PechaKucha Indy Volume 11: Food For Thought

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When and Where:
Friday, November 12, 2010 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
at The Athenaeum Theatre

401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Special Venue Instructions: Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Pecha Kucha
Picture Credit:
Craig McCormick

open call for submissions - -

$10 ($5 for students with valid I.D.)

Event Description:

Pecha Kucha, literally meaning "chit-chat" in Japanese, is a grassroots movement started by architects and designers to remedy long-winded lectures and frivolous presentations. The movement has spread to cities across the world, including Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Budapest, Hong Kong, London, Portland, Nagano, Toronto, and now Indianapolis.

In one corner, the presenters at Pecha Kucha have only six minutes and forty seconds to convey their idea, with twenty slides at twenty seconds each, whether they like it or not. In the other corner, a well-stocked bar. And in the middle: you. The two corners will compete for your attention; get a drink and you've missed what could be the most influential idea of your career. Pay attention and you'll miss your third or fourth drink. Conversation among the audience, especially during timid presentations, is encouraged. Business presentation, meet rock show. Bullet points, meet fight club.

BACKGROUND: In 2009, Pecha Kucha Indy teamed up with Spirit & Place to host Pecha Kucha Indy Volume 7: The Next Indianapolis. Selling out 540 seats in the Toby Theatre, we partnered with Central Indiana Community Foundation, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and others to award $14,000 in seed money to two  presenters for use towards a project that turns an Indianapolis location into a more inspiring place. To date, another PK presenter from this event has been committed $10,000 toward their project by an audience member.

In 2010, we will hold a call for entries for presentations on the topic of “Food for Thought” in much the same way that we did for “The Next Indianapolis” in 2009. We received over fifty submissions in 2009 and narrowed the field to 12 presenters. This promotes the idea of civic engagement by actively calling upon the community to present their ideas in a public forum where networking, access to an audience of community leaders, and possible seed money for their ideas is available.