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Deborah Corn is also host of the Printerverse podcasts heard in 146 countries, producer of ProjectPeacock.TV, founder of International Print Day, Print Across America and the No.1 girl at Girls Who Print – the largest independent industry organization for women.

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drupa next age:
Platform for Networking and New Business 2024

The drupa next age (dna) special show specifically highlights newcomers and young talents in the print and packaging industry. With Deborah Corn and Frank Tueckmantel, drupa has gained two strong partners with many years of industry expertise to organize and design the trend forum for cross-sectional technologies.

Big ideas, small budget – for many young companies it is not easy to make the right contacts to establish exciting and forward-looking solutions on the market. drupa has created a special platform for this target group: drupa next age (dna). Here newcomers, young talents, start-ups and established companies can network at eye level, find cooperation partners and exchange innovative business ideas. For some participants, it’s a chance to present themselves to an international audience of experts for the first time.

“In today’s digital age, one thing technology cannot replace is personal communication,” explains Frank Tueckmantel, who is responsible for designing the dna programme together with Deborah Corn. “And why is face-to-face marketing so important: because no tweet, snap or any other chat can ever replace a relationship between real people. Face-to-face marketing is about visibility and trust. Moreover, face-to-face interaction encourages engagement. That’s why it’s an honor and a great pleasure for me to co-host the dna programme with drupa, and I hope to engage in conversation with many of the visitors who will be attending the largest industry gathering our industry has to offer.”

Easy participation thanks to plug-and-play

To keep the hurdles to participation low, drupa is relying on a transparent stand concept with flexible modules and “plug-and-play” at dna. Presentations, panel discussions and interviews on the dna Stage complement the exhibition area in Hall 7.0 and are the ideal forum for attracting investors with new business models, product solutions and technologies. The main topics of dna include: Additive Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence, New Materials, Platform Economy, Predictive Maintenance, Printed Electronics, Remote Services, New Business Models and Process Design. Currently, interested companies can still register to participate in the dna Forum.

“drupa dna is the ‘big bang’ for young companies, new ideas and fresh perspectives that will shape and define the future of print,” confirms Deborah Corn. “Our curated program provides a global stage for discussions on technologies, tools, and people that are driving the industry forward and opening up unique opportunities for the graphic communications value chain. I encourage everyone to stop by Hall 7.0 while at drupa and get a head start on creating a successful future.”



Under the thematic umbrella of the megatrends of sustainability and digitalization, the international print and packaging industry will meet at drupa from 28 May to 7 June 2024. The world’s leading trade fair for printing technologies stands for inspiration, innovations, top-class knowledge transfer and intensive networking. This is where top international decision-makers in the industry meet and exchange views on the latest technology trends and groundbreaking developments.

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