Student Program

The Student Program is designed exclusively for Interior Design and Architecture students.  Stop by and gain real-world exposure to the professional world of design through activities that bring you up close and personal with the industry’s top manufacturers and designers. Students may also visit the Exhibits on the 7th and 8th Floors, in addition to visiting the Showrooms on Floors 3, 6, 10, 11, 14, 15 & 16.


IIDA Student Design Charette

Tuesday, June 16


Location: The Merchandise Mart

School nominated IIDA Student Members from around the country will compete live, onsite for this annual design competition that takes place during NeoCon. Students have less than six hours to develop a design solution, develop a presentation, and pitch their concept to a panel of esteemed judges. NeoCon attendees are encouraged to observe the students during the creative and presentation process. Final presentations will take place at 3:00 p.m on Tuesday, June 16th with winners announced at the winner’s reception on Wednesday, June 17th at DIRTT Environmental Solutions.

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ASID Career Exchange [SP1]

Wednesday, June 17

Location:The Merchandise Mart

A great networking opportunity for students and recent graduates with leading architecture and design firms, as well as manufacturers. Representatives will be on-hand to offer information about their companies and answer questions about careers in the industry. Need advice on how to improve your resume and/or portfolio? ASID designer members will be present to lend you their expertise. Don’t miss this valuable chance to connect one-on-one with top professionals in the industry! Click here to get the full NeoCon Career Exchange experience!

Are you a professional in the interior design industry and would like to seek new talent, introduce your brand, discuss higher education opportunities, review leading resumes and portfolios and network with the next leading generation? Please email with the subject line “Career Exchange” and we would be happy to discuss having YOU represented at the Career Exchange. 

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IIDA Career Bootcamp™ [SP2]

Wednesday, June 17

Location:The Merchandise Mart

IIDA wants to help jumpstart your career! Recent graduates can discover the best ways to get your foot in the door and the key to landing an interview. IIDA presents a stellar panel of recent graduates to share their stories of how they succeed in the industry. This year, the panel will be joined by a special guest from one of the top firms in the industry. Gain valuable insider advice regarding finding your first job, tips on resumes, cover letters and portfolios. Don’t wait; start shaping your job search strategies now! 

Didn't make it to the presentation on-site? View the 2014 IIDA Career Bootcamp™ here

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The Student Project Display, Suite 8-3072A

View a digital display of the future of interior design from the next generation of designers from interior design and architecture schools. The Student Project Display provides design students and schools from across the nation with an opportunity to exhibit their best design solutions for spaces in the following market segments: Office Design, Healthcare, Hospitality, Retail, Environmental, and Government Interiors.

*We will be accepting a maximum of 5 student projects from each school. Each student's project should not exceed 10 slides (excluding a title page). If a school receives more than 5 submissions, it will be up to the school to decide which 5 projects to submit. Once the 5 projects have been selected to submit, please combine them into 1 final PDF to submit for the display (this will be around 60 pages). Each project should have a title page and the school should have 1 title page at the beginning.

Click here to view the Student Display Submission form


We would like to thank the following schools for participating in the 2014 Digital Student Display:
  • Anderson University
  • College of DuPage
  • El Centro College
  • Florida State University
  • Harrington College of Design
  • Indiana University – Bloomington
  • Kansas State University
  • Mississippi College
  • Mississippi State University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Park University
  • Parsons
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Sage College of Albany
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • South Dakota State University
  • Sullivan College
  • The George Washington University
  • The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Western Kentucky University

Seminar Discounts for Students!

Take advantage of the opportunity to sit in on a selection of NeoCon's continuing education programs offered to industry professionals and get some big ideas of your own. As a student, attend any one-hour CEU accredited program offered on Wednesday, June 11, from some of the top experts in the industry, offered at a rate of $25.

Here’s how:

  • Visit Seminar Registration in the West Pass Thru on the first floor of the Merchandise Mart on Wednesday, June 17. Click here to view a complete list of seminars offered.
  • Check availability for each seminar and register on-site.
  • Seating is limited, arrive early!