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PAST VOL 3

Heraklion @ Bethlehem gate (El Greco exhibition)
Sep 09, 2012

PAST VOL 21

Miami @ The Wolfsonian-FIU
Mar 15, 2013

PAST VOL 9

New Orleans @ The May Gallery & Residency
Aug 01, 2013

PAST VOL 2

Albany, CA @ Albany Community Center
Oct 25, 2013

PAST VOL 5

Kuopio @ Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi
Sep 23, 2014

PAST VOL 3

Erfurt @ Franz Mehlhose Kulturcafé
Feb 27, 2015

PAST women&work 2016

Bonn @ WCCB World Conference Center Bonn
Jun 04, 2016

PAST VOL 12

Kuopio @ Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi
Oct 27, 2016

PAST VOL 1

Dals Långed
Jan 18, 2017

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Education for All

BY PREETI BIRLA
@ VOL 2 ON OCT 16, 2014

Preeti Birla reminds us the power and necessity for everyone everywhere to have access to education. 

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Wearable Technology for All

BY JENSIN ELAINE
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Jensin Wallace relates her trip to Slovenia to collaborate with a man suffering from tetraplegia to create custom smart clothing to assist him on a day to day basis - all controlled by his cell phone! Wow!

Jensin was trained as textile textile designer at the Rhode Island School of Design and experimented with how to make sound and emotions tangible. After getting some experience in the luxury fashion industry, she went back to school and received a Masters of Design focusing in fashion and technology. Currently she works as a sweater technical designer for a high end women's label in NYC.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, November 9th, 2015. 

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Free Your Fitness, Free Yourself

BY TEGA BRAIN
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Does your lifestyle prevent you from qualifying for insurance discounts? Do you lack sufficient time for exercise or have limited access to sports facilities? Maybe you just want to keep your personal data private without having to pay higher insurance premiums for the privilege?

Unfit Bits provides solutions. At Unfit Bits, we are investigating DIY fitness spoofing techniques to allow you to create walking datasets without actually having to share your personal data. These techniques help produce personal data to qualify you for insurance rewards even if you can't afford a high exercise lifestyle. 

Our team of experts are undertaking an in-depth Fitbit Audit to better understand how the Fitbit and other trackers interpret data. With these simple techniques using everyday devices from your home, we show you how to spoof your walking data so that you too can qualify for the best discounts. Our new range of desktop fitness devices are also available on this site. 

Free your fitness. Free yourself. Earn Rewards.

 

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Tega Brain is an artist and engineer. She makes eccentric engineering, reimagining everyday technologies to address their politics and envision alternatives. She is currently a resident at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Brooklyn, has both studied and taught at the School for Poetic Computation, and is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase. 

Surya Mattu is an artist and engineer based in Brooklyn. He is currently a fellow at Data&Society where he is investigating infrastructure with a focus on wireless as a way to better understand bias in technology. He is also a contributing researcher at ProPublica. Previously he has worked as an engineer at Bell Labs and is a graduate from the New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He has a degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

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Adventures in Extreme Sewing

BY FREDRIK FÄRG
@ VOL 129 ON OCT 28, 2015

"When we told [our production methods] to some producers, they didn't believe us. This is the sewing machine we bought ourselves to figure out how to do it."

In Adventures in Extreme Sewing from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 129, Swedish furniture designer Fredrik Färg of the design studio FÄRG & BLANCHE wows us with his daring feats of EXTREME SEWING as he pushes the envelope of industrial production methods using experimental materials to produce uniquely expressive pieces of furniture.

家具デザイン、工業デザイン、アートなど、多岐にわたるクリエイティブフィールドにおいて実験的なアプローチで次々と作品を発表し、世界中のデザイン関係者から注目されているスウェーデンのデザインスタジオFÄRG & BLANCHE。メンバーのFredrik Färgさんが、近作のユニークな縫製家具が生まれた背景を明らかにされています!彼らの制作プロセスは必見です!

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Friday, November 20th, 2015. 

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The United Nations of Food

BY CHARLES BIBILOS
@ VOL 7 ON DEC 04, 2015

Hear Charles Bibilos, writer of the United Nations of Food blog, talk about his quest to eat food from every country in the world (160 countries), without ever leaving New York City. Yum!

