eProductivity Software (ePS) has announced changes to its three-day software user conference in print and packaging — Connect: User Conference and Industry Event. In addition to a new format, date and venue, the event will once again host a mix of sponsors and exhibitors.

Taking place from 20-22 August 2024, ePS Connect 2024 remains an ideal venue for attendees to come together and spend time learning innovative ways to optimise their technology investments, network with peers, and hear from industry experts. This year, the company is providing the experience in an ‘all-inclusive’ package in a new venue and date. The change comes in response to feedback from attendees looking to simplify their experience and have the event fall outside of the busy season of closing books on the previous year.

A sponsor lineup of industry hardware providers which includes HP, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, and EFI, and leading software and technology providers including ECO3 (Apogee), Esko and ISCorp, will also be attendance. The full lineup of event sponsors and exhibitors will be announced in the coming weeks. 

‘The tight integration between HP Indigo digital presses and ePS Pace and ePS Radius are primary examples of HP’s intelligent automation strategy, eliminating touchpoints and increasing production efficiency for our joint customers worldwide. We look forward to attending Connect 2024 and meeting with customers from the print and packaging industries,’ commented Fernando Alperowich, HP GM industrial print Americas. 

‘Being part of ePS Connect 2024 shows the level of our commitment to the ePS/ECO3 partnership,’ said Andy Grant, head of software at ECO3. ‘Participation at this unique event that showcases software solutions for the print industry, enables real engagement in discussions on how integrating software can deliver added value. And that’s just one of the highlights we will showcase: The added value of the ePS – ECO3 integrated workflow.’ 

In addition to a number of learning tracks for print and packaging users, the event is offering an exclusive two-and-a-half-day track with chief architect Dennis Kremer where users will gain advanced hands-on training sessions on ePS enabling technologies designed to help customers streamline their broader ecosystem and boost the value of their current investments. This training session for print and packaging IT professionals, will cover technologies already embedded in ePS solutions (e.g. ePS Productivity Workbench) and newer technologies (e.g., ePS Automator). 

Connect 2024 will also host a Women’s Networking Lunch (WNL), building upon the success of last year’s inaugural event. The aim of the WNL is to bring together women within the industry to share inspiration and ideas on how the industry can continue to attract and retain female talent. This year’s panel includes Lindsey Pearson, managing director of Whitmar Publications, which includes the publications Digital Printer, FlexoTech, and Digital Labels and Packaging. Jules Van Sant, executive director of Two Sides North America, vice chair of Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation, chair of Cal Poly Graphic Communication, and partner at Bubble and Hatch, will also join the panel.

Gabriel (Gaby) Matsliach, CEO of ePS packaging and Dan Vertachnik, CEO of print ePS jointly commented, ‘We look forward to an exciting Connect, with a new venue, broader format, and enriching market-leading content and learnings from ePS and other industry-leading providers. Our goal is to continue to evolve Connect so that it meets and exceeds user expectations and provides a venue where industry leaders, businesses, and users can all come together to benefit print and packaging.’