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Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha means, “chit-chat” in Japanese. Also known as “20 x 20 talks.” What is it exactly? It’s you + Powerpoint but with a twist.

For authentic Japanese pronunciation, click on the audio links here.

You must have 20 slides, each one set to show for 20 seconds on a timed presentation. That’s 6 minutes and 40 seconds (6:40) for you to explain your topic. You’re not allowed to touch the mouse during your presentation. This format keeps presentations concise and fast-paced. There are no exceptions to the timing. You must fit your talk to each slide which means you have to practice, practice, practice. Remember, you’ll be talking for six minutes and 40 seconds straight through.


  1. Pick a topic (criteria will be given to you in class).
  2. The best presentations use large images with little or no text. This is opposite to how most people use Powerpoint! The Pecha Kucha format forces speakers to really know their topic. For this reason, your Pecha Kucha is the equivalent to a term essay, carries the same weight in marks, and requires similar amount of preparation to do well.
  3. Choose 20 relevant images (one per slide) using your own photos or large images found online.
  4. You may present your Pecha Kucha in one of two ways – “live” in front of the class (with the lights off for the projector) or by using SlideShare to make a slidecast (a video of your Powerpoint with your voice narrating). The marking criteria is slightly different for each.
  5. Each Pecha Kucha will be followed by a Q&A session about your topic with the teacher.

Want to know more? The slidecast below is presented in the Pecha Kucha format and gives a little more info about the whole thing.

About Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha started in Tokyo in 2003 to keep presenters from running long. The format has spread across the world and cities everywhere host Pecha Kucha events, inspiring people to present their interests and creative projects. If you’re curious, head over to their website for more info.