EquipmentWatch, provider of data, software and insights for the heavy equipment industry, has launched Traction: The Data-Driven Equipment Conference, an inaugural two-day event designed to educate, inform and inspire leaders in the heavy equipment industry. Traction is targeted to data-driven leaders from across the heavy equipment landscape, including construction companies, financial institutions, equipment dealers and manufacturers.

“We created Traction because we believe it’s time for a new industry gathering – a gathering of the brightest, hungriest and most innovative minds in the industry,” said Garrett Schemmel, vice president of EquipmentWatch. “We look forward to bringing the industry together to discuss, learn and debate in an environment of pure insights and product training.”

Event attendees will gain actionable insights into trends shaping the equipment market; receive product training on the EquipmentWatch platform; see how peers are creating a competitive advantage using EquipmentWatch data and software and get a first look at new technology and software.

Sessions will include topics on market trends and innovation including drones, augmented reality and session titles such as: The Future of Marketing for Heavy Equipment Manufacturers; Next Generation: Tech in the Finance Industry; The Urgent Need for Machine Verification Standards; Deep Dive Q&A – Large Fleet Managers; Understanding the True Cost of Machine (Un)Utilization; and more.

In addition to conference programs and a showcase of trusted partner products and services, Traction will host a number of pre-conference activities including the Traction 2017 Hackathon on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The 12-hour competition has been designed for coders, developers, innovators and makers interested in leveraging data and technology that will disrupt, enhance, or solve a major problem in the heavy equipment industry.

Attendees will join forces with other participants and flush out their ideas into solid plans that will then be presented on the main stage to a panel of expert judges and an audience of industry leaders. A variety of prizes, including $2,500 will be awarded.

Another pre-conference activity is the invite-only Traction Executive Summit taking place Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. until noon.

Traction will take place at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, Nov. 7-8. To register, visit exploretraction.com.