LD+A eReport: LIGHTFAIR Preview

May 13 [addtoany]

A Return to Philadelphia
Much like Rocky Balboa—who can’t resist the pull of his native city—LIGHTFAIR continues to find a home in Philadelphia. The 30th annual LIGHTFAIR International (May 19-23) will mark the third Philadelphia staging since 2011 with more than 500 exhibitors and 40 product categories filling the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s six exhibit halls.

The 2019 trade show floor—highlighted by the forward-looking IoTand Intelligent Lighting Pavilions—will be the largest yet, and the accompanying conference program will give professionals from a broad spectrum of professions insight into what’s ahead. Top practitioners from many disciplines will lead courses that share intelligence on the newest information and practices. These accredited courses range from 60 minutes to two days in length and cover a wide range of topics.
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Keynote and Guest Speaker Provide Food for Thought

Keynote Speaker: Caleb Harper, Principal Investigator and Director, Open Agriculture MIT Media Lab
Monday, May 20, 12:15 p.m.- 1:45 p.m. Ballroom AB
Caleb Harper leads a diverse group of engineers, architects and scientists in the exploration and development of future food systems. Harper’s research focuses in the areas of control environment design, actuated sensing, control automation and data-driven resource, energy, and biologic optimization. His group, together with strategic partners, is developing an open-source agricultural hardware, software, and data common with the goal of creating a more agile, responsive and collaborative food system.

Opening Day Speaker: Alex Kenjeev, President, O’Leary Ventures
Tuesday, May 21, 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. LFI Live, Booth 5455
As president of O’Leary Ventures, Alex Kenjeev negotiates with, oversees and mentors a portfolio of rapidly growing businesses across many industries.
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A Session a Day…
LIGHTFAIR’s 2019 program offers more than 170 hours of accredited educational options covering a broad spectrum of topics. Highlights from this year’s agenda, organized by day, include…
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LD+A Hosts Roundtable Panel at ‘LFI Live’
LD+A will host a panel discussion entitled “Careers in Lighting: What’s Hot and What’s Not” on Wednesday, May 22 from 3:00 pm-3:45 pm in “LFI Live,” Booth 5455. Paul Tarricone, Editor and Publisher of LD+A, will moderate the panel, which includes Paul Pompeo, The Pompeo Group, Randy Reid, EdisonReport, Cheryl English, Acuity Brands Lighting, and Jered Widmer of The Lighting Practice. This diverse panel, representing the manufacturing, design and recruiting sides of the industry, will partake in a fast-paced, freewheeling roundtable discussion on which jobs are hot, which are not, and what the skillset of the quintessential lighting professional will look like moving forward.
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Can’t Miss Tours
Tuesday, May 21: Dilworth Park Evening Exploration
Arup Lighting has been working with a large design team for several years to redesign Dilworth Park’s public areas, with Center City District (CCD). With new lighting, water fountain and Janet Echelman’s “Pulse” fog and light-art piece, this project covered all aspects of public lighting from general illumination through dynamic DMX controlled artistic illumination.

Wednesday, May 22: Dinner & Tour of the Liacouras Center: LED Sports Lighting at Temple University sponsored by EATON
Solid-state sports lighting is here! The needs and demands of sports venues, both outdoor and indoor, continue to evolve with technology and societal demand for enhanced experiences, safety of players, green initiatives, controls and monitoring, and budgetary considerations related to life-cycle costs including maintenance.
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