A two-day festival of global insights and ideas that explores how new automotive technology will change the way we think, live and drive.
DAY 1 - Session 1
Dimensions of Future Mobility: Smart Services, Society & Sustainability
Forward-looking mobility concepts must bridge various gaps and establish manifold connections - between the individual and society, between science and industry, between the city and the countryside, between social and ecological requirements.
- How can new mobility concepts reconcile society and ecology?
- What are the most promising developments and technologies regarding an efficient and sustainable future mobility ecosystem?
- What can be done to make passengers and consumers accept and adopt new mobility services?
DAY 1 - Session 2
Building Smart Environments: Integrating Smart Mobility Solutions
Digitization and smart city solutions are determining the mobility discourse and promise a new level of urban networking and integration.
- What could and should a fully digitized and integrated urban mobility environment look like?
- How can smart city solutions promote and diverse forward-looking mobility services?
- What are the key elements of a future urban mobility infrastructure?
DAY 2 - Session 3
New Ways to Drive: Future Technologies and Experiences
New cars are appearing on the horizon, which react both to new drive technologies and to increasingly changed usage patterns. A new understanding of private transport is emerging.
- What will the cars of the future look and feel like?
- Which new drive technologies will fundamentally change our driving experience?
- Do we have to say goodbye to the joy of driving?
Director Strategic Partnering, Designworks, A BMW Group Company
Robert Sparrow is a professor in the philosophy program, a chief investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, and an adjunct professor in the Centre for Human Bioethics at Monash University, where he works on ethical issues raised by new technologies. He is the author of some seventy-five refereed papers and book chapters on topics as diverse as the ethics of military robotics, aged-care robotics, just war theory, human enhancement, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and nanotechnology. He is a co-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Robot Ethics and was one of the founding members of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.
Benny is an experienced entrepreneur and ambitious leader in the digital technology sector with a great motivational and persistent attitude. He has a passionate interest in digital strategies, Big Data, and digital working environments. Benny built his company, abl, successfully from the ground up. It's first investment round, at the end of 2016, was in the eight-digit range.
If he is not traveling the world with his girlfriend, you can catch him in his hometown of Nuremberg, Germany. On the weekends you’ll probably find him at the soccer stadium watching his favorite soccer club 1. FCN play.
Pejvan joined the newly founded autonomous vehicle start-up EasyMile in 2014 as their CTO. In just 4 years, EasyMile grew to 180+ employees and had offices in 5 different countries.
Today, EasyMile is a major actor of the Mobility as a Service revolution with their EZ-10 autonomous shuttle, sold to the largest transport operators in the world, and their vehicles have been deployed in more than 100 locations in 20+ countries, from Australia and Japan all the way to California. In 2017, Alstom has also announced the development of an Autonomous Tram based on EasyMile's technology, TLD has announced the development of the first autonomous tractor with EasyMile, and EasyMile has announced the development of a full size autonomous bus with IVECO and other partners.
In his previous lives, Pejvan worked as a VP of Technology in the financial markets divisions of several JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and Barclays Capital and as a Developer Evangelist at Apple.
Francesca is a Visiting Professor on Innovation at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, and an adviser for the European Commission on Future Internet and Innovation Policy. She is the latest Commissioner of Digital Technology and Innovation for the City of Barcelona in Spain and she is leading the DECODE project on data sovereignty in Europe.
Francesca has a PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College, London and MSc on Digital Economy from University of London, Birbeck. As Senior Programme Lead at Nesta, the UK Innovation Agency, she has led the EU D-CENT project, the biggest European Project on digital democracy and digital currencies.
She also led the DSI project on Digital Social Innovation in Europe, advising the EU on digital social innovation policies. She has been teaching in several universities in the UK and Italy and she has advised Governments, public and private organizations and movements on Technology and Innovation policy, and its socio-economic impact.
