PechaKucha is a method of delivering a presentation.  The concept is simple but challenging. It started with a group of architects in Japan who held "open mic" nights to show and talk about their ideas and creations.  In an effort to keep the presentations fun and flowing they devised a minimalist approach.
Here's the rules:
  • 20 slides (image only)
  • 20 seconds per slide
  • all set to an autotimer in PowerPoint
  • adds up to a 6:40 presentation
Since its birth in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have spread to major cities all over the world.  Its a way to bring people together to share ideas, inform, and inspire. To me, it's adult storytelling.

PechaKucha in Education

What a great way to set boundaries for oral presentations and an easy way to take the "blah" out of PowerPoint. Here's a couple of ways to introduce your students to the art of PechaKucha:
  • Require the format for student oral presentations or portfolios.  
  • Start of your class with a PechaKucha of your own introducing a new chapter or concept.
  • Organize a PechaKucha night for a school club or organization.

PechaKucha Resources

The official organization for PechaKucha nights around the globe.  Over 300 great presentations uploaded for your enjoyment or idea hunting.

Designer, Paul Baron, from Tokyo offers some great advice for presenting PechaKucha style.

While there is no "right" way to making a PechaKucha, this article provides everything from how to set the auto timer in PowerPoint to storyboarding your presentation.

Written by a Wired Magazine beloved, Dan Pink.  View his own PechaKucha below.