Now’s your time: Deadline for DistribuTECH abstracts extended two days to May 24

DistribuTECH is still seven months away. The time to make your mark on it, though, is drawing close.

Wednesday, May 24 is the last day for prospective presenters to submit abstracts if they want to be a part of DistribuTECH 2018 in San Antonio.

Once the abstract period concludes, our hard-working committees will begin deciding who makes the cut to lead or participate in sessions at the nation’s biggest annual trade show for the electric transmission & distribution industry. DistribuTECH will run January 23-25 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

We are still seeking content for 14 conference tracks, including Advanced Metering, Asset Management, Communications Solutions, Customer Strategies and Technologies, Data Analytics, Defending the Grid, DER/DR and other Non-Wires Alternatives, Distribution Automation, Enterprise Grid Management, Geospatial, Internet of Things/Smart Cities, Microgrids, Mobile Solutions and Substation Automation.

To humbly quote the immortal Ed Sullivan, we have a really big show. The most recent DistribuTECH in San Diego drew an all-time record of 13,500 attendees from 77 nations and more than 3,200 utility attendees.

Abstract submissions have several options for venues. On January 22, 2018, the all-day Utility University will offer deeper content for grid professionals on a variety of cutting-edge topics. In addition to the regular sessions, DistribuTECH will have openings for Megasessions on Wednesday, January 24.

The DistribuTECH committees will consider and select both individual presentations (which last about 20 minutes) and 90-minute panel sessions with a moderator and multiple speakers. The individual presentations will be combined with others to make up a complete session.

Abstracts must have a title (clever is good but all caps, trademarks or abbreviations are not). Descriptions of the presentation can be up to 2,000 characters (and that includes every comma, dash and/or parenthesis).

Individuals who will be presenters must be identified, including their titles and companies or utilities they represent. Please select a first and second choice conference track for review of your abstract. Each of those subcommittees will review your abstract which gives you two opportunities to be considered.

Word to the wise: Abstracts that include presenters with utility ties are given stronger consideration over those that do not. However, DistribuTECH is looking for the best, most interesting content possible regardless of the affiliations.

These are only a sampling of the details needed to submit a DistribuTECH abstract. Go to and click on the Conference/2018 Call for Abstracts tab for more information.

We hope to see you in San Antonio one way or the other.

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