KAPOW Finalists Compete for Funding at PechaKucha Night


Submitted by Sustainable Connections

Sustainable Connections calls all local superheroes to participate in Bellingham’s 7th Annual PechaKucha Night. The top eight KAPOW finalists will be revealed and the audience will vote to bestow this year’s People’s Choice Award.

KAPOW, a placemaking design competition that kicked off earlier this year, invited the community to design inexpensive projects that enhance downtown Bellingham’s identity, vitality, and health. After reviewing nearly 25 applications, a judge’s panel has chosen eight finalists, which will be revealed April 21, on the main stage of the Mount Baker Theatre.

PechaKucha is a simple format where the presenter puts together 20 image slides that advance automatically, with each image projecting for exactly 20 seconds. The format was created by a Japanese architecture firm trying to solve an age old industry problem, described by them in four short words: “architects talk too much”. Currently, PechaKucha Nights happen in over 700 cities around the world where anyone can share their ideas, work, or thoughts. Bellingham’s seventh annual PechaKucha Night and previous Nights can be viewed on the PechaKucha Facebook page.

Live audience voting will take place at the event to determine the People’s Choice Award. There will also be a Mayor’s Choice Award chosen by Mayor Kelli Linville, and a Judges Superhero Award. Finalists will move on to the final round. A DJ will be mixing up music, and local beer will be available prior to the presentations. All event proceeds will be awarded to the winners for implementing their projects, and attendees who arrive in super hero costumes receive priority seating.

The Sustainable Connections KAPOW competition is made possible because of the support from, The City of Bellingham and the Whatcom County Association of Realtors.


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