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11th Annual GAMIC Finals at SAE WCX'19

MI Innovation Alliance & SAE International

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

11th Annual GAMIC Finals at SAE WCX'19

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12 Global Innovators to compete at GAMIC Finals in Detroit, Michigan

Location: Learning Lab, SAE-WCX, Cobo Center, Detroit, MI

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Time: 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Please join us for the Global Finals of the 11th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC), presented by SAE International and MI Innovation Alliance.

Cost: FREE

Meet the Finalists and Event Details

Note: Since the Finals are hosted by SAE-WCX at Cobo, you MUST Register in two places: (1) SAE-WCX and (2) GAMIC.

(1) REGISTER for SAE-WCX on the Expo website – select “Expo Only” to receive a Badge upon check-in at Cobo (also comes with a free 3-day EXPO pass to SAE-WCX).


(2) REGISTER for GAMIC Finals on Evenbrite - Free ticket but registration required.

GAMIC provides earlystage startups with an opportunity for competitionprep coaching; and for the four (4) Award Winners, over $300,000 in total in-kind acceleration services (including targeted exposure to decisionmakers) and cash awards.  

The finals also provides an opportunity to meet, mingle and learn about trends, technologies and investment perspectives for high-value auto / mobility innovations. OEMs, suppliers, investors, thought-leaders and entrepreneurs will participate in, network and talk about future needs and opportunities for the ever evolving automotive and mobility industries. 

The Program -- includes Keynote Speaker, Innovator Presentations on new / emerging technologies with Judges Q&A, Panel Discussions & Multiple Networking Opportunities. 

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Ken Washington, Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering & CTO at Ford Motor Company.

Ken WashingtonDr. Ken Washington is Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, Ford Motor Company, effective June 1, 2017.  In this role, Washington leads Ford's worldwide research organization, overseeing the development and implementation of the company's technology strategy and plans, and playing a key role in the company's expansion into emerging mobility opportunities. He reports to Jim Hackett, Ford President and CE0.

 Prior to joining Ford, he was Vice President of the Advanced Technology Center at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. In this role, Washington was responsible for leading a team of scientists and engineers in performing research and development in space science and related R&D. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in February 2007, Washington served as Chief Information Officer for Sandia National Laboratories, where he also previously served in a variety of technical, management, and program leadership positions.

 He has a bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a fellow of the MIT Seminar XXI program on International Relations.


12:00     Introduction

12:10     Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ken Washington, Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering & CTO, Ford Motor Company

13:00     Finalist Presentations - 6 teams

14:42     Short Break

14:50     Finalist Presentations - 6 teams

16:30     Panel Discussion

17:00     Announcement of Winners

 The Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) – a collaboration by SAE International and the MI Innovation Alliance – is designed to:

  • Identify innovative companies in the automotive and mobility spaces
  • Invite startups for regional and international Quarter-finals to compete
  • Provide expert mentoring to founders and innovators at the Semi-finals and Global Finals
  • Cultivate new technologies and solutions
  • Facilitate a more-rapid and seamless path to commercialization

Following the Semifinals held at Schoolcraft College, Livonia on February 26, the GAMIC Finals will be held during the SAE World Congress in Detroit on April 9, 2019.

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Learning Lab - SAE-WCX, Cobo center
1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, `MI 48226

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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