David Stanley, one of the organizers of the event, joined Stateside to explain what this presentation style is all about.
"A friend of mine best explained it as saying, 'It's a TED talk for people with a short attention span,'" Stanley said. "You put together a talk ... supported by 20 images, and every 20 seconds ... a new image comes up. So, 400 seconds. 20 images. Boom. You're done with your talk, and then I introduce the next person and they come up on stage."
The theme of the night is "Why Flint?" and Stanley has recruited "12 of the most innovative thinkers" he could find in the community to give their own answers to that question.
Listen to the full interview above to hear how PechaKucha originated from architects in Japan. You'll also hear about some of the speakers Stanley brought in for the show.
An example of PechaKucha from a Grand Rapids event in July 2016:
Stateside's conversation with Tony Caselli, director of Williamston Theatre and one of its four original founders, and Mario Ortega, Williamston's community development director.
The town of Williamston, in Ingham County, has a population just under four thousand people. Like many Michigan towns of its size, its downtown historic district boasts a variety of retail and dining establishments.
But nestled among the brick storefronts is a somewhat less-familiar sight: an 88-seat black box theater.