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GPD, event, glass, conference, workshop, tampere, Finland


One open location; no closed doors
This year’s conference will be held at Tampere Exhibition and Sports Center. The venue enables the organizers to stage the GPD Conference in one open 5,000 square meter space, providing the perfect environment for conferences, expo and networking.
The open nature of the venue makes moving between sessions and presentations easy and efficient. The same is true for networking. Visitors can easily meet the world’s top experts in the industry. Everyone is together in one, open space, which makes it natural and easy to connect.  
This ideal location also provides exhibitors and media representatives with a perfect platform to meet, showcase or launch products, services and know-how.
In addition, all coffees and lunches will be served in the expo area.
Wide range of glass industry topics
The workshops offer a multitude of subjects, ranging from market opportunities, smart and thin glass, tempering and laminating, to glass technology and features. They are even held in different locations in Tampere. Please note the “High Rise – Northern Exposure” workshop will be held in the Helsinki area. The seminar is arranged in conjunction with Aalto University and coordinated by professor/architect Mr. Kimmo Lintula and Mr. Peter Smithson, BG&E Facades Pty. Ltd., Australia.

As Mr. Smithson states, “High-rise construction is becoming increasingly popular in urban areas in the Nordic region, where construction previously was more horizontal than vertical.”
 Everything’s smart
The main theme of GPD 2019 revolves around concepts of the future. You are looking into themes around smart glazing, smart factories, smart buildings and even smart cities. The technical sessions of the conference and workshops will address the challenges the industry faces today regarding the ever-changing demands from architectural development, façade engineering, new technologies and the latest R&D, as well as energy efficiency, and glass and sustainability.
A special focus will be on how new glass technologies, such as smart, thin and ultra-thin glass, respond to these demands. New viewpoints on smart glass will be introduced, such as smart glazing to keep energy balanced or transparent solar panels to generate energy.
 Moving forward with Industry 4.0
The fourth industrial revolution is already underway around the world, fundamentally altering the way we live, work and relate to one another.
In the glass industry, digitalization is here and its influences on the industry are inevitable. IoT/Industry 4.0 provides numerous advantages for the glass industry. With these possibilities, we are able to influence the entire value chain, from the design process to manufacturing – and on to the use of final products.
 Tapping into young, entrepreneurial energy
“With such a future in mind, new skillsets and innovate thinking is required. We need young, passionate and entrepreneurial individuals to keep the industry versatile and able to react to the changes the future will bring. Universities are hubs of such young, enthusiastic and brilliant talents with the passion to discover new ways and think outside the box,” says Jorma Vitkala, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Glass Performance Days.
These enthusiastic people are needed in the industry to develop it and generate new innovations, for example, when it comes to the internal features of glass. Universities are also crucial in R&D, especially in product development. Companies will benefit from the cooperation of R&D activities with universities, largely because of the energetic, young students who have a willingness to expand their talents.
 Closer connections between universities and industry
In recent years, universities have realized the importance of closer connections to the industry by adjusting their funding and taking specific industry needs into consideration.
R&D is crucial for the industry – and at GPD, it holds a very strong position – with both days filled with different presentations and publications of entirely new research results.

Step Change helps startups step up
As the world transitions into the IoT/Industry 4.0 era, the industry needs multinational and entrepreneurial startups to bring innovations to the market. This year, nearly 30 startups and scale-ups will participate in the Step Change event at GPD 2019, where these new companies showcase their disruptive ideas to win new business opportunities and funding.

Networking connects all
GPD is the ideal place for networking and finding interesting information and people within the industry. The event offers plenty of opportunities to create partnerships and connect with like-minded people during networking events such as lunches, coffee breaks, the get-together party and conference dinner...

And, of course, this year will also feature the grand farewell party and the retirement celebration of our GPD founder and head organizer – Jorma Vitkala.

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