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NeoCon Podcast Studio

NeoCon will once again host a dynamic live podcast studio powered by SURROUND a podcast network by SANDOW. An impressive lineup of captivating shows focused on architecture and interior design will be recorded on the vibrant first floor of THE MART.

Attendees will have the opportunity to stop by to meet the hosts and hear the podcasts being recorded "Live from NeoCon". 


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Recording Schedule

  • Monday, June 10, 10:30 A.M. CDT
  • NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR, FL 1

The Design Board

The Design Board 2024 V2
Hosts
  • Susan Fernandez
    Vice President, UpSpring

  • Caroline Saba
    Vice Presdient, UpSpring

  • Tiffany Rafii
    CEO, UpSpring

The Design Board is a podcast hosted by UpSpring, a PR and marketing agency for the design and development industries. Tune in to hear various experts across the architecture and design community and beyond to chat about everything from the latest industry news to marketing tips, tools, and tactics for brands on their way up.

About

Susan Fernandez is Vice President of UpSpring and a skilled brand strategist who specializes in helping her clients discover their unique voice and differentiate themselves in the competitive building and architectural product industry. With years of experience under her belt, she understands that having a strong brand is essential to stand out in today’s marketplace. By working closely with her clients, Susan uncovers their brand identity and develops comprehensive strategies that align with their business development goals.

Caroline Saba is a communications expert with a passion for helping brands elevate their presence in their respective industries. With a keen eye for detail and a focused approach to client ideation, Caroline specializes in developing comprehensive strategies that align with a client’s business development goals. As a Vice President at UpSpring, Caroline draws on her expertise and creativity, working diligently to strike a balance between innovation and strategy, creating and executing effective communication and marketing programs for a variety of clients, including architecture firms, design firms, developers, and product manufacturers.

Tiffany Rafii is the CEO of UpSpring, a leading communications and digital marketing agency that she co-founded in 2009. With Tiffany at the helm, UpSpring has continued to innovate, expanding services and challenging the way the industry views traditional marketing and PR strategies. Tiffany focuses on driving growth through strategic business development initiatives, recruitment, and the creation and execution of creative company programming. As a skilled strategist, Tiffany brings an unparalleled level of insight and vision to the table, overseeing every aspect of UpSpring’s client service strategy to ensure unparalleled success for every client.

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  • Monday, June 10, 12:00 P.M. CDT
  • NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR, FL 1

NeoConversations

Neo Conversations 1
Hosts
  • Avi Rajagopal
    Editor in Chief, METROPOLIS

  • Hannah Viti
    Producer of Podcasts & Video, SANDOW

NeoConversations takes you inside the heart of NeoCon, the premier event for the commercial interior design industry. This year, Avi Rajagopal, editor in chief of METROPOLIS, steps in as the host to capture all the dynamic happenings of the world’s largest architecture and design event. Join him as he navigates the vast landscape of NeoCon, engaging with veteran attendees, panel moderators, and CEU experts. These conversations peel back the layers of the event, providing both new and returning attendees with insights to enhance their experience.

About

Avinash Rajagopal is the editor in chief of Metropolis, an award-winning architecture and design publication. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at events related to interior design, architecture, and urbanism, and is an advocate for sustainable architecture and design. He is the author of Hacking Design (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2013) and has contributed to many volumes on design history, including The Culture of Nature in the History of Design (Routledge, 2019) and The Atlas of Furniture Design (Vitra Design Museum, 2019).

Hannah Viti is a professional with experience in podcast and video production, archiving, and event coordination. With a background in communication and multimedia, Hannah has worked with various companies and organizations such as SANDOW, WTTW/Chicago PBS, and ThinkLab. Hannah has also been involved in branded content production for clients such as Starbucks and MillerCoors. Hannah holds a Master of Arts in Sound Arts and Industries from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Studies and Gender Studies from DePauw University.

