PechaKucha's Nights 20x20 Social Networking Project Arrives in Puerto Vallarta

Paco Ojeda - PechaKucha
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August 20, 2017


If you are an artist, have a social impact project, or a hobby that fills you with satisfaction, chances are you have felt the need and desire to talk about your work with other people. Even for many of us, talking about what we are passionate about frequently is not only a desire, but also a necessity, if it is a source of income.

Unfortunately, despite the impact of social networks on our daily lives, we lack sufficient forums and spaces in which we can interact in a personal way with other individuals who may be interested in knowing our activities. That said, PechaKucha's Nights arrive in Puerto Vallarta, a new alternative to make your ideas and projects known to the people around you and to the whole world.

PechaKucha's Nights began in the early 2000s in Tokyo, where two British architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, began the habit of organizing meetings with their colleagues to present and share their most recent projects at a bar or place conducive to Casual coexistence. However, they soon realized that putting a microphone in the hands of an architect or creative person, when projecting a PowerPoint presentation on a screen, could have unfortunate consequences - not anyone has the gift to present an idea in an interesting way, Clear and concise.

To solve the problem and level the opportunity to share presentations in a more enjoyable and equitable way, they designed a very simple format: to share a project, it was necessary to present it using only 20 images, speaking 20 seconds for each one, resulting in a presentation of six Minutes, forty seconds. To the format they called it pechacucha, Japanese word that describes the sound of whispering - if they had been in Mexico, perhaps they would have named it güiri güiri!

More than a decade later, PechaKucha's Nights have become a social phenomenon present in over 1,000 cities around the world, in which anyone has the opportunity to present their project to a truly diverse audience, as long as they are willing to accept the challenge of doing it through 20 images, speaking 20 seconds per image. PechaKucha nights are typically held in bars or public places of living, are free or have a minimal cost, and have an average number of six to ten presenters, who have the opportunity to answer public questions after their presentation.

But the impact of PechaKucha Night goes far beyond a night of cultural exchange. Each PechaKucha - that is, each presentation - is videotaped to be added to the official website, pechakucha.org, where it can be enjoyed by anyone who visits the site, giving your project a global impact. The website allows you to search for presentations by topic, language or city. As it also allows you to "applaud" the presentations that you liked most with a click, you can look for the most applauded or favorite of the organizers.

In Vallarta, when and how?

The first PechaKucha Night in Puerto Vallarta (Puerto Vallarta Vol. 1) will be held on Saturday August 26 at 8:20 pm (20x20) in Incanto, a forum located in Insurgentes 109, Col. Emiliano Zapata, Next to the Cuale River.

If you are interested in attending, send an email to paco.ojeda@gmail.com as soon as possible, to receive more detailed information. You can also visit the official website of PechaKucha  to explore other presentations as a source of inspiration. If you are interested in attending, the event donation is 40 pesos per person. The official PechaKucha Puerto Vallarta website will be updated in the next few days with the names of local presenters.

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