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Headlining Keynote Presentations Scheduled At LIGHTFAIR® International 2017
February 2, 2017

Three thought leaders widely recognized as visionaries in the realms of light, technology, design, art and science will deliver headlining keynote presentations addressing a common theme of transforming the future at LIGHTFAIR® International (LFI®) 2017 in Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center May 7 – 11 (Pre-Conference LIGHTFAIR Institute®: May 7 – 8; Trade Show & Conference: May 9 – 11).

The three featured keynotes are scheduled to occur during the LIGHTFAIR Institute on May 7 and 8 and continue for a third day—a new addition to the 2017 LFI calendar—on Tuesday, May 9, when the trade show opens.

Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author and co-founder of the string field theory as, according to his biographical profile, “he continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory that will summarize all the physical laws of the universe.” During the keynote luncheon on Tuesday, May 9 from 12:15-1:45 p.m., Dr. Kaku will present “The Next 20 Years: How Science Will Revolutionize Business, Medicine, Architecture, Lighting and Our Way of Life.”

Sakchin Bessette is the co-founder and executive creative director of Moment Factory, a new media art studio. He has been at the creative helm of more than 350 multimedia installations, environments and events globally. Bessette, noted in his biographical sketch, “has channeled his passions for visual arts, storytelling, and interactive technology into a perpetual quest to amaze, inspire emotion, and bring people together in public spaces.” During the keynote luncheon on Sunday, May 7 from 12:15-1:45 p.m., Bessette will elaborate on Moment Factory’s work that continues to “push the boundaries of excellence in new media and public art.” Its work has a particular emphasis on audience participation and interactivity.

Janet Echelman blends art, science and engineering to create grand and mesmerizing large-scale aerial sculptures. She was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” Echelman received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and ranked #1 on Oprah’s “List of 50 Things That Make You Say Wow!” During the keynote luncheon on Monday, May 8 from 12:15-1:45 p.m., “ART: Illuminating Cities,” she will discuss her fascinating work and attendees will find out more about her sculptures around the world. According to her biographical profile, “choreographed by wind and light, her art shifts from being an object you look at, to a living environment you can get lost in.”

Echelman will also be the keynote speaker for the LFI Innovation Awards® which take place on Tuesday, May 9 from 8-9 a.m. following the breakfast at 7:30 a.m. just before the trade show opens at 9 a.m.

Visit for additional information about the LIGHTFAIR International 2017 keynotes.

For LIGHTFAIR International 2017, the Pre-Conference program will take place from Sunday, May 7 – Monday, May 8, 2017 and the LFI Trade Show and Conference will run from Tuesday, May 9 – Thursday, May 11, 2017. For more information about LIGHTFAIR International, please visit LIGHTFAIR.COM.

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