Help Charles finish his quest! Help him eat: East Timor, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Djibouti, The Gambia, Kenya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

If you can help, or want to go out to eat with Charles, email him at unitednationsoffood@gmail.com

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You See, I Say: Transforming Pictures to Prose

BY HYACINTHE MILLER
@ VOL 10 ON JAN 22, 2016

Hyacinthe Miller feels strongly that words are magic. She is an omnivorous reader, a world traveller, blogger and content curator. She shares about how, as a writer with a vivid imagination, her perceptions, especially of
the visual, yield stories.  

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Lines that are changing the World

BY DAVID GEE
@ VOL 2 ON MAR 08, 2016

Through a collection of graphs and charts, David Gee gives a highly analytical and thought-provoking presentation on how certain scientific and geographic developments are sculpting the world today. 

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The Story Behind the Orochen Forest Family

BY HAYLEY HO
@ VOL 27 ON MAY 25, 2016

Hayley Ho shares the story behind her handcrafted wooden toy puzzle which was designed to raise awareness of the Orochen ethnic group in China, and to encourage children to play creatively in the setting of nature.

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Art of the Pencils

BY CAROLINE WEAVER
@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

“Pencil is a small thing that can make a big difference in the lives of people who use them.”

In "Art of the Pencil" from PechaKucha Night New York Vol.16 , Caroline Weaver, amateur pencil collector but lifelong pencil lover, founded CW Pencil Enterprise in November 2014. With her pencil experts, Caroline digs up the stories and origins of these objects and make them accessible to those who appreciate them for their functionality, beauty and history. As simple as it may be, the pencil is something which despite advances in technology will never become obsolete.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016.

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The Power of Radio

BY CARLOS CHIRINOS
@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Carlos Chirinos’ work explores innovation and creativity in emerging global music industries, looking at the role of music in public health, international development and social change. He has been a key consultant for radio and music projects in Europe, Africa and Japan - and most recently worked to develop Africa Stop Ebola, a global music campaign to raise awareness about Ebola in West Africa that was featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC and CNN, for which he received an award from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Defense, and USAID.

Currently, Professor Chirinos collaborates with the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, curating music performances to engage the Latin community living in New York City. He is also involved in projects in the UK, Tanzania, Cuba and other countries, looking at the role of music industries in economic development, tourism and social entrepreneurship. He also runs New York University's Music and Social Change Lab

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Benjamin Work

Benjamin Work has been a graffiti artist for 11 years, and in his presentation at PechaKucha Night in Auckland Vol. 11 from late last year he talks about the evolution of his work -- the "rebellion within the rebellion," as he describes it -- from gangsta to born again Christian, and how it affected his style. You can watch the entire presentation online.

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A Work in Progress

According to the photo above, Eliot Reeves is preparing a PechaKucha presentation, and is having a bit of hard time with it (see middle square). We'll just say this: Eliot, don't give up, the best is to just find 20 great images, and get inspired by that.

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A Word from Vanessa

We're posting the following message we received from PechaKucha Night in Christchurch organizer Vanessa Coxhead, to reassure any friends or family who have been trying to get in touch with her. We were certainly relieved to hear that she was safe and sound.Thanks for all the kind messages via email over the past 24 hours... it's been a very surreal experience but Jessica and I are safe. As are the people we work with. I haven't heard from Richard yet but I hope he is fine with his family... Richard... let us know when you can. At this stage there's not too much that we can do. We are staying with family, staying aware and keeping occupied as much as we can waiting for notification of anything we can do once search and rescue have completed the task at hand. We were in the central city when the quake hit and got out of there as soon as we could. We will keep people updated... Facebook has been a great tool for communicating en masse that so feel free to 'friend' me! You'll be seeing the news coverage and the wonderful work that many brave people are doing in the city so let's hope that we receive positive news as the day starts to end. This is probably the best way to keep updated on the situation. Any help that can be offered in due course will be greatly accepted so we'll keep in touch. For now, communication is the key so let's do what we're good at! Lots of love Vanessa, Jess and all those you know in Christchurch Update: And please see this post for info on where you can send donations for aid and reconstruction efforts in Christchurch.

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Co-working in Sevilla

Working from home in your pajamas without seeing anyone is a reality for many freelancers, and WorkInCompany wants to offer these people something different. This presentation covers the idea of sharing an office with others -- or "co-working" -- in Sevilla. It was recorded at PechaKucha Night in Sevilla Vol. 12, and is in Spanish.

