I recently presented at and co-hosted a BIMForum event in Miami. The BIMForum is an interest group of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America with which the AIA also collaborates. Twice a year, the BIMForum conducts events that are based on a specific theme. The Spring 2013 theme was “The Human Side of BIM” in which all presentations focused on topics such as training, change management, and firm culture.
An interesting aspect of this conference was that ALL presentations were delivered in pecha kucha (or 20×20) style! This means that we had to share our content with 20 slides, 20 seconds each, for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Sounds crazy, right? The presenters were organized into groups of 3 or 4 representing one of five focus topics. Each focus topic had approximately 30 minutes of rapid-fire slide content, followed by 30 minutes of Q+A for the panel.
The pecha kucha+panel format seemed to be a success. Because the BIMForum events are a single-room, one-track conference, if someone’s presentation content was not relevant to you…you only had to suffer through it for a few minutes rather than a whole hour! Take a look at my pecha kucha presentation above and you can also view others on the BIMForum’s YouTube channel.
They are also soliciting speaking proposals for the Fall BIMForum event being held in Denver, CO on the topic of Prefabrication & Modularization.