NeoCon East, taking place, Oct. 28 and 29, is preparing to make its debut in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

With programming led by industry leaders, events with influential A&D professionals and associations from the region, as well as a host of buzz-worthy products across the vertical markets, there is a lot in store for the 13th annual edition, according to show organizers.

With the move to Philadelphia, the show’s exhibitors are on the front lines of the industry, tapping into the needs of the market of the future. Whether it's smarter materials and less obtrusive products that will make hospitals true places of healing, or furnishings that promote well-being and transition beyond the 9 to 5 for a more dynamic way of working, there will be no shortage of forward-thinking offerings for every vertical on the show floor, according to Susan McCullough, senior vice president, The Mart.

“In the end, we are all striving for better, healthier spaces,” she said. “From our exhibitors to our educational offerings, NeoCon East is a great resource for working towards that goal.”

Keynotes/Special Presentations

Todd Bertsch and Betsy Nurse: HOK Atlanta’s lead designers Todd Bertsch and Betsy Nurse present a new paradigm for designing. Their work on Porsche Cars North America’s high performance headquarters will be highlighted.

Jake Barton: Jake Barton is Principal and Founder of Local Projects, an award-winning media design firm for museums and public spaces.

Denise Turner Roth: Recently and unanimously confirmed U.S. General Services Administrator Roth is working to build on GSA’s progress and continue this agency’s efforts to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition and technology services to government and the American people.

Beyond Workplace A to Z: End User Meets Manufacturer: This session will focus on how to deal with the growing pains of rapidly expanding business and still keep employees happy. Metropolis magazine will host a panel presentation that examines the unique collaboration between tech start-up Harry’s and furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, and a new model of how the contract industry and end users can collaborate. Stemming from Metropolis’ June workplace special feature, "A to Z: Everything About the Way We Work is Changing," Metropolis senior editor, Avinash Rajagopal, takes an in-depth look into the Living Office, with Herman Miller, director of workplace strategy, and Joseph White, as both an evolving workplace and an ongoing research project.


There will be over 25 CEU accredited programs across a wide range of topics and 12 educational tracks, including a specifically designed GSA seminar series free to all attendees. Included will be:

Philadelphia Block Party/ IIDA Product Parade: Attendees can celebrate NeoCon East’s first year in the City of Brotherly Love with a “Philadelphia Block Party” featuring iconic Philadelphia food and drink offered across the show floor. The evening event will also feature IIDA’s 14th Annual Philadelphia Product Parade in a special display. The Philadelphia Block Party and IIDA Product Parade will be open to all registered NeoCon East and AIA Philadelphia’s Design on the Delaware attendees. The event is sponsored by Caesarstone, NELSON, AIS, Bentley, Kimball Office, Business Interiors by Staples, Great Openings, SitOnItSeating/IDEON and Wolf-Gordon.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design on The Delaware: The 13th Annual Design on the Delaware Conference will run in tandem with NeoCon East at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Focusing on issues and opportunities of the built environment, Design on the Delaware offers 30 programs, three general sessions and 15 tours all providing AIA CES. NeoCon East attendees can take advantage of reciprocal registration and sign up for conference programs a la carte.

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