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.

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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.

One of the main topics at ORGATEC is the architecturalworld on which the event will be focusing.

The congress trade fairs architectureworld and Deutscher Hoteltag (German Hotel Day) are taking place parallel to ORGATEC and have designated exactly this future-oriented theme, to integrate architecture more intensely with the planning of building and hotel construction. The networking of and within buildings plays a very important role here.

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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 few 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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The special Smart Office & Conferencing Technology event area will reveal the new techniques and developments opened up by digitalisation.

The special event is hosted in collaboration with Koelnmesse’s partner Zgoll Konferenzraum GmbH and other sponsors.

The special aspect here: The high-tech products are not simply being exhibited, but indeed presented under real conditions and can thus be subjected to a real everyday test. The conference rooms that are innovatively equipped technically speaking can for instance actually be used for meetings at the fair.

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.

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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