Construction Technology & Innovation Conference ABC Central Florida


7:30 AM
Registration & check in
8:00 AM
Breakfast, welcome, keynote speaker at UCF CMB building
9:30 AM – 12PM
Sessions @ UCF - Dr. Phillips Academic Commons
12:00 PM
Lunch & Visit Tech Booths
1:00 -3:30 PM
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Reception @ Dr. Phillips Academic Commons
Session & Speaker information
Sponsorship Information

This premier event will connect the region's most forward-thinking companies for an opportunity to meet, collaborate, and learn how technology is revolutionizing the construction industry and how it can positively impact the way you do business.

Who from your company should attend?

  • Project Managers
  • Technology Decision makers/ IT
  • Company Leadership
  • Safety Leaders

Key takeaways we guarantee you will leave the Joint Tech Summit with: 

  • Improved methods on maximizing and choosing tech
  • A look at new emerging construction technologies
  • Key benefits of Prefab and modular construction
  • Understanding on how to be safer using tech

We are pulling out all the stops - We will be hosting the conference in Orlando’s Creative Village at the new UCF - Dr. Philips Academic Commons on May 9.

Event Details:

May 9, 2023

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Orlando’s Creative Village 
UCF - Dr. Philips Academic Commons
500 W. Livingston St.,
Orlando, FL 32801

Hotel InformationMarriott Orlando Downtown
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keynote speaker
Paul DohertyIFMA Fellow, DFC Senior Fellow
Smart Cities:Metaverse, Blockchain and the Future of the Construction Industry

The migration of the human race to urban environments is occurring at an unprecedented rate around the world, accelerated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic.  New and existing cities are urgently developing Smart City planning and implementing projects and programs to accommodate their citizens with a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment to live, work and play.   Emerging tools and solutions like Digital Twins, Metaverse and Blockchain are critical components of the emergence of Smart Cities.  Join us for an exploration of real-world Smart Cities projects that are challenging our industry and discover how to deliver successful solutions.


  1. Understand the new technology terms and definitions so you can make informed decisions.
  2. Identify the value that Digital Twins, Virtual Worlds and the Metaverse provide you.
  3. Implement practical slotting of technology and innovation strategies and solutions that meet market needs.
  4. Position you and your firm to meet the challenges and opportunities the next generation of the Internet and data management in the form of Metaverse and Blockchain provide.

Paul is President and CEO of TDG Earth, a Singapore-registered Smart City real estate development and investment company.  As seen on Bloomberg TV and The Wall Street Journal, acknowledged by CNBC as one of America's Business Titans and reported by Forbes as “Changing the World”, Paul is an award-winning architect. a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and a Fellow of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).  Concurrently, Paul is the co-founder and producer of the critically acclaimed AEC Hackathon.  Paul’s current work includes the design, planning, construction, and operations of Smart Cities around the world.

Rob McKinneyBusiness Development and Risk Control Manager
Safety ManagementThrough the Lens of Technology

Safety management on construction projects has evolved in parallel with the evolution of mobile technology. The traditional workflows of documenting safety meetings, inspections and accident reports continue to move from paper-based forms to real-time, cloud data that enhances accountability and reporting. In this presentation, Rob McKinney will explore the use case for new technologies such as AR, BIM, and Wearables for improving safety performance. Learn about the best practices in using technology to improve safety management programs on the job site and at the office and how you can draft a plan to fit your company’s objectives. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review safety management methodologies. 
  2. Review how new technology help to reduce risks on construction project sites.
  3. Review how new technology help to improve safety performance on construction project sites.

Areas of focus:

  1. Design through prevention (hazard review through BIM
  2. Safety training in Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)
  3. Wearables for tracking workers and equipment
  4. Safety documentation through mobile Apps
  5. Advances in PPE (Boots, Heated Gear, and more)

Rob is a pioneering Construction Technologist that works with apps every day to better understand how they can improve workflows in the Construction Industry. Rob worked as a Safety Director for many years before joining the Tech side of things. He has worked for years to teach construction companies how to reduce risk and improve safety performance through the use of apps, software and technology. Rob is a founding member of the ConTechCrew podcast and speaks on an annual basis at conferences across the United States. During his time with the ConTechCrew Rob has interviewed many of the construction industry's thought leaders about the changing influence of Construction Technology. Rob McKinney, is now a part of the Risk Control team for Safesite. He is on a mission to spread the good word about how to improve safety through the use of great technology. 

Zulqernain (Zulq) MalikChief Happiness Officer of SMARTBUILD Construction Solutions Inc.
Construction Culture      & Use of TechnologyBUILDING A CULTURE TO INNOVATE

With the evolution of construction tech (CONTECH), contractors are facing a cultural change in the way they manage, execute, and deliver their services.  And despite the notion that CONTECH is for the 'big guys, SME construction firms are starting to come around - yet remain reluctant to adopt CONTECH because of the overwhelming number of products and how it will change the fabric of their organization.  

