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// Exhibitors


// Speakers


Brian Cooley, CNET

Brian Cooley is CNET’s editor-at-large and has been with the company since 1995 when he launched CNET Radio, later leading CNET into coverage of automotive technology.  He is also CNET’s senior media commentator and hosts CNET’s in-store video programming seen in Costco, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club ‘s stores.  His constant mission is to offer a clear, understandable perspective of the consumer electronics world and digital living.


Roger Lanctot, Strategy Analytics

As Associate Director in the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics, Roger Lanctot has a powerful voice in the definition of future trends in automotive safety, powertrain, and infotainment systems. Roger draws on 25 years’ experience in the technology industry as an analyst, journalist and consultant. Roger is a graduate of Dartmouth College.


Kristin Kolodge, J.D. Power

Kristin Kolodge is Executive Director of Driver Interaction and Human Machine Interface (HMI) at J.D. Power. Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2014, Ms. Kolodge was senior manager of HMI and ergonomics at Fiat Chrysler. Ms. Kolodge received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Michigan.


David Strickland, Venable

The Honorable David Strickland, currently a partner at the national law firm Venable LLP, served as the 14th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2010 – 2014. During his tenure he oversaw the creation of the first national fuel economy program, the launching of the Safety Pilot for the Vehicle to Vehicle Communications program, and issued the first statement of policy regarding the testing of automated vehicles on public roads.


Andre Weimerskirch, UMTRI

André Weimerskirch is an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. He holds a Ph.D. of Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany in the area of applied data security and a Master of Science in computer science of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. André is a main designer of the vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication protocol and a known expert in automotive cyber security and piracy.


Chris Valasek, IOActive

Christopher Valasek serves as Director Vehicle Security Research at IOActive, an industry leader in comprehensive computer security services. In this role, Valasek is responsible for guiding IOActive’s vehicle security research efforts. He is also heavily involved in bleeding-edge automotive security research.


Neal Boudette, Automotive Correspondent

Neal E. Boudette is Michigan-based business journalist with more than 25 years of experience, including 14 years at the Wall Street Journal.  For the last decade he has covered the global auto industry, following stints covering Silicon Valley, high technology, the rise of the Internet and the dot-com boom and bust.


Eric Spiegelman, Los Angeles Board of Taxicab Commissioners

Mr. Spiegelman is the Sole Practitioner at the Spiegelman Media Law and Consulting. Mr. Spiegelman graduated as Class President from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law; J.D.


Justin Fishkin, Local Motors

Justin marries a lifelong dedication to sustainability and making a difference in the world with a background in finance and investing. Prior to joining Local Motors as their Chief Strategy Officer, he served as Senior Portfolio Manager of Carbon War Room, an NGO founded by Sir Richard Branson to identify and implement entrepreneurial solutions to climate change.


Karl Heimer, Autoimmune

A seasoned leader in cyber security in military and civilian sectors, Karl Heimer has been working to protect the country from threats for decades. In 2011 Heimer joined Battelle, a leading science and technology non-profit, to apply his expertise in national security and counter intelligence to the automotive market. He lead a team that develops products to prevent, detect and protect vehicles from cyber attacks. He is now a Senior Consultant for Assured Information Security.

// Past Topics

Building a New Business: Restructuring & Revision

The only constant is change in today’s rapidly moving auto industry and this includes business and manufacturing assumptions. New technology and thinking enable us to crowdsource a car’s plans, parts, and production for a truly customized car. They also allow us to restructure telematics business assumptions in order to make connectivity possible for the masses and subscriber-retention issues a thing of the past. Join us for a discussion about the opportunities and struggles that come with challenging the status quo.

Autonomous Car Fallout: What Happens Next?

We all expect the autonomous car to arrive soon—very soon. But are we ready for the changes that autonomous cars will bring? There are effects and arguments spawning from self-driving cars that will ripple into every aspect of modern society. What happens to car ownership, public transportation systems, video chatting while driving, parking lots, elderly drivers, drinking while driving laws, and road maintenance? All good questions but the main one is this: Is the technology coming faster than our preparations for it?

Let's Make a Deal: Selling the Connected Car

If you’ve been to a dealership lately, you know that staying on top of rapidly changing technology is a challenge for even the best salespeople. What’s it like to sell or service a connected vehicle? How do OEM technology decisions impact the dealer-consumer relationship? What can dealers tell us about consumer pain points when it comes to connected technology? Discover just what the dealer thinks about the connected car and how technology helps or hinders sales.

Fortifying a City: The Dangers Hackers Present

Cities today cannot operate without connectivity, which makes them especially tempting targets for cybercrime and cyberterrorism. We cannot be complacent about protecting our efficient, always-present connectivity as the world becomes more and more reliant upon it. Learn what is being done to secure our network defenses against misuse, and how experts set traps and track down those who might take advantage of our increasing digital dependence.

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