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  • Monday, June 10, 2:30 P.M. CDT
  • NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR, FL 1

Break Some Dishes

Break Some Dishes
Hosts
  • Verda Alexander
    Co-founder, Studio O+A | Editor-at-Large, METROPOLIS

  • Jon Strassner
    Director of Outreach, mindful MATERIALS | Independent Climate Consultant

Guest
  • John Derkach
    Founder, BAYA

Defying the rules to inspire design. Under the lens of creativity, Verda Alexander and Jon Strassner swap stories with the unlikeliest of heroes in this fight to save our planet.

About

Verda Alexander is a Nicaragua-born, San Francisco-based designer, climate activist, and artist. She is the Editor-at-Large at Metropolis Magazine, co-founder of Studio O+A, and co-host of “Break Some Dishes,” a podcast that engages innovators in conversations about meeting the challenges of climate change. Verda has spent 30 years in the design industry redefining the workplace and looking ahead to the future of work itself. Combining a multi-disciplinary career with a passionate commitment to improving lives through design, her typical contribution to a project is to question received wisdom, test basic assumptions, and look beyond conventional solutions to a more creative path. Over the past decade she has focused on experimental projects; installations, interactive exhibits, and a mobile design lab that engaged with communities across California. Verda is an inductee in Interior Design Magazine’s Hall of Fame and received the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design in 2016.

With 28 years of industry experience, working closely with the architecture and design community and manufacturers, Jon Strassner is passionate about understanding the role we all play in Net Positive Impact, where we don’t just take less from the environment, but restore, regenerate, and replace what has been damaged or destroyed. A passionate founding member of Next Wave Plastics, Jon has worked tirelessly to bring climate awareness to our industry. An Impact Icon 2022 award winner, his thought leadership has not gone unnoticed as designers and manufacturers alike are working to understand their role in climate change. Jon is also the co-founder and co-creator of the Break Some Dishes podcast, where he and his partner, Verda Alexander, look for stories and personas in the sustainability world and bring them back to our industry for inspiration and greater understanding. Together they have released over 50 episodes since 2019. Jon is also the Director of Outreach for mindful MATERIALS and an independent climate consultant.

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  • Monday, June 10, 3:30 P.M. CDT
  • NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR, FL 1

Barriers to Entry

Barriers to entry
Hosts
  • Andrew Lane
    Co-founder, digby

  • Tessa Bain
    Co-founder, digby

  • Bobby Bonett
    EVP of Digital and Strategic Growth, SANDOW

Guest
  • Karli Slocum
    VP of Product and Marketing, 3form

On each episode of Barriers to Entry, we get into it with the leaders, the designers, the early adopters, and the inventors who are helping to shape how emerging technologies are being brought to life to solve problems and create new opportunities across the architecture and design industry. We’ll cut through the hype around topics like the metaverse, the blockchain, and artificial intelligence, and get into the real-life implications and applications for our world.

Hosted by SANDOW DESIGN GROUP’s Bobby Bonett, and digby co-founders Andrew Lane and Tessa Bain.

About

As co-founder at digby, Andrew Lane draws from over two decades of digital business and Web 2.0 leadership experience to help heritage-rich global brands navigate their first steps into Web3, blockchain and the metaverse, with a focus on delivering brand value and new revenue and customer engagement opportunities. A seasoned entrepreneur, intrapreneur, speaker, and educator with deep expertise in emerging technologies, Andrew made his career building and leading teams and organizations from startups to multinational corporations through change and transformation. He’s spoken at leading conferences in multiple industries, designed and delivered innovative courses for prominent colleges and universities in digital media and technology, and sat on numerous boards and councils aligned to helping organizations and individuals chart their course into new territory. Andrew is also a co-host of Barriers to Entry, a web3 and emerging tech podcast for the architecture and design industry, and a co-founder of Interior Design Magazine’s Metaverse Architecture & Design (MAD) Awards.

