Event and Congress programme

With a host of event and congress programmes and outstanding special events, ORGATEC 2018 will provide a vital catalyst for the design of inspiring work environments.

Congresses, conferences and lectures

The international innovation and trend fair ORGATEC will host the XING New Work Sessions for the first time on 23 October 2018 in partnership with XING, the German Interior Business Association (IBA) and Koelnmesse. The event will take “Transformation & Culture@Work” as its theme.

With fresh inspiration, best-practice examples, workshops and dialogues, the ORGATEC New Work Sessions aim to contribute to the debate on how we can rethink the interaction between work environments and work culture and how what has been called New Work is a key to future success. Lectures only in German.

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The respected German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT is hosting the second Work & Style conference at ORGATEC on 24 October. Aimed at planners, architects and corporate human resource managers, the conference is also especially relevant to leaders of medium-sized companies.

ZEIT editors will discuss the following issues with renowned speakers from Germany and beyond:

  • How is digitalisation influencing work and the workplace?
  • How are companies gearing up for the future?
  • Which environments and organisational forms foster innovation?
  • What role does employer branding play in medium-sized companies?

Building on the success of the Trend Forum of the past years, international speakers will present the themes and trends influencing the working worlds of the 21st century at ORGATEC 2018 in Hall 6 and discuss how companies can adapt to accommodate them and use them to their competitive advantage.

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The workplace congress at ORGATEC 2016 was a huge success, attracting more than 170 attendees. The popular event will be returning for this year’s ORGATEC.

Discover real-world concepts and solutions for office workplaces and benefit from the expertise and experience of leading speakers from research, teaching and practice.

The workplace congress is a joint event by the trade journals Der Facility Manager and industrieBAU.

The digitalisation of the world of work is progressing. The demands on (office) workplaces, health and safety standards as well as data protection and security are changing. Work is becoming more independent of time and location, work performance can be assessed more precisely, data traffic is increasing and demands improved security standards.

ORGATEC’s 2nd theme day for employee representatives, hosted in collaboration with the educational institute for North Rhine-Westphalia of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) will shed light on what trends, opportunities, risks and rights of co-determination employee representatives should bear in mind in this respect.

Parallel to ORGATEC, a full five-day congress programme will be hosted in Hall 10.1. The programme is recognized by Chambers of Architects and Engineers as continuing professional development. A first-class, wide-ranging congress programme that has been condensed into five days is lined up for visitors. Discover new ideas from the keynote speakers, in best-practice project case studies, inspiring model presentations, innovative research approaches and cutting-edge headline talks.

This is your chance to hear keynote speakers discuss the following highly topical issues:
Venue: Hall 10.1 G-060, daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.:

  • Tuesday, 23.10.2018
    Topic: Facade 2043 ... what requirements will be placed on facades in 25 years’ time?

  • Wednesday, 24.10.2018
    Topic: Conversion or new-build ... what must be considered when revitalising office and hotel buildings?

  • Thursday, 25.10.2018
    Topic: BIM in construction ... how to network interfaces.

  • Friday, 26.10.2018
    Topic: The healthy office and hotel ... strategic spatial planning.

  • Saturday, 27.10.2018
    Topic: FutureHotel 2030 ... which direction is hotel design moving in?

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Special events

The environment we work in influences among others our well-being and our creativity. That is actually nothing new, is it? But then why are so many of our worlds of work not really creative or even a little bit "crazy"? This is one of the questions that the event area "Plant 10.1" deals with.

Its makers - detecon and the ORANGE Council - implement creative ideas for a wide range of worlds of work on this space and call upon the visitors to take a totally different approach to human and (working) spaces. This central exhibition area will act as an emotional laboratory and a stage, both thematically and physically: condensed into an area of 600 square metres at the very centre of the trade fair, seven experience scenarios will invite all exhibitors and visitors to observe and learn as they demonstrate the six influencing factors behind innovation.

International speakers and coaches will make appearances on the stage in the special exhibition area 10.1 and in workshops throughout the trade fair to offer inspiration and to enter into active discussions with visitors.

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Taking a range of very different (work) scenarios, Inspired Collaboration presents spatial solutions that appeal to all the senses and in which the environments and conferencing technology are a tool for inspiring and productive collaborations.

The special event is staged in partnership with zgoll: Konferenzraum GmbH and other sponsors.

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The Boulevard will pick up the slogan culture@work and will be designed with “Meeting culture”.

Themed islands encapsulating different designs will demonstrate that meetings no longer have to take place in meeting rooms. A piano bar, gym or garden can also be meeting venues when smart furniture is installed.

