This week's PechaKucha People spotlight lands on origami child prodigy, Hinata Nakamura. Having presented at PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 154, Hinata Nakamura wowed the crowd with his impressive origami skills and charming personality. Not only was Hinata an inspiration to the creative community in Tokyo, but he was also a perfect example of how the PechaKucha 20x20 format can be successfully utilized by anyone, regardless of age or profession. We are proud to have hosted young Hinata and hope that we can continue to share creative ideas from young minds across the globe! 

PechaKucha Night Islamabad Organizer Michelle Tania Butt graces this week's PechaKucha People. Not only is she the creative rockstar of PechaKucha Nights in Islamabad but she is also the CEO of Kuch Khaas, a center for creative arts, culture, and Dialogue located in Islamabad. Having hosted two successful PechaKucha Nights showcasing the creative talent and passion of Pakistan's capital city, we can only expect the best from PechaKucha Night Islamabad Vol. 3! Check out Islamabad's presentations here and keep on the lookout for more great content soon!

This week's PechaKucha People spotlight lands on PechaKucha Night Hanover's one and only organizer, Svetlana Shaytanova. Originally from Russia, Svetlana is currently studying to get her master's degree in English Philology in Göttingen while organizing PechaKucha nights in Hanover. With one successful under her belt, we look forward to another PechaKucha Night in Hanover soon! Thank you for your hard work and once again, Welcome to the PechaKucha Family, Svetlana!

This week we shine the PechaKucha People spotlight on designer, triathlete, publisher, editor-in-chief, AND PechaKucha Night Guangzhou organizer, Tom Kwan. In addition to regularly amassing at-target design crowds in China's most-populous built-up metropolitan area (check out photos the photos above), he oversees publication of Wave Design Magazine. Here he is pictured preparing to compete in last years Ironman 70.3 in scenic Liuzhou, China. Goes to show PechaKucha Nights are often organized by some super-achieving go-getters. We wish you the best, Tom! 

This Week's PechaKucha People spotlight lands on PKN Anchorage’s organizers Kamu Kakizaki and Kir Moore. As one of the newest cities to join the PechaKucha Family, Anchorage has already WOWed us with hosting a very successful First Volume on January 5th at the Anchorage Museum. Kir moved to Alaska from LA, and runs a small design studio working with restaurant and retail start-ups while Kamu is the senior designer for the Anchorage Museum. Kir and Kamu are bringing PechaKucha Night to the Anchorage community in conjunction with the Alaska Design Forum, where they are both board members, committed to the mission of broadening the discussion of design and the built environment in Alaska. We are looking forward to the duo making Vol. 2 a success, and once again, Welcome to the PechaKucha Family, Kamu and Kir!

Welcome to the New Year and welcome our newest AllStar at PechaKucha HQ in Tokyo, Cristina Marie Deane. While completing her degree at Temple University Japan, Cristina complimented her studies with an internship at PKN Tokyo, (photographed her on her first day!) Proving her invaluable worth in helping us feature all YOUR amazing 20x20 presentations 1 year later, not to mention adding a particularly bubbly air to the office, we just couldn't bear the thought of losing her. Sooo, now that she has graduated, we got her! Congrats on your graduation Cristina, and welcome to the PechaKucha HQ team!

This week we shine the PechaKucha People spotlight on PKN Ellensburg organizer, and executive director at Gallery One Visual Arts Center (where her PKN are hosted), Monica Miller, a champion of her community's talent and creativity. Having worked with arts organizations for over 15 years, Monica is dedicated to ensuring that her gallery is relevant to the community it serves, providing artists opportunities like PechaKucha Nights for networking, inspiration, and for a sustainable arts community! Monica holds a BA from the College of William and Mary and an MA from Johns Hopkins University in Museum Studies. She grew up as a military brat visiting museums around the world, and for a brief stint wanted to be a potter, and now makes ceramics dinosaur fossils with her five-year-old son, plans camping adventures with her artist husband, and rides her bike when time allows! Thanks Monica for your commitment to PechaKucha Nights in Ellensburg! 

This week we shine the PechaKucha People Spotlight on the dynamic duo, Sonia Selavy and Leslie Tsai of PechaKucha Night Tainan. Sonia’s journalistic sensibilities combined Leslie’s charismatic leadership and people prowess make this power couple a formidable team who do more than just showcase Tainan’s talent but truly celebrate it. Congrats Sonia and Leslie! Looking forward to your next PKN!!!

As our Japan Huddle 2017 organizer meetup has come to a close, there is one person in particular that has not only contributed to its seamless organization and execution but has consistently supported the successful curation of PechaKucha events in Tokyo. This very special PechaKucha People spotlight lands on PechaKucha HQ's very own curative coordinator, Mariko Yokogi. With Mariko's diligence in keeping our humble headquarters running smoothly, she has become an invaluable part of our team and an important member of both the Japanese and Global PechaKucha community. From everyone at HQ, thank you for everything you do, Mariko!

This week's PechaKucha People spotlight lands on the lovely Kate Levina and the PechaKucha Night Volgograd Team. Taking a few cues from her leading role in running and curating PechaKucha Nights, Kate has also recently landed a key role in the preparation for FIFA 2018 in Volgograd. Three cheers for this hardworking team of inspiring and creative individuals - wishing them luck at their upcoming event PechaKucha Night Volgograd Vol. 3. Keep the ball rolling, Volgograd!