• Autonomous Vehicles Event Varden Labs, Cal State LA, EcoCAR 3

    4 March 2016
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    On March 7-8 Cal State LA and its EcoCAR 3 team will host Varden Labs on campus, a startup company in Silicon Valley that develops autonomous vehicle technology. As a part of the two- day event, the company will conduct multiple rides of their fully autonomous golf-cart sized vehicle for students, faculty and staff. The shuttle is about the size of a golf cart and can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour, but will be traveling about 10 miles per hour for demonstrations.

    On Tuesday, March 8, the company representatives will discuss the autonomous transportation
    industry and provide an overview of the autonomous technology. This will be followed by an EcoCAR 3
    team presentation into their work on the same topic. Also there will be an opportunity for a
    special testing session for industry guests and EcoCAR 3 students. Location: Engineering Building,
    room B11. Presentations 10-11 am; rides 11-12pm.

    Members of the E4 Mobility Alliance and Advanced Transportation Center are especially welcome to
    attend. Parking directions are on the next page.

    If you have any questions, please email Dr. David Blekhman: [email protected]

    Varden Labs: http://vardenlabs.com/


    Cal State LA EcoCAR 3: http://csulaecocar3.org/


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    CSULA_Varden_Labs_Autonomous Vehicles EventDirections to CSULA.

    We are located in the north-west corner of HWYs 10 and 710 crossing.
    You will enter the campus by one of the four blue arrows.
    Suggested parking for guests: Lots 1, 2, 5, 7, and 11, Parking Structure A (all levels), Parking Structure B (C-Level) and Parking Structure C (Yellow Level), 4 Hour Parking $3.
    Walk over to Lot 10, Engineering Building to find entrance to B-11, marked by the red arrow on the right.

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  • Innovation Thought Leadership Forum: Advancing the Electric Grid for the 21st Century Energy Needs

    4 March 2016
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    smerc_logo_300UCLA SMERC forum to be held in Washington D.C., April 13, 2016 For the past six years the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has been integrally involved with the U.S. Department of Energy funded Smart Grid Regional Demonstration Project for the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power (LADWP). During these years, UCLA SMERC has researched, developed and piloted technologies for electric vehicle integration with the electricity grid, as well as for optimally integrating renewably generated electricity from solar photovoltaic panels with the grid. UCLA SMERC has developed critical technology for operating smart grids, and has also deployed hardware and software to actualize demand response load abatement on hot summer days in LA. In addition, SMERC has been researching cooperative microgrid technology and analyzing battery energy storage data in conjunction with solar PV metering to minimize grid impact due to intermittency and to maximize the potential for renewables to be massively integrated into the grid. Moreover, SMERC has engaged stakeholder/partners from utilities, industry and government which have resulted in a variety of other sponsored research projects, innovations and demonstrations.

    At this forum, UCLA is planning to accomplish the following key objectives:

    1. To share the results of UCLA’s research, technologies developed, demonstration projects and experience on Smart Grids with the community.
    2. To invite leading Smart Grid experts from around the country to share their experiences to date on their projects and activities.
    3. To have a discussion with the experts on what Modern Electric Grid would look like in 10, 20 and 30 years and how we get there from here.

    So save the date, April 13, 2016, for UCLA SMERC Innovation Thought Leadership Forum in Washington D.C., (register here) where utilities, industry-shakers, policy-makers and academics who are advancing the state-of-the-art in smart grids, will come together to discuss what the future electric grid looks like, as the next step for smart grid technologies will be their scaling up to regional and national levels. Offered will be the importance of evolving policy, innovations anticipated, as well as economic and business models.

    Location: Auditorium, 1st floor
    University of California, Washington Center (UCDC)
    1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
    Washington D.C. 20036
    To sponsor this event, click here

    Register now and lock in an early rate.

    We are currently accepting a limited number of speaker nominations:
    Nominate a Speaker


    pramod khargonekar david wollman emma stewart john mcdonald
    Datta Goldbole

    Vice President,  Engineering & Chief Technology Officer Honeywell HB
    David Wollman

    Deputy Director, Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office
    U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
    Emma Stewart

    Deputy Group Leader and Research Scientist, Grid Integration
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
    John Mcdonald

    Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development
    GE Grid Solutions
    nancy sutley patricia hoffman datta godbole rajit gadh
    Nancy Sutley

    Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer
    Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
    Patricia Hoffman

    Assistant Secretary
    U.S. Department of Energy
    Pramod Khargonekar

    Assistant Director for Directorate of Engineering
    National Science Foundation
    jit Gadh

    UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center


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  • Register Now for PortTechExpo 2016

    12 February 2016
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    Purchase Tickets

    PortTechLA in conjunction with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals presents


    PortTechEXPO 2016 

    Global Technology Solutions for Ports and Beyond

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 

    Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles

    San Pedro, CA

    The 6th Annual PortTechEXPO brings together innovators and entrepreneurs; port and transportation executives; investors, sponsors and service providers; and academic, corporate and civic leaders for global networking opportunities.


