CONEXPO-CON/AGG, the largest international gathering in the Western Hemisphere for the construction industries, revealed an exciting line-up of featured speakers for its Tech Talks forum. Speakers, whose presentations will be dubbed Tech Talks, will focus primarily on the growing opportunity for applied and blue sky innovation to benefit infrastructure projects and construction jobsites.

The lineup includes some of the world’s leading innovators, including: Wayne Rapp, Director of Manufacturing, Hyperloop One, D’Arcy Salzmann, Senior Director, Strategy, Microsoft HoloLens & Studio Manager, Future Bureau, Microsoft, Captains Mark & Scott Kelly, former NASA astronauts, Scott Brusaw, Co-Founder, Solar Roadways.

“We are so proud to announce the 2017 program, which speaks not only to the caliber of the show, but also the vital connection between technology and construction,” said Rich Goldsbury, 2017 show chair and President Doosan Bobcat North America & Oceania. “Technology is rapidly changing the way we do business across industries, and construction is no exception. The Tech Experience will push attendees to think beyond traditional perceptions of construction and imagine how technology can and will transform every aspect of our work.”

The Tech Talks forum features short yet content rich presentations to inspire and inform attendees; it’s an integral component of the show’s new Tech Experience, examining the future technologies and innovations that will dramatically shape the construction industries, with a focus on the jobsite, workforce and infrastructure.

“Our Tech Talk speakers are among the influential people that are making tomorrow’s reality happen, and we’re excited to offer this opportunity to attendees; we know they’ll discover actionable knowledge to improve their businesses and prepare for the future,” said Goldsbury.

“The Tech Experience illustrates AEM’s ongoing commitment to adding value through thought leadership and delivering actionable information to construction contractors and materials producers. We want to help industry stakeholders see what’s on the horizon, to better understand and address the impact of emerging innovations and potential disruptive technologies on their businesses,” said Michael Haberman, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) chair and President, Gradall Industries Inc.

Captain Scott Kelly, History-Making US Astronaut & Retired US Navy Captain and Captain Mark Kelly, Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Mission & Space and Aviation Contributor for NBC News/MSNBC at The 2016 Goldman Sachs Professional Investor Forum, The Path To Opportunity for Cross Channel in NYC; 5/12/16

“NASA Twins” Scott & Mark Kelly to Share Experiences

In a special presentation, “To Infinity and Beyond,” Mark and Scott Kelly, former NASA astronauts and identical twins, will share their reflections and perspectives, including from NASA’s Twins Study and Scott’s Year in Space, on teamwork, leadership and adapting to significant change.

Dave Turin, star of Discovery’s Gold Rush, will be on hand to emcee the forum’s two health and safety smart wearables shows, sponsored by Polydeck Screen Corporation. Turin will also participate in the CONEXPO- CON/AGG education program (aggregates track) on Maximizing Screen Efficiency.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG will be held March 7- 11, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, and is the international gathering place every three years for the construction industries, showcasing the latest equipment, products, services and technologies.