Francesca's work focuses on one of the key issues of our time: how can we give people the ownership of their data? In her recent report (co-authored with Evgeny Morozov), she explores how can societies regain control not only over digital technology, data, and infrastructure, but also over the services that are mediated by smart technologies—such as utilities, transportation, education, and health
She has been listed in the Top 50 Women in Tech by the Forbes Magazine, and in the World's top 20 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical. She has also been featured in the Italian Magazine Repubblica "D", amongst the 100 Women Changing the World.
what3words is the world's first addressing system designed for voice - every 3m x 3m square in the world has been assigned an address made of just three words from the dictionary. These 3 word addresses can be used to route cars or drones, used as an address when ordering online, or simply given as a meeting point for a picnic in the park. what3words is used in 170 countries and is being adopted by governments all around the world as an official addressing system. Its investors include Daimler, Intel Capital, Aramex and Deutsche Bahn.
Clare is the CCO of what3words; prior to this, her background was in the development and growth of social enterprises, including in impact investing. She is interested in how innovative business models can tackle social and environmental challenges and is involved in social enterprises in the UK and abroad. Clare also volunteers with the Streetlink project, doing health outreach work with vulnerable women in South London.
Sarah Yvonne Ellser
How do you convey innovation effectively? Making value and benefits of technology understandable and tangible? There's a big gap between the development of technology and the mindset and knowledge of the people. Sarah Yvonne Elßer has specialized as a host, speaker and trainer on the subject of "New Technology & New Mobility" and has already worked for big companies as Mercedes, Volkswagen, Porsche, Opel, Schaeffler, Telekom. She has studied journalism and worked over 5 years as a reporter for a science magazine at the television. Her purpose: helping people to overcome their uncertainty about new technology and making sure, that no one will be left behind in case of understanding innovations. Because technology will shape our future - and Sarah wants to make sure that this future belongs to all of us!
Melba Kurman writes and speaks about the good, the bad, and the surprising ways that technology changes our daily lives. She is the co-author of two award-winning books, one on 3D printing (Wiley) and the other on driverless cars (MIT Press). She has been interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), the LA Times, and Politico.
Her articles have appeared in many publications, including Popular Mechanics, Forbes Middle East, 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing and VentureBeat. In the past, Melba worked at Microsoft and Cornell. She was educated at Cornell University and the University of Illinois's I-School. Melba was born in Helsinki and is former long-distance swimmer and proud first-generation American-Estonian.
Brian Wynne is president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. AUVSI represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in business and government and who work in the defense, civil, and commercial markets.
Wynne is an influential unmanned systems industry thought leader. In 2017, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to a three-year term on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Management Advisory Council (MAC), which provides counsel to the FAA on policy and regulatory matters, as well as the agency’s management and spending. He is also a member of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC), a federal advisory committee of key decision makers formed by the FAA to support the safe introduction of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace.
Additionally, Wynne is a member of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST), which is comprised of stakeholders from government and the aviation industry that gather and analyze data to enhance UAS safety and operations. He also served on the FAA’s UAS Registration Task Force and Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee. He was recently selected to serve on the Aviation Advisory Committee at MITRE, a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers.
Wynne brings in-depth experience in transportation and technology applications gained through leadership roles with industry associations and public-private partnerships. Prior to joining AUVSI in 2015, he was president and CEO of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), a trade association that promotes battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure.
Wynne earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany.
He has been an instrument-rated, general aviation pilot for more than 20 years and flies a Socata Trinidad. He recently received a commercial pilot certificate and holds a remote pilot certificate to operate small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., is an urban strategist focused on the areas of urban innovation, entrepreneurship, smart cities and the Internet of Mobility. He has published 3 books (Climate Capitalism, 2011; The Emergence of the Urban Entrepreneur, 2016; Post-capitalist Entrepreneurship, 2017).
