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We received the list of keynote speakers and special events that are happening at the 2009 Neocon® East Conference  held Oct. 28-29, Baltimore Convention Center.


Duff Goldman
The Icing on the Cake
Noon, October 28
Duff Goldman is a chef and baker turned celebrity with the hit reality show “Ace of Cakes” on the Food Network. Similar to the design and architecture industry, his creations require him to begin with a design concept, adapt based on client needs, think on his feet and understand how the architectural design will be impacted. Attendees may join in on this fun and delectable discussion.

The New Day for Government Design – 2009
Noon, October 29
Given the economy, a new administration, and the stimulus package, this session will help attendees with what they can expect in the future. Given the current economic climate, changes have been swift and directed at stimulating the economy. With the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, better known as the stimulus bill, government agencies will reap the benefits but need to be prepared for the changes that are on the horizon. Don’t miss this forward-thinking panel discussion moderated by Kay Sargent, Principal at IA Interior Architects, Washington D.C. and representatives from a variety of government agencies.

More than 40 CEU accredited seminars representing a variety of important topics and covering 14 distinct educational tracks are available to show attendees, including: career development; facilities management; facilities construction and renovation; green design; government services administration; health care; health, safety and welfare; hospitality; institutional; office design; professional development; residential and lighting.

PRIME DESIGN! GSA- Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center
Opens at 9:30 a.m., October 28
Together with MMPI, the GSA's Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center searched for a PRIME DESIGN! This unique design competition allows one lucky design firm the opportunity to create the GSA's Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center booth on the show floor at NeoCon East. A call to design firms went out to enter proposals for designing the space and four firms are on board; Clark Nexsen, OTJ Architects, Stratton Design Source, Inc and Zoom, Inc. All entrants’ design concepts were posted on the NeoCon East Web site for 10 days. During that time, more than 9,000 votes came in from the Mid-Atlantic design community for the PRIME DESIGN. The winning design concept went to OTJ Architects and will be showcased on-site at NeoCon East in the GSA’s Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center booth.

IIDA Principals’ Roundtable
8:30–10 a.m. October 28
IIDA and Interior Design magazine invite attendees to join a select group of peers for the 2009 IIDA Principals’ Roundtable. Moderated by Publisher Mark Strauss, this high-profile think tank is convened to explore current topics facing design leadership and discusses elevating the position of design in today’s marketplace. This roundtable is for principals and senior management of local A&D firms only.

State of the Design Professional Discussion
Presented by: Design Leadership Forum of D.C.
3 p.m., October 28
Attendees may join a discussion with principals of leading firms to explore where people in the industry are as professionals, what challenges and opportunities the industry faces and what lies ahead. Following this program, attendees are invited to the “Dream Team” Design Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Pecha Kucha Night: NeoCon East kick-off event
6 p.m. – 9 p.m., October, 28
From New York to Shanghai, Pecha Kucha night is the hottest phenomenon where creative minds come together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. Pronounced pehchak-ka-cha, the event is a unique presentation format of artistic individuals each presenting a slideshow of 20 images shown for 20 seconds to reveal their work and inspirations.

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