The Pecha Kucha 22 lineup is here and it’s a humdinger. We just wanted to use that word, but really, this looks like a good one. On Oct. 8 — location, as usual, to be announced a few days before the event — eight speakers will offer a look into their lives and their work. Tickets go on sale on Wed. Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.

Lee Deas, one of Pecha Kucha Charleston’s founding members, says that while this evening’s talk is not themed, it does veer towards talk of the future. What kind of future exactly? Well, the kind of future Charleston would have if run entirely by creatives (we’re wildly rubbing our hands together at such a juicy hypothetical). 

After March’s Pecha Kucha at the Charleston Wine + Food festival, where speakers focused solely on the culinary arts, Deas says that Pecha Kucha has taken on a new life of sorts. The format is the same — each speaker gets six minutes and 40 seconds to give the audience a glimpse into their life, industry, and (hopefully) mind. 

Pecha Kucha 22’s speakers are:

Herb Kowalski, a.k.a. artist Andrew Smock, is best known for his faux run as Charleston’s next mayor.

Cathryn Zommer, the former director of communications of Charleston Wine + Food, now holds the position of executive director of the nonprofit Enough Pie. 

McKenzie Eddy and Elliott Smith. Eddy is a Charleston-based musician and Smith is, among other things, the lawyer behind Charleston’s BACE league, the pro-nightlife group that most recently protested Charleston’s late-night ordinance. 

Kurt Cavanaugh is the face (and, well entire operation) of Charleston Moves! the nonprofit that seeks to enhance biking and walking in the Lowcountry.

Michelle Mapp is the executive director of the SC Community Loan Fund, which helps revitalize South Carolina communities by financing housing, access to food, and more. 

Christina Lock is the vice president of HR and recruiting at software development company SPARC, which specializes in cloud computing, UI/UX design, mobile development, and cyber security. 

Sara Clow is the general manager of GrowFood Carolina which helps link local farmers to markets. 

Jacob Lindsey will emcee the event and Professor Ping will provide the tunes.