8:30 am – 9:30 am                Breakfast and Roundtable                 

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 (aka the Value Integrators Bring)

 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm               Pitches, cocktails and 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.

Speaker: David Van Wert, VanWert Technology Design

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 wrap the session by designing and building a project that utilizes skills taught in the workshop.

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

Hacker Craft – Preventing the Breach (aka the Value Integrators Bring)

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