12th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge
Ann Arbor Quarterfinals
Ann Arbor Spark Central
330 East Liberty Street, Lower Level, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MI Innovation Alliance and SAE invite anyone interested in innovation and entrepreneurship to join us to connect with innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses. The Southeast Michigan Quarter-finals of the 12th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) will be held at Ann Arbor Spark. Six teams will compete to move up to semi-finals.
Our mission is to seek out new and innovative companies in the transportation and mobility space and help them reduce their time-to-market for commercialization. Our applicants come from around the world. Our alumni are already in production as Tier 2 suppliers; have licensed their technology to major Tier 1 suppliers; and/or have received development contracts or government funding to further their product development.
GAMIC provides early stage start‐ups with an opportunity for competition‐prep coaching and targeted exposure to decision‐makers, in addition to over $300,000 of in‐kind acceleration services and cash awards for the GAMIC winners. GAMIC competition:
- Identifies innovative companies in the automotive and mobility spaces
- Cultivates new technologies and solutions, and
- Helps facilitate more-rapid and seamless path to commercialization.
The GAMIC Quarter-finals also provides introductions to leading technology and investment perspectives for high value automotive technologies and innovations.
Huei Peng, Director, M City, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Huei Peng received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. He is director of Mcity, the University of Michigan’s public-private partnership devoted to advancing the development of connected and automated vehicles.
Peng is also the Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering at U-M. Peng’s research interests include adaptive control and optimal control, with emphasis on their applications to vehicular and transportation systems.
In the last twenty years, Peng has worked on vehicle automation, vehicle dynamics, design and assessment of active safety systems, and human model development—with a special focus on understanding how they err. He has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of more than fifty research projects, with a total funding of more than $30 million. He has more than 240 technical publications, including 100 in referred journals and four books.
Peng is a SAE Fellow and an ASME Fellow. He is a ChangJiang Scholar at the Tsinghua University of China.
Hear 10-minute business plan pitches from six (6) breakthrough start-up firms addressing automotive mobility innovation needs. Some teams will be presenting remotely using video conferencing. The presenting teams are:
- Daryl Patrishkoff, CEO, Performance Alt Fuels, Shelby TWP, MI – Provide customized engineered alternative fuel optimized solutions.
- Sergiu Lupu, CEO, Teporto, Tel Aviv, Israel – Smart Shuttles. Easy Commuting.
- Chris Perra, CEO, Dilatant, Kansas City, MO – Utilizing Shear Thickening Fluid to help provide controlled head motion.
- Stephen Granger, CEO, RecallRabbit – Helping auto dealers solve the recall problem they are facing.
- Assam Alzookery, INTVO, Ann Arbor, MI – Enabling Autonomous Vehicles to better understand humans behavior.
- Dan Klotzer, CEO, Cykyl Systems, Saint Louis, MO – Developing energy harvesting tires and wheels.
5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. | Networking, Innovator Tabletop Displays, Appetizers
5:50 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Welcome, GAMIC / SAE Leadership Team
6:00 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. | Keynote Speaker: Dr. Huei Peng, Director, M City,
University of Michigan
6:25 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Introduction to judges and judging criteria
6:30 p.m. – 8:20 p.m. | Program Presentations (Six teams to present)
8:35 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. | Semifinalist Selection Announcement
REGISTER HERE for Ann Arbor quarterfinals.
GAMIC 2019-2020 Programs:
Regional Quarter-Finals are being held this fall in Auburn Hills, MI; Ann Arbor, MI; San Jose, Silicon Valley, CA.
Semi-Final presentations will be held in Metro Detroit on 27 February 2020 at Lawrence Tech University, Southfield, MI.
Our Finals will be held during WCX 20: SAE World Congress at the TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center) in Detroit on 21 April 2020, for maximum exposure to its global audience of automotive industry leaders, technologists, and investors.