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Pecha Kucha

PechaKucha is a simple and brief presentation format that has become popular with creative thinkers and designers. In a Pecha Kucha (pronounced pa-chok-a-cha), each participant projects 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images—sometimes text, sometimes photographs, sometimes graphs or tables, sometimes doodles—forward automatically as the participant talks about her/his topic.

Pecha Kuchas are ideal for a presenter who wants to share a latest project or work, talk about a developing passion, or try out a new idea with a group of interested people. Because a Pecha Kucha is concise, it tends to attract presenters who want to share a preliminary sketch of their work and thinking or presenters who want to summarize their work and thinking in ways that feel more suggestive than exhaustive. As a result, the Pecha Kucha format tends to be energetic, interactive, fast-moving, and inspiring for both presenters and spectators.

Keep in mind: the Pecha Kucha presentation centrally relies on technology, tends to be no longer than seven minutes, and opens itself to audience interaction after all presentations are complete (we will look to book four or five related Pecha Kucha’s in a single session).


TED talks are an innovative format that invites participants to share "ideas worth spreading." Typically, a TED talk is no more than eighteen minutes (in this way, it tends to run the length of an average conference presentation), but speakers are encouraged to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. We've renamed this format an ED talk—because our focus at the summit will be higher education and its role in securing opportunity for women and girls. An ED talk is ideal for a team of presenters that need more time to share their thinking or work than a Pecha Kucha might allow.

But, like a Pecha Kucha, a ED talk is designed to be provocative, challenging, or inspiring to its audience. It is a format that invites presenters to share new ways of seeing and doing—hence, its applicability to a summit like ours—at the same time it seeks a wider audience for these ideas and practices. In short, ED talks are best when they go viral.

Keep in mind: ED presenters often incorporate technology and new media; tend to focus on compelling research, the "next big idea," or forward-thinking initiatives; and resist the tendency to read at the audience. ED talks should incorporate diverse voices, students, higher education faculty and staff, and our community partners.

Case Study

A 45-minute session based on a case study offers participants the opportunity to examine in-depth a specific issue, event, situation, program, or other real life context. Presenters will offer a 10-minute thick description of one or more related cases, setting the context, identifying significant problems, offering relevant datasets, recognizing key players, and laying out the variables that can affect various outcomes. Participants will then be engaged in interactive group conversations and problem-solving resulting in new solutions and key strategies for improvement.

Idea-ART (like a poster session without the talk)

Summit participants are encouraged to present new ideas, research projects, community-based models, non-profit solutions, artwork, video, and other idea formats at our Network Gallery in the form of a poster, tri-fold, or other medium. Idea-Art should speak for itself to our audience through visually attractive components and clear language as it will be displayed for the entire day of the summit in the gallery at the Otterbein Library. Idea-ART presenters are encouraged to install interactive moments into their presentation (e.g., quizzes, drop down answer boxes, mapping, audience posting, etc.). Take-aways, hand-outs, and factsheets are encouraged.

Do-Something Workshop

Workshops should provide participants with training, professional development, team-building, strategic planning opportunities, and most importantly the chance to "do-something" together. Sessions will be highly interactive 45-minute blocks with plenty of time for activities, discussion, games, sims, problem-solving, and group conversation. Workshops should include a team of facilitators who represent a variety of voices and perspectives, either from different campuses, organizations, or departments on a campus.

Un-Conference Session

Surprise us. Check this format if you have an idea for a session that does not fit into any of our other categories. Design it and explain it in your description.

Please note: Summit organizers retain the right to edit abstract content for the purpose of dissemination and accept or reject session proposals based on relevance, appropriateness, quality, and time constraints. All submissions will be reviewed and prospective participants will be informed of their acceptance and any necessary changes to proposed formats or time limitations.