TC Sessions: Mobility is fast approaching. Join us May 18-19 in San Mateo, California and online May 20 to meet the best, smartest and most interesting founders, engineers, investors, regulators and technologists who are committed to changing the way people and packages are transported around the world. the globe.
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We have two days of personal programming waiting for you – just take a look at Agenda. But we want to draw attention to the thematic roundtable discussions. Why? These small gatherings will be led by subject matter experts and lead speakers. They give participants the opportunity to delve deeper into an issue and engage in meaningful conversations that can lead to interesting opportunities.
We have some great ones on tap. Take a look at yourself.
Building a resilient mobile ecosystem with Ritu Narayan, CEO and founder of Zum
- Because transportation accounts for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, there are few business decisions that could have the same impact on greenhouse gas emissions as transportation electrification, especially public transportation. But to be sustainable at this scale, businesses must consider an ecosystem approach in order to thrive. Building on Zum’s experience in leading the transition of school buses to electric vehicles, this roundtable will focus on creative and innovative ways that business leaders, investors, professionals and society can work together to achieve a greener future.
Unmanned flight: how close are we to fully autonomous aircraft? with Maxim Gariel, CTO, Xwing
- Many believe that self-propelled aircraft will begin to carry passengers during our lifetime. Do you consider yourself one of the first advocates of autonomous flight? Join Maxime Gariel, CTO of Xwing, a leader in autonomous aviation, for an exciting discussion as we discuss what it’s like to make your first autonomous flight. Maxim can also share his thoughts on common misconceptions about autonomous flight, how technology is currently impacting the aviation market, and how close we really are to commercial autonomous flight.
Next Generation Mobility: Why Software is Defining the Future of Automotive Architecture Joe Speed, VP Product, Apex.AI
- Vehicles have long been defined by the hardware that powers them, but advanced technologies are bringing mobility into the future, software first and foremost. Vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have over 100 computers, known as electronic control units (ECUs), that operate largely independently of each other. But the shift to connected, autonomous, shared electric vehicles packs that into a small number of powerful computers. This means that computer architecture is getting simpler and software is getting more complex, requiring a more robust level of software integration than ever before. This creates hurdles for traditional original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across all industries, including automotive, agriculture, mining, industrial automation, and more. This roundtable will discuss: what industries will need to launch autonomous vehicles on a large scale; why industries such as agriculture and manufacturing are looking for autonomous and software-driven innovations in the automotive and robotics industries; steps to be taken to expedite the delivery of required software and algorithms; and the impact of reliability on autonomous vehicles. For example, a software crash on your computer is annoying, but on an autonomous vehicle, farm equipment, or manufacturing robot, the result can be devastating.
Zero Emissions Aviation – A Roadmap for Hydrogen-Powered Flights Dr. Alex Ivanenko, co-founder and CEO, HyPoint
- Aviation produced 2.4% of the world’s CO2 emissions in 2018, which as a country will rank sixth in the world (between Japan and Germany). Not CO2 effects such as warming caused by aircraft contrails and other pollutants bring the combined total contribution of aviation to global warming to about 5%. In this session, we will discuss the barriers to zero-emission flight, as well as the technology roadmap and the latest breakthrough innovations that will enable hydrogen-powered aircraft to take to the skies in the next few years.
Building ethical and inclusive mobile technology solutions with Lisa May Brunson, Founder and Chief Visionary, Wonder Women Tech
- This session will explore the possibilities for mobile startups and companies to create ethical and inclusive solutions within their product infrastructure and/or corporate culture. We will delve into the AMA style and thoughtfully discuss innovation in a multi-billion dollar industry with social innovation in mind. Sponsored by Wonder Women Tech.
