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// Exhibitors


// Speakers


Mahbubul Alam, Movimento

Mahbubul Alam joined Movimento as Chief Technology Officer in 2015 and is responsible for aligning automotive and information technology with corporate strategy to enable Movimento to lead the automotive industry’s transition to software-defined vehicles. A 17-year industry veteran, Mahbubul led Cisco Systems strategy in IoT and M2M Before joining Cisco, Mahbubul held technical leader positions at Siemens and worked as a technical advisor to the Dutch government.


RJ Mical, Google

RJ Mical has had a long and illustrious career in the engineering and gaming space. From Williams Electronics in the 80′s to Sony in the early 2000′s and his own projects since then, Mical has brought a vibrant, dynamic energy to games design. He has been Google’s Director of Games since 2012.


Eric Migicovsky, Pebble

Eric Migicovsky is the founder and CEO of Pebble Technology. In April 2012, Eric and his team launched the second generation, Pebble, on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. Three years later, Eric and his team
launched two more watches, Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel, which became the fastest funded project in Kickstarter history.


Kristin Kolodge, J.D. Power

Kristin Kolodge is Executive Director of Driver Interaction and Human Machine Interface (HMI) at J.D. Power. Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2014, Ms. Kolodge was senior manager of HMI and ergonomics at Fiat Chrysler. Ms. Kolodge received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Michigan.


Justin Fishkin, Local Motors

Justin marries a lifelong dedication to sustainability and making a difference in the world with a background in finance and investing. Prior to joining Local Motors as their Chief Strategy Officer, he served as Senior Portfolio Manager of Carbon War Room, an NGO founded by Sir Richard Branson to identify and implement entrepreneurial solutions to climate change.


David Strickland, Venable

The Honorable David Strickland, currently a partner at the national law firm Venable LLP, served as the 14th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2010 – 2014. During his tenure he oversaw the creation of the first national fuel economy program, the launching of the Safety Pilot for the Vehicle to Vehicle Communications program, and issued the first statement of policy regarding the testing of automated vehicles on public roads.


Brian Cooley, CNET

Brian Cooley is CNET’s editor-at-large and has been with the company since 1995 when he launched CNET Radio, later leading CNET into coverage of automotive technology.  He is also CNET’s senior media commentator and hosts CNET’s in-store video programming seen in Costco, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club ‘s stores.  His constant mission is to offer a clear, understandable perspective of the consumer electronics world and digital living.


Roger Lanctot, Strategy Analytics

As Associate Director in the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics, Roger Lanctot has a powerful voice in the definition of future trends in automotive safety, powertrain, and infotainment systems. Roger draws on 25 years’ experience in the technology industry as an analyst, journalist and consultant. Roger is a graduate of Dartmouth College.


Andre Weimerskirch, UMTRI

André Weimerskirch is an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. He holds a Ph.D. of Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany in the area of applied data security and a Master of Science in computer science of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. André is a main designer of the vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication protocol and a known expert in automotive cyber security and piracy.


Chris Valasek, IOActive

Christopher Valasek serves as Director Vehicle Security Research at IOActive, an industry leader in comprehensive computer security services. In this role, Valasek is responsible for guiding IOActive’s vehicle security research efforts. He is also heavily involved in bleeding-edge automotive security research.


Neal Boudette, Automotive Correspondent

Neal E. Boudette is Michigan-based business journalist with more than 25 years of experience, including 14 years at the Wall Street Journal.  For the last decade he has covered the global auto industry, following stints covering Silicon Valley, high technology, the rise of the Internet and the dot-com boom and bust.


Eric Spiegelman, Los Angeles Board of Taxicab Commissioners

Mr. Spiegelman is the Sole Practitioner at the Spiegelman Media Law and Consulting. Mr. Spiegelman graduated as Class President from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law; J.D.


Karl Heimer, Autoimmune

A seasoned leader in cyber security in military and civilian sectors, Karl Heimer has been working to protect the country from threats for decades. In 2011 Heimer joined Battelle, a leading science and technology non-profit, to apply his expertise in national security and counter intelligence to the automotive market. He lead a team that develops products to prevent, detect and protect vehicles from cyber attacks. He is now a Senior Consultant for Assured Information Security.


Claudiu Dimofte PhD, San Diego State University

Claudiu Dimofte (Marketing PhD, University of Washington 2004) joined SDSU in 2011 where he serves as Associate Professor of Marketing and Research Fellow at the Centre for Integrated Marketing Communications. His research has been published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Consumer Research and Management Science. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Consumer Psychology.


Joanna McFarland, Hop Skip Drive

Before co-founding HopSkipDrive in 2014, McFarland racked up an impressive 15 years of experience leading product and business development for a wide range of top technology and online brands. McFarland also has a background in investment banking and private equity. McFarland earned an MBA from Stanford University and holds a B.S. in Economics from The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.


Larry Rosin, Edison Research

Larry Rosin is co-founder and President of Edison Research. Rosin founded Edison in 1994 and has been a primary force in building the company into one of the world’s most respected research companies.

// Topics

The Long & Winding Road to Autonomous

Of all the recent innovations and industry visions, nothing has captured the public’s attention and piqued its imagination like the autonomous vehicle. While some love the idea and others fear it, most experts can agree that the road to autonomy will not be a straight one. Join us for a discussion of the twists and turns that lie ahead as well as ways for achieving a smoother ride.

OTA Updates: Your Vehicle Will Never Be the Same

Until now, software update discussions have primarily focused on bug fixes, recalls and security patches; however, with so many of the car’s capabilities provided via software, updates may provide flexibility that the industry has yet to fully realize. Join our experts as they explore the opportunities and challenges for keeping the car relevant from cradle to grave.

The Consumer Electronics Invasion & Reshaping the Vehicle Interior

One of many subsegments in the consumer electronics space, the mobile phone has had a major impact on vehicular electronics. Could another device/technology have a similar impact? Which new developments might make their way into automotive? Gaming? Wearables? Join industry experts as they consider how the consumer electronics industry may once again change when, how and where we interact with our cars.

Car Sharing & the Future of Vehicle Ownership

A radical alternative to traditional transportation systems, car sharing is sometimes more like sanctioned hitchhiking than anything else. While it doesn’t quite complement existing infrastructure, is it possible to have new car sharing business models that do? We hear from pioneers in this field who see a future that both competes and complements today’s car-owner-centric society.

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The Future is Here for Over The Air Updates

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City of Los Angeles Announces Transportation Technology Advisor

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