TAGA Annual Technical Conference: March 12–15, 2023


the latest technical research projects and engage in robust discussions about their potential impact with the top minds in the industry


technologies at the leading edge of the graphic communications industry through a multitude of presentations


with dozens of bright, tech-savvy university students eager to get their start in the industry


with technologists, researchers, scientists, developers, and those evaluating graphic innovations for their businesses

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Kate Stone

Founder and CEO, Novalia

Sensory Experiences: Bringing Printed Designs to Life

Dr Kate Stone is an English engineer and founder and CEO of the company Novalia which has developed products using “Interactive Printed Media.” She founded Novalia in 2006 to develop the use of ordinary printing presses to produce interactive electronics, with touch-sensitive inks and printed circuits. The company has worked on advertising campaigns for Bud Light, Hershey’s, IKEA, Pizza Hut, and McDonald’s. She has presented her vision of interactive print at many global forums and conferences, including on the TED stage and as part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series held by the University of Michigan School or Art & Design. Stone’s work on interactive electronics was also featured on a television documentary for Sky Arts. Despite a degree in electronics from the University of Salford and a PhD in physics from Cambridge University, she believes the most useful things she learned in life were discovered during four years of travel through Australia and Asia, in particular working on a sheep farm for two years in the Australian outback. Stone sees herself as a “creative scientist,” blending art and science to create startling fusions of new and old technology.

Dr. Stone’s keynote will discuss the promise and approach of adding interactivity and connectivity to everyday things and why the future might look more like the past than the present.

Dr. Volker Jansen

Where Is the Future of Printing Headed?

Professor Dr. Volker Jansen worked in industry for 20 years before he was appointed professor at the Stuttgart Media University in 2012. He studied at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal and received his Ph.D. from Loughborough University in Great Britain. He began his professional career at BASF and held managerial positions in the company’s photopolymer business in Malaysia, Great Britain, and Germany. During that time, he was responsible for many developments in the application of BASF technology. Beginning in 2006 Dr. Jansen headed the holding company of a group of companies operating in the media sector (pre-media, print and post-press).His international experience and his knowledge of printing technology helped him to found an English-language bachelor’s degree in Print Media Technologies with his fellow professors in 2018. He has published numerous research papers and is involved in several patents.

Dr. Jansen will summarize his recent work at extrapolating trends and predicting their impact on printing.

Brad Walling

Senior Director, New Product Commercialization, WestRock Company

How Sustainability Concerns Are Influencing Package Design

As the Senior Director – New Product Commercialization at WestRock, Walling is responsible for managing the development of innovative packaging, spurred in part due by consumer products companies re-evaluating the sustainability of their packaging choices.  His perspective is that of the client, having gained insight into packaging trends as WestRock’s design head for food and beverage products, and a decade earlier, as the design manager for beverage packaging for MeadWestvaco. He has 17 years of experience in the packaging industry, and has worked with many of today’s leading brands. He is the holder of several packaging-related patents.

Walling will share with the TAGA audience how brands are reacting to mounting scrutiny of the sustainability of their packages and the resulting innovations from WestRock and other carton converters.

Kerry Maguire King

Senior Director, Process Innovation for Textiles and Wallpaper, Shutterfly

Process and Workflow Innovations in Digital Textile Printing

Kerry Maguire King is senior director, process innovation for textiles and wallpaper for Shutterfly, the internet retailer best known for its photography and personalized products. For most of the last decade, she was director of research and development for Spoonflower, an internet-based company acquired by Shutterfly in 2021 that provided on-demand digital printing of textiles and wallpaper. King is a recognized speaker and author in the digital textile printing area and has professional experience in sewn product development, apparel fit and sizing, and emerging technologies for the apparel industry, including 3D technology for apparel design. She received her master’s degree in clothing and textiles from the University of Alberta, with an emphasis on African textile design.

King will explain recent and expected developments that will impact the speed, cost, and design options for textiles being produced with digital printing devices.


Conference schedule is subject to change.

