Join us in the Incubator

One of the most exciting additions to the 2016 BDNY program is the Incubator, a demo space on the exhibit floor where attendees can play with, and learn about, the latest tech toys and tools opening up new avenues in hospitality design.

This year’s focus is the virtual and artificial reality technologies you’ll soon be using to present designs to clients and collaborate more easily with owners, contractors and team members. You’ll not only experience these game-changing design tools at BDNY, you’ll learn best-practice solutions and processes that boldly go where none have gone before.

Join us in the Incubator (at BD Display #349) for four interactive demos led by experts in advanced visualization techniques:

Get (Virtually) Real

SUNDAY, NOV. 13 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Bring your designs into the virtual world, with or without a Pokémon in the corner. Listen in for a master class in crafting VR that makes clients want to keep their headsets on—or tweak it just a bit.


Michelle Acevedo, principal/owner, MAD Hospitality Studio


Ash, chief creative officer, SONNY+ASH

Mike Gajdorus, director of client experience, SONNY+ASH

Brian Thornton, design director, principal, Brian G Thornton Designs, LLC

Visualization Nation

SUNDAY, NOV. 13 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Here’s how great ideas and designs can be presented, understood and realized using new and immersive technologies. Welcome to the virtual world of 2D, 3D and even 4D and 5D.


Mark Chmielewski, senior project manager, PS&S


MONDAY, NOV. 14 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Learn how 3D printing can work for your next project, from concept to modeling to fabrication. Here is your primer in using technology as a tool for cost-effective, compelling presentations and design.


Austin Robey, design and production, Make Mode

Dimension Shift—3D Printing for the Next Generation

MONDAY, NOV. 14 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Forget about plastic bracelets. Printing in 3D is more than a fad—find out how to make it work on your next project. This session will take you into the future of 3D printing.


Casey Mahon, design technology director, CarrierJohnson + CULTURE