Last week we attended the PechaKucha Toronto event at the new MakeWorks Coworking space on College at Dufferin. Serving as the DesignThinkers pre-party, seven presenters shared their creative projects, passions, thoughts, processes, research and inspiration in the simple PechaKucha format.

PechaKucha is a presentation format devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo, which consists of presenting 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and presenters must talk along to the images.

Presentation topics at this particular event ranged from Space Tourism with Maryam Nabavi of Idea Couture, to research projects on pigeons and how we interact with them from Carla Gould. Tech Educator Ashley Lewis kicked things off with her rundown of Wearable Technology + Fashion, and Dougie Kerr, one of the two sign artists behind Honest Ed’s, was a notable highlight.

The venue, MakeWorks, Toronto’s first combined shared workspace and makerhub, served as the perfect setting for this creative throwdown. The sizable event space was filled with creative minds watching intently as the presenters took on their challenge in storytelling and timing. This was not an event to be experienced passively, at one point in the program the organizers selected four volunteers from the audience to try their own hand at the unique presentation format. The added twist? The volunteers had to split the designated 20 slides among them, and weave a communal storyline across a presentation of images that they were seeing for the first time along with the audience.

As if you weren’t in creative overload already – there was also a live-drawing performance from the internationally acclaimed visual artist, Shantell Martin, who recently created a stunning large-scale installation at The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

If you’re looking for a creative event with lots of energy and a broad range of topics, we highly recommend checking out the monthly PechaKucha events, now in close to 700 cities around the world!