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The Work of Crofton & Benjamin Architects, Electronic Artists Eternity Brothers, and a Special PKN for Ekaterinburg

Presentations Leon Conradie is an experienced architectural academic, who is doing his Masters Research on "The Work of Crofton & Benjamin Architects: 1955 -1964." Crofton & Benjamin Architects were prolific in the 50s and 60s on beachfront developments, and have designed many iconic Durban buildings, each with an Art Deco style. In his presentation (from PKN Durban Vol. 7), Leon gives us a tour of these buildings, and points out their unique quirks. Pavel Fila is an IT specialist, programmer, and also organiser of the "Šramlfest" festival. In his presentation (in Czech, from PKN Znojmo Vol. 1), he talks about Eternity Brothers, a local group of VJs and electronic artists, and shares some of their work. Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster for the upcoming PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 6 (pictured above), which will be part of the The Second Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, an important event on the city's cultural agenda. It will also be the first time a PKN in Ekaterinburg is themed, with all presentations tied to art -- below, more details on the event:This time PechaKucha Night Ekaterinburg invites everyone to think about contemporary art during the parallel program of The Second Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary art. We wonder if there is some place for modern art in modern person`s life? You can tell there about your personal experience, projects, interests or ideas in the field of modern art. We try to find the answer if it is necessary to be an artist to make art? Do you make art? Does your art have a target? What do you what from contemporary art as a consumer? How are your projects connected with art? Photos Take a look at last week's PKN Singapore Vol. 5 courtesy of this photo gallery [Facebook]. As organizer Jon Siegel tells us, it was a fantastic event with a great turnout (close to 300) and a terrific lineup of presenters. Above, a look at part of the crowd, and presenter Jon "Yongfook" Cockle.  Calendar We kick off the week with tonight's (September 10) PKN Muscat Vol. 2, and tomorrow you can catch Toronto's Vol. 17. 

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Albany, Vol 2. Work

Work it out, whistle while you work, putting in a good days work, working on it, that works… Work is such an important aspect of our daily lives and our common interactions.  We all work in different ways; we all perceive work as something different.  The line cook that opens their knife bag at 5:00pm is working just as the contactor that straps on their steel toed boots at 5:00am. We would like to welcome residents of Albany as well as people from all around the Bay Area to ‘Pecha Kucha in Albany, Volume 2’ and as you may have already deciphered, the theme is ‘Work’.  This event is free and will take place at the Albany Community Center on October 25th at 6:30pm.  We have very interesting presenters that range from Correctional officers to Urban Framers all centered around the theme of ‘Work’. The theme of work is one that is so broad we will never be able to cover its entirety in a month much less a few short hours.  That being said, this will be an opportunity for people to see the world through a lens that isn’t always considered, an opportunity to wear different hats for 6 minutes at a time.  If you are unfamiliar with the Pecha Kucha format here is a quick explanation; a presenter uses slides that change every 20 seconds, a total of 20 slides will make up the entire presentation.  Ideally the presenter will seamlessly transition between slides and take the audience along for an informative and intriguing journey of exploration.  To work is to be; we don’t mean that everyone has to have a job but we mean to state that everyone should have something that motivates them.  This definition is not set in stone but rather malleable and ever-changing.  The evolution of tasks and dedication may not always define you but most certainly an individual must define what they consider work. “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do” -Rumi

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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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Why it is Great to Work in the Sewers - the Reprise

You ever think about where your flushes end up, or who handles it? Sewage District worker Michael Mucha shares how wastewater is being transformed from invisible to invaluable. In “Why it is Great to Work in the Sewers - The Reprise” from PKN Madison, WI Vol. 10 he speaks about how passionate people not afraid to get their hands dirty are turning our sewage problems into priceless product.

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Discovering Your Worth

"Do not allow people to devalue your time and effort!" In "Discovering Your Worth" from PechaKucha Night Bandar Seri Begawan Vol. 4, Rozi Yunos, a.k.a. The Artist, offers her A-ha! moment with you. Rozi handcrafts and binds custom books, wedding cards and invitations. But it wasn’t always easy for her to gauge the value of her work especially when people walked past them seemingly disinterested. After an eye-opening moment in her life, she decided it was time for her to push forward. Now, she offers workshops in bookbinding where she shares the tools of her trade, builds a bookbinding community and kicks ass. She’s Wonder Woman armed with a needle and thread so you better watch out!

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My 6 minutes and 40 seconds at PechaKucha!

