Pecha Kucha. If you think it sounds foreign, you’d be right. Pecha Kucha is Japanese for the sound of conversation. It’s a night where ideas are exchanged and conversations are had to spur on creativity. Each presenter is given 6 minutes and 40 seconds. That’s enough time for 20 slides at 20 seconds each. Pecha Kucha nights are held in cities all around the world. In Charleston, the event is sponsored by Charleston Creative Parliament and the venue for each event changes.
The most recent Pecha Kucha night was held on March 14 at Ashley Hall School. The location chosen for this night was unique because Ashley Hall is an all-girl’s school and the speaker’s panel for the night was all women. These women work in a variety of jobs and industries in the city and they were gracious enough to share their stories and experiences with the creative community of Charleston. Fantastic food was provided by 2 local food trucks, The Magic Cheese Truck and Diggity Donuts. And you know you’re at a good downtown event when there are lots of bikes parked outside because biking is the easiest way to get around Charleston (and avoiding parking costs!).
Now where does the Department of Computer Science at the College of Charleston come into play? Great question. At each Pecha Kucha event in Charleston, students, staff, and faculty of the department volunteer their time to make sure the event is a success by aiding with the computer setup and running the presentations. It’s a great opportunity for students to gain experience and network with creative individuals in the community. If you’re a Computer Science student at the College of Charleston and you want to get more involved in Pecha Kucha or other events throughout the community, be sure to talk to Dr. Starr for more info.
Check out the pictures below from the event. It was a great success, as usual. And of course, make sure you get your tickets for the next event when they go on sale (but be quick, they sell out fast!!).