pecha kucha


Now here’s a brilliant method to cut down on academic presentations that invariably seem to exceed given time limits (no matter what the allotted time) – the Pecha Kucha method: 20 slides x 20 seconds each (you set your ppt slides to progress automatically)!  The purpose of the method is to make presentations concise and interesting.

I’m not so sure that the short 15 minutes that are generally allotted for presentation at academic conferences really improves the presentations above what could be accomplished using this method; and, if the presentation is bad, it’ll be over in a short 6 minutes 40 seconds. Of course, it depends.

For more: Here’s the official Pecha Kucha site – apparently its become a First Tuesday-type phenomenon for designers/architects, seems that this could readily be extended into other settings (the wiki entry says that it already has). Here’s some advice on how to use the Pecha Kucha method effectively.

Written by teppo

October 10, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Posted in academia, teppo

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  1. A fun product of the distortion of information via wiki: In the Wikipedia entry it says BBC newscaster Jon Snow has presented at the event. That’s almost certainly meant to be Tokyo blogger Jean Snow (, whom I know has presented there at least once.



    October 10, 2007 at 6:10 pm

  2. I should like to give a short talk about how to draw famous Peruvian ruins using a well known children’s toy. It will be called, “Etch-a-Sketch a Machu Picchu Pecha Kucha.”



    October 10, 2007 at 6:48 pm

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