I’ve been to many conferences and events and I’ve seen a wide-range of presentation styles and formats, but the one that I’ve found to be most engaging is the PechaKucha. The PechaKucha 20X20 style is a Japanese presentation style in which each speaker prepares a PowerPoint presentation consisting of 20 images (or slides), each of which is shown for 20 seconds. The slides advance automatically and so the speaker must talk to each slide as it changes. They are highly visual and very fast-paced presentations – each lasting only 6 minutes and 40 seconds total!
This year I’ve volunteered to organize two such panels and while I’ve attended many of these events I really had no idea what was involved in planning one until now. I’ve found that they take quite a bit of forethought and planning, so I thought I’d share my research and experience with organizing twoof these panel events.
PechaKucha Panel Planning
Choose a Theme: You’ll want to choose a theme which will tie all of your presenters’ talks together. The theme that I chose was Law Librarianship in the Digital Age and I filled the panel with speakers who contributed a chapter to that book. Each will be speaking on their respective topics that they wrote about.
Recruit Speakers: A PechaKucha panel or event can have any number of presenters. The two that I’ve been organizing contain 8 and 10. You’ll want to make it clear to prospective participants that preparing a PechaKucha presentation can be quite time consuming, and let them know the “rules” or guidelines involved ahead of time.
Find a Moderator: In order to keep a PechaKucha on track, you’ll want to have someone moderate who isn’t speaking. They can load up all the presentations, introduce the panel at the beginning of the session and explain the Pecha Kucha style to the audience, and introduce the speakers..