Specialized sessions take an in-depth look at some of the industry’s most important trends, topics and developments.
ogy and advanced logistics promote
Tell us about some of the
ogy with a face—someone respon-
the travel and adoption of international USG: “must see” events planned sible. The GPD experts stand behind
practices. Construction remains local, for this year—what is the one thing their statements and are willing to
but technologies and construction everyone must see or do?
components flow across borders as
specialization more than upsets trans-
Making good use of the net-
What’s the most challeng-
JV: working opportunities is the USG: ing part about putting
must” of this conference. The get-to- GPD together?
What will be new about
USG: GPD 2017?
gether party at the beginning of
the conference, extended coffee and
From the beginning it was clear
lunch breaks, the conference dinner JV: that quality participation re-
Everything—except the ﬁne tra- and the farewell party are ideal op- quires quality presentations.That’s still
JV: dition.A new conference format, portunities to form connections with the top priority for the organizers. In
a new venue and some special program speakers and other participants. With this sense the work of the international
modules to promote innovation, ideas, “anybody who is anybody” in the in- program committee to ﬁnd and engage
support newcomers and transfer in- dustry attending, the opportunity to committed speakers and session chairs
formation between generations. The network is unique. The meeting man- is invaluable. The conference’s proﬁle
new thinking has attracted 180 pre- agement service of the organizers, in emphasizes technical presentations.
sentations. This is a clear sign that the turn, is geared to facilitate contacts. The cross-cultural effect of the confer-
trendsetters of the industry have no This service enables advance book- ence has proven to be a great thing and
fear for innovation and new concepts. ings for one-on-one meetings with the commercial messages have found
The 2017 GPD moves away from closed participants representing the world´s their place in the exhibition module.
rooms to the open stage like the infor- top expertise in the glass business. The new format with the exhibition
mation industry has done.
These meetings also form a starting space at the hub of the meeting arena
point for follow-up contacts after the increases the opportunity for focused
What is the GPD Step
USG: Change and what does
this bring to the conference?
The Step Change approach is a USG: many new and emerging USG: once the event is over?
GPD provides a look at so
What do you like to do
technologies. How does being
JV: new conference module bring- involved with an event like this help
ing together new technologies, cre- those who attend?
ative start-up companies, investors
When a conference closes, the
JV: follow-up work and analysis
begins. Feedback and reporting is in-
The internet was a facilitator tense, and summaries are produced to
and business angels for the promotion
of the entire glass industry. It’s closely JV: of contacts once it got started. deﬁne the state of the art as reﬂected
linked to another new module, the At the 2015 GPD one of the senior by the conference. This time the anal-
mentor program, where experienced participants, however, made the ob- ysis will be even more demanding
industry professionals stand by to sup- servation that it seems that the con- due to the new experimental format.
port newcomers to the industry. The tent of the internet “has been diluted, When the smoke clears, ﬁndings are
melting pot for this program is the core maybe for competitive reasons.” The published on the conference web-
of the conference arena and its exhibi- real help from GPD to attendees is site, and it’s time to plan for the next
providing know-how and technol- 25 years.
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