Tessa Bain draws on more than a decade of experience working with prominent and iconic global brands in the interior design world to her role as co-founder of digby. She brings this deep understanding of the design industry to her work to deliver practical strategies to leverage web 3.0, the blockchain and the metaverse, enabling her to deliver brand growth and retail innovation for digby’s partners. A seasoned sales leader, business builder and entrepreneur, she’s proven her ability time and again to open up new revenue streams that expand businesses into new territories while remaining authentic to core values. Most recently, Tessa built the Canadian territory for the iconic family of Design Within Reach Contract brands and guided the business through the Herman Miller acquisition & merger of Knoll. She holds an M.S. from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. from New Mexico State University where she was a NCAA Division 1 swimmer. Tessa is also a co-host of Barriers to Entry, a web3 and emerging tech podcast for the architecture and design industry, and a co-founder of Interior Design Magazine’s Metaverse Architecture & Design (MAD) Awards.

Bobby Bonett is a digital media leader with experience in building brands, developing content, growing audiences, driving monetization, and scaling teams. As Executive Vice President at SANDOW DESIGN GROUP, Bobby oversees digital strategy and operations, digital content services, content distribution networks, and business growth strategies for SANDOW DESIGN GROUP’s multi-platform collective of design brands.

In 2020, Bobby launched DESIGNTV by SANDOW, a streaming video network that amassed more than 10 million views in its first year; in 2021, he introduced The Agency by SANDOW, a full-service digital agency for the architecture and design industry; and, in 2022, he launched the SURROUND podcast network.

Bobby lives on Long Island with his wife Jenn and their three daughters, Arlene, Lenny, and Margaret. He is a lifelong (and long-suffering) Jets fan; his daughters, mercifully, are not.

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  • Tuesday, June 11, 10:30 A.M. CDT
  • NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR, FL 1

Barriers to Entry

Barriers to entry
Hosts
  • Andrew Lane
    Co-founder, digby

  • Tessa Bain
    Co-founder, digby

  • Bobby Bonett
    EVP of Digital and Strategic Growth, SANDOW

Guest
  • Federico Negro
    Founder, Canoa

On each episode of Barriers to Entry, we get into it with the leaders, the designers, the early adopters, and the inventors who are helping to shape how emerging technologies are being brought to life to solve problems and create new opportunities across the architecture and design industry. We’ll cut through the hype around topics like the metaverse, the blockchain, and artificial intelligence, and get into the real-life implications and applications for our world.

Hosted by SANDOW DESIGN GROUP’s Bobby Bonett, and digby co-founders Andrew Lane and Tessa Bain.

About

As co-founder at digby, Andrew Lane draws from over two decades of digital business and Web 2.0 leadership experience to help heritage-rich global brands navigate their first steps into Web3, blockchain and the metaverse, with a focus on delivering brand value and new revenue and customer engagement opportunities. A seasoned entrepreneur, intrapreneur, speaker, and educator with deep expertise in emerging technologies, Andrew made his career building and leading teams and organizations from startups to multinational corporations through change and transformation. He’s spoken at leading conferences in multiple industries, designed and delivered innovative courses for prominent colleges and universities in digital media and technology, and sat on numerous boards and councils aligned to helping organizations and individuals chart their course into new territory. Andrew is also a co-host of Barriers to Entry, a web3 and emerging tech podcast for the architecture and design industry, and a co-founder of Interior Design Magazine’s Metaverse Architecture & Design (MAD) Awards.

Tessa Bain draws on more than a decade of experience working with prominent and iconic global brands in the interior design world to her role as co-founder of digby. She brings this deep understanding of the design industry to her work to deliver practical strategies to leverage web 3.0, the blockchain and the metaverse, enabling her to deliver brand growth and retail innovation for digby’s partners. A seasoned sales leader, business builder and entrepreneur, she’s proven her ability time and again to open up new revenue streams that expand businesses into new territories while remaining authentic to core values. Most recently, Tessa built the Canadian territory for the iconic family of Design Within Reach Contract brands and guided the business through the Herman Miller acquisition & merger of Knoll. She holds an M.S. from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. from New Mexico State University where she was a NCAA Division 1 swimmer. Tessa is also a co-host of Barriers to Entry, a web3 and emerging tech podcast for the architecture and design industry, and a co-founder of Interior Design Magazine’s Metaverse Architecture & Design (MAD) Awards.

