NeoCon 2023 Keynotes

Pulling from diverse backgrounds and experiences and drawing inspiration from music, poetry, technology, and the power of community, this year’s keynotes will explore how we can build a more sustainable, equitable and brighter future.

Programming registration will open April 3. 

Amy Webb
Designing a Way Forward
Monday, June 12, 10 a.m. CT
As the design and business worlds look to navigate today’s disruption while preparing for the complexities of the future, world-renowned quantitative futurist and tech leader Amy Webb provides the strategic foresight and forecasting that is crucial for organizations to adapt and position themselves for sustained success in this era of unprecedented transformation. Believing that the global challenges faced by business and society are interconnected across disciplines, Amy leads an extraordinary exploration into the emerging trends and technologies that will turn industries on their heads and reshape every aspect of our lives.
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Presented by: IIDA

Michael Murphy
Empowering our Communities
Tuesday, June 13, 10 a.m. CT
Michael Murphy
is co-founder of MASS Design Group, the award-winning architecture and design collaborative, and a designer, writer and teacher whose work investigates the social and political consequences of the built world. With a focus on how environments shape behavior, Michael’s research and writing advocate for a new empowerment in architecture that calls on architects to consider the ethical nature of their design decisions while simultaneously searching for beauty and meaning.
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Presented by: ASID

Michael Ford and Lupe Fiasco
Exploring the Rhythm of Design
Wednesday, June 14, 10 a.m. CT
Known as the “The Hip Hop Architect,” award-winning architect and academic Michael Ford is on a mission to promote diversity in the architecture, engineering and construction fields through culturally relevant pedagogy. Joining Michael is Wasalu Jaco, professionally known as Lupe Fiasco, a Chicago-born, Grammy award-winning rapper and currently a visiting professor at MIT. Together, Michael and Lupe will discuss their explorations in extracting the rhythms, textures, and patterns of Hip Hop as a source of design innovation in theory and in professional practice.
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Presented by: AIA Chicago

Registration for keynotes and all NeoCon programming will open April 3.

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