PKN Sevilla Vol. 12 Presentations Small changes in our lifestyle can have a rather large impact on energy consumption. In "Human Habitat: The Evolution of Efficiency" (from PKN Bozeman Vol. 2), Chris Dorsi goes through the KWH usage of various countries, to illustrate our energy-heavy habits and raise awareness. How important are politics to you? In "All Colors Together" (in Portuguese, from PKN Curitiba Vol. 1), Renan Molin hopes to show everyone how important it is to participate in the world of politics, and uses the Obama campaign as a point of reference. Terapia Urbana is a technology-based company in Seville that uses nature to solve energy problems caused by buildings in cities where greenery is far from abundant. "More Green in the City" (in Spanish, from PKN Seville Vol. 12) includes a few of their projects, and you'll be introduced to a few vertical gardens -- for both the outside and interior of buildings -- as well as other "green" innovations. Poster for PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 3 Posters Quite a few additions to our Tumblr blog today, including posters/flyers for PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1, PKN Ornskoldsvik Vol. 1, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 3 (above), and PKN Vancouver Vol. 22.  PKN Vienna Photos Here are today's photo galleries, as well as a fun teaser video for PKN Barcelona Vol. 16, which took place this past Friday. The photo above is from the PKN Vienna gallery.

httpv:// We also have this fantastic report from PKN Philadelphia organizer Bradley Peniston -- yes, it's a bit old, it had gotten lost somehow and just recovered -- about his experience in introducing PKN to nearby Scranton.

Last Saturday, January 28, PechaKucha Night Philadelphia took its show on the road, driving two hours north to mount the first PechaKucha Night in the city of Scranton. I thought the event went well for a city's first show: we had eight presenters who spoke to a standing-room-only house of 60 or so. Here's the story: A few months ago, as I was planning a weekend getaway with my brother, a thought occurred: why not plant a PechaKucha seed in a new city? I had already settled on a destination: Scranton, Pennsylvania, once a powerhouse industrial city, now home to a more diversified economy that includes several colleges and design shops. Sitting atop vast deposits of coal and iron ore, the city was the first in the United States to produce iron railroad rails, and the first to build electrically powered trolleys -- lending it the nickname the Electric City. Today, Scranton remains the sixth-largest city in the state of Pennsylvania. The next step was to seek help on the ground. I googled "Scranton and PechaKucha," and made contact with a librarian at the University of Scranton who had once delivered a 20x20 talk at a conference. She wasn't available to speak, but she helped me find a venue (the Vintage Theater and Cafe) and a co-organizer, Mandy Boyle, who works at one of Scranton's web design firms. Together, we rounded up a slate of eight speakers. In early January, we reached out to local media, and hit the jackpot. The Weekender, the leading local arts & entertainment weekly newspaper, put the upcoming PechaKucha Night on its cover. The piece, "What would you say in six minutes and 40 seconds?" came out on Wednesday, January 25. The following day, Scranton's daily newspaper, the Times-Tribune, ran a similar story: "High-speed PowerPoint presentations engage at Vintage Theater's PechaKucha Night." Armed with as much publicity as we could have hoped for, we opened the doors at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28. People started streaming in, and by showtime, we had about 60 packed into the cafe. This was the lineup: “Life Lessons from the Gateway Cinema” by Mandy Boyle, SEO team lead at Solid Cactus “How to Slow Down Time” by “Welcome To Scranton” author Greg Halpin "#ScrantonMovieNames” by Michelle Davies, an co-contributor “Stained Glass & the Passing of an Old World Art” by founder Harold Jenkins “Restoring the Slope” by Leadership Lackawanna Class of 2012 member Gerard M. Hetman “Library Crimes & Misdemeanors” by newspaper librarian Brian Fulton “In Pursuit of the Light” by professional photographer Brent Pennington “Preparing America to Compete in the 21st-Century Global Economy” by technology trainer Michael J. Murphy The show itself went off well. I was quite proud of the presenters, all of whom did a fine job -- especially given that none of them had even ever seen a PechaKucha presentation before. Everyone at the cafe seemed to have a good time, and there were plenty of people afterward who asked about presenting at a future PKN. The day after the show, the Times-Tribune ran yet another story: "Scranton takes on global phenomenon with slideshow event."