Bobby Bonett is a digital media leader with experience in building brands, developing content, growing audiences, driving monetization, and scaling teams. As Executive Vice President at SANDOW DESIGN GROUP, Bobby oversees digital strategy and operations, digital content services, content distribution networks, and business growth strategies for SANDOW DESIGN GROUP’s multi-platform collective of design brands.

In 2020, Bobby launched DESIGNTV by SANDOW, a streaming video network that amassed more than 10 million views in its first year; in 2021, he introduced The Agency by SANDOW, a full-service digital agency for the architecture and design industry; and, in 2022, he launched the SURROUND podcast network.

Bobby lives on Long Island with his wife Jenn and their three daughters, Arlene, Lenny, and Margaret. He is a lifelong (and long-suffering) Jets fan; his daughters, mercifully, are not.

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  • Tuesday, June 11, 1:30 P.M. CDT
  • NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR, FL 1

Surround in Session - Meet & Greet Event

Join the SURROUND team for an hour of games, gabbing, gourmet treats, and a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode! Dive into the world of podcasts with us as you take a break from your appointments and indulge in some fun. Have a brilliant podcast idea? Want to rave about your favorite shows? Curious about the secrets behind our world-class productions? Every conversation is welcome at SURROUND in SESSION! Whether you're a podcast enthusiast or just curious, this is your chance to connect, share, and be inspired.

  • Tuesday, June 11, 3:00 P.M. CDT
  • NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR, FL 1

NeoConversations

Neo Conversations 1
Hosts
  • Avi Rajagopal
    Editor in Chief, METROPOLIS

  • Hannah Viti
    Producer of Podcasts & Video, SANDOW

NeoConversations takes you inside the heart of NeoCon, the premier event for the commercial interior design industry. This year, Avi Rajagopal, editor in chief of METROPOLIS, steps in as the host to capture all the dynamic happenings of the world’s largest architecture and design event. Join him as he navigates the vast landscape of NeoCon, engaging with veteran attendees, panel moderators, and CEU experts. These conversations peel back the layers of the event, providing both new and returning attendees with insights to enhance their experience.

About

Avinash Rajagopal is the editor in chief of Metropolis, an award-winning architecture and design publication. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at events related to interior design, architecture, and urbanism, and is an advocate for sustainable architecture and design. He is the author of Hacking Design (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2013) and has contributed to many volumes on design history, including The Culture of Nature in the History of Design (Routledge, 2019) and The Atlas of Furniture Design (Vitra Design Museum, 2019).

Hannah Viti is a professional with experience in podcast and video production, archiving, and event coordination. With a background in communication and multimedia, Hannah has worked with various companies and organizations such as SANDOW, WTTW/Chicago PBS, and ThinkLab. Hannah has also been involved in branded content production for clients such as Starbucks and MillerCoors. Hannah holds a Master of Arts in Sound Arts and Industries from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Studies and Gender Studies from DePauw University.

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 A.M. CDT
  • NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR, FL 1

Designs Nerds Anonymous

A Surround Production ThinkLab Design Nerds Anonymous Logo
Host
  • Amanda Schneider, LEED AP, MBA
    Founder, ThinkLab

Guest
  • Cindy Kaufman
    Vice President of Marketing, Mannington Commercial

Customers are expecting a seamless B2C user experience in the B2B space. How can manufacturers best combine physical and digital elements to showcase their products in this hybrid era?

Welcome to Design Nerds Anonymous, the interiors industry-focused podcast that sparks curiosity at the intersection of business and design, from ThinkLab and SANDOW Design Group.

Thinklab.design/design-nerds-anonymous

About

Amanda Schneider, LEED AP, MBA is a researcher, writer, and founder of ThinkLab. Amanda is a strategic thinker with a strong background including industrial design, market research, product management, sales, and strategic launch practices with a breadth of companies within the interiors industry. Amanda’s creative process stems from her education in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, while her natural business sense is augmented by her MBA from the University of Iowa. She is passionate about studying the latest workplace trends to make meaningful connections for the industry and regularly blogs about them in various industry publications. When she’s not busy working in her suburban Chicago office or visiting clients, you can find her trail running at freakishly early hours of the morning, dreaming about that book she’ll write someday, or ambushing her secret stash of dark chocolate and red wine.

