Capitol PechaKucha Night featured in Huffington Post

Volume 17

Bita and Rouzita run the nonprofit organization Capitol PechaKucha in their spare time, a platform for creatives to share and showcase their ideas from film and fashion to sustainability and innovation. They just wrapped up their Volume 17 event at the Water St Project in Georgetown which was featured in the Huffington Post:

D.C.’s Search for the Next Steve Jobs & Other Artistic Pursuits
Written by Roshanak Taghavi on April 20, 2012 – 10:47 pm –

Have you ever wondered how we’ll find the next Steve Jobs?

Well, this Thursday night, Washington D.C.’s creative thinkers, fashion lovers and art gallery set will converge at Capitol PechaKucha in Georgetown to figure out how.
Richard Boly, the chief visionary for “e-diplomacy” at the Department of State, will explain how education must change for American students to become–like Steve Jobs–more innovative, non-conforming thinkers.

Boly is just one of eight creatives presenting transformative ideas this Thursday at The Water Street Project in Georgetown (see list below). D.C. Urbanistas attending this month’s PechaKucha event will be exposed to the city’s latest efforts to boost its creative drive from a variety of perspectives. We’ll hear new ideas from professional breakdancers, fashion “incubators,” curators, furniture designers and installation artists.

So what is PechaKucha, anyway?

The onomatopoeic Japanese term for “chit-chat” or “conversation,” PechaKucha represents an evening of learning and inspiration for local-area designers, architects, artists, musicians and even ordinary people such as myself, who seek insight into the work and vision behind finished projects.

The brainchild of Tokyo-based architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein, PechaKucha was started in 2003 to serve as a forum for creative thinkers to mingle and expose their work to the public.

The artistic movement has since migrated from Tokyo to every continent across the globe, with localized PechaKucha forums taking place in more than 500 cities worldwide, spanning from Chicago to Beirut, Tasmania, London, Beijing, Nairobi, Zagreb and most recently, Tehran.

Washington, D.C. joined the PechaKucha art movement in 2007, when ita Collection designers (and sisters) Bita and Rouzita Vahhabaghai decided to create and kick-start Capitol PechaKucha.

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Roshanak Taghavi: D.C.’s Search for the Next Steve Jobs & Other Artistic Pursuits