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KAPOW Design Competition Finalists Compete for Funding at PechaKucha

(Press Release) BELLINGHAM, WA, March 3, 2015 | Sustainable Connections announces plans to reveal the top ten KAPOW finalists at Bellingham’s sixth annual PechaKucha.

KAPOW, a collaborative design competition that kicked off earlier this year, invited the community to design inexpensive projects to enhance downtown Bellingham’s identity, vitality, and health. After reviewing nearly 50 applications, a judge’s panel chose ten finalists to advance to the next round at PechaKucha on March 25th on the main stage of the Mount Baker Theatre.

PechaKucha is a simple format where presenters show 20 images, each for 20 seconds and the images advance automatically. The format was devised by a Japanese architecture firm in 2003 because “architects talk too much”. Currently, PechaKucha Nights happen in over 700 cities around the world where anyone can share their ideas, work, thoughts, or just about anything. March 25th is Bellingham’s sixth annual PechaKucha Night and previous presentations can be viewed on the PechaKucha Facebook page.

Live audience voting will take place at the event to determine People’s Choice Award. There will also be a Mayor’s Choice Award chosen by Mayor Kelli Linville, and a Judges Superhero Award. 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 implementation of their projects. Attendees who arrive in super hero costumes receive priority seating.

KAPOW is a collaboration between Sustainable Connections, The City of Bellingham, Downtown Bellingham Partnership, Allied Arts of Whatcom County, Whatcom County Association of Realtors, and Northwest American Institute of Architects

What: PechaKucha presents KAPOW Finalists
When: March 25, Doors open @6pm, presentations start @7
Where: Main Stage Mount Baker Theatre
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 (all proceeds go to winners)

Tobias Osterhaug

Tobias Osterhaug

Tobias is a full-time contributor to Bellingham Business News, covering local business events, tech news, and advice for job seekers in the Bellingham area. He graduated from Western Washington University with a double major in History and Chinese Language & Cultural Studies, and has previously worked as a coordinator in Western’s Writing Center.

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