Pecha Kucha has formulated design presentations. It its a format in which presenters are allowed a maximum of 20 slides which can be shown for 20 seconds each-instant 6 min, 40 sec presentations! It seems to appeal mostly to professionals who work in visual media like artists, architects and designers of all kinds. What a great idea! It's social, it's productive and it gives more people the chance to show and discuss their work instead of just a few. Apparently it's taken off around the world too, in 171 cities to be exact (from http://www.pecha-kucha.org/ accessed 2/19/09). In the U.S., Boston and San Francisco seem to have some pretty active "nights".
Pecha Kucha Night is the brainchild of Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, architects themselves, and dates back to 2003. The word is Japanese for the sound of conversation (from http://www.pecha-kucha.org/what accessed 2/19/09). Sometimes I wish the English language had great descriptive words like that!