He is a Fellow at the Singapore University of Social Sciences in their Fintech and Blockchain group. In 2017, he co-founded iomob, a blockchain startup which is creating an open, interoperable and decentralised white label Mobility as a Service solution for the transport industry. He is also leading the Blockchain Cities Alliance.
Jim has over 15 years’ experience delivering IoT, AI and Big Data based solutions in Security, Software and Energy systems and holds 15 patents. Prior to Hitachi, Jim spent 10 years as CTO of an Oxford University spin-out company developing cloud-based AI driven energy management systems for domestic households, with a focus specifically on reducing energy and carbon consumption in the home.
As Technology Lead for a number of Hitachi’s Social Innovation projects, Jim brings together Hitachi’s technologies in AI and IoT to deliver solutions in Energy, Transport and Smart Cities.
Jim is a chartered engineer and holds a 1st Class MEng degree in Engineering Sciences from Oxford University.
Owen Gaffney is a global sustainability writer, analyst and strategist. He is based at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is also a Future Earth Senior Fellow, an Edmund Hillary Fellow (New Zealand) and he is on the faculty of Singularity University. He is the co-lead author of the Exponential Climate Action Roadmap, and an author of the Roadmap for Rapid Decarbonization.
Owen works at the nexus between science, policy, media and business. He is interested in big-picture narratives of the past and future of people on Earth (and beyond). He has published in Science and Nature and is a regular contributor to New Scientist. He co-founded the Future Earth Media Lab and Rethink magazine and is on the editorial board of the Anthropocene magazine.
His background spans journalism, filmmaking, writing, communications, Earth-system science, international policy, astronautic engineering, data visualization and academic publishing.
Hugo Lerias is the Chief Technology Officer, Automotive Solutions at Fujitsu in EMEIA.
In this role he is supporting major Automotive OEM’s and T1s from the automotive industry, on their Digital Transformation agenda, improving the User Experience and also increasing the Security in their Digital platforms. Hugo’s key focus areas are Connected Services around automotive supporting the Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric vehicles.
Before joining Fujitsu, Hugo was at Amazon Web Services, Juniper and Akamai Technologies always working to build new ventures and teams, but also working with external corporate partners and startups.
Hugo holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Lisbon.
Dr Tyron Louw is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. His primary research interest is in the field of Human Factors, where he works towards providing a better understanding of how humans interact with highly automated driving systems, with a focus on psychophysiology, perceptual-motor control, and technology acceptance.
For over 7 years, he has collaborated with researchers in both the automotive industry and academia on this topic, through various EU and UK projects, including AdaptIVe, CityMobil2, and HumanDrive. He currently leads the User & Acceptance Evaluation within the L3Pilot project, which is conducting the first large-scale piloting of SAE Level 3 automated driving in Europe.
Tyron received his PhD in Human Factors from the University of Leeds, UK, and, previously, his MSc (Research) and BSc (Honours) degrees in Human Kinetics & Ergonomics from Rhodes University, South Africa.
Rodney Williams, Founder & CEO of LISNR, leads one of the hottest companies in the IoT space that intends to disrupt the mobile industry with a new communication protocol that is the most efficient way to connect any device with a speaker or microphone. Fresh out of the R/GA Accelerator powered by Techstars, and a recent Upstart 100 honoree, Williams is an innovative and out-of-the-box strategic thinker who is always looking for new ways for brands to have the greatest impact on their consumers.
LISNR is a new communication standard between devices that connects any device with a speaker or microphone using high frequency “data over audio”. Called “Smart Tones”, these silent audio files can broadcast from television, live events, radio, or any standard speaker and then interact with LISNR’s code base (SDK, API, Java, etc). Client and strategic partners include Intel, Samsung, RocNation, Red Bull Media House, Budweiser, R/GA, AT&T, The Dallas Cowboys and Kao Brands.
Prior to LISNR, Williams spent over 4 years at Procter & Gamble leading a number of brand management, digital, and point of entry media efforts, most noted for being the first marketer to co-write digital patents. Williams was selected for AdAge and Jet Magazine's top 40 marketers under 40 in 2013.
