May 22 2020 10:26 AM

Event will offer new Technology Summit and workshops on connectivity, software and drones.

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Landscape professionals interested in improving profitability will find a dynamic lineup of education at GIE+Expo to help take their business to the next level.

Leading industry associations will host sessions on topics ranging from software and connectivity to drones, online reviews and opportunities for diversification. Sessions will be hosted by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, Professional Grounds management Society, Irrigation Association and Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.

Registration is open for the annual trade show, which is set for Oct. 21-23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

A new Technology Summit hosted by NALP will provide insights on robotics, technology, software, artificial intelligence tools and more. The summit, set for Oct. 21, will include three sessions. In addition to learning about the technologies, attendees will hear real-world case studies from industry professionals.

The GIE+Expo workshops, spanning all three days, will cover a variety of management and technology-related topics specifically for landscape contractors’ businesses.

Two sessions presented by technology experts from Michigan State University will focus on how they have redefined the university’s grounds program using grounds management technology, drones and more. Attendees will walk away with knowledge about how these technologies can be integrated into their business models.

In addition, contractors who are looking to diversify will find two workshops on estimating tips and best practices in the hardscape market, as well as an irrigation symposium where a panel of leaders from all facets of the irrigation industry will discuss key issues, such as labor and environmental sustainability.

Registration in advance is required for the Technology Summit and GIE+Expo Workshops.