As a fierce proponent of elevating the perception of 'Contractors & Construction', Zulq will share strategies that inspire contractors to explore, think, organize, and execute on their tech journey.  Whether your organization is looking for ways to further evolve or you simply don't have the departments or teams dedicated to creating your tech revolution, Zulq will be able to share tools that can help.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Developing a "Vision Statement" embracing technology 
  2. Building a tech-driven culture
  3. Preparing your business & technology roadmap
  4. Acquiring and adopting tech

As the Chief Happiness Officer of SMARTBUILD, his firm's vision centers on sharing tools to elevate the construction industry by providing contractors with the ability to transform the way they approach, organize, and execute while providing effective solutions that are easy to adopt.  

Prior to SMARTBUILD, Zulq spent over 25 years as a Construction Professional and successfully developed and grew his general contracting firm while establishing, site-servicing, and mechanical and electrical construction companies. 

Zulq's vast industry experience, coupled with a unique perspective, has earned him opportunities to collaborate, mentor, and share with the construction community. 

Through it all, Zulq maintains that he is still just a construction guy at heart.  He just happened to learn a thing or two about tech along the way!


britton langdonvice president of construction technology of black & decker/dewalt
Prefab modular constructionThe rise of prefabrication technology in construction

As the demand for productivity in construction rises in tandem with the need to stay cost-effective, many contractors are transitioning to off-site prefabrication.  This session will cover how prefabrication can have a dramatic impact on schedule performance, construction cost, and workplace safety.  We will also cover how you can fast track your success following the model of forward-thinking companies who use fabrication best practices and technologies.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Embark on your prefabrication journey with confidence
  2. Know that technologies and strategies are currently being used by contractors to fabricate
  3. Enable real time visibility into the success of your fabrication
  4. Mitigate schedule risk, lower cost, and increase workplace safety through prefabrication

Britton leads a new initiative to connect software, hardware, tools and machinery in one connected ecosystem for trade
contractors. Britton came to DeWALT when the company he founded, MSUITE, was acquired earlier this year. MSUITE was a
construction software company located in the Midwest with a focus on connecting BIM to Fab to Field teams.

Tech Strategy & Adoption Panel

RUSS YOUNGChief Business Development Office of Tenna


As Chief Business Development Officer for Tenna, Russ oversees the growth strategy for the organization by working with sales, partners and customers to ensure success. Russ brings two and a half decades of experience from Google, Amazon, Oracle and FMI in best practices for technology strategy, selection and adoption. He applies his knowledge from these organizations to build awareness and provide thought leadership to the construction industry. He emphasizes the importance of technology and picking the right tool for the job

Sam BurnsDirector of Technology of Balfour Beatty

Sam Burns has been promoted to Director of Technology for Balfour Beatty’s Southeast division. He joined Balfour Beatty in 2012 and has progressed his project management career in Central Florida on several large and complex hospitality and attractions projects. In his new role, Sam will continue to support multiple pillars of Balfour Beatty’s business through technology, innovation and process improvement across the Southeast region which includes operations in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.



Director of Communications of H.J. High Construction Company

Shawn Straight started his career as a graphic designer in 1993 and, after a brief stint in Chicago, moved to Orlando. After gaining experience in different areas of marketing and design, he opened his company, StraightEdge Creative, in 2001 and pursued a successful career as a freelance designer/marketeer. Shawn has worked within the construction industry as a partner to the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors for over 18 years and produces the Excellence in Construction Awards program. He is the first FAA part 107 certified Drone Pilot in Central Florida. He took over as the Director of Communications for H. J. High Construction in 2018 and has actively integrated his drone expertise into the marketing and construction efforts for the company.


Elle Hernandez

User Experience Researcher of Milwaukee Tool

Elle Hernandez is a user experience researcher, designer, and digital strategist with more than 10 years of experience across industries. She’s obsessed with creating satisfying user experiences. Elle is currently a User Experience Researcher working on digital customer experience at Milwaukee Tool

Matt AbelesVP Construction Tech and Innovation, ABC National

Matthew Abeles is the Vice President of Construction Technology and Innovation for Associated Builders and Contractors. In this role, Abeles spearheads efforts to integrate construction technology and innovation into all aspects of ABC’s strategic initiatives, included but not limited to total human health, world-class safety and workforce development. Abeles, who has advised and raised capital for many construction technology companies, is a recognized leader in the field. In 2014, he co-founded BuiltWorlds, a media company and digital network for construction, real estate, finance and development leaders, which hosts global events and produces industry research. In this role, he was responsible for outreach to established and emerging players in the construction and real estate sectors developing next-generation technologies.

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