New and Noteworthy: What's Next at ICUEE 2017

Tue October 03, 2017 - National Edition

ICUEE 2017 kicked off Tuesday, Oct. 3, with the official Kentucky Derby bugler opening the show to a full day of exhibits, education and networking.

There's still more to do Wednesday and Thursday (October 4 & 5) at ICUEE:

Lunch with 'The Grid' Author (Oct. 4)

Keynote speaker Gretchen Bakke, author of 'The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future,' will share her insights on the diverse people and ideas that are coming together to build the next-generation electrical infrastructure – 12 Noon – 1:00 p.m., brought to you in partnership with Terex Utilities and show owner and producer Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

Meet-and-Greet 'The Grid' Author Book Signing (Oct. 4) follows the luncheon 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., at the AEM Booth #3340 (indoor exhibit hall, use main entrance Lobby B).

Industry 'Give-Back' Auction (Oct. 5 & online prior)

Join in the benefit auction to connect military veterans with jobs: 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Call of Duty Endowment, the nonprofit organization founded by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard.

Live auction takes place Oct. 5 from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. on the show floor (indoor Demo Stage). Online bidding is also available via the J.J. Kane Auctioneers ICUEE auction site.

Bourbon, Beer & Bites Reception (Oct. 5)

Networking event with complimentary tastings of the foods and beverages of Louisville, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., North Lobby near registration

'Tomorrow's Topics Today' at AEM Booth #3340 (Oct. 3-5)

AEM's Tomorrow's Topics Today sessions are an offshoot of AEM's new Thinking Forward series exploring industry trends and emerging technologies. View the schedule.

Test Drive Zone (Oct. 3-5 – Area N)

Evaluate on-road equipment and technologies: Take exhibitors' vehicles for a 2-mile test drive around Championship Circle.

Education Events

Take advantage of the many education opportunities at ICUEE 2017:

  • Field Classroom walk-around sessions on the show floor (Oct. 3-5)
  • ICUEE Demo Stage indoor entrance near Lobby B (Oct. 3-4)
  • iP Utility Safety Conference sessions (Oct. 2-4)
  • Utility Fleet Conference sessions (Oct. 2-4)
  • Industry Certifications: Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP), and written CCO exams and Lift Safety Zone from NCCCO, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators
  • What you may have missed Tuesday, Oct. 3:

    Disasters Taskforce: Preparing for What's Next program tackled disaster preparedness in the aftermath of the current hurricane season, with former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA Desi Matel-Anderson, sharing her experiences and lessons learned from deployments that included Hurricane Harvey, Typhoon Haiyan, Nepal earthquakes and Hurricane Sandy.

    American Red Cross hurricane relief donation desk at registration: Donations can still be made online at 

    Discover ICUEE behind-the-scenes walking tour just prior to show opening that provided an overview of show features.

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