Recently, LISNR was named #12 on CNBC’s Disruptor 50. LISNR was honored at the first ever White House Demo Day, won the Visa Everywhere Initiative, won the SXSW V2V competition, were awarded a Gold Lion at Cannes Lions International Festival for Creativity, and were awarded Digiday’s Best Content Marketing Platform for 2015. In 2014, LISNR received notable recognition as a Webby Honoree, TIECON Hot Startup & the Business Courier's 2014 Marketing Innovation Award winner. Williams holds an M.B.A. from Howard University along with three additional degrees which include a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications, a B.A. in Economics and B.B.A. in Finance.
David has over 30 years’ experience in General Insurance, roles including Chief Commercial Underwriter at one of AXA’s largest branches, Reinsurance Manager, Casualty Insurance Manager, Managing Director Claims and Managing Director Underwriting
David leads AXA’s work on Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, including work with 5 Government backed Consortia (including Venturer, UK Autodrive, & Flourish). He sits on the Association of British Insurers GIC and is Chair of the Autonomous Driving Group. He also Chairs RISCAuthority, the CII Underwriting Faculty, is a Board Member of the Fire Protection Association, and is a Non-Executive Director of AXA Assistance UK.
David is very active in lobbying the government, particularly with regard to problems with claims farming and compensation culture, and won the 2018 Insurance Post Award for Social Media Influencer of the year
Sarah-Jayne Williams leads Ford of Europe’s Mobility division where she is responsible for developing new urban mobility solutions. Based in Ford’s Mobility Innovation office in London she focuses on addressing the changing mobility needs of urban dwellers in major European cities. She joined Ford in September 2017 from Bearing Point UK where she was a Partner, specializing in Automotive and Digital. Prior to spending 14 years in the consulting industry, Sarah-Jayne worked for Motorola leading its business and technology transformation programs.
The personal journey of Daniela is as exciting and adventurous as her business topics. Coming from a world of rallies such as Aicha des Gazelles or Mille Miglia, climbing mountains from the Alps to Nepal, travel the world and studying the art of mindfulness her heart also beats for the challenges of the urban environment.
Daniela is part of the smart lab at Daimler AG. Its purpose is to ease life of urban people through digital services around the car. One of the projects Daniela is currently working on is Future Living® Berlin, an innovative living concept in Berlin Adlershof in which Daimler is integrated as a partner. smart is contributing smart EQ fortwo & forfour along with a closed community car sharing offer and the smart ready-to-services. Before joining smart she worked as a consultant for project management and communication at Daimler Trucks in Stuttgart as well as Daimler Trucks North America in Portland Oregon.
Tamy founded her first company at the age of 22 and sold it later to Grupo Trend, a part of CVC corp, the largest travel and tourism conglomerate in the Americas.
After 13 years of experience in online travel, Tamy moved to mobility in 2016, when she joined Wunder, helping the company to identify opportunities and partnerships that amplified its expansion and presence from 1 to over 100 cities in the world.
Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, Wunder is widely considered the fastest growing mobility tech company in Europe and has become a household name in the industry, providing mobility solutions to partners such as Yamaha, Toyota, Daimler, Audi and BMW.
Tamy is also a member of the Board of Innovation of 2A Investimentos, the VC company of Group JCA, the union of 10 transportation companies in LATAM, responsible for the movement of almost 100 million people per year.
Robbert Lohmann, MSc (1975) is Chief Commercial Officer of 2getthere, a company of ZF. In addition he serves as a board member of the 2getthere Asia and 2getthere Middle East joint ventures.
Robbert is responsible for all commercial activities, strategy and partnerships. He has been in the automated transit industry since 1999, working on systems for the port industry, entertainment parks and public transit. He was responsible for obtaining the orders for the applications at Floriade 2002, Masdar City, Bluewaters Island, Rivium extension and the Brussels Airport projects as well as several studies and projects in the port and entertainment industries.
