Building Community That Matters: PechaKucha Storytelling Workshop

Thursday, April 7, 2:45-3:45pm

PechaKucha is a dynamic presentation format designed to engage and inspire. Presenters have 20 slides that are shown for 20 seconds each, giving them just under seven minutes to share their experiences. CUDO has been organizing PechaKucha Nights in Champaign-Urbana since 2009, providing the chance for presenters to share passions, ideas, and stories with the community.

In this workshop we’ll look back on the history of CUDO, how hosting PechaKucha Night has strengthened the local creative community, and a framework for creating your own PechaKucha presentation.

We are also thrilled to announce that CUDO and Web Con 2022 will be selecting presentations created by Web Con attendees to be featured at the Friday afternoon session: “Reflections of Web Con - Attendee PechaKucha Showcase."

We highly recommend thinking about your PechaKucha presentation ahead of the conference, if you are interested in participating as a presenter in the Friday afternoon showcase.


  1. Your presentation MUST consist of 20 individual slides that have been saved as
    JPEGs at a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
  • Please do not use slide animations or transitions used during the show.
  • Use high resolution images as much as possible.
  1. BEFORE you begin creating your presentation, set your presentation dimensions correctly for your software.
  • In PowerPoint your slides should be set to 4:3 ratio by default.
  • In Keynote be sure to start with a 1024 x 768 pixel slide size (not the default of 800 x 600).
  1. When you are finished making your presentation, save your file name as your last name, an underscore, pkncu (Ex. Smith_pkncu). Doing this will make exporting your slides as JPEG files easier because all 20 of your JPEG files will be automatically named and numbered correctly.
  1. Now you will save a version of the presentation as JPEG files. (This is the most crucial step.)
  • In PowerPoint choose File > Save As > Choose JPEG > Set the Size Dimension Options to 1024 x 768. Each version of PowerPoint is a little different on this step, so let us know if you need help with this part.
  • In Keynote choose Export > Images > Next. Each version of Keynote is a little different on this step, so let us know if you need help with this part.
  1. After you have saved your images, PowerPoint or Keynote will have made 20 slides and named them with numbers. Please ensure that the slides have been named and numbered properly. The file names should look like this: Example: 01_Smith_pkncu.jpg
  1. Please place your 20 numbered and named JPEG images in this Box folder by 1 p.m., Friday, April 8.

Feel free to contact Tim Kuehlhorn or Justin Klett if you have any questions or concerns about submitting your slides. We want to help you make the best presentation possible!


  • CUDO

    Champaign-Urbana Design Organization