2017 Program

   Special Topics

CMO Forum

The CMO Forum returns this year on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 8:30 AM with a new panel of guest speakers who will share tips, tools and insights about how to succeed in the rapidly changing marketplace of display technology. They say the perfect marriage doesn’t exist, but this year’s CMO Forum will debunk that theory when our experts discuss the dynamic union that occurs when "content meets display" in Los Angles. The goal of this panel is to discuss how you can take sales and marketing to the next level in a highly correlated industry from content creation to display rendering.
The four panelists chosen will help provide the audience with a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by marketing and sales professionals, as well as offer advice on best practices.
Justin Kalvitz
Senior Vice President Global Commercial Business
Kent Displays

Having developed a number of brands for Fortune 200 companies like Sherwin Williams and Newell-Rubbermaid, Justin Kalvitz brings an incredible history of marketing and brand leadership to Kent Displays as its Sr. Vice President of Global Commercial Business. Since taking the helm two years ago, he oversees a tremendous period of growth for the company’s Boogie Board brand eWriters, now sold in mass-market retailers like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco, and Amazon. The brand’s incredible success can be credited to a disciplined brand strategy that allows the company to effectively navigate the waters between high technology, mass appeal, productivity, and toy through one core messaging idea – we still love to write.
Dr. Mark Verrall
Senior Vice President Research & Development
Merck KGaA

Dr. Mark Verrall is Senior Vice President and global head of R&D for the Display Materials business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt. He has over 25 years background in the displays industry, with deep experience in liquid crystals, optical films, organic electronics and process materials. Although currently based in Germany, he lived and worked in Taiwan for 7 years gaining deep insight into the LC Display manufacturing industry. He is originally British and also spent many years in the UK leading a range of innovation topics for optoelectronic materials.
Bahar Wadia
Visionox, USA

Mr. Bahar Wadia is a technologist and a successful tech entrepreneur, having scaled and exited multiple companies. He is currently scaling Visionox North America, a multi-billion-dollar OLED company based in Kunshan, China. He is also co-founder of Qwake Technologies, a company developing Augmented Reality for firefighters and first responders. He is on the Public Safety & Emergency Response committee of the AR/VR Association, which is developing best practices, guidelines, and call-to-actions for the advancement of AR/VR in commercial applications. He holds the distinct honor for being recognized as 40-under-40 by Chicago Crain’s and was nominated in 2013 as Technologist of the Year by the Illinois Technology Association. He holds numerous patents. Mr. Wadia attended The University of Massachusetts, DeVry University and DePaul University for his technical degrees and holds a MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Sridharan Subramanian (Sri)
Senior Vice President

Sridharan Subramanian (Sri) is currently Senior Vice President at Technicolor responsible for Corporate Strategy and Partnerships – targeting VR/AR, Machine learning and Cloud technologies. Till recently Sri was heading the Mobile Technology licensing division also at Technicolor where he worked with numerous OEMs in the smartphone and tablet market – with a focus on Color and HDR display technologies. Prior to Technicolor Sri worked at Qualcomm for 5 years where he was responsible for product management of the Qualcomm reference design (QRD) program and enabled the large mass market smartphone ecosystem in China and emerging markets. Sri has been in the wireless/mobile domain throughout his career working in Freescale and Motorola also on Smart devices and chipsets. Sri has a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Wearing both technical and business hats in product management, engineering and strategic roles has been his passion. He has founded his own company in the past and also enjoys doing financial investments. Outside work Sri likes playing Table Tennis and video games.
Tara Akhavan
Vice-Chair of Marketing for SID and CTO/Co-Founder of IRYStec

Tara Akhavan is a technology entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and CTO of IRYStec a Series-A Montreal based startup in the display industry. Prior to founding IRYStec, she has been awarded for scaling an Operations and Maintenance Center (OMC) product in the Telecommunications industry all the way from analyze and design to deployment in a 3GPP mobile network with 20 Million subscribers. Tara holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering, a Master degree is Artificial Intelligence and is finishing her Ph.D. in Image Processing and Computer Vision from Vienna University of Technology. Tara is an active member and the Marketing Vice-Chair for the Society of Information Displays.


Display Week 2017

 Schedule Overview
Symposium Program (PDF)

Special Topics
Augmented and Virtual Reality
Digital-Signage Display Solutions
Display Materials and Processes
Wearable Displays

Exhibitor Prospectus
中文  日本語  한국어

Business Hub
New Product Showcase
Exhibitor List & Floorplan

2017 Hotel Booking

Room availability is extremely limited, please call Par Avion at (877) 685-2948 (toll free) to make reservations. Call Center Hours: 6:00am-5:00 pm PST Mon-Fri

Display Week 2017 Exhibition Hours
Tuesday, May 23 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 24 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, May 25 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Contacts for exhibits and sponsorships
Jim Buckley
Exhibition and Sponsorship Sales, Europe and Americas
+1 (203) 502-8283
Sue Chung
Exhibition and Sponsorship Sales, Asia
+1 (408) 489-9596
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