The Innovation Fair is six weeks away! If you haven’t started building your prototype you need to start as soon as possible. In the meantime, this post will introduce a major piece of the Innovation Fair project.
You will need to create a PechaKucha Presentation for your project.
“A whatcha whocha presentation!” you say.
“A PechaKucha Presentation,” I reply.
A PechaKucha Presentation (pecha kucha means “chit-chat” in Japanese. Click here to hear the proper pronunciation.) is a special type of slide presentation where you will create a slideshow of 15 slides for individuals and 24 slides for groups, that will each be up for 20 seconds. Your slides will be pictures with no words…oh, okay, maybe a few words if you absolutely need them, but most of the information will come from your oral presentation. No words on your slides means that you will talk, and we will listen while looking at your pretty pictures without being distracted by having to read a bunch of stuff. Your whole presentation will be 5 minutes for individuals (15 slides X 20 seconds = 300 seconds = 5 minutes) and 8 minutes for groups (24 slides X 20 seconds = 480 seconds = 8 minutes = 2 minutes each).
How do you create one?
Develop your story
Successful PechaKucha Presentations tell a story. The story you will be telling is the story of your innovation. You and/or your group and your projects are the stars of this presentation. Choosing a theme for the presentation will help you draw your audience into your story. Possible themes include:
You are trying to sell your innovation on a Home Shopping Network type show or infomercial.
Your innovation is going to save the world and you will explain how.
You are trying to teach your viewers how to recreate your innovation.
You could present the timeline of your project in the style of a 1940s-style newsreel.
…among other ideas.
Whether you choose to use a theme or not your story will need to inform your audience about your project. Think of the IDEO video. Here are some questions that you may want to answer in your story:
What problem does your innovation solve?
Why is your innovation important?
Were your client’s needs met?
What did your assembly process look like?
What were some challenges you faced in your innovation process?
How did you learn from your failures? What did you learn from the project in general?
Who will benefit from your innovation?
If you were to continue prototyping, what would you change with your next prototype?
What was the funniest thing that happened during the project?
What would you do differently next time?
Gather your images
Once you have decided on your story you need to select your images. The majority of the images in your PechaKucha presentations, preferably all, need to be ones you’ve created. Most of them will be pictures you have taken, but they can also include drawings, or any other digital images you’ve made. The images should help you tell your story. They need to provide your viewer with visual information that supports what you are saying in the presentation.
Organize your PechaKucha on presentation software
You can use a variety of applications to organize and present your slideshow. These include Smart Notebook, PowerPoint, Google Docs Presentation, Keynote, Prezi, Empressr, and many, many more. Get your images up on that software and make sure the timer is set to show each slide for 20 seconds when in slideshow mode.
Practice, practice, practice!
Practice your presentation. Now, do it again. And again. A couple more times. Almost there. At least one more time. Great! You are ready to present.
Finally, here is a link to a bunch of PechaKucha presentations at pecha-kucha.org. Here’s is one student’s presentation from two years ago. Take a look at a few to get the feel for this presentation style.
Presentation will be due on Monday, March 4th. We will randomly determine the order of the presentations and will start on that Monday.