PRINT 17, the largest gathering of the printing, publishing, in-plant, graphic communications and mailing/fulfillment communities in the Americas, is back in Chicago with new opportunities to grow the industry. PRINT is owned and produced by NPES – The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies and takes place September 10-14, 2017.
PRINT 17 will feature new, innovative education session formats this year that foster knowledge exchanges and allow attendees to design their own “Learning Experience.” More than 50 education sessions will shed light on topics ranging from design/creative process, packaging, marketing, growth strategies and emerging technologies. These education programs analyze new methods to increase ROI through education seminars and hands-on labs, pre-show OUTLOOK 17 conference, panel discussions, “Distinguished Leader” speakers, and The Learning Experience Theater presentations on the show floor.
New this year, the “Distinguished Leader” speaker series will bring demonstrated thought leaders and agents of change, open to all at no cost. These leaders in their fields will share their unique experiences and how to stay ahead in the industry. Kicking off the morning Monday, September 11, Tod Szewczyk, VP, Director Emerging Technology & Innovation of Leo Burnett speaks on “The Future of People, Technology and Advertising.” Tuesday, September 12 attendees will hear from Michael Chase, Chief Marketing Officer at St. Joseph Communications, on “Print in a Digital World 2018 Trend Report.”
“We know that the success of the entire printing and graphic communications industry hinges on staying profitable,” said NPES President Thayer Long. “We are transforming PRINT 17 into an entirely new experience—with more opportunities to connect and inspirational learning sessions to innovate the industry. PRINT 17 promises to deliver the venue for business networking and commerce within our community needed to grow this industry.”
Also new this year is the first annual Celebrate PRINT! Our Party with a Purpose. With PRINT 17’s return to Chicago, this party—at the House of Blues Chicago—will benefit Family Rescue, one of the largest domestic violence agencies in Illinois. This free party will feature the famous Chicago eighties band Sixteen Candles, and provide an opportunity to both dance and donate.
To make it easier for the entire industry to come together for the show, NPES is providing free high-speed wireless internet service throughout the convention center. This will allow PRINT 17 attendees to stay connected to their businesses with their personal devices while experiencing the latest technologies and trends in Chicago.