Jason Cox, owner of The People’s Soda Co. is one of the presenters at the next Pecha Kucha speaker’s series on June 8. Western News file photo

Pecha Kucha speaker series returns

Jason Cox and Chris Mathieson are the highlighted speakers

Do-it-yourselfers will be in the spotlight for the next Pecha Kucha night at Cannery Brewing.

On June 8 the people who make soda and have taken on Dragons, tilt at the grist mills and sometimes make history will present at the speaker series on the theme of Self Made: The Art of DIY.

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Presenters include soft-drink revolutionary Jason Cox of The People’s Soda Co., who faced down Dragon’s Den investors last March and Chris Mathieson, operator of the Grist Mill in Keremeos. Mathieson recently used a new hybrid business/charity model to secure a long-term future for the historical attraction.

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Japanese for “chit-chat,” Pecha Kucha originated in Tokyo in 2003 and has since grown into an international speaker series based on a simple format: 20 images in 20 seconds. Presenters get six minutes and 40 seconds to share their story in a slide-show format.

Held four times a year in Penticton, the popular not-for-profit series brings together a diverse range of Okanagan thinkers and doers.

Local music aficionado and award-winning podcaster Tenacious T will be in house for your listening pleasure.

The event will be held at Cannery Brewing next Thursday, with doors opening at 6 p.m.and the first presentation begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at Cannery Brewing, Cowork Penticton and online. More information can be found at the Pecha Kucha Facebook page.