Versatile Think Tank:
a preview of side events and shows at ORGATEC

Trendforum: 3 Generationen im Büro - Generationenvielfalt in der Arbeitswelt und dem dadurch entstandenen Wandel, Halle 6
ORGATEC Trendforum
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With its wide spectrum of products and concepts from international exhibitors, plus an excellent programme of events, ORGATEC 2016 is a versatile think tank: From 25 to 29 October, Topics to be addressed at the fair will be new ideas on the current trends of team working, digitalisation, holistic interiors and the attractiveness of the workplace. The following is an overview of what is on offer in the supporting programme.

ORGATEC Trend Forum

At the Trend Forum creativity and design will be the focus of discussion: with numerous exciting talks on the various different aspects of office design and work culture by distinguished speakers from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the Fraunhofer Institute, among others.

Hall 6, Stand B 029 (25 through 28 October 2016)

ZEIT Work & Style conference

The Work & Style conference, hosted by the renowned German weekly newspaper ZEIT, will launch this year’s ORGATEC and address both sociopolitical and aesthetic questions, in particular the following issues: what role does work play in the identity of the upcoming generation? How will work, life and lifestyle interact? What is it that makes an employer attractive? Which approaches to work will be successful in the future?

Congress Centre North (26 October 2016, from 10 a.m.)

Stand: Competence Centre innovation of interior  – IOI, Smart Office Materials, Halle 8
Competence Centre innovation of interior – IOI, Smart Office Materials, Hall 8
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workplace congress

The trade journals “Der Facility Manager” and “industrieBAU” are hosting the workplace congress at ORGATEC. The congress, like its first edition, will focus on all aspects of the challenges posed by the office, in particular how to provide functioning, motivating workplaces.

Offenbachsaal (27 October 2016, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)


Presented for the first time at ORGATEC 2016: the SEO Day is an annual industry meeting of the search machine optimisation scene. Around 800 experts are expected to attend, with more than 40 German-speaking industry experts on hand, holding numerous talks and sharing the latest tips and tricks.

Congress Centre North (27 October 2016)

Speakers’ Corner

Following a successful premiere in 2014, exhibitors at ORGATEC will this year once again have 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-long presentations, speakers will introduce trends, innovations and methods from their particular field of expertise.

Hall 11.2, Stand J 002 (25 through 28 October 2016,11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

RE/WORK – Moments of Inspiration by Ippolito Fleitz Group

The competence centre “RE/WORK – Moments of Inspiration by Ippolito Fleitz Group” shows, in a creative and humorous way, what the office of the future might have to look like in order to address changing requirements. The competence centre takes ten examples of workplace moments and brings them to life in three dimensions: moments of networking, moments of well-being, of inspiration, of lifelong, playful experimentation.

Hall 11.2, Stand E 031/F 030 (daily)

Impression, Orgatec Office, Halle 9
Impression, Orgatec Office, Halle 9
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The Smart Coworking Lobby

The influence of design on co-working spaces can be seen by visitors to ORGATEC at the special event “The Smart Coworking Lobby”, in which a model showcases a module that will be at the core of the modern office block and that enables the co-working philosophy to be adopted in existing buildings.

Hall 9, Stand B 010 (daily)

Smart Office Materials

In Hall 8, the experts from Haute Innovation will be demonstrating the potential offered for modern working environments by the latest innovations in materials. They will be presenting about new sources of raw materials for manufacturers and planners, sketching out scenarios for the deployment of intelligent materials in the context of the smart office or smart home and outlining the opportunities for additive manufacturing in the furniture industry.

Hall 8, Stand B 010 (daily)

Design meets Movement

Creative design will be lined up for the visitors in the Passage between Halls 10 and 11. In the special exhibition Design meets Movement, leading European designers will present smart solutions from Scandinavia that go beyond working indoors and act instead as an interface to the outside world – a multifunctional installation for outdoor working.

Passage 10/11 (daily)

Creativity Works – ORGATEC Boulevard

On the Boulevard Koelnmesse, in cooperation with the German association for the office and working environment (IBA / Industrieverband Büro und Arbeitswelt e.V.) will be presenting various projects on the topic of “Creativity Works”. For instance, the magazine FRAME will be staging a captivating exhibition of forward-looking workplace design in collaboration with young creative professionals. The magazine “100 working SPACES” will be presenting 100 current and innovative workplaces and office concepts. And students of design at the University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf (HSD/Hochschule Düsseldorf) will be showing an ingenious fusion of fashion, workspace, performance and identity.

Boulevard (daily)

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