    • Connecting the Dots: Digital Tech Driving Goods Movement
    • Clean Tech Cool Tech: Innovations for Ports and Beyond


    • New Technology Startups Impacting the Supply Chain
    • Trends in Sustainable Ports and Goods Movement
    • Investment Trends in Transportation Technology


    • Autonomous Drones Solutions
    • Zero-Emission Trucks & Industrial Vehicles
    • Advanced Transportation Technology

    Featured Speakers

    Panel 1: New Technology Startups Impacting the Supply Chain

    Tommy BarnesTommy Barnes
    Brett ParkerBrett Parker
    President / Co-founder
    Ryan PetersonRyan Peterson
    Karl SiebrechtKarl Siebrecht
    CEO / Co-founder


    PortTech and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) are working to put together great panels on tech and the supply chain. If you’re a CSCMP member, purchase tickets through CSCMP to receive the $99 member rate.

    Purchase Now
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    per Ticket


    Purchase tickets at the early bird rate and save. Offer expires February 24, 2016.



    Individual tickets: $124 through February 24th, $169 through March 9th, $195 at the door.
    Purchase Tickets
    Please contact Marketing Director Ann Lee Carpenter about sponsorship opportunities.

    Thank you EXPO Sponsors and Partners


    PortTechExpo Sponsors

    PortTech Los Angeles  |  www.porttechla.org  |  310.519.1801

    PortTech Los Angeles is an innovation and commercialization center dedicated to creating sustainable businesses for ports and the goods movement industry. We bring together entrepreneurs, strategic partners and investors to accelerate innovation, advance clean technologies and create economic opportunities.

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  • Connected Car Expo Welcome Reception

    13 November 2015
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    You are invited to attend Connected Car Expo’s welcome reception on Monday, November 16 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the JW Marriott L.A. Live (located across the L.A. Convention Center).

    Get a first look at this year’s CCE exhibits, connect with several conference speakers and meet other professionals working in the rapidly-changing automotive industry.

    Arrive by 6:00 pm to see more than $11,000 awarded to the winners of the 2015 CCE Hack-a-thon, hosted by Mojio, AT&T and Bosch.

    Event Details

    No RSVP required; simply present your 2015 LA Auto Show Press & Trade Days or CCE badge at the door
    Monday, November 16, 2015
    5:00-7:00 pm
    CCE Exhibit Floor
    JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom
    900 W Olympic Blvd,
    Los Angeles, CA 90015

    Hosted cocktails & hors d’oeuvres

    More information available here.

    MOMO Afterparty (ends 10:00 pm)
    MOMO Italy invites you to their exclusive afterparty (located across the JW Marriott)
    For more info and to RSVP for the MOMO afterparty click here

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  • Connected Car, Los Angeles Auto Show: Press and Trade Kickoff Party

    13 November 2015
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    KickOff Party

    Travel back in time with us to an era when bathtubs made more than bubbles and burlesque was all the rave. Connected Car Expo and LA Auto Show invite you to join fellow industry professionals and media from around the world to celebrate at the second annual Press & Trade Days Kickoff Party on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

    Event Details

    5:00 – 8:00 pm
    Tuesday, November 17, 2015
    Gilbert Lindsay Plaza at the Los Angeles Convention Center

    Party is open to all credentialed CCE & LA Auto Show attendees. More information can be found at the Connected Car Kickoff Party site.



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  • Finalists Announced for 2016 Green Car of the Year

    13 November 2015
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    Green Car Journal to Reveal Winner of 11th Annual Award at LA Auto Show Press & Trade Days, November 19

    LOS ANGELES, CA (October 15, 2015) – Green Car Journal has announced its five finalists for the magazine’s prestigious 2016 Green Car of the Year® award. The 2016 models include the Audi A3 e-tron, Chevrolet Volt, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata, and Toyota Prius.

    An increasing number of vehicle models are considered for the Green Car of the Year® program each year, a reflection of the auto industry’s expanding efforts in offering new vehicles with higher efficiency and improved environmental impact. Green Car Journal has been honoring the most important “green” vehicles every year at the LA Auto Show, since its inaugural award announced at the show in 2005.

    “This is the strongest field of finalists we’ve seen in our annual Green Car of the Year® program,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “Each of the five nominees makes a strong environmental statement in distinctly different ways, with a common strategy of recognizing what’s most important to today’s drivers. Their use of wide-ranging powertrain technologies underscores that all approaches are essential to achieving important environmental goals.”