Robbert also served as the Project Director (2009-2014) for the Masdar City project, the world’s first PRT system open to the general public on November 28, 2010. He assumed the same role for several projects in the entertainment industry with 2getthere as subcontractor to its partner Oceaneering. From 2014 through 2017, he served as the Chief Operations Officer of the company.
Yara Hoffmann is a journalist who works as a reporter for Germany’s major public television broadcaster ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen).
She is currently located in Magdeburg (Saxony Anhalt) where she covers politics and current events.
From 2014-2018 she has worked for the ZDF news section (heute, heute journal, heute+) in Mainz.
Besides her journalistic work for ZDF, she is a presenter and speaker on stage for various organizations and events such as Union Investment and Google News Lab.
She also hosts her own podcast „helloyara“ where she interviews inspiring people about turning points in their lives.
Ram has over 25 years’ experience in software, big data analytics, management consulting, ICT and the Green Economy, and has spent the last 12 years building and implementing software solutions in energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and carbon reduction.
In his role as Chief Digital Officer of Hitachi Europe, Ram is responsible for driving Hitachi’s Social Innovation strategy in EMEA (focused on IoT, big data analytics and AI) across several vertical industries, including energy, electric vehicles, video analytics & public safety and smart cities. Since starting at Hitachi, he has developed and delivered unique IoT and AI based propositions in energy efficiency in both public and private sectors and is now driving a major campaign to bring advanced analytics to the energy sector.
As lead automotive designer at world renowned design and innovation company Seymourpowell, Richard has incorporated an automotive perspective to the transport division, having delivered a wide range of projects to clients such as Ford, British Airways and Jaguar Land Rover.
Recently, Richard has helped Seymourpowell revolutionise the automotive design process through the development of RealityWorks: their cutting-edge virtual reality design tool – featured on CNN and in FastCompany, Dezeen and TEDx London (Design is dead, long live design). As well as conceptualising vehicles to explore the future of mobility, Richard has also worked on electric vehicle projects from conception to production.
Richard has developed a breadth of experience in the automotive, rail industries, as well as in commercial aircraft. He has for example, helped Zodiac Aerospace shape the future of passenger experience and was a member of the team that redesigned Flytoget, Oslo Airport’s new express train.
After successfully completing his studies of Business Administration, Stephan Pfeiffer worked in the fields of Debt Capital Markets and Corporate Banking at an investment bank for five years.
Since 2012, he has been taking on a number of different positions at Deutsche Bahn's Corporate Strategy department. Since 2017, Stephan Pfeiffer is responsible for Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs at ioki, Deutsche Bahn’s new digital business segment.
Wolfram Putz studied architecture at the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. He graduated as Dipl.-Ing. Arch. in Braunschweig and received his Master of Architecture at the Southern Californian Institute of Architecture SCI Arc, Los Angeles, USA.
After a visiting professorship in 2008-2009 and an acting professorship in 2016-2017 at the RWTH Aachen, Wolfram Putz has been a visiting professor at the TU Delft in 2017/18. In 1998 Wolfram Putz established GRAFT in Los Angeles together with Lars Krückeberg and Thomas Willemeit. With further offices in Berlin and Beijing, GRAFT has been commissioned to design and manage a wide range of projects. GRAFT has won numerous national and international awards and earned international reputation throughout its existence. In 2009 the GRAFT founding partners co-founded Solarkiosk AG together with Andreas Spiess, which affiliate companies are incorporated in ten countries worldwide today.
With GRAFT Brandlab Wolfram Putz, Lars Krückeberg, and Thomas Willemeit established a branding agency together with Linda Stannieder in 2014. The agency operates at the interface of architecture, design, and branding. Since 2015 GRAFT offers sustainable housing systems in modular design in order to quickly construct accommodations for refugees. The company called Heimat2 was founded together with three other companies working in project development and communication. Wolfram Putz, Lars Krückeberg and Thomas Willemeit together with Marianne Birthler curated the German Pavilion in Venice at the Architecture Biennale 2018.
Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer
HARALD WELZER IS DIRECTOR OF FUTURZWEI. THE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS AND PROMOTES PRACTICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL STRATEGIES OF SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION. IN NUMEROUS LECTURES, ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS, HE IS COMMITTED TO SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION AND THE PRESERVATION OF AN OPEN SOCIETY. IN ADDITION, THE SOCIOLOGIST AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGIST IS PROFESSOR FOR TRANSFORMATION DESIGN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLENSBURG AND TEACHES SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AS A PERMANENT VISITING PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. FLENSBURG. GALLEN. PRIOR TO HIS CURRENT POSITIONS, HE HEADED THE CENTER FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY MEMORY RESEARCH IN ESSEN, WAS PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY WITTEN/HERDECKE AND HEAD OF RESEARCH ON SUBPROJECTS OF CLIMATE CULTURE AT THE INSTITUTE FOR CULTURAL STUDIES IN ESSEN. MOST RECENTLY, HE PUBLISHED THE BOOKS "ALLES KÖNNTE ANDERS SEIN" (EVERYTHING COULD BE DIFFERENT) AT S. FISCHER VERLAG.
Dr. Venkat Sumantran
Dr. Sumantran is Chairman of Celeris Technologies and an advisor to several Fortune-100 organizations in autos, industrial equipment, defence, and aerospace. He is the co-author of the book “Faster, Smarter, Greener: the Future of the Car and Urban Mobility” (www.fastersmartergreener.com) published by the MIT Press in 2017.
Previously (2006-2014) he was Executive Vice-Chairman of Hinduja Automotive, UK, as well as Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland. Prior to this (2001-2005), he was the chief executive officer of TATA Motors’ Car business reporting to Ratan Tata. Prior to joining TATAs, Dr. Sumantran had a 16-year career with General Motors R&D in Detroit and subsequently as a Director of Advanced Engineering at GM-Europe.
Dr. Sumantran has served on the Science Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India and the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet of the Indian Government. He was also a member of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council. He was nominated as Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and serves as Adjunct Professor at MIT-MISI. Dr Sumantran possesses a Doctorate degree in Aerospace Engineering (Princeton & Virginia Tech) and a Master’s degree in Management of Technology.
Dipl.-Wi.-Ing. Sebastian Stegmüller
SEBASTIAN STEGMÜLLER HEADS THE RESEARCH DEPARTMENT "MOBILITY INNOVATION" OF THE FRAUNHOFER INSTITUTE FOR LABOUR ECONOMICS AND ORGANISATION IAO IN STUTTGART. IN CLOSE EXCHANGE WITH COMPANIES OF THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY, THE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATES THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY USING MODERN METHODS OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT PAIRED WITH MANY YEARS OF INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE AND THUS MAKES A SCIENTIFIC-ANALYTICAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE DESIGN OF VEHICLES AND MOBILITY PRODUCTS OF THE FUTURE AS WELL AS UNDERLYING VALUE-ADDED STRUCTURES. THE ANCHOR POINT IS THE MOBILITY INNOVATION LAB IN WHICH PROTOTYPES ARE SET UP AND EVALUATED TO EFFICIENTLY SUPPORT EARLY PHASES OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT BY MAKING INNOVATIONS TANGIBLE.
As Creative Director for the world of Cars, Jay Ward consults on all CARS-related projects around the world, providing automotive and franchise expertise to both Disney and its partners in matters pertaining to Consumer Products, Interactive, Marketing, Publishing, and Theme Parks. He also serves as a liaison with automotive manufacturers and museums working on Pixar-related projects. Jay was the automotive and later franchise creative consultant on all three ‘CARS’ films, the Cars Toons, and Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. In addition to his work on Cars projects, Jay worked in the art departments of Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, and Brave, and served as the associate producer of the 2008 Pixar short film “Presto.” Ward also runs the campus classic car show, the “Pixar Motorama” hosting vehicles from Jay Leno, Chip Foose, and many others.
