In 2017, Altair’s solidThinking Converge conference series will be hosted in four locations across three continents, with dates in the USA, Germany, China and Japan. Converge 2017 will host industrial designers, design engineers, architects, and other thought leaders active in product creation from around the globe. According to the organisers, the conference series will continue to explore the middle ground shared by design and technology, fueled by the new software, creativity, materials and cutting-edge manufacturing technologies that are changing the way product creators create.
James R Scapa, Altair’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, explained, “Altair’s focus on bringing together multiple disciplines of engineering and the creative process helps foster creativity and innovation in the design and development of our customers’ products. I encourage you to attend our global Converge conferences this year. We are committed to spotlighting product and experience creators of depth and diversity. From entertainment to transportation, architecture, fashion, consumer electronics and beyond. These are the people working on tomorrow’s breakthrough advancements and discoveries; it doesn’t get much more exciting than that.”
In 2016, six countries hosted Converge, each with an impressive keynote speaker line-up. Presentations were given by Ralph Gilles, Head of Design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Janine Benyus, Co-Founder of Biomimicry 3.8, Arjen Benders and Jens Andersson of Philips and many more.
Registration is now open for the first event in 2017, to take place in Los Angeles, California, and will open for the subsequent events in the near future. The current series schedule is as follows:
- Los Angeles, California, USA: September 13, 2017
- Essen, Germany: October 17, 2017
- China: November 2017 (further details to be announced)
- Tokyo, Japan: November 22, 2017