PKN 36, TAKE 2!

Virtual event tickets are available for purchase through at this link

It's finally happening! After being cancelled just weeks before PKN 36 due to you-know-what, NextGen is bringing PKN 36 - Take 2 straight to your screens *LIVE on June 11, 2021. The event will start at 7 pm and feature 6 of the original PKN 36 line up, in addition to 3 new presenters. PLUS the event will be hosted by two exciting performers from Rapid Fire Theatre, Edmonton’s premiere destination for improvised comedy. Tickets are only $15 per screen (plus fees and taxes), and as long as you have an internet connection you will be able to watch from anywhere you like. Join us for a fun evening while we learn from local Edmontonians on what connects us, with hilarious intermittent performances that just might be the best ab workout this year. Check out this years presenter line-up:

  • Sithara Fernando - Viral on the Other Side of the World
  • Angela Ostafichuk - The Happy Millennial Senior
  • Jacqueline Noga - Reimagining Water and 'Waste' Water
  • Neha Ahmed - Mainstreaming Anti-Muslim Racism
  • Marty Pawlina - Lessons From the End of The World
  • Rabia, Naseer - Exploring Wahkohtowin Board Game
  • Elizabeth Magnussen - Internet as a Public Good
  • Lisa "Alyx" Bui - Catching my breath at Mount Everest base camp
  • Kristopher Banner - Deadmonton is Dead 

Pecha Kucha Night is all about sharing ideas and challenging perspectives through presentations developed and prepared by local Edmontonians. While some content might be pretty local, we invite all Canadian's with an internet connection to join us for PKN 46 - Take 2! We think Edmonton is pretty awesome** and that everyone will enjoy hearing from our local presenters. Please note that PKN presentations are generally targeted to NextGeners in the 18+ age group due to mature content and language. 

Pecha Kucha Night 36 is delivered by Edmonton's NextGen with the generous support of our presenting sponsor, RBC.

Tickets are available for purchase online at 

 *We will endeavour to deliver as much live entertainment as possible, as a safe event abiding the COVID-19 restrictions, and therefore cannot guarantee all parts will be live. 

**recent hockey playoff records excluded.  


Pecha Kucha Nights (PKNs) happen three times a year and feature ten presentations on local ideas, projects and musings in the 20 slides at 20 seconds per slide format made popular worldwide by Klein Dytham Architecture.

Pecha Kucha Night is a welcoming, safe and inclusive place to share your ideas and stories. We encourage anyone of all ages, genders and backgrounds to submit a presentation.

Edmonton’s Pecha Kucha Nights (PKN) have reached audiences of engaged and creative young people on wide-ranging topics—from high rise towers dancing like J.Lo to why pineapples are the most interesting fruit to being part of the solution to youth homelessness—and everything in between.

From the Japanese phrase for “the sound of chit chat,” Pecha Kucha Nights are fun, informal gatherings where some of our city’s most engaged current and future leaders present inspirational ideas that have the power to transform our city. NextGen, a group of young, community-minded individuals supporting initiatives of interest to the “Next Generation,” is proud to be the first to host Pecha Kucha Nights in Western Canada.


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!

The yegpkn FAQ is chock-full of tips on everything from building your presentation to speaking on stage and more.


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.