NECA Show Defies Limits with Maverick Speakers, Disruptive Technology

NECA Show Defies Limits with Maverick Speakers, Disruptive Technology


BETHESDA, MD – /PRNewswire/ — The 2017 National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention & Trade Show demonstrates a fast-changing industry featuring its first disruptive technology pavilion, maverick speakers who defy limitations, its first TED-type talks and boosted efforts to battle a critical labor shortage.

“The NECA Convention offers an unmatched experience featuring the largest audience of decision makers with the latest technology, training, education and networking opportunities,” said NECA President David A. Hardt, owner and president, Hardt Electric Inc., Chicago, Illinois.

The top 10 speakers and events at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center include:

Sat., Oct. 7: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m – Annual ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge: NECA student chapter team finalists from Iowa State University, the University of Toronto and the University of Washington compete with oral presentations, presenting creative solutions to electrical problems

Sat., Oct. 7: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Sunday, Oct. 8 – Student Job Fair (Oct. 7) exposing students to the growing opportunities in the electrical construction industry; Apprentice Day with the Puget Sound Chapter/Joint Apprentice Training Centers on Oct. 8

Sunday, Oct. 8: 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Opening General Session – Amy Purdy, top-ranked adaptive snowboarder, the first double amputee contestant on Dancing with the Stars and cofounder of Adaptive Action Sports

Sunday, Oct. 8 – Tuesday, Oct. 9: 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – NECA17 Free Trade Show: open to all levels of the industry, including 19 free technical workshops and the first NECA Presentation Theater with18-minute TED-Type talks by exhibitors (Booth 238) and the 2017 Showstopper Awards: ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine’s annual new product awards

Sunday, Oct. 8 -Tuesday, Oct. 9: 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The first TECHTOPIA Pavilion: featuring new disruptive technology and digital practices (Booth 1341)

Monday, Oct. 9: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Monday General Session – Jim Donald, former Starbucks CEO renowned for saving financially ailing companies, named one of the Top 25 CEOs in the world

Monday, Oct. 9: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Annual Women in NECA (WIN) Roundtable: trending topics from the rising number of industry women

Tuesday, Oct. 10: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Closing General Session – Polar Explorer Ben Saunders, the first to retrace a 105-day trek on foot to the South Pole

Tuesday, Oct. 10: 8:15 p.m.: Huey Lewis & The News rock the house

NECA 2017 is open to all electrical professionals, including non-members. Free admission: go to Attendee Registration and use code NECA17.

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. Visit:

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