Jay has also worked as an automotive consultant for Renault, DesignWorks (BMW Group), MINI, Audi and Audi AIR (Audi Innovation Research), and the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Dr. Yan Li serves as the CEO of Niu technologies,prior to joining Niu Technologies in 2016, Dr. Li was a principal at KKR Capstone from 2009 to 2015 and he oversaw KKR portfolio operation in China. Dr. Li was awarded the Operational Excellence Award by Private Equity International in 2012. Prior to KKR, Dr. Li worked for McKinsey & Company from 2008 to 2009, where he advised various companies in high- tech, industrial goods and retail sectors. Prior to McKinsey,Dr. Li worked as a senior research engineer at Qualcomm Inc. in San Diego, CA from 2006 to 2008, focusing on the development of 3G and 4G communications technology. Dr. Li holds three patents on 3G communications. Dr. Li received a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001 and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2005, in electrical engineering.
Florine von Caprivi combines responsible leadership with a hands-on mentality. With her great experience in marketing, sales and consulting she successfully built up various start-ups already. Besides her passion for young companies she used to work for large corporations as Commerzbank, Vitaphone, AVD e.V. and Allianz AG.
Robin is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world’s leading carsharing network; as well as co-founder of Veniam, a network company that moves terabytes of data between vehicles and the cloud. She has recently co-founded her first nonprofit, NUMO, a global alliance to channel the opportunities presented by new urban mobility technologies to build cities that are sustainable and just. She sits on the Boards of the World Resources Institute and Tucows and serves on the Dutch multinational DSM’s Sustainability Advisory Board.
Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including the prestigious Urban Land Institute’s Nicols Prize as Urban Visionary, Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, and received an honorary Doctorate of Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Talk Title: The future is visible right now but there is still time to shape it
Talk Summary: Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar —which laid the cornerstone of the sharing economy — will give us insight into the future of transportation. Elements of this future are visible today, but cities hold the keys in determining whether we will end up with places we want to live in or avoid. Letting the status quo play out is not an option
Christof is the Managing Director of Trafi in Germany, leading the commercial hub of Trafi and further expand the business with clients like Google, Volkswagen Group and Lyft. He was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company Inc. with a spike in the automotive industry and has held several marketing executive roles in online companies and startups like Zalando. Christof holds a Diploma of Business Administration from Handelshochschule Leipzig.
Weert Canzler, master’s degree in political science at the Free University of Berlin, doctorate in sociology at Institute of Sociology at Technical University Berlin, habilitation in social science based mobility research at Technical University Dresden. Since 1994 research fellow at the Social Science Center Berlin (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, WZB) and together with Andreas Knie cofounder of the “Project Group on Mobility”. Since 2013 speaker of „Leibniz Research Alliance Energy Transition".
As Director of Strategic Partnering at Designworks Munich Studio, Deneb is responsible for building and developing partnerships with key global players in multiple industries, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Deneb joined Designworks in 2012 and has worked as a creative problem solver in a variety of different roles, interfacing with both the BMW Group and numerous external partners.
Deneb’s expertise lies in initiating, managing and growing business partnerships. For more than 15 years, she has worked as a consultant for tech and global automotive brands in the field of Design and Innovation. She founded and mentored several leading digital platforms and enjoys being a connector between design and business shaping and managing meaningful cross-disciplinary projects that address and answer the most pressing challenges for companies today and tomorrow.
Originally from Ecuador, Deneb has experienced different education and professional institutions around the world including the US, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom, giving her a truly global mindset.
