Semifinals 2019


2019 Semifinals

SAE International and MI Innovation Alliance invite you to join us on February 26 for the 11th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) in Livonia, MI.

After two months of competition prep advising from a cohort of nearly 40 mentors, the 22 semifinalists from 5 countries and 6 states will compete for the chance to move on to the Finals at the SAE World Congress inside Detroit’s Cobo Center in April.  The Semi-finals also provides an opportunity to meet, mingle and learn about leading technology and investment perspectives for high-value automotive technologies and innovations.  Winners at the Finals will share over $300,000 in total in-kind acceleration services (including targeted exposure to decision‐makers) and cash awards.

Location: VisTaTech Center, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI

Keynote Speaker:

Doug Patton, Senior Technical Advisor, Denso International America  

Doug Patton is Senior Technical Advisor at DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM), and senior director of DENSO Corp. Located at DENSO’s North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, he provides input and support on all aspects of R&D in North America.  In his previous position as Executive Vice President Engineering and CTO he oversaw all North American product engineering and development, campus facilities and operations including all testing and technical services, and Engineering Administration. He was responsible for climate control, engine components, and systems and components, engine electrical, safety products, cluster, in-vehicle-infotainment (IVI) and body electronics and small motor engineering.

He serves as president of the DENSO Foundation Board, is on the Board of Directors for the Engineering Society of Detroit (currently past president), and is also a member of the SAE, where he was the 2017 president.  He is also an Engineering Society of Detroit Fellow. Patton is a member of the Detroit Economic Club, Lawrence Technological University’s College of Engineering Advisory Board, the Engineering Advisory Council of Kettering University and the Executive Leadership Team of the North American International Powertrain Conference.

Patton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1977 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1984, both from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.


7:30        Registration, Breakfast, Networking, Innovator’s Table Top Displays

8:00        Welcome & GAMIC Overview

8:10        Mobility Industry Disruption – Keynote Speaker, Doug Patton, Senior Technical Advisor, Denso International America

8:45        Semifinalist Presentations – 12 teams, 2 flights

10:45      ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) – Panel Discussion

11:45      Lunch, Innovator’s Table Top Displays, Networking Break

12:15      Fireside chat with a CEO from a mobility company

1:30        Semifinalist Presentations – 10 teams, 2 flights

3:30        Business Models Shaping Mobility – Panel Discussion

4:30        Cash Bar and networking begins

4:50        Announcement of Finalist Winners

6:30        Program Concludes