Our favorite speeches from the first ten years of PechaKucha Orlando


If you thought normal presentations were nerve-wracking, try giving a talk while 20 slides auto-play behind you for 20 seconds each – no pausing and no exceptions. That’s exactly what a PechaKucha presentation entails. Artists, activists, elected officials, scientists and many more – all suddenly public figures sharing private insights in this ideas-based speaking series. The Orlando chapter is hosted and curated by storyteller Eddie Selover, who leads the speakers on a months-long journey to hone their own stories into concise, but incredible, presentations.

Originating in Tokyo in 2003, it's sparked events in over 1,200 cities worldwide. PechaKucha Orlando is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in Orlando this year. We're toasting their decade-long run by recognizing some of our favorite PechaKucha Orlando speeches from the first 10 years. They're not ranked here, but ordered as a mix of some of the stories that make this speaking series so special.

The next Orlando event kicks off the tenth year on Saturday, March 14, with a second in July, and the official 10-year show in October. Take a look and a listen. You'll learn new things and experience a wide range of emotions, all at 20 seconds per slide.

Gallery by Maya James and Samantha N. Olson








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