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NeoCon Student Programs

NeoCon is the largest commercial interiors show in North America, taking place at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago since 1969. NeoCon today remains the premier platform for connecting, learning, and doing business in the industry.

IIDA student programs at NeoCon allow participants to engage with industry leaders, design professionals, architects, and more in a variety of workshops, strategic discussions, and an interactive, live competition. 

Register to NeoCon 2018.


MONDAY, JUNE 11

IIDA + IDEAPAINT STUDENT GRAFFITI CHALLENGE
TIME: 1:30 – 3 p.m. 
LOCATION: IIDA Headquarters, 111 E. Wacker Drive, Floor 2, Suite 222, Chicago, Illinois

IIDA and IdeaPaint invite IIDA student members to participate in the IIDA + IdeaPaint Student Graffiti Challenge. Students will channel their creativity while using IdeaPaint products to hand draw graffiti on designated surfaces of the IIDA HQ office. It’s the perfect opportunity for students to network with their peers, win raffle prizes, and meet with IdeaPaint representatives as well as Primo Orpilla, FIIDA, IIDA Global Chair of Student Experience, and founder of Studio O+A. After the event, students will gain early access to the IIDA Monday Party where their hand-drawn artwork will be displayed to over 300+ industry professionals.

RSVP by emailing Ryan Ben at rben@iida.org. Students are accepted on a first come first served basis with a maximum of three students from each school. Limited spots available.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12

IIDA STUDENT DESIGN CHARETTE
Sponsored by Herman Miller and Wallcoverings Association
TIME
: Charette: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Charette judging: 3 - 5 p.m. 
LOCATION: The Merchandise Mart, Suite 622, Chicago Illinois

School-nominated, IIDA Student Members from around the country will compete in this live, onsite annual design competition during NeoCon. Students have less than six hours to determine a design solution, develop a presentation, and pitch their concept to a panel of esteemed judges. NeoCon attendees are encouraged to observe the students during the creative and presentation process. Final presentations will take place on Tues., June 12 at 3 p.m., with winners announced at the Winners Reception on Wed., June 13. This year’s program was created in conjunction with charette sponsor Herman Miller.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 

IIDA CAREER BOOTCAMP™ TOWN HALL: DESIGNING FOR NOW
Sponsored by OFS
TIME: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
LOCATION: The Merchandise Mart, 6th Floor, Suite 622, Chicago, Illinois

Starting your career in interior design may sound daunting. But it doesn’t have to be.

Join IIDA for our first IIDA Career Bootcamp Town Hall where four IIDA Student of the Year recipients, including this year ’s, will share how they came to interior design and lessons learned since starting their design careers. We will begin by asking panelists, Lindzey Duval, Student IIDA; Amy Hufford, Associate IIDA; Tara Headley, Associate IIDA; and this year’s winner, to share their stories. We’ll then open the conversation to the room, and encourage attendees to ask our speakers questions. Together, through dialogue, we’ll give students and recent graduates the tools for a successful design career.  Read highlights from last year’s panel.

IIDA STUDENT DESIGN CHARETTE WINNERS RECEPTION
TIME: 3 - 5 p.m.
Sponsored by DIRTT
LOCATION: DIRTT, 325 N. Wells St., Chicago, Illinois

Join the charette participants, judges, and IIDA at the Charette Winners Reception where the winners of the Student Design Charette and People’s Choice winner will be announced. Light bites and beverages will be served (valid ID required).