NeoCon® East 2009– A Student’s POV

by Kristyn Ivey,  Student IIDA

This year at NeoCon East I left the convention hall with over 20 industry contacts and hours of footage for my vidblog. As a student, I networked during the career exchange, on the exhibit floor, and during the sessions.

Practitioners, exhibitors and students network on the NeoCon East exhibit hall floor during the Career Exchange.

The career exchange. Now more than ever is the time for students to focus on refining their portfolio/resume, making the career exchange a popular event. Every exhibit and portfolio review table was occupied non-stop with students gaining insight from Gensler, OPX, HDR, and more.

Dawn Esposito (right), owner of Dawn Marie Designs, takes a moment to provide resume and portfolio feedback during the career exchange.

The exhibit floor. The exhibit floor was packed with the latest and greatest in office trends, cutting edge products and technologies. It was really exciting to see NeoCon® East embrace social networking media (Twitter) to broadcast live feeds throughout the exhibit floor and lounge. Thanks to Designer Pages, I became a social networking advocate by mixing and mingling with practitioners and exhibitors as tweet clouds floated by with real-time feedback.

Interior design student, Kristyn Ivey, takes a moment to check out the “Smart Car” by Mercedes, on display in U.S. Green Building Council Maryland Chapter (USGBC-MD) exhibit booth at NeoCon East.

The student seminars. During the IIDA panel session, two principals from Envision design firm provided career advice that captivated the audience. Real-world insight ranged from “don’t over design your resume” to “never chew gum during an interview.” Career tips focused on the value of one-on-one connections and volunteering. At the end of the session I was empowered with information.

Students gain insight from NeoCon East IIDA student seminar titled “Never Chew Gum in an Interview…and other career saving tips.”

NeoCon® East 2009 was informative, exciting, innovative, and interactive. I attended the conference as a student. However, with all of the networking and resources acquired, I’m confident when I return next year I’ll be an industry professional!

For more information and footage from the conference floor visit:

Kristyn Ivey is an IIDA member and interior design graduate student at Marymount University in Arlington, VA.

One response to “NeoCon® East 2009– A Student’s POV

  1. I like how your blog is laid out. I have bookmark this and look forward to see more.

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