Vol. 19 – Motivation

Join us for our next PechaKucha Night PDX, in conjunction with Design Week Portland, on Wednesday, April 20th, as we take over Holocene for a full evening of PK!

The theme for this PechaKucha Night is Motivation, in all its diverse forms. Our group of speakers--professionals in a wide variety of fields--will explore what motivates them, whether it's to start, push through, win, or even suspend an endeavor. Although vastly different, what motivates an Olympic coach, a scientist, or a graphic designer to do their toughest work? What is the common thread behind drive?

Come celebrate and support these PechaKucha speakers while enjoying handcrafted cocktails, wine, and beer, along with a bonus live set from DJ Aquaman (aka Eric Hedford). Speakers include:

• Kevin Carroll, Author, Speaker & Change Agent, Catalyst Consulting
• Dwayne Edwards, Founder, Pensole
• Piers Fawkes, Founder, PSFK
• Andee Hess, Principal & Owner, Osmose Design
• Jeffrey Iliff, PhD, Neuroscientist & Assistant Professor, OHSU
• Tom LaForge, Founder, Macroforces
• Cody Mattern, Fencing Master, Northwest Fencing Center
• Michael Morrow, Owner, Nutcase Helmets
• Dave Otte, Principal, Holst Architecture
• Donna Schuurman, Executive Director, Dougy Foundation
• Thom Walters, Author, Below the Waterline

We promise an evening immersed in motivation inspiration!


Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7.30pm

$5 In Advance (+ Service Fee)
$10 Door (Limited)

All proceeds directly support PechaKucha Night PDX and PechaKucha Night worldwide – a nonprofit organization.


PechaKucha Night (also called PKN) is a global event series that is dedicated to PechaKucha-style presentations on various topics. Conceived in Tokyo in 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture as a way to bring the local design community together, there are now over 700 PechaKucha Nights around the globe. 

Roughly translated to mean "the sound of conversation” in Japanese, a PechaKucha is a presentation where speakers are allotted 20 slides to share their thoughts and ideas on a selected topic. Slides are 20 seconds each, changing whether the presenter is ready or not, for a total presentation time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. The specificity of a PechaKucha keeps presenters and audience members focused, and gives more people the opportunity to participate.

  • Wednesday, April 20

    6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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PechaKucha Night PDX

PechaKucha Night is a global event series dedicated to presentations on various topics as a way to bring the local design community together