The 11th Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative) conference, the annual gathering of HP’s graphic arts customers, subject matter experts, industry partners and other selected thought leaders, drew its largest audience ever, drawing attendees from twice as many companies as 2015, the previous largest conference. The mid-April affair in San Antonio drew an additional 400 attendees compared to last year.
During his opening presentation to the audience at the start of the event, Michael Duggel, CEO of Duggal Visual Solutions and Dscoop conference chair, told the crowd that the print industry employs close to 450,000 people, according to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, which is more than the coal and petroleum industry, the beverage and tobacco manufacturing industries, and many others.
“Dscoop members should be proud to be American manufacturers when that is almost an oxymoron these days,” Duggal told the audience.
“The positive energy at the Dscoop conference is always palpable,” says John Rogers, Dscoop global executive director. “It is what makes the organization so unique and so successful. This year was no exception. In fact, we knew we made the right decision with our keynote selections when both Kevin O’Leary and Steve Wozniak received standing ovations before they even spoke. We were also very pleased at the level of participation in our give-back events. Together, we were able to make a difference for many kids in need in the San Antonio community with new bicycles, stuffed backpacks, coloring books and other donations.”