You know Xlab 2015 is about design + technology. You know you’ll hear about the latest digital tools and platforms being used to connect people and place. You know you’ll keep yourself on the leading (not following!) edge of your profession by taking part in the conversation. But you may not know these 6 surprising ways that you'll be inspired at Xlab 2015!
1. Xlab is not just about the future; it’s also about RIGHT NOW.
You’ll see how digital technology is revolutionizing your profession AND get real-world, right-now ideas you can use in your next project. (Beacons anyone?)
2. Women are a strong force in the digital world (and at Xlab!).
With design digerati like augmented reality and social messaging entrepreneur Vivian Rosenthal(Snaps), MIT Media Lab PhD and inventor Flavia Sparacino(Sensing Places), and DIY wearables video queen Becky Stern(Adafruit) on the program, Xlab 2015 profiles how women are taking the reins in the digital Wild West. There are a lot of positive female role models to admire and aspire to!
3. It’s not about the technology de jour—it’s about the possibilities and what they mean to YOU.
At Xlab 2015 you’ll hear about smart spaces,beacons, branded messaging, wearable technology,augmented reality, and much more.But beyond this year’s crop of brand-new, you’ll discover that these tools represent infinite possibilities for you and your practice. Who’s going to create that next breakthrough app or platform? Why not you?
4. Real connection is SO worth the trip.
Emails and social media are great (and, yes, you can do it all on Skype). But in our sometimes isolating, sometimes crazy-making world, there’s no substitute for getting away from your computer and making that human connection. At Xlab 2015, you’ll find friendly folks you’ll want to meet, socialize with, and collaborate with on your next project. There’s also a social hosted by SEGD’s NYC chapter. (Yes!)
5. With Xlab 2015 happening during New York Digital Signage Week, you’ll get a professional and inspirational (not the gross kind of) DOUBLE-DIP!
(Your boss will love that!) NYDSW(Nov. 2-6) includes a full roster of events to bring you up to speed on all things digital.
6. November is THE best month to visit New York City.
Incredible shopping. Food. Museums. Shows. Holiday windows. A fantastic Xlab 2015 venue at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea. And (optional) project tours on Friday, Nov. 6 will take you to studios and project sites all over Manhattan.