The Orlando Sentinel catched up with PechaKucha Night Orlando organizer Eddie Selover, in this video segment.

Thirty-one people showed up for the first Orlando Pecha Kucha in 2010. I was one of them. As a new reporter at the Orlando Sentinel, my editor assigned me to cover the event at the Cameo Theater.  (I wrote that 50 people attended the event in the original story. I guess my attendance estimator was a bit off.) 

What does a PechaKucha Night in Orlando look like, illustrated? We've got the answer right here with this lovely piece by Thomas Thorspecken. See more examples of his work as well as very detailed rundown of the event (Vol. 12) he participated in here.

Is dumping supplies on the under-privileged really the best way to help them?

After realizing what a force for good business could be through serving on humanitarian missions to New Orleans and Haiti, Evan Keller decided to start a non-profit (Entrust) which leverages business to fight poverty. He sends experienced businessmen to Honduras and Haiti to teach, mentor, and hold seminars. Their first year was extremely successful. In "Business as a Force for Good" from PKN Orlando Vol. 11, watch to see the amazing things they accomplished.

The next PechaKucha Night in Orlando -- the city's Vol. 12 -- is happening a week before Valentine's Day (on February 7) and so the theme is appropriate: "Showing Orlando Some Love." Below is the list of presenters and the titles of their presentations, to whet your appetite:

- Carolyn Moor: A Modern Love Story [this is her story of being widowed at a young age]
- Max Jackson: Love and the Human Brain [neuroscience]
- Kristen Walmsley-Manieri: A Yearning Curve [Kristen's unofficial title is "why husbands need to get laid more"]
- Joe Tankersley: Data Love [our over-reliance on data]
- Thomas Thorspecken: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Orlando [local artist sketches Orlando arts events]
- Susan Rienzo: Color Sings to Me [art quilting]
- Emily Empel: The Futurist’s Paradise
- Mike Van den Abbeel: Would You Please Sign this Petition? [for medical marijuana]
- David Alecock: Being Present for Love

"How many times have you used the word 'awesome' today? Once? Twice? ...Seventeen times?"

In today's Presentation of the Day, "The Awe of Awesome" from PKN Orlando Vol. 11, representative from the Proper Vocabulary Usage Advocacy* Jill Shargaa argues that the word 'awesome' has been used more and more to describe things that are, in fact, not awesome at all. Here she gives us some great examples of things that are indeed awesome in an effort to re-strengthen the value of the word.

*not a real organization

See? Games can do good after all!

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Phil, the Quest" from PKN Orlando Vol. 11, Phil Zoshak tells us how video games changed his life for the better. Before high school, he was a socially-awkward student with below-average reading skills taking remedial classes.

Games gave Phil a safe place to be himself, Dungeons and Dragons helped him improve his reading and writing, and he soon learned to behave in a socially acceptable manner -- most of the time. Now he is launching a program called Play 15 which will utilize the good points about gaming to teach reading, writing, and problem-solving to kids who are in the situation he was once in.

Orlando will take part in the PechaKucha Global Night with the city's Vol. 7 taking place on September 20. Visit the official event page for more details, including the full list of presenters.

Orlando Recapped: Vol. 9

Back in February, PKN Orlando blew us away with their inane and amusing presentation topics. Fast forward a few months as we're receiving word that their Vol. 9 was a grand, uproarious occasion! 

The organizers have posted photos aplenty on their event page, so be sure to take a gander at that.

But wait! There's more -- here's a nicely-edited video of the soiree to satiate your appetite for juicy PKN Orlando content:

Do you lay awake at night, eyes wide, thinking of mermaids, or how you might develop your Inner Savage? Neither do we! But, now we have you wondering, don't we? 

Just over a week from now, PKN Orlando will hold their Volume 9, and presentation topics they have planned are quite .... unique. Here are a few of the titles from the roster: "Becoming a Savage", "I Killed Mozart and Big Bird", "My Path to Smelldom", "Mermaiding" are among a few of the compelling themes to be discussed. I believe I speak for all of us when I say that I'm chomping at the bit to see what these presentations are about. 

To see more great posters from PechaKucha nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.

PKN Salt Lake City Vol. 8 Presentations Robert Fishbone had an amazing experience taking part in Artsweek -- like learning how Bobby McFerrin does his vocal gymnastics -- and in this lively presentation (from PKN Salt Lake City Vol. 8), you'll get to experience part of it too. Rafi Ghanaghounian of Keep Six Exhibits shares his fun project called "Blocks," Toronto's largest scavenger hunt. Originally, the project was just between him and his son, but after doing this presentation (from PKN Toronto Vol. 14), he is now turning into an actual public event. PKN Barcelona Vol. 17 Posters Barcelona always comes up with great posters for its events, and here's another great example -- designed by LoSiento -- for the city's upcoming Vol. 17. You'll of course find more great posters on our Tumblr Blog. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM4TXMBGLdY  Video PKN Orlando organizer Eddie Selover has been doing an amazing job with his series -- to a point that he was awarded a Silver Brick -- and earlier this month he participated in a TEDx event in Orlando, and spoke about his experience with PechaKucha, in a talk entitled "How PechaKucha Changed My Life."  Calendar Here's what's on tonight (October 30): PKN Eureka (Montana) Vol. 1, PKN Grand Rapids Vol. 5, PKN Buenos Aires Vol. 27, and PKN Pittsfield Vol. 4. Tomorrow night we celebrate Tokyo Designers Week with our big PKN -- aka PKN Tokyo Vol. 96 -- at the Meiji-Jingu Gaien grounds. You'll also find these three events: PKN Derby Vol. 7, PKN Mikkeli Vol. 1, and PKN Montevideo Vol. 8.