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PechaKucha Daily Blog Channel

The PechaKucha Daily Blog is where you'll find news on the latest PechaKucha happenings worldwide, reports on recent PechaKucha Nights, a look at some of our favorite PKN posters, as well as highlights of new presentations added to the site.

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BitSummit Channel

BitSummit is a new conference in Western Japan for indie developers to showcase ideas and meet with publishers. For this year's BitSummit MMXIV (March 7-9) the festival has expanded in size, length, and quality, with three days worth of guest speakers and musical guests, combined together in an event unlike anything ever seen.

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New Cities Foundation: WhatWorks Channel

The New Cities Foundation's mission is to incubate, promote and scale urban innovations. WhatWorks is a speaker series curated by the Foundation aimed at finding the up-and-coming innovators working on solving the great urban challenges of our time, including energy, mobility, health, housing, and many more.

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Inspire Christchurch Channel

After the events of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the worldwide PechaKucha community has come together to "Inspire New Zealand". The road to recovery is a long one, and you can help inspire regrowth by sharing your story of Christchurch here. Get in touch with us via inspire@pechakucha.org.

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PAST VOL 1

New York @ Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
Sep 20, 2006

PAST VOL 2

New York @ 3rd Ward
Jan 31, 2007

PAST VOL 3

New York
Apr 25, 2007

PAST VOL 4

New York
Oct 10, 2007

PAST VOL 5

New York @ Element
Apr 30, 2008

PAST VOL 6

New York
Mar 23, 2009

PAST VOL 7

New York
Sep 14, 2009

PAST VOL 8

New York @ The Drop
Oct 15, 2009

PAST VOL 12

New York
Sep 12, 2011

PAST New York Build

New York @ Javits Center
Mar 16, 2017

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Inspirational Coincidences

BY RACHEL MASON
@ VOL 2 ON OCT 16, 2014

Rachel Mason talks, sings, and strums about the place where art and life, or fiction and reality meet... While doing research for a musical performance and rock opera to get inside the mind of a child killer from the 1930's, she made contact with a man who killed and dismembered a boy in Borough Park. The experience profoundly effected her, and inspired her to write an opera incidentally about a coincidence - two men with the same name Hamilton Fish, died a day apart and their deaths were announced on a single front page. One man was a child-killing sadist, the other a politician from a distinguished political family.

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Dogs Dogs Dogs

BY STEVEN PETERMAN
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 14, 2015

Steven Peterman loves dogs! He takes us through some of his most memorable foster dog experiences, the good, the bad, the gross! 

Steven is the founder and director of the world famous Sketchbook Project. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife of five years, Sara, and their very tolerant cat, Thrifty.

If interested in fostering dogs in the NYC area, check out the following website. Steven insists it will change your life:

fosterdogsnyc.com

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Living on the Less Dangerous Edge

BY DARUS ZAHM
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 14, 2015

Darus Zahm wants to live in a world where Phish is always playing in elevators.  When he’s not off communing with nature, you can find him trying to bring the cool back to rollerblading here in Brooklyn.

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Experiments, Restrictions, and Happy Mistakes

BY MARTIN JUSTESEN
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Martin Justesen loves triangles! He currently designs labels for Evil Twin Brewing, as well as many other clients. Hear his story about making and embracing mistakes, moving around the world, and loving beer!

Martin is a graphic designer born in Denmark, currently living in New York. He studied Graphic Design at London School of Communication before working in Publishing/Advertising for 10 years in Copenhagen. Martin now designs and art directs for magazines, campaigns and visual identities for sport/fitness, transport, business and fashion clients. He founded design studio Martin Justesen | New York in 2014.

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The Architecture of Sound

BY STEREOTANK !
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Stereotank, founded by Venezuelan NY-based architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente, is dedicated to exploring the common territories between space and sound through the design and construction of sound instruments, urban artifacts, and public installations. At PK Night Brooklyn Volume 6, they share some of their sound recordings from installations around the world!

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An Open Source Life

BY ROMKE DE HAAN
@ VOL 7 ON DEC 04, 2015

Romke de Haan is a graduate of the program called homeboyz, a non-profit that takes kids in gangs and teaches them technology. Romke will walk you though his journey and his pursuit of happiness. 

 

Participate in Romke's life; he'd be happy to get coffee/lunch/cocktails with you. You can add his calendar by searching Romked@gmail.com on iCal, Google Calendar, 

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New York: City on a Grid

BY GERARD KOEPPEL
@ VOL 7 ON DEC 04, 2015

Actor David Duchovny (!) says of Gerard Koeppel's new book: “ I’ve spent most of my life walking the straight lines of the world’s greatest city, and have never thought to ask: Is this a different shape from other cities, and if so, why, and who did it? Koeppel’s book answers these questions, in an easygoing, good-humored manner, with interesting facts unearthed on nearly every page. This is one of those books you always wished would be written, and here it is. Indispensable for anyone interested in the history of New York and cities generally, and bound to fuel cocktail conversations up, down, and across the city for years to come.”

Listen here for a whirlwind history of NY's grid as it develops!

Gerard Koeppel writes history, mostly New York related, but also in anything from magazines and journals to historical signage in city parks. He was also a captain of a charter sailboat, an awful law student, a licensed hack (out of a Greenwich Village taxi garage), and then, for many years, a radio reporter/writer/editor/producer, mostly with CBS News.

