TAGA Annual Technical Conference

March 19-22, 2017

One of the best ways to generate creative thoughts (that can then lead to new innovations) is to change your daily environment or routine—such as by attending the TAGA Conference. The Harvard Business Review describes technology fusion (a.k.a. creativity) as “nonlinear, complementary, and cooperative. It blends incremental technical improvements from previously separate fields of technology to create products … Relying on breakthroughs alone fails because it focuses the R&D effort too narrowly, ignoring the possibilities of combining technologies.” A basic principle for technology fusion is that there is a high level of intelligence gathering to keep tabs on technology developments both inside and outside the industry.

The TAGA Annual Technical Conference provides an opportunity for its members to learn about the latest industry advances and those of related fields, as well as brainstorm with other experts about solving problems and road blocks in order to move our industry forward. Members come to the Annual Technical Conference from all over the world and from all facets of the graphic arts industry.

  • Technology—providers of hardware, software, and consumables
  • Applications—providers of printing and related products and services
  • Education—providers of education and training for the graphic arts industry

Papers are invited on emerging science, technology, and applications of all forms of graphic technology and printing processes, including offset, flexo, gravure, digital, inkjet, pad, and screen. The scope of the conference encompasses topics such as color management, materials, packaging, curing, process control, data management, workflow, security, nanotechnology, MEMS, electronics, and fundamental science. This is not an exclusive list. Papers that include the innovative application or evaluation of technology in the graphic arts are also encouraged. Papers of a commercial nature are not accepted.

Papers accepted and presented will be published in the TAGA Proceedings. TAGA is recognized worldwide as the most prestigious and comprehensive literature resource for graphic arts sciences and technologies.


Searching facts on Houston, Texas was quite the learning experience. The city is quite the melting pot of commerce, entertainment, food, and one of the top ten of leaders in keeping green spaces in cities. There are the quick facts such as being the fourth largest city that can be noted, but found it more interesting to learn that 145 different languages are spoken in Houston. That makes it the third largest in the United States. Houston also holds the number one spot for cities in America for young couples and once listed as one of the top places to visit in 2015. Houston is also the home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, which is the home and training location for US astronauts and led to the city earning the nickname Space City.

Even with the city holding a series of titles, it is also home to a variety of companies. Companies such as Phillips 66 (more known for their 76 gas stations), Sysco, and Waste Management have Houston as their headquarters. Hewlett-Packard’s US operations are directed from their facility near Houston. Minute Maid Corp. was headquartered in Houston and is still nearby in neighboring Sugar Land, TX. The first indoor sports facility, the Astrodome, was built in Houston as well.

Don’t let these few facts fool you as Houston is a beacon of history and forward progress. With the 2017 Annual Technical Conference in Houston, join us in exploring what the city has to offer.

Hotel and Travel

Hotel Information

Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria
1750 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77027
United States
Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/houwl-houston-marriott-west-loop-by-the-galleria/

Hotel Description

Our stylish hotel in Houston, TX, the Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria, welcomes you with contemporary décor, outstanding amenities, and signature Marriott service. Enjoy a vibrant atmosphere just minutes from great shopping and dining at the Houston Galleria. And with complimentary shuttle service to and from the mall, plus even more upscale shopping in chic Uptown Park nearby, we are an ideal destination for Houston shopping trips. We are also convenient to Rice University and welcome parents and alumni alike. Make yourself at home in lavishly appointed guest rooms, featuring plush bedding, spacious areas to work and relax, high-speed Internet access, and flat screen TV's. On-site amenities include a relaxing indoor atrium pool, expanded fitness center, Concierge levels and our new restaurant, 17 Fifty Bistro & Lounge. Our Houston Galleria hotel also offers the unique Glass Palace, our event space featuring a dazzling two-story atrium.

Hotel Reservations
TAGA has reserved a special block of rooms for conference attendees at a discounted rate of US $139 single/double plus current state and local taxes. Please use program code TAGA Technical Conference when making your reservations to receive this discounted rate. Be sure to make your reservations by Thursday, March 2, 2017 to secure this rate. Please note that the block may sell out prior to that date. After this date, the hotel will accept reservations on a space-and-rate-available basis.

To make your reservation, please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-228-9290 or click here. A deposit of one night’s room and tax will be required as a guarantee. You may cancel the reservation three days prior to arrival without penalty.

Official Conference Hotel
Staying at the official conference hotel helps TAGA offset costs, which in turn keeps the registration fees low. For those attendees who opt to stay at an alternative property, additional fees will apply (see registration form for prices). Thank you for your support by staying at the conference hotel.

Parking is $19 per day.


We recommend business casual attire for the technical sessions. The average temperature in Houston in March is 70 degrees F for the high and 50 degrees F for the low, so please pack accordingly. Business dress (semi-formal) is recommended for the Awards Banquet.

Two airports serve Houston: George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport

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.

Published on Thursday, September 10, 2015 (updated 11/04/2016)