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
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
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
Experts' panel discussion: Perfect
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.
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.
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.).