NKBA and Emerald Expositions to Host Design + Tech Conference
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and Emerald Expositions have developed a new conference centered on construction professionals and home technology integrators. Taking place on Dec. 11, the Design + Tech Conference will spark conversations between brands, specifiers, and installers with the hope that it may lead to collaboration and partnerships.
“Residential consumers continue to demand more complex, seamless design integration in their homes,” said Bill Darcy, CEO, NKBA. “Our NKBA 2018 and 2019 Kitchen and Bath Tech Awareness & Usage market research studies confirm consumer desire and willingness to adopt better, faster and more complex whole-home integration systems. They are looking for trusted professionals from the design, construction and tech integration spheres to work closely together, for harmonious design and installation of these systems.”
The NKBA, and Emerald-owned CE Pro, KBB put together a comprehensive lineup of sessions spanning the interior design, kitchen, and bath design categories. Specifically, the event will outline the evolving smart home industry and how professionals can best tackle these types of projects with confidence.
Julie Jacobsen, founding editor of CE Pro; Chelsie Butler, executive editor of KBB (Kitchen & Bath Business), and other industry experts will host panel discussions and presentations across various topics including Internet of Things (IoT), home automation, security, wellness-related technology, principles of good design integration, and tips on creating effective business partnerships to achieve success in designing beautiful residential spaces.
“We are honored to partner with the NKBA to produce this important new conference,” said Brian Pagel, EVP, Emerald Expositions. “Our collaboration is a strong one. For over 30 years, we have produced the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show for the NKBA and publish KBB (Kitchen & Bath Business), the official media partner of the Association. Our more than 100,000 design, construction, technology and home-automation contacts will appreciate the opportunity to learn about and participate in this new collaboration. Additionally, as the owners and producers of CEDIA Expo – the event for the residential custom technology professional, CE Pro and Total Tech Summit, we are uniquely positioned to bring all interested parties into one solid location to learn, share and understand where residential integrated technology is headed.”
The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Convene, 117 West 46th Street, New York, and will close with a cocktail reception. Those interested in attending can register on Oct. 15 at designtechconnection.com.