Are you prepared to make the most of your visit to the 2017 DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition? As one of the largest electrical transmission and distribution conferences in the world, you will be at the place to network with other utility professionals and share knowledge, expertise and ideas for solutions to the industry’s power delivery challenges. How much you get out of your time there starts with you.

Here are three top attractions to look forward to as you prepare for the conference:

Experience the First-Ever Track on Smart Cities

The Internet of Things (IoT) and the Grid of Things (GoT) are quickly evolving into smart cities. For the first time ever, DistribuTECH has a track dedicated to smart city opportunities and trends. As the IoT progresses and the expectations of the end users elevate, how do utilities evolve to accommodate, benefit and deliver their shareholder value? Sessions in this track will examine some of the technologies and trends that will allow utilities to live in the interconnected world of smart cities that is being created through IoT and GoT.

Network with Those Who Can Help

Nearly 14,000 professionals will collaborate and discuss the newest implications in the industry. Think through who can help you move closer to your overall personal and professional goals in advance. Attend with a clear understanding of the types of people you want to meet and topics you want to discuss – it will give you an edge. As you navigate new professional connections, early preparation will allow you to say, “If you run into someone who focuses on developing smart cities, I’d love for you to make an introduction or let them know that I’m looking for them.” Make use of the networking events during the conference.

Discover How Business Models Are Evolving

Legislators, regulators, utilities and consumer advocates are combining forces to create behind-the-meter data discovery and on-site consideration for their customers. How do they impact each other? Who drives what innovation? These discussions are happening across the country. Burns & McDonnell will be moderating a panel discussion, “A Business Model for the Next Generation Utility,” at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2.

You can view complete details and the schedule of events here. Keep up with the action by following hashtag #DTECH2017 on Twitter! And if you’re on the exhibit floor, be sure to stop by booth #2847 and say hi.

As a vice president for Burns & McDonnell, Mike’s top priority is helping electric and gas transmission and distribution clients take on complex projects. His team provides strong, smart and sustainable solutions in areas including critical infrastructure, the smart grid, smart cities and emerging technologies.