In this alberta@noon column on CBC Radio One with host Donna McElligott I talk about the best places to share ideas and to get inspired. We touch on SXSWi (South by Southwest Interactive) in Austin, TX; TED (including the live conference in Long Beach, TED videos and the TED Prize); TEDx, including TEDxEdmonton, TEDxCalgary and TEDxYYC; PechaKucha Night (Edmonton and Calgary); Innovation Exchange; DemoCamp (Edmonton and Calgary), Pixels and Pints; CivicCamp; Edmonton’s OpenDataCamp and TransitCamp; as well as Sustainability for Breakfast and Social Media Breakfast (Edmonton and Calgary).
20 images, 20 seconds, 200 cities, 2,000 presentations, 200,000 people.
In a matter of seconds, thousands of lives and dreams were destroyed in Haiti. Now, the global PechaKucha network is joining with Architecture for Humanity to help rebuild Haiti, 20 seconds at a time.
On February 20th, 2010, the 280 cities that host PechaKucha events worldwide will converge to present one continuous edition of PechaKucha Night. Kicking off in Tokyo, the presentation wave will travel eastward, with cities presenting one after the other. Crossing all times zones and cultures, the event will be streamed live online.
Please save the date for Calgary’s contribution to this historic global event, which will be centered on the theme of rebuilding. Speakers include Calgary architects, planners, individuals and organizations at the forefront of disaster relief and rebuilding efforts around the world.
Saturday, February 20 at 7:00pm
Conoco Phillips Theatre, Glenbow Museum, 130 9th Ave. SE
Tickets available for a suggested donation of $20 at the door or in advance. All proceeds will go to Architecture for Humanity for rebuilding Haiti.
Additional donations may be made at ArchitectureForHumanity.org.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit CalgaryCulture.com/PKNForHaiti.
About PechaKucha Nights:
Devised and shared by Klein Dytham Architecture in 2003 as a place for designers, developers and architects to meet, network and show their work in public, PechaKucha Nights are now taking place in 280 cities around the world. The format is simple: speakers present 20 slides each, for 20 seconds per slide. Calgary Arts Development has an agreement to host PechaKucha Nights in Calgary and will be hosting several PechaKucha Nights over the course of the year.
Do you know what PechaKucha Night is? If you do, I know you’ll be at the second Calgary PechaKucha tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm at the Uptown. If you don’t, trust me, you have to come and check it out. You won’t regret it.
You won’t regret it because of the format. Each presenter is given 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. Meaning they have 6 minutes and 40 seconds to tell you everything you could ever want to know about their topic. (Or at least enough to whet your appetite.) Generally this is enough time to only give you the really cool highlights of their project. No fluff. And beside, if it’s not a topic you happen to be interested in, just wait a couple minutes – there will be something more suiting to you along shortly!
The first Calgary PechaKucha Night was held on September 14 at The Grand Theatre. There wasn’t really a “theme” per se, but all the speakers were talking about great public spaces and how they were designed. Many of the speakers were from Calgary and a few were brought in from out of town. The list included:
- Tim Jones, CEO, Artscape
- Andrew Mosker, Executive Director, Cantos
- Bill Chomik, Principal Architect, Kasian
- Scott McTavish, Executive Director, Pumphouse Theatre
- Joe Lobko, DTAH, Lead Architect, Don Valley Brick Works Project Toronto
- David Scott, Associate, Peter Cardew Architects
- Billie Bridgman, President, Bridgman Associates
- Paul Dornian, Director, The Conservatory, Mount Royal College
- Jane Pendergast, Pendergast Collaborative Architecture
- Jeremy Sturgess, Principal, Sturgess Architecture
- Erik Olson, Artist and Spacemaker
- Mark Lawes, Executive Artistic Director, Theatre Junction Grand
Tomorrow night’s theme is “How We Live Together”. The speakers are architects, planners, artists and other great minds talking about exploring how cities become truly livable places and how the decisions we make today affect the future of our environmental, social and economic landscape. The speaker list includes:
- Eric Moschopedis, Interdisciplinary Artist
- Gian-Carlo Carra, Senior Urban Designer, T6
- John Frosst, Arbour Lake Sghool
- Tom Keenan Associate Dean Academic and Professor, EVDS, UofC
- David Plouffe, Acting Executive Assistant for the Director of Land Use Planning and Policy
- Xstine Cook, Artistic Director, Calgary Animated Objects Society
- Naheed Nenshi, Associate Professor, Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University
- Lothar Wiwjorra, Senior Urban Designer City of Calgary
- Susan Veres, Communications Director, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
- Jerrod Bitango, Pastor, Central United Church
- Quinton Rafuse, Partner, CoworkYYC
- Bernie Amell, Landscape Architect, Prairie Sky Co-Housing
While we’ve already started talking about what the theme for the next PechaKucha Night should be (I’m honoured to have been asked to sit on the Advisory Committee) – and it sounds pretty cool so far – I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. So, go get your tickets for this Thursday’s even now. They are just $10 and can be purchased here. And I’ll make you a deal, if you absolutely hate the event you can buy you a beer afterward and make as many suggestions as you like on how we can improve it. Sound good?
Hope to see you there!