What is Pecha Kucha?
Pecha Kucha is a presentation format. It’s increasingly common at conferences and for #altc2011 a variation is being used for poster presentations.
Pecha Kucha presentations are 6-minutes 40-seconds. The speaker must use 20 slides that auto-advance every 20-seconds & you are not allowed to run-over! Strictly speaking each slide should only contain an image. The format was developed in Tokyo (hence the Japanese name) by two foreign architects: Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein. Pecha-Kucha roughly translates to chit-chat.
It’s a great format as it really makes you focus on what you need to say and keeps it short for the audience . It has been used to effectively at the LSE for students’ seminar presentations on a Geography course, with positive feedback from staff and students.
Pecha Kucha at ALT-C 2011
This year the traditional poster exhibition has been replaced by ePosters with accompanying short presentations spread over 6 sessions. The presenters will be delivering Pecha Kucha style, but with different timings: a maximum of 9 slides for 45-seconds each & without the image-only restriction. I’m really looking forward to these sessions and will be attending at least 3 (as I’m chairing them!).
How do you pronounce Pecha Kucha?
I’m not usually pedantic but as an ex-Tokyoite English teacher I have a duty to answer! There are two basic options: traditional japanese (ie the correct way) or incorrectly (with limitless variations it seems).
- In Japanese it is pronounced pe-cha-ku-cha (ie as written) with equal stress on each of the 4 syllables
- The most common mis-pronunciations are pe-chak-cha or pe-chach-ka usually with emphasis on second syllable.
How many ways can you pronounce Pecha Kucha?
I’ve only tried it once, it’s hard. This is a recording of my live PK on Cloudworks in 2009.
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