattanooga’s very own typeface called Chatype. The event will be taking place at the Tennessee Aquarium, so when you zoom into the graphic you get a nice surprise.

PKN Chattanooga Vol. 9

PKN Chattanooga Vol. 9 PechaKucha Night in Chattanooga Vol. 9 was held just a few days ago, and here's a report sent to us by organizer Matt Brown -- you'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page. Above, one of two flyers produced for the event by graphic designer Elaine Manglicmot.

There were many events taking place last Friday in Chattanooga, so PKN was just one of several options. We had a larger than expected crowd considering, and it's a clear demonstration that our local PKN has a loyal following. For our Volume 9, we moved to a performance venue called Barking Legs Theater. The layout of the space and the large screen proved to be ideal for a PechaKucha-style event. It also exposed many people to Barking Legs who hadn't been there before, so we all benefited. Of our eight presenters, four had previous experience with the 20x20 format at past volumes, but the four who were presenting for the first time did such an excellent job, it was as if they had done it before. One of the highlights included a clean-and-jerk demonstration by getBUILT Chattanooga gym owner Mike Alley with a volunteer from the audience. The crowd was enthralled when the barbell came out and the lights came up. Mike's presentation was centered around breast cancer awareness, which added real impact to the entertainment value. Another great presentation was from artist Rondell Crier who relocated to Chattanooga from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Rondell's work greatly reflects the variety and intensity of his upbringing and we were truly captivated. Jeff Hunter of Tennessee Wild gave an impassioned presentation about the importance of acting to protect our land and resources. Ann Law, the owner of Barking Legs, gave a very passionate and poetic presentation about the role of dance in her life. It's impossible to capture in words the experience of someone putting their passions out there for all to see. The whole event was entertaining and inspiring, which we would call a success. Now... on to Volume 10!

PKN Chattanooga Vol. 4

Last week saw Chattanooga's fourth PechaKucha Night, and organizer Matt Brown sends in this report.

November 6 marked a special day for PKN Chattanooga as it was not only our 4th event, but also a 1 year anniversary of sorts. And the stars aligned. The turn out was great, the food was great and the presentations were amazing.