GPD Finland 2017
28/06/2017 - 30/06/2017
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Glass Performance Days Conference has reached its 25 Year Anniversary in June 28-30, 2017. GPD can look back at an impressive record of collected and shared glass industry essentials, making it more than 10 000 pages of technical documents. Since its inception in 1992, a total of over 14,600 delegates have attended 3,200 presentations, listened to 1,100 speakers and formed over 30,000 contacts.
Twenty-five years could well be labeled one generation in the life of a business. Many things have changed and some basics, like the physical properties of the glass material, have remained the same. A look at today's city planning and building designs plus the requirements put on energy-efficiency, environmental comfort and stylishness reveals how far we have come from the very first use of glass to cover window openings in buildings.
The start of GPD was triggered by the observation that glass processors had something very important in common – the effective use of state-of-the-art equipment and technology. It was equally evident that this know-how was something that needed to be shared. ‘We have always believed in the power of information sharing for the development of the industry’, Vitkala adds.
‘The modular program, facilitating networking, the hands-on workshops on special topics and the path-breaking presentations of new technology clearly standout on GPD’s success menu’, says Jorma Vitkala. ‘The 25 Years anniversary conference will naturally use all of these and add some more’, Jorma Vitkala promises.
This year we are launching the Step Change program, which is going to introduce new technologies aimed to propel the development of the glass industry. We plan on doing this by involving startup companies, investors and a mentoring platform. The event will address the need to have continuity in transferring knowledge from the older to the younger generations. The event will further focus its mission to support growth through innovation and education.
Step Change is a new module of the GPD-conference aimed at startups, investors and mentors. Our purpose it to accelerate the development of the glass industry through innovation and education.
We are bringing in startup companies from all over the world to meet with the industry and make a step change. It is our hope that we will introduce the glass industry to the disruptive influence of the startup community and increase the clock speed of the industy. We are furthering the community developm
ent by introducing a mentoring program to foster new startups and involve engagement between different generations in an open exchange of ideas.
Do you fit the profile? Your contribution can be software, a design or a product, a patent or an idea, any of which can be utilized within the glass supply chain.
We are looking for startups, companies with new technologies or research groups with innovative ideas that can be implemented in the glass industry.
We would also like to invite venture capital, investors and business angels to take part in the first of a kind startup event in the glass industry.
Alongside the Step Change program we are also introducing a mentoring and ambassador program. The goal is help the new entrepreneurs network and find their place in the industry.
Startups are presented with a unique possibility to access an industry that has not been saturated with new tech and will benefit greatly from new innovation.
Included in the enrollment fee all startup attendants will get:
The conference is supported by the following trade fairs and associations:
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