    The Finalists:

    The A3 Sportback e-tron is Audi’s entry in the hot plug-in hybrid vehicle market. This five-door hatchback uses lithium-ion batteries and a 102 hp electric motor to deliver up to 19 miles of all-electric driving, after which its 150 hp, 1.4-liter gasoline TFSI engine provides power for extended driving in efficient hybrid mode.

    Chevrolet’s second generation Volt features sportier styling, better performance, and a lighter and more powerful two-motor drive system. The five-passenger, extended range electric now drives up to 53 miles on batteries alone, with its 1.5-liter gasoline powered generator creating on-board electricity to deliver an overall 420 mile range.

    Now in its tenth generation, the all-new Honda Civic delivers exemplary fuel efficiency in an affordable, conventionally-powered model. The Civic thoughtfully blends hybrid-like fuel economy and appealing style, with an array of desired amenities and advanced electronics that meets the needs of a great many drivers.

    Hyundai’s stylish 2016 Sonata offers it all with efficient gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid choices within the Sonata lineup. New this year, the hybrid delivers up to 43 highway mpg and features distinctive styling cues. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid drives up to 24 miles on batteries with additional range on conventional hybrid power.

    The venerable Toyota Prius emerges in 2016 a completely redesigned model, faithfully delivering the attributes expected of an industry-leading hybrid with important design, technology, and efficiency updates. It features a familiar yet bolder exterior and incorporates suspension and other improvements to deliver improved driving dynamics.

    The Green Car of the Year® is selected through a majority vote by an esteemed jury that includes celebrity auto enthusiast Jay Leno, plus leaders of noted environmental and efficiency organizations including Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; Matt Petersen, board member of Global Green USA; Dr. Alan Lloyd, President Emeritus of the International Council on Clean Transportation; Mindy Lubber, President of CERES; and Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy.

    During the award’s vetting process, Green Car Journal editors consider all vehicles, fuels, and technologies as an expansive field of potential candidates is narrowed down to a final five. Finalists are selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance. Many factors are considered including efficiency, EPA and CARB emissions certification, performance characteristics, ‘newness,’ and affordability. Availability to the mass market is important to ensure honored models have the potential to make a real difference in environmental impact, and finalists must be available for sale by January 1st of the award year.

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  • Connected Car Expo: Design and Developer Challenge

    13 November 2015
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    Connected Car Expo Special Event:

    The all-new Design and Developer Challenge is a first-of-its-kind competition among teams comprised of globally recognized entertainment and consumer brands, international automotive manufacturers and industry-leading software developers.

    This multi-industry collaboration brings together some of best-known creative talents from both automotive and entertainment to reimagine the auto industry.

    All are welcome to join on Thursday, November 19 from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm for an open house, reception, panel discussion and the opportunity meet the brands participating in the year-long competition culminating at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Click on the following link for more details. http://laautoshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2design_and_developer_invite.html

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  • Vehicles Get Reimagined By New Collaboration of Auto Designers, Entertainment Brands and Software Developers

    13 November 2015
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    All-Star Teams Unveiled at 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov. 18 & 19

    LOS ANGELES, CA (October 29, 2015) – The Los Angeles Auto Show announced today a first-of-its-kind competition among teams comprised of globally recognized entertainment and consumer brands, international automotive manufacturers and industry-leading software developers. This multi-industry collaboration brings together some of best-known creative talents from both automotive and entertainment to reimagine the auto industry. The unprecedented competition, “Autonomous Vehicles: A Redefined User Experience for 2050,” comes in response to the rise in technology’s influence on the automotive industry as self-driving vehicles take center stage. This competition is an evolution of 11-year-old annual Design Challenge, which previously was the only OEM auto design studio competition in the world.

    The design studio, entertainment brands and developer teams participating in this all-new Design and Developer Challenge are asked to envision how technology, data, connectivity and content will revolutionize modern vehicle design. Their final projects will invent a driverless automotive future by addressing the following:

    • How cars will react to the rest of the world and change transportation infrastructure
    • How and where vehicles will be used, and how people’s lives will change as a result
    • How this redefined purpose will transform vehicle function and form
    • What role content creators will play in shaping the new journey

    The final teams will be unveiled at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show Press & Trade Days. Individual brands and design studios participating include: Activision, CH Auto, Crayola, DreamWorks, General Motors, Honda R&D Americas, Hyundai Design North America, KTM, Legendary, LEGO Future Lab, Hot Wheels, National Geographic, Qoros Auto, SAIC and Toyota Motor Sales.

