Angel David Verde was born in Honduras and immigrated to the US with his mother and sister as a child. He grew up in the small city of Buena Vista, Virginia before serving six years in the US Air Force deploying three times to the Middle East.
PechaKucha Nights or talks use a presentation format called 20x20 which allows each presenter 20 power point slides that run automatically for 20 seconds each for a total of 6 mintues and 40 seconds given only by locally based presenters. David will often refer to PechaKucha as the grassroot version of TED Talks. PechaKucha was founded by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo's Klein-Dytham Architecture and is now held in over 500 cities world wide. PechaKucha night Southwest Virginia is one of only 2 PechaKucha organizations in the state of Virginia. Presenters targeted by the Southwest Virginia PechaKucha night are often community members who in some form are local community development activists, entrepreneurs, artists and other members of the creative community.

(X)po is a collaborative, co-creative, and multi-disciplinary idea exchange and festival conference. By day attendees will be immersed in thought provoking presentations, riveting performances and engaging dialogue. By night the conference continues with networking opportunities at amazing parties, street fests, and spectacular live music

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