Originally posted at dplusj.com
2013 has been a fantastic year for PechaKucha Chattanooga. Four events, four unique locations, 35 great presenters, many gracious sponsors, hundreds of attendees, and the list could go on.
Our team is and has been quite satisfied with 2013. But, we wanted to find out what you, the attendees of PKN Cha, thought. It felt funny to make a generic survey. So, as we planned the last event of the year, we wanted to come up with something fresh. Something that didn’t look or feel like a survey.
The PK posters typically include a quote from a speaker at the previous event. For PechaKucha v15, our team choose, “By day I tell other peoples stories, tonight I’ll tell you l mine”, by Leif Ramsey. After a few weeks of iterations—and almost giving up on the concept—we arrived at the PKN15 poster design.
Then, we wondered what other people do by day, and what they get to do differently at PKN. Essentially, who’s showing up and what does PechaKucha mean to each of them? The seed of the idea was formed, and we realized we had our survey. We shrunk down the poster to get what we would give to PKN15 guests, using Leif’s quote as an example of how you could answer the questions.
As people arrived, we asked them to fill out the pseudo survey. Results varied from sheet to sheet, telling of our audience’s make up. Attendees included developers, storytellers, teachers, students, dreamers, designers, entrepreneurs, managers, gamers, crime fighters, home makers, engineers, and more. Patterns emerged. A lot of people enjoyed kicking back at PK. Many responded that they enjoyed learning or hearing stories. Quite a few mentioned the drinks! Overall, we read satisfaction.
It’s tempting to think PechaKucha is just for designer types—that’s how the whole thing started in Tokyo, after all. However, our little survey revealed that PechaKucha is for everyone. Beyond that, people are coming to PechaKucha to learn and find inspiration (and free drinks, of course).
As we close out the year, we’re excited to continue serving up fresh content and ideas for all of Chattanooga. We believe in the importance of PechaKucha. From the looks of the surveys, you do too!
We can’t wait to see you in 2014.