What is Pecha Kucha Night?

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.


MEAET Powered by PKN

MEAET and PKN have been chatting, and they’re really digging each other.
For twice the fun this NextGen month, join us for the first-ever MEAET powered by PKN!

What does that look like? Food, then pitches in PKN format followed by voting for your favourite pitch.
As always, a portion of ticket sales go to the winning pitch! For this MEAET powered by PKN, we are presenting Edmonton’s female entrepreneurs from nonprofit, for-profit and social enterprises.

Get your ticket for MEAET powered by PKN

When: Wednesday, June 20 at 6 p.m.

Where: Kingsway Mall, 2nd level, former Sears

Who's presenting: 

  • Kinia Romanowska - Making Edmonton a better place for career-driven moms

  • KeeKee Elgersma - Growing Empowered

  • Vanessa Ojeda - Food Bike Tour

  • Bailey Shandro- Breaking Down Barriers: A quest for inclusive friendship

  • Jill Boychuk - Join the Groovement!

  • Jessica Cooper - Edmonton's free skill sharing

  • Jodi Goebel & Lesley Vaage- Sh*t I Wish I Knew

A big thank you to River City Events for their generous support!



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.


Soon after you hit submit, one of our volunteers will contact you to confirm that we've received your application and advise you on next steps. 

Still have a questions? Send us an email at pkn@edmontonnextgen.ca

10 steps to a great presentation

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.  


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