PKN 37 - Save the Date!

Ten great local people will share their great ideas at the Metro Cinema on January 28!

Scroll down to read more about building a presentation, and when you're ready APPLY HERE!

The application will require Google sign on, a bio of yourself, a quick abstract and the submission of 5 sample photos. You are not bound to these photos but they should provide a strong concept (in combo with your abstract) as to what we should expect from your presentation. No experience required - this is a great way to shake off public speaking cobwebs from the last couple years, or get over your stagefright for the first time. We always hear how friendly our audiences are!! 

We've had topics from pineapples being the best fruit in the world to human experiences of diverse folks in our city. The zany combinations of presentations that take attendees on 10 unique seven minute journeys is what makes #yegpkn an event that has thrived for 36 editions. 

We're accepting applications until December 7 at 5PM at the link above. Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or issues with the submission form.


Drawing its name from the Japanese term for “the sound of chit chat”, Pecha Kucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as a venue for young designers to meet, network, exchange ideas and show their work in public.

It rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds for a total presentation time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.

Edmonton’s NextGen is proud to be the first (in 2007) to host Pecha Kucha Nights in Western Canada! 


We welcome submissions from anybody and everybody. No matter your expertise, experience, or public speaking chops,
we want to put your story or idea on stage!

NextGen almost always receives more applications than there are spots in a lineup. Give yourself the best chance of making the lineup by following the handy tips below and reading the yegpkn FAQ!

When submitting your application, you'll be asked to include: your name, email address, position title and organization, phone number, website and/or Twitter handle, a title and abstract for your presentation, as well as a minimum of six sample images that give a good impression of your visual approach. Images must be sized to 1024 x 768 pixels and in landscape orientation. Low resolution results in grainy, lower-quality images when projected on our large screens. Pecha Kucha presentations are highly visual, so the better your images, the better your chances!

Still have a questions? Send us an email at [email protected]


We want your presentation to be great, so we've put together a little list of things to consider that you might find helpful.

1: Choose an original and engaging topic that you're passionate about. Self-promotion is out and creative ideas are in. Our audiences respond well to passionate people speaking on concepts and ideas, rather than selling a product, experience or point of view.

2: You only have 20 images, so choose them wisely. Don't worry about a title slide; we take care of that for you with a PKN intro slide that includes your name and presentation title.

3: Place slide images in landscape orientation to maximize the use of the screen.

4: If you don't own images, reference them! If they're your own, even better.

5: Resize your images to 1024 x 768 px. Again, we can't stress enough that this is landscape orientation.

6: Please do not include text and multiple images on one slide.

7: Match your topic/speech to each image. You only have 20 seconds per image and the presentation automatically moves to the next image, so choose your words wisely!

8: Keep it casual and conversational - there is no lectern. 

9: Watch Travis Sheridan's presentation about how to give a good Pecha Kucha presentation.   

10: Keep in mind that Pecha Kucha presentations are all about ideas and those ideas allow the audience to learn, expand their perspectives, and leave the night with something new in their mind.

For additional help, check out some frequently asked questions courtesy of PKN Global or the Pecha Kucha Daily Blog.