The brightest and most provocative minds across two converging segments — design and technology — will offer short, conversational TED-style talks and panels to inspire collaboration and partnerships among brands, specifiers and installers.

Full speaker lineup coming soon!



Donald H. Ruggles, AIA, NCARB, ICAA, ANFA
CEO, Ruggles Mabe Studio

Donald H. Ruggles, AIA, NCARB, ICAA, ANFA, is a practicing architect and CEO of Ruggles Mabe Studio, an award winning boutique residential architecture and interior design firm based in Colorado. Founded in 1970, the firm is dedicated to the idea that beauty can improve the lives of its clients.

During the past two years, Don has been traveling the U.S. and Europe giving presentations on his first book, “Beauty, Neuroscience & Architecture: Timeless Patterns & Their Impact on Our Well-Being,” which suggests beauty can and does make a difference in our lives, including improving many aspects of our health. To learn more, please visit www.rugglesmabe.com and https://neuro-architectology.com/.

*Photo courtesy of Paul Abdoo

Rob Krug
Senior Security Architect,  Avast Inc.

Rob Krug has been in the network engineering and security space for 30 years, and is currently a Senior Security Architect for Avast, Inc. His background includes extensive work with telecommunications, network design and management, and most importantly network security. Specializing in security vulnerabilities his background includes extensive training and experience in cryptography, ethical hacking, and reverse engineering of malware. His background includes having served in the United States Navy, as well as worked as both a Data Security Analyst and as a Director of Engineering for multiple international service providers and vendors. Rob has designed, implemented, and maintained some of the most complex and secure networks imaginable. And… He collects malware for fun….


David VanWert
President, VanWert Technology Design Inc.

David VanWert is President of VanWert Technology Design Inc. a technology design firm specializing in low voltage systems design, consulting, engineering and management. VanWert Design’s team primary focus is the design of audio/visual, home automation systems, private theaters, security, and lighting control systems for properties throughout North America.

Founded in 2010, VanWert Technology Design was formed to meet client’s needs for unbiased design services for technology systems without selling equipment. VanWert Technology Design’s systematic approach to the design, specification, and bidding process of low voltage systems has established the company as one the premier technology design and specification firms in North America.

Cindy Allen , Hon. IIDA
Editor-in-Chief, Interior Design
Chief Design Officer, SANDOW

Cindy Allen is widely lauded as one of the most influential advocates for the interior design industry. With more than 17 years as editor in chief under her belt, Allen has established herself as a force in elevating the brands importance and exposure—strengthening its credentials as the main ambassador of design while proving it is the vehicle of growth and success for the industry it represents.

Allen received an Honorary Doctorate from the New York School of Interior Design in 2010 and from the San Francisco Academy of Art in 2012. She is a recipient of the 2009 Alpha Award by Alpha Workshops, the 2010 Circle of Excellence Award from IFDA, and the 2015 Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation’s Scroll award. In April of 2019, the AIA honored Cindy with the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award. Allen has served as juror for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards and the Gensler Design Excellence Awards, among others, and is a board member for the Alpha Workshops. Cindy Allen is the 2014 Open House New York Honoree and is chairman of the national board of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids). 

Julie Jacobson
Founding Editor, CE Pro Magazine

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Look for CE Pro’s new wellness brand WellScapes launching soon. Follow her on Twitter: @juliejacobson


Chelsie Butler
Executive Director, Kitchen & Bath Business Magazine

Chelsie Butler has been an editor for various trade magazines in the Atlanta area since graduating from the University of Florida with a journalism degree in 1993. Titles relevant to her current position as the executive editor of Kitchen & Bath Business magazine have included Atlanta Home Improvement, Commercial Construction, Hospitality Construction and Commercial Kitchens magazines, as well as Design:Retail, a KBB sister publication. She has participated in panels at multiple industry events, including Coverings, KBIS and ICFF, and during her time in her current position, the magazine has won two prestigious Azbee awards and one from Trade Association Business Publications International. Besides her career, another of Chelsie’s passions is volunteering at a local animal rescue shelter, which she has been involved with for seven years.

Jason Knott
Chief Content Officer, Connected Brands

Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010.