CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 – which will be held March 7-11 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center – recently announced that Mike Rowe, best known as the “dirtiest man on TV” from the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, will be a featured speaker at the show’s new Tech Talks forum.
The Tech Talks forum offers short content-rich presentations to inspire and inform. The Talks are an integral component of the show’s new Tech Experience, focused on emerging trends and solutions directly affecting the construction industries in key areas of the jobsite, workforce and infrastructure. Rowe will share the surprising lessons he learned as an apprentice traversing all 50 states and attempting 300 different jobs, during a special session, “Lessons from the Dirt.”
“We’re very excited to welcome Mike Rowe to the Tech Talks forum and CONEXPO-CON/AGG to connect with our attendees; he is a longtime industry supporter advocating for a skilled workforce, the manufacturing sector and infrastructure investment,” said Sara Truesdale Mooney, show director and vice president exhibitions and business development, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).
In a new effort, Rowe is collaborating with the National Excavator Initiative, founded in October 2016 to reach excavators and contractors with safe-digging messages, especially the importance of contacting an 811-notification center before digging.
Most recently, Rowe launched The Way I Heard It, a weekly five-minute podcast of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span. He also runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that works hard to debunk myths about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap by giving scholarships to people getting trained for skilled jobs that are in demand.
40-session lineup also features Local Motors’ CEO
Also joining the Tech Talks forum lineup is John Rogers, president, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, a next-generation car company changing the designing, building and ownership of cars.
In “The Future of Mobility,” Rogers will discuss how the mobile landscape will look very different in the future, autonomous vehicles, as well as projects and expectations for 2020 and beyond.