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NeoCon 2021 is set to take place October 4-6 at The Mart in Chicago. After a year of event cancellations including last year’s NeoCon due to COVID, attendees and show officials are looking forward to three days of educational presentations that explore timely topics within the growing sectors of workplace, healthcare, hospitality, education, and more. 

Since live attendance will have limited capacity and programming registration is required, keynotes and educational sessions will also be available to all NeoCon registrants via NeoCon’s new online platform, the NeoCon Hub. These do not require separate registration.

Keynotes include:

Furniture for the City: Recasting Urban Design through Micro-Activation Jeanne Gang, Founding Partner, Studio Gang

Date: October 4, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT

Through an exploration of a diverse set of Studio Gang’s projects – ranging from large-scale residential work, like the Mission Rock development in San Francisco, to in-depth community engagement and planning efforts in Chicago, Founding Partner Jeanne Gang will demonstrate how we can rethink design strategies to make cities more inclusive and equitable. In particular, she will discuss how principals regularly applied at the furniture scale foster a greater sense of welcoming, inclusivity, and comfort for all citizens when deployed on the urban scale.

The Medici Effect: Innovation at the Intersection Frans Johansson, Author and CEO of The Medici Group

Date: October 5, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT

Frans Johansson will share why the most powerful intersection in the world today is between innovation & strategy and diversity & inclusion – and what this means for you. Diverse and inclusive teams play a critical role in navigating a fast-moving world and will be the source of the next generation of game-changing ideas. Throughout this talk, Frans will demonstrate that diversity and inclusion are imperative to the success of organizations' growth, and in fact, they are the ultimate drivers for innovation.

Taming Push Me Pull You: KOO's Integrated Architectural and Interior Design Practice Jackie Koo, Founding Principal, KOO

Date: October 6, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT

Jackie Koo, founder of her eponymous firm KOO, Architect and Interior Designer of the recently completed Sable hotel on Navy Pier and Interior Designer of the hotel at the historic Old Cook County Hospital, discusses how the best places and spaces are created by both architectural and interior design forces working in the same direction.

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