Pecha Kucha. The idea is simple. It’s a short, concise presentation and the aim is to share your thoughts, ideas or work with an audience. It will however, come in a strict format. Twenty images and twenty seconds per image. The images advance automatically, so it’s auto-forward and no way back!
Launched for the first time in Tokyo in 2003 as a network event for young designers to demonstrate their projects in public, it is now a global concept with active gatherings in over 900 cities, including Geneva! Pecha Kucha nights are popular. Not only because the events are informal and are a great way to meet new people, it’s strength also lies in the fact that it provides a public space for people who want to pitch their ideas and projects. The latest Geneva edition on November the 30th was hosted by the Impact Hub Geneva. With ten speakers, partly French, partly English, it promised to be a divers and interesting event!
The opening was kicked-off by Nicholas Davis, Head of Society & Innovation, and Member of the Executive Committee at World Economic Forum. Nicholas shared his insights on how to keep the future human-centred in a technology driven future and made the audience think about our future world.
The audience also got the opportunity to “meet” Dragon, a HERO rat, who can detect landmines and tuberculosis thanks to his amazing sense of smell. Anne Bouchier gave the audience a beautiful presentation about the work that Apopo Foundation is doing outside of Europe to help save peoples lives!
A special surprise was the speech of Dan Stein, co-founder of Cuisine Lab, a community of locals and newcomers, which uses the love of food and cooking as a catalyst for intercultural exchange and integration. Dan ended his presentation with a song, made the audience stand and sing together and provided some super tasty traditional finger food snacks for everybody who was curious to know about the Cuisine Lab food!
After the food break, it was time for a second round! Bérénice Kafui took us on a journey into the world of flowers. Gib Bulloch made us think about the power of intrapreneurship by sharing his personal experiences. Imagine if we as individuals, had the power to change the world of business? What can we do about our own influence and our power to change business from within?
The audience was laughing with Florian Parini who pitched his project Pousse-pouce, a Geneva based association that wants to promote car lifting and alternative traveling. Interesting were Chantel and Max who presented their travel agency that offers travel experiences from another perspective: filling your life with experiences instead of things. With them you will have the opportunity to see the best of Geneva and Switzerland in a personal and original way!
If you want to support more local initiatives, you should follow Marcel from Pique-niques urbains. You can host a picnic literally just about everywhere ;)! Just ask Marcel for ideas! The final pitch was given by Krista Kaufmann, who shared a beautiful story with the audience about the history of the Impact Hub Geneva.
This evening showed us the diversity and the creativity of people living in Geneva who where willing to pitch their ideas and share them with others. With so many inspiring pitches and a full house we can only support future events!
For those who didn’t have the chance to be there, you can find all the presentations online. Want to know more about their upcoming events? Follow Pecha Kucha Geneva on Facebook or visit their website.
Photo credits Allan Easton