I was asked to help my friend, Ken Hawkins of TheDigitel, to help out at the fourth installment of Pecha Kucha Charleston, where he was presenting along with some other very talented locals. Ken was talking about citizen journalism, tapping into the community to report on local topics, and wanted to demonstrate how quickly this could happen by aggregating a Twitter stream and photos (where I came in) on a article page that he had up/running. Pretty cool stuff to show it happen organically and in near real-time.
Not sure what Pecha Kucha is all about? Here’s a little description:
Pecha Kucha, Japanese for the sound of conversation, is a mix of show-and-tell, open-mike night and happy hour that has become a forum for ideas on design, architecture and other forms of creativity. Devised in 2003 in Tokyo, Pecha Kucha Night has spread virally to over 135 cities around the world as an informal forum for creative people to meet, network and show their work in public.For more about Pecha Kucha you can visit the global website.
Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for just 20 seconds, giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.