Links A few interesting posts and event reports from around the web.

Calendar After last week's very packed calendar, we're starting out slow this week, with PKN Calgary Vol. 12 tonight (May 28) and PKN Saint-Etienne Vol. 9 tomorrow night. 

The very first PechaKucha Night of 2011 was held on January 1, and it was Philadelphia's honor to kick of the year with its Vol. 7. As organizer Bradley Peniston tells us, it was a huge night, spurred on by mentions of the event in the city's two weekly newspapers -- here's a link to one of the them, in the Philadelphia Weekly.

"Perhaps because of that, there were an unusual number of new faces in the audience. Everyone seemed to love the presentation about using goats to maintain urban lots." It's certainly great to hear that a whole bunch of people were treated to their very first PKN experience, and here's hoping they enjoyed it enough to come again.

Bradley also points us to a video of one of the presentations from that evening, on a new podcast series in the area called Talkadelphia.

Poster for PKN Philadelphia Vol. 4

One that unfortunately got lost in the shuffle as we were gearing up preparations for the "PechaKucha for Haiti" event, here's a look at the poster that was produced for PechaKucha Night in Philadelphia Vol. 4, held at the tail end of January -- and take note that Vol. 5 is just a short few weeks away, set to happen April 17 at Studio 34: Yoga | Healing | Arts. Also, a few comments from organizer Jonathan McEuen on the Vol. 4 festivities:

PechaKucha Night Philadelphia Vol. 4 was a huge success. We heard from kids who started a company that developed into an east-coast enclave of wizards and warriors -- mostly children in urban areas with wild imaginations eager to be set free. We heard from professors studying the work of Kevin Bacon's father, from people building gardens on rooftops, constructing low-power, pirate radio networks, and making the best cupcakes I've ever personally had in my life. Attendance grew again to a new record despite the snow, and all had a wonderful time. It was a true gift to be able to organize and present these speakers to the city, as both presenter and audience shared a fantastic night.

Philadelphia Inquirer

PechaKucha Night in Philadelphia Vol. 3 was held just a few short weeks ago, and now it gets some terrific coverage in the city's leading newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer -- you can read the piece online here. PKN Philadelphia Vol. 4 is already scheduled for January 30, again at the regular venue of Studio 34.

Samantha White

PechaKucha Night in Philadelphia is winding down the summer with its Vol. 3 later this month (September 26) with a themed night -- "Adult Swim" -- and a suitable presenter:

Samantha White, an ex-competitive swimmer, lesson instructor, and swim coach will be your guide in exploring the sometimes shady underbelly of swimming pools. Dive into the details of various pools and their patrons across the United States (ok, mostly on the East coast) -- what lies beneath might just surprise you!



PechaKucha Night is of course all about the presentations, but it's certainly not a rare occurrence to have a musical act perform at the start or end -- or even during the beer break -- and it looks like the organizers of this month's PKN Philadelphia Vol. 3 (September 26) are very excited to welcome the group Grandchildren as an opener for the event. See this page for more info on the band.

Jonny Goldstein

Couldn't attend last Saturday's PechaKucha Night in Philadelphia? The Philadelphia Weekly provides a nice little write-up of that city's Vol. 2 -- read the full piece here.

I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from Philly PechaKucha 2, held Saturday night at Studio 34 in West Philly. PechaKucha was invented by Japanese architects to move PowerPoint presentations along more quickly -- but on the other hand, the event in Philly was being promoted as a cultural event. So what was I going to get? Information or entertainment? Presentation or performance art?

A little bit of both, as it turns out.

The image above is made up of "notes of preliminary ideas" by Jonny Goldstein for this presentation on the fear of snakes.

PKN at Interactivity

PechaKucha Night made an appearance in Philadelphia late last month at "Interactivity," the annual conference of the Association of Children's Museums, and from this post over at the Living in Kidcity blog, it sounds like it was good fun. I would definitely support the drinking game suggested at the end of the post -- all in the name of charity!


Jonny Goldstein Fears Snakes

As we've seen before, even simple drawings can make for great slides, and so it's fun to see Jonny Goldstein tease his upcoming presentation for PechaKucha Night in Philadelphia Vol. 2 (June 13), which will cover his fear of snakes, and be presented using his original hand-drawn illustrations.