The upcoming ORGATEC trade fair returns to Cologne once again, putting the spotlight on current trends in the modern working world.

To be held from 21 October to 25 October 2014, ORGATEC, the world’s leading fair for modern working environments will provide a platform for the global market of furnishing, lighting, flooring, acoustics and media technology designed for office and various commercial applications.

The event programme for ORGATEC 2014 showcases current trends and developments as well as best practice examples from all over the world. The events line-up consisting of the ORGATEC Trend Forum, INSIGHT COLOGNE – ORGATEC Night of Office and Architecture, the ORGATEC Space and ORGATEC Mobile competence centres, the Smart Office Materials special exhibition and the ORGATEC Boulevard among many others, will offer broad opportunities for exhibitors, participants and visitors to discuss current trends, take a closer look at complex issues, exchange ideas on an international level and network with industry members.

ORGATEC Trend Forum

The ORGATEC Trend Forum in Hall 6 presents a central stage for discussion on all current topics of the modern office environment where top-level experts will be discussing new trends and presenting best practice scenarios, covering topics such as Demographic Change in the Office, Change Management and Gamification. On Gamification Day (Thursday, 23 October 2014), companies such as SAP, Rabobank and Centigrade will demonstrate how employee commitment can be improved by implementing playful elements.

Smart Office Materials

ORGATEC Innovation of Interior in Hall 8 will organise under the banner ‘IOI - Smart Office Materials’, a special exhibition for architects, planners, equippers and fitters, focussing on sustainable materials for the working worlds of tomorrow. Dr Sascha Peters, organiser of the exhibition and owner of Haute Innovation, a Berlin-based materials and technology agency explains that smart office materials are made from biological resources, are conducive to health and are produced out of other waste materials.

Competence centres for space concepts and mobile working

In Hall 11.2, the ORGATEC Space and ORGATEC Mobile competence centres will offer comprehensive solutions for both sectors. Under the banner Spaces 2014 – Connecting People, ORGATEC Space combines lighting, flooring and acoustics for a wide-ranging exhibition on spatial concepts. ORGATEC Mobile, the second competence centre is all about mobility and technology in the modern working environment with Materna, a company that provides IT services throughout Europe, presenting solutions that enable mobile working from software modules and portable terminals, to traditional solutions for working on the go.

New at ORGATEC: Speaker's Corner

For the first time, exhibitors at ORGATEC will be able to use the Speaker’s Corner, a new platform in Hall 11.2 that offers companies the opportunity to present themselves as well as new products and services to a broad trade audience and answer questions directly on site. In half-hour presentations, speakers will introduce trends, innovations and methods from their particular field of expertise.

ORGATEC Boulevard – bringing work, communication and relaxation together

Under the banner Out of Office, the ORGATEC Boulevard this year is divided into four different communication zones and lounge areas. The Boulevard presentation is intended to convey the concepts of the Home Office, the Driverless Mobile Office, Socialising and Movement with a focus on relaxation. The lounge area enables visitors to network and exchange ideas with industry colleagues.

INSIGHT COLOGNE – the ORGATEC Night of Office and Architecture

On Friday, 24 October 2014, INSIGHT COLOGNE continues the event outside the fairgrounds. Under the banner Smart Working in Smart Buildings, a total of 20 offices and facilities throughout the city of Cologne will open their doors from 6.00 p.m. onwards and provide exclusive insights into the world of work of the future, unveiling surprising design ideas and innovative solutions.

The German Office Network’s Working on the Future Theme Day

Organised by the DNB (Deutsche Netzwerk Büro e.V./German Office Network), Working on the Future is the first themed day for works councils, staff councils and representatives of the severely disabled, and will take place on Tuesday, 21 October 2014.

Experts' panel discussion: Perfect Day Light

An experts’ panel discussion titled Perfect Day Light will take place at the German Sport & Olympic Museum in Cologne on 22 October at 06.30 p.m. as part of ORGATEC 2014. Focussed on the topic of light, associate professor Dr Dieter Kunz will give a lecture on the Biological Effects of Light, followed by a general discussion.

Sustainability Day

The aligning of sustainability and everyday office behaviour is the theme of Sustainability Day on 23 October 2014 at ORGATEC. Organised by B.A.U.M e.V. (the German Association for Environmental Management) together with Koelnmesse, the event will feature expert presentations and examples of best practice demonstrating sustainability in the workplace and how companies can adjust and equip their offices in a more sustainable manner.

Six-to-Nine Party

ORGATEC Boulevard is the perfect setting for the ORGATEC Six-to-Nine Party to be held on the evening of the first day of the fair. All exhibitors, visitors and journalists are invited to this industry meeting to engage in lively conversations and exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere (Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 06.00 p.m. to 09.00 p.m.).