PechaKucha History
The PechaKucha format – 20 images x 20 seconds – was started in Tokyo, Japan in 2003. It began as an event for young designers to meet, network and show their work in public. It now takes place in more that 900 cities in the world. Visit PechaKucha Global to learn more.

How it works
A PechaKucha presenter has a timed show of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. That’s just 6 minutes and 40 seconds to explain your idea or tell your story. Anyone can present – PK Portland has seen Leander Johnson present when he was 13 (about events in 1966) and Stell Shevis present when she was 96 (about her enameling and her life). Here’s what you need to be a presenter.

What can you present?
The key is to present something you love. Most people use PechaKucha to present their latest creative work; some people share their passion, maybe their prized collection of umbrella covers, while others share photos of food sculptures, or a life changing trip. We encourage you to come to one of our events to get a feel for what it’s about before applying to present. PechaKucha is about presenting for content, not for profit.

What makes a good presentation?
Good PechaKucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected – unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Or they tell the story behind the images. They teach and they inspire. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different.

PechaKucha Portland
Mark Dytham, founder of PechaKucha Global, kicked off PechaKucha Portland as advisor and emcee in October 2007. Since then, we’ve put on 4 events each year for enthusiastic crowds and inspired additional Maine cities to the family – comprising PechaKucha Maine.

The PechaKucha Portland board is: Co-chairs Don Elliot and Erin Curren, along with Kymberly Dakin-Neal, Arthur Fink, Doug Green, Nick Hall, Alan Lishness, and David Swardlick.