Trust me, I’m an autonomous car: How can self-driving cars (re)-gain trust?The automotive and electronics industries are set for an automotive future anchored around self- driving vehicles. Early tech adopters post videos proudly showing themselves drive “hands-off”. The wider public, however, is not convinced. Surveys suggest that more than 60% of the UK public and more than 73% of the US public would be reluctant travel in an autonomous car, never mind buy one.
Recent headlines about car crashes involving Teslas in self-driving mode and experimental autonomous cars from Uber have made an already sceptical every more suspicious. Other surveys suggest that people around the world – especially in developed economies – are very suspicious of their vehicles sharing data with broader transport infrastructure networks, undermining a key technological component of the ecosystem that’s needed to support self-driving vehicles.
This panel will explore what needs to be done for the wider public to trust autonomous cars – not only as “hands-off” drivers or passengers in such cars, but also in terms of wider public acceptance on the road. Will sensationalist headlines – or poor first-generation engineering - kill the self-driving evolution before it’s even started?
SpeakersPeter Wells, Professor of Business and Sustainability Centre for Automotive Industry Research Cardiff Business School
Karima Delli, Member of the European Parliament
Ben Boutcher-West, Head of Mobility, AppyParking
Tomasso Grossi, Product Marketing Manager, TomTom Automotive
Integrated mobility: the urban-rural divideMuch of today’s debate about the automotive future seems to come with a label: “for city folks only!” Mobility solutions that integrate public and private transport ecosystems or envisage a world where car ownership is replaced by subscriptions for mobility experiences at varying degrees of comfort, timeliness and privacy are aplenty, but they usually are designed for high-density urban environments that are rich in IoT-powered street furniture that is supported by 5G mobile networks. Most powertrain solutions for future cars, meanwhile, focus on the spread of hydrogen or electric vehicles, which once again lend themselves mainly to urban environments, where sufficiently high flows of traffic can justify the investment in networks of fast electric chargers or hydrogen refuelling systems.
In other words, will cities become islands of future mobility and will rural areas be behind by the integrated mobility revolution? How can we bridge the divide?
SpeakersDr Mario Turrettini, Chairman, GIMS
Kay Herget, Bosch SoftTec
Bobbie Seppelt, Research Scientist, MIT AgeLab & Center for Transportation and Logistics
Christof Hellmis Vice President Strategic Program Management, HERE
It wasn’t my fault, honest: insuring next-generation vehiclesWhen it comes to assigning blame, few traffic accidents are clear-cut cases. However, as our cars get smarter and drivers morph into passengers, who will be to blame for accidents involving next- generation vehicles? The driver of the “driven” car that collided with a self-driving vehicle? The “hands-off” driver of the autonomous vehicle? The car manufacturer? The software developer? The maker of the entertainment system that failed to alert the “driver”. The local council, because the street furniture didn’t properly interact with the car?
And how – amidst the confusion – can you insure people using shared mobility experiences? Should they pay by a flat fee, or by the day, hour, minute? How can we make sure that any vehicle – driven or not – is covered by the right level of insurance?
SpeakersMatthew Smith - KPMG
Kyle Wiggers, AI Correspondent, VentureBeat
Building cars around passengers, not driversRight now, Level 5 autonomous cars – where both the steering wheel and the driver are optional – are the stuff of science fiction. But even before technology reaches this level, the in-car experience of both drivers and passengers is set to change dramatically. How will the in-car experience change? Will cars really be IoT hubs, and if so, what’s the benefit for passengers and drivers? Will window shields be the ultimate AR visors? And if cars morph into productivity hubs and entertainment centres, how can drivers – when it truly matters – take back control? Do we need new UX/UI models for cars? Or will the car of 2030 or 2040 just look like today’s car... but with a better trim and nicer go-faster stripes?
SpeakersPatrick Weissert, Founder, COO & Head of Product, German Autolabs
Oliver Kuhn, Head of BD Automotive, Telenav
Christian Rosen, Head of Vehicle Management & Concepts, MOIA
Anja Hendel, Director, Porsche Innovation Lab