The future of delivery of critical medical supplies lies with drones, and it is already here Scott Plank, founder of JSP Ventures
- The complex modes of transport and supply chains in healthcare need innovation. This session will offer a first-hand look at how two companies, MediGO and MissionGO, are currently using autonomous drone helicopters to enable the safe, efficient, low-cost, and environmentally friendly transportation of critical medical supplies. Participants will learn and discuss ideas for tackling known and unknown scenarios in which decision-making will take place between autonomous and conventional modes of transport, as well as ways to improve the efficiency of healthcare resources (including the delivery of blood samples and human organ transplants; healthy, fresh and local products, and essentials), improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.
From Algorithms to Public Roads: Why a Human-Centered Approach to Autonomous Driving Technologies is Needed to Win Hearts and Minds Amisha Wadalia, Senior COO Plus
- Autonomous truck technology has advanced to the point where the question is no longer whether it will become commercially available on a large scale, but how and when. Ameesha Wadalia, Senior COO of Plus, will talk about the different paths companies are taking to develop Tier 4 self-driving trucks, Plus’ unique evolutionary path towards full autonomy that starts with a commercial product already operated by Amazon and others, and a comparison of targeted human technology with systems that are not based on feedback from drivers, fleets and OEMs.
Green mobility in a digital world with Doug Davenport, Founder, CEO, ProspectSV
- Everything about mobility is changing, from traditional public transport to ridesharing and a wave of electric cars, bicycles and scooters. New mobility requires more than just vehicles – we need local power, charging networks, digital platforms to manage refueling, maintenance, logistics, etc. Let’s talk about the technologies and market opportunities for a better, greener transportation system. Supported by ProspektSV.
Sustainable Mobility in Emerging Markets: Optimizing people, planet and profits with technology Damilola Olokesushi, CEO and co-founder of Shuttlers Metropolitan Mobility Company Limited
- Emerging economies such as Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria, where Shuttlers operates, are known for exponential population growth. This population growth comes with many challenges, one of the most important of which is transportation. An ever-growing population creates an imbalance as transport demand continues to outstrip supply by miles. The United Nations (UN) has indicated that high-tech transport systems that prioritize sustainability are the solution to common transport challenges in emerging economies. As private transportation technology companies such as Shuttlers emerge to change the way people move by introducing new technology-based transportation systems and services, it is imperative to focus on the long-term sustainability of transportation. The conversation about sustainable transport should focus on how technology can optimize these three key pillars: people, the planet and profits. Discussing transport sustainability at the roundtable (using the highlighted three Ps, also known as John Elkington’s Triple Outcome model) will help raise awareness and propose solutions to address the shortcomings of transport technologies in emerging markets. These shortcomings range from insufficient talent/skills to the issue of carbon emissions, lack of modern green transportation infrastructure, and maintaining startup profitability while leveraging global best practices in transportation innovation.
Why can’t you build a new electric car in corporate America with Sue Ozdemir, CEO of Exro Technologies
- Gasoline cars and motorcycles have been around for over 100 years. During this time, legacy car brands and large corporations have accumulated rich capital and experience in developing, manufacturing, selling and improving ICE models. Now that everyone is aiming for electrification, this experience has become something of a crutch. Electrification requires not only adding a battery to existing ICE models, but also rethinking chassis design and manufacturing facilities with rigid tooling. Such a huge shift in thinking and experience requires what tech startups have in abundance—this includes a penchant for constant innovation, quick failures, and a mindset that goes beyond “the way things have been done” for decades. Corporate America is learning from young companies that are immersed in the world of electrification and working with the latest technologies available. A huge reason Sue went from CEO of Small Industrial Motors at GE to CEO of Exro was because she couldn’t innovate fast enough or take the kind of risk needed to change the industry from within. Sue talks about how she now balances her corporate experience and profit-driven business savvy with her tech startup drive to move fast and break things to ultimately create electric vehicles that drive better, faster and longer at less cost.
Curb programming and monetization race with Regina Klulow, co-founder and CEO of Populus
- From on-demand delivery to scooters to autonomous travel, everyone needs a piece of curb work to do. We’ll talk about how smart cities are using technology and platforms to manage and price this valuable resource to ensure a safer and more sustainable mobile future.
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