8:00 am – 9:30 am                Breakfast, Networking and Roundtables                

9:30 am – 9:45 am                Opening Remarks

9:45 am – 10:30 am              Keynote: Beauty, Neuroscience, and Architecture

10:30 am – 11:15 am            Designing for Light – The Business of Lighting

11:15 am – 11:30 am            Break

11:30 am – 12:15 pm            Smart Wellness – Technology Strengthens Connections to Nature

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm              Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm                Interactive Session: Authentic Networking – Leading Through Giving

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm                Break

 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm               Design+Tech Case Studies and Best Practices Panel

 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm               Hacker Craft – Preventing the Breach

 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm               Cocktails and Pitches, followed by networking

**Design + Tech Connection attendees who are NKBA certified may submit their 0.55 CEUs (5.5 hours) online by visiting the NKBA website.

Keynote: Beauty, Neuroscience, and Architecture

Beauty, Neuroscience and Architecture: Timeless Patterns and Their Impact on Our Well-Being postulates that beauty can and does make a vital difference in our lives, including improving many aspects of our health. In his presentation, Ruggles suggests that a new, urgent effort is needed to refocus the direction of architecture and art to include the quality of beauty as a fundamental, overarching theme in two of humanity’s most important fields of endeavor—the built and artistic environments.

Speaker: Don Ruggles Architect, Ruggles Mabe Architects

Designing for Light – The Business of Lighting

The business of lighting and its importance to the entire project. Topics will include: How to pitch lighting and motorized shades, as well as professional lighting design; the role of lighting in wellness, moods, visual comfort, energy savings, safety & security, movie time, color rendering: the changing business models; updates on low-voltage lighting systems and how lighting needs change as we age.

David Van Wert, VanWert Technology Design
Stephen Margulies, One Lux Studio


Smart Wellness – Technology strengthens connections to nature

Smart technologies strengthen the connections between indoor and outdoor conditions – connecting back to nature. The goal is to mitigate the effects of our man-made environment. This talk will speak to the many technologies that can bring wellness into our built environments.

Speaker: Julie Jacobson, founding Editor, CEPro

Work Session Roundtables

Attendees are invited to visit with members of various technology and design brands covering a span of topics.

Interactive Lunch: Authentic Networking - Leading through Giving

Using positivity, vulnerability and communication as keys to building successful teams, Luis will encourage active participation through a workshop lunch and learn. Attendees will learn about the power of connection and authentic networking while having a blast in the process!

Speaker: Luis Serrano, Chief Fun Officer, Fundamentals of Play

Design + Tech Case Studies and Best Practices Panel

Best practices for designers and integrators working together. Panelists will cover topics around establishing business solid working relationship models.

Moderated by:
Jason Knott, Chief Content Officer, CEPro
Chelsie Butler, Executive Editor, KBB

Ed Gilmore, President, Gilmore’s Sound Advice
Kim Michels, President, Electronic Environments
Carl Shenton, Partner, Shenton Architects
Thomas McMahon, Principal, McMahon-Baek Architecture
Kathryn Eisberg, Principal, KE Design

Hacker Craft – Preventing the Breach

This presentation will provide an in-depth analysis of the latest trends, tactics, and news of the cyber threat landscape as seen from the eyes of a practicing security engineer. Once you have seen what the bad guys have been up to today, you will be exposed to a crash course of security best practices and architecture design that will help avoid the breach of tomorrow.

Speaker: Rob Krug, Senior Security Architect, Avast Inc.

Cocktails and Pitches

5 -minute presentations by brand representatives; hosted by Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief, Interior Design

Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove