ideation 2018
October 3-5Miami Beach, FL


The Premier Fashion Technology Software Conference

ideation 2018

ideation is the premier fashion technology conference dedicated to connecting you to the latest in digital solutions. This industry leading event brings together visionaries, disruptors and leaders who are changing the world of fashion and the apparel industry.

About ideation

ideation is the premier software conference dedicated to fashion and retail professionals who rely on CAD and PLM solutions from Gerber Technology. ideation offers two days of informative breakout sessions, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, strategic executive sessions, case studies and networking opportunities.

At ideation, you’ll discover hundreds of ways to innovate, collaborate and accelerate your productivity and performance. Discover how leading organizations are meeting the challenges of a competitive marketplace by maximizing their productivity and accelerating time to market.

What to expect

Attending ideation will help you:

  • Gain Insights - Learn how companies of every size are taking advantage of the power behind Gerber's CAD and PLM systems.
  • Make Connections - Exchange best practices and connect with hundreds of the industry's leading professionals and experts like yourself.
  • Be Inspired - Get motivated with our soon-to-be-announced keynote speaker and other inspiring presenters and educational sessions.
  • Get Interactive – Dive into new trends, innovations, technologies and all the latest FashionTech.
Key takeaways
  • Strategies to boost your daily job performance and advance your career.
  • Answers from experts at a fraction of the cost of an onsite consultation.
  • Insight on adjusting to changing competitive dynamics and customer needs.
  • Understanding of how an integrated digital approach can impact your business.
  • Inspiration in seeing how other companies are using digital technology.
  • Discovery of the latest digital solutions and systems and what they offer.
  • Training on topics critical to your business for far less than the normal cost.
  • Knowledge of how the latest releases and upgrades can boost your ROI.
  • Synergy by sharing the knowledge you’ll gain with other members of your team.

ideation 2018 at Eden Roc/Nobu Hotel

4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

After you register for ideation 2018, be sure to make your hotel reservation at the Nobu Hotel in Miami Beach to get the exclusive ideation room rates of $219 - $319 per night. Please note that these rates are only available until September 9, 2018 on a first come, first served basis.

Keynote Speaker

Rebecca Minkoff


Fashion Designer

Rebecca Minkoff is an industry leader in accessible luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and
apparel. Rebecca's playful and subtly edgy designs can be spotted around the world on young
women and celebrities alike.

Featured Speakers

Meet our professonals

Karsten Newbury


Senior Vice President & General Manager

Karsten Newbury is Senior Vice President and General Manager, Software Solutions at Gerber Technology. His focus is on leveraging Gerber’s heritage of innovation to drive the company’s software portfolio and Digital Solutions.

Mary McFadden


Executive Director, CAD Product Management

Mary McFadden is the Executive Director of CAD Product Management at Gerber Technology. She currently oversees the design and development of the AccuMark family of software products. Mary holds two US patents, most notably for the Silhouette.

Clayton Parker


PLM Product Manager

Clayton Parker is responsible for the roadmap and development direction of Gerber's YuniquePLM software. In addition, he works closely with our clients to find opportunities to enhance the end-user experience of the application.

Featured Sessions

Here's a look at just a few of our many sessions

Digital Solutions to Take Your Data from Concept to Completion

Adoption of Gerber's Digital Solutions will enable data to freely flow from process to process. One example is that data created in AccuPlan™ can be sent to spreading and cutting with a Cut Ticket, eliminating the need for manual entry in the cut room which reduces labor and errors while increasing throughput. This data can be updated and monitored as it moves from spreading to cutting, providing accurate, up-to-date production status.

Save Time and Money with Virtual Sample Management

Further capabilities to our AccuMark®/YuniquePLM® Integration! See how our new AccuMark Creator can help you streamline your sample making process. Learn how you can reduce the number of physical samples by taking advantage of virtual samples while tracking your samples and patterns and collaborating with vendors and coworkers.

Picture This: Gerber's Integrated Digital Printing Solution

Take a deep dive into the world of graphic design and digital printing of textiles through Gerber's digital printing solution. Utilizing YuniquePLM's Adobe® plugin, assets can be easily managed and updated directly in Illustrator®! The artwork can then be added to AccuMark pieces and placed to perfection with simple grade and scale functions while easily matching placements across pieces in AccuMark 3D. With images placed, users can automate image replacement to create personalized garments with endless print options while being optimized for cut room production on Gerber’s Z1 cutter with CountourVision™.

Reshape the Virtual Buying Experience

E-Commerce is known for low conversion and high return rates. Sound familiar? Come see how Avametric's Virtual Try On can help your customers be more confident in product selection and purchase the size that fits.

Student FashionTech Competition

For ideation 2018, students pursuing a degree in Fashion are called upon to incorporate technology as the main focus of their design and development process. Students are invited to get inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018, Ultra Violet, and choose from a range of related colors. All students are required to use AccuMark® and YuniquePLM® to develop patterns, create tech packs, and visualize their final design.


what people say

Great balance, excellent mix of presenting insights with the panel discussion involving the key people behind the digitization effort by Gerber Technology finalized by unveiling the partnership with Avametric. Well done!
Overall it was great to see what can be configured and rearranged within the YuniquePLM system on our own. It will help save time in the future. We look forward to more options to help us customize our environment.
It was really helpful to have extra Gerber people during the AccuPlan and AccuManager session. Although it was very technical, the Gerber representives were close by when we got stuck. Loved this class!

ideation 2017 Highlights

At Gerber Technology's ideation 2017 conference, thought leaders talked about how Cloud Computing, 3D Technology, and IoT (Internet of Things), Industry 4.0 will reshape your business and customer value proposition. Major announcements were made at ideation that will enable the industry to keep up with these #fashiontech trends.

AccuMark will be coming to the Cloud.

Gerber Technology and Avametric are combining forces to offer the first end-to-end 3D platform.

YuniquePLM is getting a whole new look.

Register now for ideation 2018!

Summer Rate

(Ends September 8th)

10% discount for 3 registrants
15% discount for 4 registrants

  • General Session & Keynote
  • Breakout & Networking Sessions
  • Fashion Show
  • Customer Appreciation Event
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee Breaks


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Wednesday Training Day Only
Take advantage of this exclusive offer of an entire day of training!

Choose from:
  • AccuMark* Training Sessions Only
  • YuniquePLM Training Sessions Only
  • AccuMark* and YuniquePLM Training Sessions
* Some classes available in Spanish

(Group discount does not apply to the
$199 Wednesday Training Day)

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Summer Rate +
Wednesday Training Day

(Ends September 8th)

  • General Session & Keynote
  • Breakout & Networking Sessions
  • Fashion Show
  • Customer Appreciation Event
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee Breaks
+ Wednesday Training Day

(Group discount does not apply to the
$199 Wednesday Training Day)

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