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I Believe In You - Your Magic Is Real

BY DEVIN PERSON
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 04, 2016

Devin Person believes in you - your magic is real!

Devin Person is a wizard. His first book, Mysteries of the Deep, is being released on March 13th as a Kickstarter spell to raise $420. Learn more here.

Blending mystical insights with irreverent wit, Person transforms occult techniques into accessible, modern ideas that his clients and readers can use to create powerful changes in their own subjective experiences.

When not writing bios, Devin Person enjoys worshipping a Gnome god of humor and fending off attacks from his cat, Loki

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Death by Architecture

BY ANANTH SAMPATHKUMAR
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

Architect Ananth Sampathkumar takes us through the world of architectural competitions - from historical examples of the Sydney Opera House and Pompidou Center to a cultural center in Sri Lanka. 

Ananth studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India before moving to New York. Here he co-founded NDNY Architecture and Design, completing projects in Srilanka, India, and the USA.

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Natural Leavening

BY ANTHONY FALCO
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

From Texas to New York to Brazil, professional pizza man Anthony Falco has been active in the food industry from a widely popular french fry stand to a famous Bushwick pizzeria, to perfecting delicious bread recipes with his kids. At PechaKucha Night NYC, he talks about the process and health benefits to naturally leavened dough!

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PKNY Vol. 6 Photos

The fallout from PechaKucha Night in New York Vol. 6 continues -- see yesterday's post on Deborah Fisher's project -- this time with a few photos from the event, courtesy of Elizabeth Griffin.

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Photo from PKN NYC Vol. 14

Last week's PechaKucha Night (Vol. 14) in New York was a great success, with over 600 in attendance. We'll soon have the presentations to share on the site, but in the meantime, here's a peek at the what the space where the event looked like.

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NYT Gives PechaKucha the Thumbs-Up

The New York Times has a post dedicated to making your thoughts more organized and succinct. In the article, the PechaKucha 20x20 format is used as the primary method to go about doing so: Make sure you speak loudly and slowly. Make eye contact with the audience. Your goal is to keep your audience interested by reporting the interesting information you have learned, but also by maintaining a conversational tone as you explain it. Check out the full write-up here.

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Is Crowd-funding the New "Like" Button?

Projects never thought possible are getting funded and produced thanks to the nigh-limitless power of the crowd. Is this the future of business? In today's Presentation of the Day, "Is Crowd-funding the New 'Like' Button?" from PKN New York Vol. 14, RocketHub founder Brian Meece gives us a quick rundown of the crowd-funding phenomenon and what is needed to get your own independent project funded. He uses independent shoe-producer Spira as an example: Spira makes revolutionary new sneakers with springs in the soles to make walking easier.

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99 Cent Futures

How do you imagine 99 cent products will look in the future? A miniature Mars survival kit? Carbon-absorption pills? Elliott P. Montgomery and Chris Woebken are co-founders of the Extrapolation Factory, an imagination-based studio for design-lead futures studies. They explore society's fascination with the future, and discuss where this future-culture is coming from. In "99 Cent Futures" from PKN New York Vol. 14, we see that through collaboration with local 99¢ stores, they combine manufacturing and design and play off of the public's concept of future demand and necessity. 

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Intellect Begets Art

Eric Forman has worked for the past 13 years at the experimental intersection of art and design. In "Intellect Begets Art" from PKN New York Vol. 14 we hear how he uses his background in philosophy and technology to create interactive sculptures, robots, and other installations which incorporate a combination of organic and biological concepts.  

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How to Make the World Work for 11 Billion People

"The world's population will reach more than 11 billion by the end of this century." Maria Aialova is the co-founder of Terreform ONE, a think-tank which focuses on mapping population density. With 11 billion people on the Earth, and 3/4 of the population living in cities, a redistribution of energy will be absolutely paramount. In "Making the World Work for 11 Billion People" from PKN New York Vol. 14, Maria states that we must shift from competition to cooperation and from ownership to membership in order to live successfully. 

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Make-ufacturing

How does one make cubes levitate in space? With a whole lot of elbow-grease!  Jessica Banks and Mihae Mukaida explain RockPaperRobot, a design company that specializes in the invention and fabrication of kinetic furniture, lighting, and robotic installations. In "Make-ufacturing" from PKN New York Vol. 14, they discuss the perfect manufacturing process, which requires a balance of time, money, and ability. They also offer a detailed glimpse into the creation of one of their products: a magnetically-levitating coffee table. 

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Viable Manufacturing

"Noam Chomsky -- I think -- said, 'I dont understand why people think there's no manufacturing district in the US, there is: it's called China.'" David Belt is the founder of New Lab, a company that fosters innovation in design, prototyping, and new manufacturing. In "Viable Manufacturing" from PKN New York Vol. 14, he talks about the history of manufacturing in the last ten years, including the collapse of the economy and new digital trends. Creative company structures ensure that proximity breeds new ways of thinking about design, manufacturing, integration, and innovation. 

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No Frustration, Just Creation

If you think assembling IKEA furniture is no sweat, you're ready for this amazing new tool:  Matt Tyson, co-founder of EcoSystems in New York, explains the concept behind the Snug-it, a tool that makes assembling furniture more efficient. In "No Frustration, Just Creation" from PKN New York, Vol. 14 we see that the unique and innovative design allows for rearrangement and recreation based on personal needs, and encourages creative thinking.