Structure of the Mysore Conference

Pecha Kucha (PK)

Pecha Kucha (PK) is a format for rapid dissemination of information and initiation of interdisciplinary, cross-cutting discussions. Originally created as a forum for designers to network, showcase, and discuss their work, PK events consist of a series of short presentations on a variety of topics (driven by participants’ interest and experience), followed by breaks in which participants and audience can discuss further.  A maximum of 15 minutes and/or 15 slides per speaker is proposed. A group of 5 PK’s would be delivered to an assembled audience, followed by a 20 minutes break, then the next set of 5 PK’s, followed by another break, and so on. There could be parallel PK sessions, depending upon the number of entrants. Main participants include students and citizens, and any others who sign up.

Deep Dives

Deep Dives sessions discuss specific issues which either emerge from the conference discussion or debate or are pre-decided. Deep Dives will discuss both kinds of issues.

Alleys Sessions

The Alley Sessions will provide the opportunity for attendees at the Mysore India Urban Conference: Evidence and Experience (IUC 2011) to engage with academics from USA (predominantly from Yale).

The Alley Sessions will have 8 to 10 topics being discussed concurrently in a roundtable discussion format. The sessions will be run over a 2 hour time slot, and participants can move from table to table to hear about the various topics being discussed, allowing around 10 to 15 minutes for each topic.

The round table sessions will enable an up-close, informal opportunity to hear from leading academics, and for attendees to ask questions and discuss issues raised. These sessions are intended to promote a collaborative approach to round-table discussion, with the Yale University staff initiating and leading each table on a topic of their choice.

Ideas Forum

Ideas Forum: These would be poster presentations and/or booths showcasing innovative urban initiatives. These would be on display throughout the IUC and provide the provocation for the discussions in communities of practice and plenaries.