Pecha Kucha


  • Choose a topic of an interest to you
  • 20 slides x 20 seconds each
  • Images only on each page
  • Use of note-cards only (most from memory)

Pecha Kucha is a form of presentation that only allows 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide (so only 6 minutes and 40 seconds total) to communicate an idea. The format is used to help presenters get to the point. Slides are composed of mostly pictures with some/minimal text. Presenters record their narration throughout the presentation and submit a finished/completed video. You should do your best in the time you have to create neat, well-organized work.

Setting the Timing for Your Slides


  • Select all so that all of your slides are chosen
  • Go to the upper left of your Keynote screen and click on “Animate”
  • Under “Start Transition” select “Automatically”
  • For delay enter 20.00 as this is measured in seconds
  • Hit “Play” and test it out


  • Select all slides in your presentation
  • Click on the “Transitions” tab along the top of your screen
  • On the right side click on the box that says “After” and enter 20.00 as this is measured in seconds
  • Click on “Apply to All”
  • Go up to “Slide Show” and click on “Play from Start”
  • Practice!

Citing Pictures from Websites:

An Image (Including a Painting, Sculpture, or Photograph)

(from Purdue OWL online MLA research assistance)

Provide the artist’s name, the work of art italicized, the date of creation, the institution and city where the work is housed. Follow this initial entry with the name of the Website in italics, and the date of access.

Goya, Francisco. The Family of Charles IV. 1800. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Museo Nacional del Prado, Accessed 22 May 2006.

Klee, Paul. Twittering Machine. 1922. Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Artchive, Accessed May 2006.

If the work is cited on the web only, then provide the name of the artist, the title of the work, and then follow the citation format for a website. If the work is posted via a username, use that username for the author.

Adams, Clifton R. “People Relax Beside a Swimming Pool at a Country Estate Near Phoenix, Arizona, 1928.” Found, National Geographic Creative, 2 June 2016,



Here are some useful tutorials to help you get started:

Youtube video on preparing a Pecha Kucha:

How to set up Powerpoint for Pecha Kucha presentation:

How to record narration for Powerpoint slides:

How to convert your Powerpoint presentation to video:

Tips on creating a successful Pecha Kucha:

Tips on creating better presentation slides:

Frequently asked questions

  1. The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February, 2003. Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organize PechaKucha Night Tokyo.
  2. Because architects talk too much! Give a microphone and some images to an architect — or most creative people for that matter — and they’ll go on forever! Give PowerPoint to anyone else and they have the same problem.

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