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We haven’t scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there’s one you can attend!

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Featured Presentation

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Maryam Nabavi

Strategist, Idea Couture in Toronto

Maryam Nabavi, an Innovation Strategist at Idea Couture, talks about her strategy for the future of commerical space (i.e. Virgin Galactic) as a service industry. If you ever thought about living in space, then small bathrooms, carbon-dehydrated food, and uncomfortable sleeping arrangements are probably not what you had in mind. However, Nabavi redesigned the experience to have humans at the center of the problem so that it can be an enjoyable and memorable experience for anyone no matter their financial or physical situation. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 4, 2014.

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Mo Ride Across Canada

BY JORDAN GILDERSLEEVE
@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

When Jordan Gildersleeve found out his father had colon cancer, he was willing to go to great lengths to help out in whatever way he could. This led him and some friends to do Moustache Ride Across Canada, a 4,500 km wintertime cycling trip in support of Movember. Along the way, they had their fair share of ups and downs, from beautiful vistas to frozen bikes and a stinky RV but ultimately the trip ended up raising over $160,000 for prostate and testicular cancer research. Above all, the trip stressed the importance of being diligent and open about men’s physical and mental health.

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The LongStory: an Online Dating Game for Youth

BY MIRIAM VERBURG
@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

Miriam Verburg is the producer of LongStory, one of the first LGBTQ friendly dating games made specifically for young people. She discusses why she decided to devote two years of her life to producing a dating game for kids and shows some of the interesting things she learned along the way about creating games about feelings. 

"Presentation of the Day" on July 9, 2014.

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How the Brain Tricks Itself

BY MANDY WINTINK
@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

A neuroscientist, life coach and yoga teacher, Mandy Wintink shows a myriad of ways that our brain works to fool itself. At the core of this phenomenon is memory consolidation and reconsolidation, or how our brains actually use previously embedded memories, knowledge and context to "fill in the blanks" and absorb new information. 

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The Morden Heirloom: Coding Quilts

BY ELIZABETH ELLIOTT
@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

Elizabeth "Libs" Elliott merges old craft and modern art forms to create beautiful quilts with a technological twist. Using the Processing visual programming language, Elizabeth generates random patterns for her quilts by altering code to play with colour palettes, geometric shapes, and other variables. She draws out each pattern by hand and then sews them onto quilts. 

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PULP: Paper Art Party 2014

BY ROTEM YANIV
@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

After last year's success, PULP: Paper Art Party has returned. Led by architect Rotem Yaniv, the fundraising event advocates for sustainable design. The event itself encompasses a live music show within a reclaimed materials art exhibit. All proceeds go towards raising funds to refurbish Street Haven at the Crossroads, a downtown emergency women's shelter. 

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The Comfort (Danger) of Not Knowing

BY LILY TSE
@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

Lily Tse is the founder and CEO of Think Dirty, an IOS app that empowers consumers with safety information about cosmetics. Think Dirty started as a series of hackathons, but the idea itself was borne out of Lily's personal journey to understand truths about the use of toxic chemicals in the beauty industry. Lily expresses her discontent with the concept that "ignorance is bliss" and encourages consumers that knowledge is empowering. 

"Presentation of the Day" on June 4, 2014.

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Let's Talk Policy

BY ZAHRA EBRAHIM
@ URBAN INNOVATION HAPPY HOUR ON APR 30, 2014

Zahra Ebrahim wants urban dwellers to be more active in policy decisions that affect their city, and so she proposes to make that happen by targetting a limited number of areas in a city -- in her example, 20 houses selected in 20 wards of Toronto -- and getting them involved in not only talking about issues, but also sharing feedback. The idea is that by starting modestly, this outreach can eventually grow to include even more participants, and therefore progressively raise engagement throughout the city.

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Tower Neighbourhood Renewal

BY GRAEME STEWART
@ URBAN INNOVATION HAPPY HOUR ON APR 30, 2014

Architect Graeme Stewart speaks out on benefits of 1960s tower-style high-density urban housing as opposed to the sprawl often found in the US. In Toronto, Graeme has taken the lead on the Tower Renewal project — whereby he’s taken steps to eco-retrofit these 50-year-old buildings, and worked to transform the surrounding areas into villages through policy changes and community-building campaigns. 

 

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The Morden Heirloom: Coding Quilts

Who knew auto-generated patterns could turn out to be beautiful? 
Elizabeth "Libs" Elliott merges old craft and modern art forms to create beautiful quilts with a technological twist. In "The Morden Heirloom: Coding Quilts" from PKN Toronto Vol. 29 using the Processing visual programming language, Elizabeth generates random patterns for her quilts by altering code to play with colour palettes, geometric shapes, and other variables. She draws out each pattern by hand and then sews them onto quilts. 

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About the City's Organizers

  • Vivien Leung

    Idea Wrangler + Fixer. Making PKN Toronto awesome and contagious. Connect Canadian creativity to the world. Love to push people to get out of their comfort zone.

  • Trevor Embury

    I am the Principal and Design Director at aftermodern.lab, an accomplished, Toronto based brand strategy and communication design studio working in both cultural and commercial contexts in all mediums. We practice purposeful visual communication inspired by modernism, purity of form and the uncompromising pursuit for typographic readability and legibility. I am also an Instructor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), the Design Director at Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) and the Creative Director for PechaKucha Toronto.

  • James Everett

    Game designer with Ubisoft Toronto, PKN Toronto photographer, all purpose provocateur and restaurant sherpa.

  • Elina Lawrie

    I have a large appetite for learning, whatever the subject matter. I will almost always say that two heads are better than one and I believe that a positive, collaborative environment is contagious. From cooking to designing, I am the most fulfilled when I am creating for the needs of others.