          A beautiful testimonial by PechaKucha presenter Sonia Kar  So it began! The moment had come for me to take the stage. Rodrigo, one of the enthusiastic hosts of the evening, had started giving a grand introduction about what I was going to speak about in the next 6 minutes and 40 seconds on PechaKucha Maastricht Vol 31, being held at the prestigious Sint Janskerk. What would I say? Would I be able to keep pace with the 20 seconds timer on each slide or would I just make a mess of it? Would I be able to convey my story effectively? Actually all these questions crossed my mind some two months ago when I heard about PechaKucha 20X20 presentation format using picture slides. Bit intimidating that one has to convey adequately in 20 slides with a 20 sec/slide speed, but the concept was so terrific that I had to give it a try. My application as a guest speaker took some screening considering PechaKucha was celebrating the 40th anniversary of Maastricht University. However I handled the screening questions with the same passion as I would be doing while speaking (I in fact felt I was already on stage). To my joy, I was informed that the very talented PechaKucha team had selected me. Next came the daunting task of preparing the slides – setting my story right, hunting for the appropriate pictures for the slides. That actually was not as difficult as I thought it would be. Though it called for some iterations, lots of “gentle” reminders and patience from PechaKucha team members especially Zhen (thank you for bearing with all the stupid questions which came your way). However, the issues were faced when I thought of practising. Just two days left for the event, I was making a mess. I remember the first time I practised – the entire 20 slides (each with 20 seconds) were over and I had not finished half of my story! I was always gifted with this art of talking a lot and not being precise. That would definitely be put to the test now. So then came the phase of cutting it short and making it just fit within 20 seconds. The next time I practised, I finished the story when I was in slide 10! The pressure of finishing the story was high so I missed mentioning half of the points which I had to. With some iterations I was ultimately there. On the D-day, when we reached Sint Janskerk - it was a packed house. The stage was set and rows of chairs were placed perfectly surrounding the stage. There were at least 300 people. I was trying to find familiar faces (as that would boost my confidence– human psychology as talking to known people is less of a stress than addressing unknown people) but there were hardly any. Then came the reassuring words from my husband – “You have spoken at a gathering of 100 people before. Speaking to 100 people and 300 people will feel the same”. Feeling a bit relaxed by his remark, I went and chose a comfortable spot. What I loved the most was the concept of starting with the programme at 20:20. All the speakers were outstanding, the topics and their stories were thought-provoking. There were a lot of ideas and energies which were brought in. The audience (I being a part of it too) was completely enlightened and very enthusiastic. The more I watched the speakers, the more tensed I became. It was already intimidating to match the standards set by the speakers. But I was banking on the audience, if I falter or forget something they will clap and cheer me for that too :) Then came my turn. Rodrigo announced my name and yes, I was on stage. What was playing in my mind in the first two seconds – “Wow, that’s a lot of people looking at me, how do I engage with them? Oops, watch your posture, where are your hands, oh no, I have a microphone, what were the first lines?  Ah forget it, just be yourself”.  (Yeah, mind is faster than light, all this I thought in two seconds) And that’s what happened for the next 6 minutes 40 seconds – I was myself. I spoke about how we had come up with HomeHandi, an online platform which connects passionate cooks to food lovers like us and provides healthy home cooked food options. The most interesting part of the talk was when I started speaking about our learnings. I could feel an immediate connection with the audience. The one on how we could empower most of the cooks who were women homemakers by boosting their self-confidence and making them financially independent was appreciated by everyone. By the time I spoke about how we realised that people from various cultures unite or bond together over food, I was completely at ease. “Food is a universal language and we see it as an enabler to connect people from various countries i.e. expats, students and locals together. That is exactly what we saw happening in our flagship event – International Food Festival held in Maastricht. Why not make Maastricht city as one of the pioneers in forming a culturally inclusive community?” While saying all this,  it really did not hit me that I was at this grand location or event. I felt as if it was a normal chit-chat which I was having with a group of friends of mine (PechaKucha actually signifies chit-chat).  I spoke without any inhibitions and my passion controlled my speech. I enjoyed thoroughly those 6 minutes and 40 seconds which came my way. At the end of the event I was approached by many familiar faces – familiar as I had seen them from the podium so now they were no more unfamiliar to me. I felt that PechaKucha gave me that platform to bring out the confidence in me, helped me to approach and interact with so many people, gave me the opportunity to enlighten myself. The informal way of story-telling with pictures is something very unique and very heart warming. Thank you PechaKucha for my 6 minutes and 40 seconds :)   By Sonia Kar, HomeHandi