When everyone has a 3D printer in their home, what will you make?

Texas A&M University’s Senior IT guy Benedict Nguyen is really into 3D printing. In “3D Printing a Whole New World” from PKN Bryan Vol. 2, Bryan extols the exciting benefits of this emergent technology, shows off its many forms, and discusses how the development of this technology will change our lives in the years to come.

Can gamifying our everyday tasks make us more productive?

Matthew Rosenberg, an architect at Los Angeles-based firm M-Rad predicts our future will become somewhat of a peewee’s playhouse. In “Gamification of our Everyday” from PKN Toronto Vol. 31 we see that He believes gamifying our everyday life can induce people to live a more meaningful life. Matthew takes us through a few examples of digital and physical projects that use gaming to solve global issues.

As part of last week's PechaKucha Pow Wow organizer summit, we held a special PechaKucha Night in Tokyo featuring presentations from organizers the world over --watch them online and get a city tour, PechaKucha style.

This past weekend marked Lisbon's Vol. 20, and pictured above is part of the poster that was produced for the event. See the full poster here, and catch more great PechaKucha Night posters on our poster Tumblr.

This Week's "City Focus" is for the city of Colombo, with a PechaKucha Night series that is only 4 volumes old, but with a city page that is already home to an impressive archive of presentations.

“Creativity abides by no rules, but does not necessarily create chaos.”

Lebanese-Canadian pianist & composer Jad Salameh shares with us the story of his life-long affair with creativity. In ‘It Comes in Whispers’ from PKN Beirut Vol. 21, he goes through his composition process and how he came to understand the relationship between his own mind and the music he writes. Little whispers, great ideas!

What kind of message can we send from Tokyo during the 2020 olympics?

Andrew Taylor talks about how the architectural design of a olympic stadium can create social changes in a community. In “The Olympic Effect” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 122 we see that this idea of urban regeneration can create a better environment for locals after the Olympics are over. Andrew’s firm, MAKE Architects, put this idea into practice during the 2012 London Olympics.

"If you can make them laugh -- bring joy, happiness, connect with them -- it's worth it."

Zainal Bostaman, engineer by day and stand-up comic by night, talks about how he began his comic career (miserably) and after several hits and misses, reached a point where people can properly laugh at his jokes. In "Being Funny When You're Really Not That Funny" from PKN Bandar Seri Begawan Vol. 2, we see that he now holds comedy workshops and teaches others on how to be funny when they think they're not really that funny.

“With all these innovations, we’re left with a larger rate of cancer survivors.”

Due to considerable progress in cancer treatment and survival rates, the population of cancer survivors can be anticipated to keep expanding in the foreseeable future. Though these patients may be cured of their original disease, survivors often have a to deal with a compromised quality of life. In “The Future of Cancer Care” from PKN Maastricht Vol. 24, Anna Verhulst, a fifth-year medical student and a cancer rehabilitation researcher, proposes a entirely new way of looking at cancer survivorship and rehabilitation programs.

Want to know what it's like to attend a PechaKucha Night in Chicago? A good place to start is this fantastic event report by Andreea Ciulac, following her attendance at the city's Vol. 33, held earlier this month.

There’s a moment in the beginning of a PechaKucha Night when you wonder if you mistakenly end up at the wrong show. It happens quite often actually, because for a first-timer, it looks a lot like a TED Talk. But comparing the two would be like explaining the differences between a red velvet cupcake and a cake pop. While equally delicious, they're nothing alike. On many levels though, PechaKucha (the Japanese word for “chatter”) steals the show.

Read the full report here.


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