PechaKucha Presentations and Panels

What are PechaKucha Presentations?

PechaKucha(IPA: [petɕa kɯ̥tɕa], which translates as “the sound of conversation” or “chit-chat” in Japanese) is a modality of fast-track oral presentation that challenges presenters to lay out information in a succinct and highly visual manner— it encourages the use of images instead of plain text. Born in the Roppongi district, PechaKucha  presentations were devised so as to allow young designers to showcase their work and gather feedback in a way that was more time-efficient than traditional oral presentations. PechaKucha presentations are an excellent option for young scholars interested in getting polyphonic feedback on their research, since this modality will allow for extended discussion time and engaging interaction between presenters and audience members.

How does it work?

Pecha Kucha presentations are six minutes in length, and consist of twenty slides, to be presented in twenty seconds each. Each PechaKucha presenter will have to design a unique visual presentation (on CANVA, PowerPoint or other platforms), with twenty slides, and present each one of them in twenty seconds. Presenters with connection issues will be given the chance to present asynchronously. Regardless of their presentation modality (synchronic or asynchronous), presenters will be required to attend their panel for their peers presentations and discussion.

How will the discussion take place?

As a way of acknowledging the manifold possibilities of virtual interaction brought about by the use of online platforms, PechaKucha panels taking place online will feature discussions in breakout rooms. After breakout discussion sessions, audience members and presenters will be brought back for plenary discussion.

In on-site PechaKucha panels, each presentation will be followed by a short round of questions and comments. 


How will PechaKucha panels be structured?

Due to the succinct nature of PechaKucha presentations, PechaKucha panels will feature up to seven panel members. Panel moderators will be in charge of playing asynchronous presentations and guiding the discussion that will follow the presentations. Guidelines for PechaKucha panel moderators will be made available promptly.

Additional resources on PechaKucha Presentations:

Pecha Kucha official webpage, featuring plenty of PechaKucha presentations on diverse topics.

“What is a PechaKucha Presentation?” at Present Better

“How to plan, present, & survive a Pecha Kucha style presentation” at Brian O’Byrne’s webpage

“Your Ultimate Guide to Giving PechaKucha Presentations”