Posted by Bill Stein on 8/10/18 3:45 PM
In addition to the exciting educational slate at the 2018 SGIA Expo, we have scheduled many different events for a variety of printing communities. These events will let you network and connect with your peers to discuss the latest trends, ideas, technologies and applications impacting printing. These events, which take place off the conference floor, are hosted by individual SGIA committees and focus on the unique needs of each community. The cost is $30, but seating is limited, so early registration is recommended.
Women In Print Breakfast
Women represent a minority of those working in the printing industry, and face unique issues as a result. Led by Kelly Korman Frey, who will discuss the challenges of being a woman in the industry, the Women in Print Breakfast will emphasize conversation and engagement as opposed to being a traditional lecture.
Garment Decorators Luncheon
This year’s Garment Decorators Luncheon will address the many pressures today’s garment decorators are facing — online sales, shifting markets, marketing and more — with a presentation from riCardo Crespo of th13teen — the Master of Ceremonies for THREADX 2019. Attendees can connect over lunch and talk with committee members who have found creative ways to address these issues and more.
Industrial printers and those in the printed electronics community have unique technical challenges. The FP3 (Functional Printing, Processes & Products) Luncheon will provide a forum for discussing the issues that face this specialized market segment.
Brands Talking Sustainability Luncheon
The conversation will touch on successes from various points of view, including those who buy print as well as those who manufacture printers. The panel will include a printer accredited by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), a nonprofit organization that certifies printing facilities’ sustainability best practices.
Wrap Team Challenge
It may not be an Olympic competition, but it will feel that way to participants and spectators alike in the tournament style Wrap Team Challenge competition that takes place over the three days of the Expo. The contest is designed to see who can wrap the side of a car the fastest in the ultimate test of speed and precision. Each team consists of two installers, who will have 20 minutes to wrap the side of a car. The competition starts with 24 teams on Thursday, narrows to 12 teams on Friday and culminates with six teams on Saturday. Each day will feature vinyl from a different manufacturer. Up to $3,500 in prizes will be awarded among the top three teams.
An Opening Night Party Nonpareil
This year’s Opening Night Party will take place at the famous Tao Nightclub at the Venetian Hotel. It will be a special occasion to mark two significant developments in SGIA’s history. First, the 2018 SGIA Expo will be the last such Expo in the association’s history. The second reason for this special celebration is to introduce PRINTING United, the next iteration of the SGIA Expo, which will debut in October 2019 in Dallas.
For More Information For the latest information about the 2018 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas October 18–20, visit sgiaexpo.org. Early registration is encouraged, as the cost of educational events and admission for nonmembers increases after September 19.