June 7 2021 09:11 AM

New Technology Summit and workshops topics include connectivity, software and drones.

Leading industry associations will host workshops at GIE+EXPO on topics ranging from software and connectivity to drones, online reviews and opportunities for diversification. In addition, a new Technology Summit will provide insights on robotics, technology and AI tools. 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. 20-22 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

The Technology Summit is hosted by NALP. Following the summit, landscape professionals are invited to the free opening keynote featuring U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis before the show floor opens.

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 and drones. 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 irrigation industry leaders will share real-world analysis and solutions for landscape professionals in the landscape irrigation industry.

GIE+EXPO is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, National Association of Landscape Professionals and Professional Grounds management Society.