Global PechaKucha day for Haiti

February 9, 2010

PechaKucha and Architecture for Humanity to hold a global ‘wave’ of presentations to help rebuild Haiti.

The PechaKucha network, in collaboration with Architecture for Humanity, is planning a global ‘wave’ of PechaKucha presentations around the world on 20 February 2010 in a fundraising effort to help Haiti, following the earthquake on 12 January.

The presentation will begin simultaneously in Tokyo – where PechaKucha was first conceived – and New Zealand, before the wave moves west around the world, ending in San Francisco, where Architecture for Humanity is headquartered. Presentations will be shown on ustream, and all money raised will go to Architecture for Humanity, to fund the rebuilding work the non-profit organisation is organising.

The aim is to bring together 200,000 people for 2,000 presentations, raising US$1 million for rebuilding Haiti. Each presentation will be shown online, with donation buttons enabling people to leave a donation with their name and message.

Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, founders of PechaKucha, announced the event in a joint presentation with Cameron Sinclair, founder of Architecture for Humanity.

Presentations will come from experts and people with ideas and experience relevant to the issues in Haiti. The ultimate goal is to raise public awareness about what needs to be done in the event of a disaster.

Currently more than 80 cities will be running events and linking in with the wave, while 50 other cities will be holding other events in February. Organisers are also looking for presenters. ["Visit the website for more information":].

["PechaKucha":] began in 2003 as a networking event where young designers could show their work in public, showing 20 images, each for 20 seconds. ["Architecture for Humanity":], founded in 1999, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to building a sustainable future through professional design.

*Sydney PechaKucha night*, 20 February 2010, 7.30pm-10.30pm.
MCA, 140 George Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
["Event information":]
Tickets available through ["moshtix":].

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