PechaKucha Geelong

Speaker applications are now open for the next PechaKucha night to be held on Wednesday 27 November  2019.

What is PechaKucha? (pronounced ‘pet-cha-kut-cha’)

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.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday 27 November 2019

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Venue: To be confirmed

Topic: Make Create Innovate – stories from local creatives, entrepreneurs and innovators who are sharing, discovering and promoting clever design products, projects and initiatives in Geelong. 

Ideal for those working or interested in:

  • Technology, innovation and manufacturing
  • Culture and heritage
  • Social and community services
  • Architecture, landscape and built environment
  • Learning, knowledge and research
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Food and gastronomy
  • Art, craft, performance, visual communication and multimedia

How do I apply?

  1. Download our PechaKucha Guidelines
  2. Click HERE to submit your application
  3. Applications close on Friday 8 November 2019
  4. A maximum of 8 speakers will be selected to present on the night
  5. All speaker presentations must be submitted by Monday 25 November 2019. A template for presentations will be provided to successful applicants.
  6. Please also provide a profile photo and brief bio on yourself.

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!

When are PechaKucha nights held?

We plan to host at least four events a year. Keep an eye on our website and social pages @geelongdesigncity (Insta) and @Eco Dev Geelong (Facebook) for announcements. 

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 at a future event, how can I get involved?

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

Keep an eye on our website and social pages 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.

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]

PechaKucha Night – March 2019

PechaKucha Night – June 2019

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