Pecha Kucha Night Kuala Lumpur - Vol. 11 - Getting Social
Sometime last year, I popped by to a restaurant nearby my place for Pecha Kucha Kuala Lumpur Vol 10, as a few of my friends were presenting. The speakers were all theatre folks and I thought it would be nice to head over there and catch up with old friends who I’ve not seen in a while.Kill many birds with one stone, I guess.
I have heard of Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-chak-cha as I just discovered a few days ago) previously but I have never attended one before. So when I went for the last one, I fell in love with the idea of a creative presentation where speakers are free to speak about anything they want via 20 slides. The catch is that they only have 20 seconds for each slide therefore forcing them to finish their talks within a 6min 40sec period.
So I dropped a message to Grey Yeoh, the project manager at British Council who organises the PK nights, to suggest a theme/concept of sorts. I wanted to bring together a bunch of people from different industries/backgrounds who uses a lot of social media in their lives (in different capacities) to hear their stories.
The result is this:
Yup, it’s happening and the night – hosted by myself and the BC – will feature 10 speakers. The invite reads:
In the first Pecha Kucha of 2011, join host Niki Cheong and the British Council who will present a line up of big names, with even bigger personalities to match as they share their stories and journeys about social media and the way it has revolutionalised the way we … communicate!
I must admit I’m pretty excited about this collaboration because – selfishly – I personally have never seen any of the speakers present and speak before! I’ve put together what I think (of course I would) is an interesting list of people, not all of whom you would traditionally consider as “social media-rati” but to me, that is the beauty of the medium, in that it is so democratic that there is space for everyone.
But I’m rambling too much. Here are the list of speakers:
• Daphne Iking –TV host and actress
Website | http://daphneiking.blogspot.com/
Twitter | @daphCLPT
• Tengku Zatashah Idris – Online entrepreneur of exclusive gift collection company Originalo
Website | http://originalo.com.my/
Twitter | @zatashah
• Low Ngai Yuen – Director, producer and head of the newly revived Kakiseni.com team
Website | http://www.kakiseni.com/
Twitter | @ngaiyuen
• Julian Hopkins – PhD candidate at Monash University, Sunway Campus researching the commercialisation of Malaysian blogs
Website | http://julianhopkins.net/
Twitter | @julianhopkins
• James Chong – Independent Internet Strategist Heading Online & Social Media for P1
Website | http://aidsaware.ruumzcauses.com/
Twitter | @warbaby
• Zain HD – Project Manager for RandomAlphabets (the collective behind Glee Flashmob Dance KL, Tali Tenang and Freeze for Unison) and Wago, which does social media PR and alternative events
Website | www.randomalphabets.com
Twitter | @zainhd
• Foong Cheng Leong – Senior Associate at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill focusing on Intellectual Property and Information Technology and cyberlaws
Website | www.xes.cx
Twitter | @xescx
• Sivin Kit – Pastor at Bangsar Lutheran Church and social activist
Website | http://sivinkit.net/
Twitter | @sivinkit
• Jonson Chong – Human rights lawyer and former KEADILAN communications director
Website | http://jonsonchong.com/
Twitter | @jonsonchong
• Niki Cheong – Journalist and social media advocate
Website | http://www.nikicheong.com/
Twitter | @nikicheong
Please join us on Jan 18, 2011 at 8pm for a night of fun, sharing and networking. There is no entry fee but it’s on a first-come-first-served basis (basically depending on how much space we have!). The event will be held at Delucca, The Italian Restaurant on Jalan Mesui in Kuala Lumpur (opposite No Black Tie/Palate Palette).
You can get more details on the official Facebook invite (please RSVP on there so we can get an idea of the numbers!). I hope to see you there!
9.28am Malaysian time (+8 GMT)