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 10:00 A.M. CDT
  • NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR, FL 1

Designs Nerds Anonymous

Design Nerds Anonymous 8bit
Host
  • Amanda Schneider, LEED AP, MBA
    Founder, ThinkLab

Guest
  • Byron Morton
    Vice President & Co-Head of Leasing, THE MART

Customers are expecting a seamless B2C user experience in the B2B space. How can manufacturers best combine physical and digital elements to showcase their products in this hybrid era?

Welcome to Design Nerds Anonymous, the interiors industry-focused podcast that sparks curiosity at the intersection of business and design, from ThinkLab and SANDOW Design Group.

Thinklab.design/design-nerds-anonymous

About

Amanda Schneider, LEED AP, MBA is a researcher, writer, and founder of ThinkLab. Amanda is a strategic thinker with a strong background including industrial design, market research, product management, sales, and strategic launch practices with a breadth of companies within the interiors industry. Amanda’s creative process stems from her education in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, while her natural business sense is augmented by her MBA from the University of Iowa. She is passionate about studying the latest workplace trends to make meaningful connections for the industry and regularly blogs about them in various industry publications. When she’s not busy working in her suburban Chicago office or visiting clients, you can find her trail running at freakishly early hours of the morning, dreaming about that book she’ll write someday, or ambushing her secret stash of dark chocolate and red wine.

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 12:30 P.M. CDT
  • NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR, FL 1

Deep Green

Deep Green 8bit
Host
  • Avi Rajagopal
    Editor in Chief, METROPOLIS

Deep Green is a show about how the built environment impacts climate change and equity. Buildings are some of the biggest things we make as human beings. In these bi-weekly episodes, we explore how through understanding buildings, cities, and all the things that go into them, we can do better for the environment and all life on this planet.

metropolismag.com/deep-green-podcast/

About

Avinash Rajagopal is the editor in chief of Metropolis, an award-winning architecture and design publication. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at events related to interior design, architecture, and urbanism, and is an advocate for sustainable architecture and design. He is the author of Hacking Design (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2013) and has contributed to many volumes on design history, including The Culture of Nature in the History of Design (Routledge, 2019) and The Atlas of Furniture Design (Vitra Design Museum, 2019).

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  • Wednesday, June 12, 1:30 P.M. CDT
  • NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR, FL 1

NeoConversations

Neo Conversations 1
Hosts
  • Avi Rajagopal
    Editor in Chief, METROPOLIS

  • Hannah Viti
    Producer of Podcasts & Video, SANDOW

NeoConversations takes you inside the heart of NeoCon, the premier event for the commercial interior design industry. This year, Avi Rajagopal, editor in chief of METROPOLIS, steps in as the host to capture all the dynamic happenings of the world’s largest architecture and design event. Join him as he navigates the vast landscape of NeoCon, engaging with veteran attendees, panel moderators, and CEU experts. These conversations peel back the layers of the event, providing both new and returning attendees with insights to enhance their experience.

About

Avinash Rajagopal is the editor in chief of Metropolis, an award-winning architecture and design publication. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at events related to interior design, architecture, and urbanism, and is an advocate for sustainable architecture and design. He is the author of Hacking Design (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2013) and has contributed to many volumes on design history, including The Culture of Nature in the History of Design (Routledge, 2019) and The Atlas of Furniture Design (Vitra Design Museum, 2019).

Hannah Viti is a professional with experience in podcast and video production, archiving, and event coordination. With a background in communication and multimedia, Hannah has worked with various companies and organizations such as SANDOW, WTTW/Chicago PBS, and ThinkLab. Hannah has also been involved in branded content production for clients such as Starbucks and MillerCoors. Hannah holds a Master of Arts in Sound Arts and Industries from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Studies and Gender Studies from DePauw University.

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