Edmonton’s Pecha Kucha Nights 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.
PRESENTING AT PKN
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.