More Details Released for LFI 2018

The global lighting, design and technology community will converge at Lightfair International (LFI) to make new connections with colleagues from a diverse array of disciplines. The extensive networking opportunities accompany the trade show and conference experience in Chicago at McCormick Place from May 6-10, 2018. The pre-conference Lightfair Institute is from May 6-7 and the trade show and conference runs from May 8-10.

Lightfair brings professionals from across the globe together making it an annual conclave of industry colleagues, thought leaders, and manufacturers.

Preceding and setting the stage for the trade show opening, the LFI Innovation Awards will highlight the industry’s most innovative products and designs introduced during the last 12 months. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 8 from 8-9 a.m., and the trade show floor will open at 9 a.m.

Opening day Impact Speakers are Anastasia Su and Martin Lesjak, co-founders of product design firm 13&9. Lesjak is also the CEO and creative director of INNOCAD Architecture. 13&9 is a transdisciplinary product design firm based in Graz, Austria. Their presentation, “New Holism - A Transdisciplinary Approach to Human-Centered Design,” will take place on Tuesday, May 8 in The HUB, Booth 4585.

The HUB lounge will offer a central meeting space for events in South Hall, Level 3, Booth 4585 at McCormick Place. Networking opportunities will take place May 8-10, including featured speakers, exhibitor presentations, receptions, and giveaways.

The “Networking Reception: Industry Professionals, Students and Emerging Professionals” will bring together attendees in all stages of their studies and careers in the industry on Wednesday, May 9 from 5-6 p.m.

Exhibitor events in The HUB include presentations by Current, Powered by GE; NEDAP, Inc.; Noon Home, Inc.; Cbright Lighting and Zhaga Consortium and seminars by Enlightened, Inc. and Silvair.

On the final day of Lightfair, the morning in The HUB will begin with “Life Before and After a Lighting Designer: Why Hire a Lighting Designer?” sponsored by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). The events in The HUB end with the complimentary attendee Appreciation Lunch from 12-1 p.m. while supplies last and a giveaway at 1 p.m. to celebrate the 2019 LIGHTFAIR location of Philadelphia.

The Chicago Architectural Cruise will give attendees the opportunity to explore the renowned architecture of the city on a docent-led tour by Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. This event is open to all and a great networking event on Tuesday, May 8 from 6-9 p.m.

The New Exhibitor Pavilion will be a gathering place for viewing the latest innovations from first-time exhibitors while enjoying refreshments. There will be a special event each trade show day: “Cocktail Hour” (May 8, 5-6 p.m.), “Chicago Snack” (May 9, 2-3 p.m.) and “Morning Mingle” (May 10, 9:30-10:30 a.m.). Attendees can also enter to win prizes by logging five or more booth visits in the New Exhibitor Pavilion in the Pavilion Giveaway section in the LIGHTFAIR app.

Those interested in learning about navigating the beginning stages of their career in the industry will attend the “Student and Young Professionals Roundtable” on Wednesday, May 9 from 3-4:30 p.m. in Level 5, Room S505.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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