Involved partners are:

In Hall 8, the experts from Haute Innovation will present a third fascinating exhibition on material innovations for the new worlds of work from different cultures.

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What is the impact of offices on health and well-being of its employees? To what extent do we need new workplace concepts embedded in new health management and corporate culture? Answers and solutions to these questions can be found at the Eurocres Health Care Knowledge Forum in hall 10.1 (Stand C-068 / D-069) on promotion of Health and Workplace Culture.

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Eurocres ActiveOffice AWARD rewards and certifies product solutions for a healthy workplace!

The Eurocres ActiveOffice AWARD is the first of its kind for outstanding movement and health-promoting product solutions for workplace. The Eurocres ActiveOffice AWARD will take place for the first time this year, at ORGATEC, on 25 October at the Wissensforum GesundheitsKULTUR.

Apply now! www.active-office.eu .

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Clear the stage for fresh visions and solutions: in the STARTUPCORNER in hall 10.1 (Stand A-007), exciting startups present their innovations and concepts, curated by the renowned ap35 agency.

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For the 10th time the architectural journals AIT and xia Intelligente Architektur in cooperation with Koelnmesse GmbH, have initiated the Innovation Award Architecture+ Office during the ORGATEC fair in Cologne. The Innovation Award is intended for manufacturers of innovative products to be applied in office buildings – such as office furniture, accessories, lighting, flooring and acoustics, as well as architects, interior designers and designers who work in these areas and have developed associated products. Participation is open to all exhibitors at the ORGATEC who register their product/s until September 21st, 2018 for the Innovation Award Architecture+ Office.

The design and architecture award was initiated to honor products that correspond to the requirements of architects to a special degree. The prize recognizes conceptual project-specific solutions and selected products, which satisfy in design and functionality. Important assessment criteria are the authenticity of materials and the variety of application.

A jury of five renowned architects and interior designers will decide upon the winners and special mentions on October 23rd, 2018, the opening day of the ORGATEC.

The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 at 5 p.m. at the booth of the Innovation Award at the ORGATEC. We cordially invite you to attend the award ceremony.

All participating products will be displayed for the entire duration of the fair at the Innovation Award booth.

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Under the title “WORK TO GO - creating conditions for the future”, students at the AMD Academy of Fashion & Design in Hamburg have developed their visions for the future of modern working environments as part of a joint initiative with the architecture magazine AIT and the firm brandherm + krumrey interior architecture.

The results can be seen in their entirety from 23 to 27 October in the special exhibition “WORK TO GO - creating conditions for the future” at ORGATEC 2018 in Cologne.

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Chair Hockey – a refreshing change from an ordinary day at the office. Just like ice hockey, two teams pit it out against one another in an arena surrounded by barriers. Of course this version of the game has a special twist: Players are only allowed to move around on their rolling swivel chairs!

During every day and every evening of ORGATEC 2018, Chair Hockey World offers fantastic entertainment for all trade fair visitors. Visitors can either try their hand on their own during free practice sessions or they can reserve an arena and play with a group of friends and colleagues. We want to encourage as many people as possible to participate but needless to say, ‘just looking’ is also allowed. The area surrounding the Chair Hockey World arenas features a large bar, musical entertainment and a range of places to eat.

Together with Koelnmesse, the bke fislage company organises an exhibitor tournament, the Chair-Hockey World Championship on 22.10.2018 as of 6:00 p.m. in hall 11.1 of Koelnmesse. Competitors from all over the world will battle it out for the Chair Hockey title. In this charity tournament, all of the entry fees paid by participants will be donated to a children's charity.

To find out all the details and book an arena, visit: https://orgatec.chairhockeymasters.de/

The Interior Business Association (Industrieverband Büro und Arbeitswelt e. V.), based in Wiesbaden, is a sector association that promotes the holistic design of workplaces. As ORGATEC’s conceptual sponsor, the IBA sees its role as providing a source of inspiration and ideas.

In 2018, the IBA will be represented for the first time at its own stage on the Boulevard North. The association also invites trade fair visitors to join discussions and workshops at the New Work Studio (also hosted on the Boulevard North) and in its vicinity.

Based on the tiny house concept, this mobile communication space is part of a joint initiative by the IBA and the business network XING from which the idea for the ORGATEC New Work Session “Transformation & culture@work” also emerged.

The IBA will host the prize-giving ceremony for the Frame Awards ORGATEC on 25 October 2018 (IBA Stage, Boulevard North).

You can find information about the lecture programme in our event search.

Koelnmesse invites planners, designers, architects and interior designers to the ORGATEC Architects' Lounge. The perfect place to relax after the fair with a snack or a cool drink. Or use the lounge for informal discussions with colleagues. Admission by special invitation only.

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