Congratulations to our friends and partners at PechaKucha, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary today! As the development team who launched their new site, we're very proud to be part of this global movement.

The founders of PechaKucha—Japanese for “chitchat”—revolutionized the PowerPoint presentation a decade ago, creating a new format in which speakers are limited to 20 slides or images that auto-advance every 20 seconds. Though it started as an informal gathering of architects in Tokyo, the concept quickly expanded: Now 600 cities around the world host their own “PechaKucha Nights” featuring talks from designers, engineers, artists, photographers, chefs, writers, and more.

To coincide with this milestone, we worked with PechaKucha’s teams in Tokyo and Amsterdam and Chicago’s Firebelly Design to revamp the organization’s website and administrative backend. The new site has a cleaner, more accessible look and feel, and innovative features let PechaKucha’s global community interact in a whole new way. Among other improvements, fans can browse, watch, and vote on presentations from around the world, as well as access the site on their mobile devices. Additionally, sponsor “channels” let PechaKucha partners upload their own content (this is where we’ll be posting all our Table Talks presentations from here on out). For more details about how we helped PechaKucha use the web to share ideas and connect its worldwide community, check out our case study.

Tune into the PechaKucha Ustream for 10 Years + 600 Cities, where they conducted a live-broadcast of the official Tokyo celebration and featuring images from international PechaKucha Nights, including a photo from Table XI. And if you’re in Chicago, mark March 5 on your calendar: Our own Mike Laurence will be presenting at the official PechaKucha Night Chicago.

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