PechaKucha Geelong


What is PechaKucha?

PechaKucha is a simple 20 x 20 presentation format where multiple guest speakers present 20 slides/images for 20 seconds each on a particular topic. It’s fast-paced and fun. The slides advance automatically—so presenters have to keep up! The entire presentation is 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

Who invented this format?

The presentation format was devised by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Tokyo.The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in February 2003 and can now be found in more than 1000 cities worldwide. For more information, visit

How did Geelong get involved?

As part of our City of Design designation and having seen PechaKucha nights in action in other cities, we loved the concept and wanted a creative way to share clever, design related stories with our local community. We obtained the license in late 2018 and hosted our first PechaKucha event in March 2019 – it was a great night!

What makes a good PechaKucha?

Good PechaKucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected – unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some PechaKuchas tell great stories about a project or passion. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different, and they turn each PechaKucha Night into “a box of chocolates.” PechaKucha is not a sales pitch, the emphasis is on storytelling.

I’d like to be a speaker, how can I get involved?

If you would like to be a speaker at an upcoming event, we recommend you read our PechaKucha Speaker Guidelines which includes a checklist for PechaKucha success. This will ensure you have a good understanding of how a PechaKucha night works and assist with planning your presentation.

Keep an eye on our social pages @geelongdesigncity (Insta) and @Eco Dev Geelong (Facebook) for when we announce applications are open. We also put the call out through our e-newsletter which you can subscribe to at the bottom of this page.

We plan to host at least 4 events in 2019:

March 2019 – complete, what a night!

June 2019 – applications open mid-April – Theme: “Design Journeys”

August 2019 – Small Business Festival edition, applications open in July

November 2019 – applications open early-mid October

The application process

Send an email to [email protected] with your answers to the following questions:

1. How is your story related to the topic of “Design Journeys?”

2. What do you want people to learn or take away from your presentation?

3. What makes you the person to tell this story?

Don’t forget to include your name, business/organisation (if applicable) and a contact phone number.

If your application is successful, your final presentation, in PowerPoint format will be required by 5pm Friday 21 June.

All applications will be assessed by our team and if you are successful, we’ll contact you. If you are not selected for a particular event, don’t despair! We need to ensure we have a good mix of speakers on the night and it may be the case that your topic will fit better with a future event. All speakers participate on a voluntary basis and our PechaKucha nights are free for people to attend.

If you have any questions regarding PechaKucha events in Geelong, please contact Nerilee Jones, Industry Development Officer, City of Greater Geelong –  [email protected]










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