Sunday, March 12: Keynote Presentations

Registration & Information

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. // Registration Desk

Student Meeting

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Student Meeting

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Welcome & Keynote Sessions

1:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
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    Sensory Experiences: Bringing Printed Designs to Life

    Dr. Kate Stone, Founder and CEO, Novalia

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    Where Is the Future of Printing Headed?

    Dr. Volker Jansen, Academic Dean, Stuttgart Media University

Refreshment Break

3:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Welcome & Keynote Sessions

3:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
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    How Sustainability Concerns Are Influencing Package Design

    Brad Walling, Senior Director, New Product Commercialization, WestRock Company

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    Process and Workflow Innovations in Digital Textile Printing

    Senior Director, Process Innovation for Textiles and Wallpaper, Shutterfly

Grand Welcoming Reception

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Monday, March 13: Scientific & Technical Innovation Papers

Registration & Information

7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. // Registration Desk

Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.

Full schedule TBD at a later date closer to the event.

Tuesday, March 14: Scientific & Technical Innovation Papers

Registration & Information

7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. // Registration Desk

Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.

Full schedule TBD at a later date closer to the event.

Honors Award Reception

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Honors Award Banquet

7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15: Vox Printing

Bus Departs from Hotel

8:30 a.m. – Meet in hotel lobby. If you plan on going to the airport after the tour, please bring your luggage.

Tour of Vox Printing

9:00 a.m. – Tour will be two hours long.

Depart Tour

11:00 a.m.

Bus Drops Off at Will Rogers Airport then Returns to Hotel

11:30 a.m.


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Platinum Sponsors


Oklahoma City, OK

Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel

1 North Broadway Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(P) 405-235-2780
hotel website

“Hit your stride at Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel, a contemporary destination situated in the heart of OKC’s most dynamic neighborhood. Steps from Bricktown’s wealth of dining and entertainment opportunities, our hotel taps into the pulse of Oklahoma City, placing guests in the center of it all.”


We recommend business casual attire for the technical sessions. The average temperature in Oklahoma City in March is 60 degrees F for the high and 40 degrees F for the low, so please pack accordingly. Business dress (semi-formal) is recommended for the Awards Banquet.


The airport is 30 minutes by car to the hotel, has direct routes to most major U.S. cities, and is serviced by all major U.S. airlines. Visit flyokc.com for more information.


Travel is not included in your conference registration. Technical Association of the Graphic Arts is not responsible for non-refundable airfare or issues related to travel, weather conditions, or current events.

Tour: Vox Printing

Vox Printing has a rich, family history dating back to 1971 when the company opened as a general commercial printer. Over the past 50 years, Vox has grown from primarily serving the Oklahoma City area, to servicing national accounts. Today, it is one of the country’s largest producers of quick service paper goods. It prints trayliners, French fry cartons, sandwich wraps, folding cartons, and other restaurant, bakery and produce items. The next time you eat at McDonald’s in the United States you will probably encounter something produced by Vox.

It takes efficiency and execution to stay at the top of this print specialty. Vox’s fastest tray liner press produces 50 trayliners a second, or 180,000 tray liners per hour. It’s nesters are among the fastest in the world, packaging 40,000 to 50,000 finished products per hour. Vox has also been a leader in using Lean principles to improve processes and reduce production costs. Further, it has created a family-oriented culture that has sustained it through ups and downs. It has received a Best Workplace designation from PRINTING United Alliance and Best Places to Work recognition by The Journal Record in Oklahoma City.

Join us on this tour of an impressive printing company. Tour transportation departs the hotel at 8:30 am on Wednesday, March 16. At the conclusion of the tour, about 10:30 am, the bus will proceed to Will Rogers World Airport before returned to the hotel.

Covid-Related Safety Information

The safety and wellbeing of our attendees, sponsors, and staff is the top priority of PRINTING United Alliance and the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel. We will provide updates to health and safety updates and measures via email to all registered attendees. View more about our health and safety policy.

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