    “Developing content and experiences for the connected car today, and envisioning the role content plays in the autonomous car experience of the future, is already underway at DreamWorks Animation,” said Jim Mainard, Head of Digital Strategy & New Business Development at DreamWorks Animation. “The LA Auto Show has created a global media stage perfectly suited to expressing a revealing look at the future of connected automobile experiences, and we are thrilled to have been invited to contribute to that vision.”

    Next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show will act as the official kick-off for the 12-month project. At that time, a special panel of design and technology luminaries will delve into the concept of this new challenge. Media and industry professionals are invited to attend the high-level discussion, which will be followed by the announcement of the competing all-star teams. Attendees can learn more about the participants during an industry networking reception hosted in the dedicated exhibit area.

    Following the kick-off, each design studio/entertainment brand team will meet with developers to cultivate the features of their concepts and bring to life each aspect in the form of storyboards/illustrations for the developer to create into an interactive experience to be presented at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

    LA Auto Show’s Design and Developer Challenge is sponsored by Faurecia, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, specializing in automotive seating, emissions control technologies, interior systems and auto exteriors. In addition to Faurecia, Design and Developer Challenge is made possible by the support of Lacks Enterprises, Inc., Autodesk, Bose and Car Design News.

    Press & Trade Day registration for LA Auto Show and Connected Car Expo can be accessed here. For more information, please visit http://www.laautoshow.com.

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  • Nokia Growth Partners Power Connected Car Expo Innovation Zone

    13 November 2015
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    • Unprecedented Number of Auto/Tech Entrepreneurs Exhibit at this Year’s Event
    • Mojio Hack-a-thon and Top Ten Automotive Startups Highlight Additional Automotive Entrepreneurs Nov. 16 & 17

    LOS ANGELES, CA (November 4, 2015) – The third annual Connected Car Expo® (CCE), the most authoritative gathering of automotive and technology leaders, announced today a collaboration with Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) on an all-new Innovation Zone, aimed at bringing additional awareness to the significant impact that new auto industry players are having on the automotive business. This new CCE feature, in addition to the Top Ten Automotive Startups powered by Siemens, delivers an unprecedented number of auto/tech entrepreneurs exhibiting at this year’s event, November 16-17, 2015.

    More than 20 startups or early stage auto tech companies will exhibit their groundbreaking innovations ranging from mobility concierge and parking solutions to sophisticated mapping and tracking devices.

    Nokia Growth Partners, which launched a $100 million Connected Car Fund in 2014, will feature several companies in its Innovation Zone including Citymaps, NAUTO, ParkWhiz, Rivet Radio, Zubie, Prazo, Openbay, Traffic Technologies Services, Inc., Autosport Labs, Vision Fleet and ZIRX.

    Paul Asel, Managing Partner of Nokia Growth Partners, will moderate a panel “From Startup to the Big Leagues, How to Get Your Break in the Automotive Industry,” which will take place in the CCE Exhibit Hall on November 17.

    “When an entrepreneur engages with automotive companies, the language can be confusing, the timelines challenging and requirements unclear,” said Asel. “This discussion is designed to help bridge the gap between automakers and entrepreneurs as technology becomes more pervasive in the car.”

    Industry veterans including Andrew Poliak, Global Director Business Development, QNX; Lars Boeryd, Director Automotive Marketing, CSR Technology, Inc.; and Ben Hoffman, CEO, Movimento will offer guidance on effective strategies as well as pitfalls to avoid.

    “Prazo is thrilled for the opportunity to network directly with the automakers and major suppliers. As a connected car startup, we take advantage of every chance to show off our innovative lifestyle-focused solution to car ownership,” said Jon Alain Guzik, Founder, Prazo. “Entrepreneurs with unique solutions are helping to drive a lot of the new opportunities in the auto industry and Prazo is excited to be a part of CCE.”

    On November 14 and 15, the weekend prior to the official kick-off of the Connected Car Expo, Mojio, AT&T and Bosch are hosting the Connected Car Expo Hack-a-thon at Rhubarb Labs in downtown Los Angeles. More than 250 developers and designers will work with the AT&T Developer Program to create the best Connected Car App using the Mojio platform. As the major sponsor, Bosch will be awarding a $5,000 cash prize to first place winner, $2,500 to second place winner and $1,000 to the third. Mojio will also award an additional $2,500 cash prize for the best automotive safety app. The winners will be announced at the CCE Kick-Off Reception hosted inside the CCE exhibit hall on Monday, November 16 from 5pm – 8pm.

    Designed to connect featured experts and exhibitors with discerning attendees, CCE’s signature networking events are made possible this year with the support of Bosch, SAE, Movimento, iHeartRadio, QNX, Global Automakers, Auto Alliance, KPMG, Siemens and Elektrobit.

    Exhibit areas at the L.A. Convention Center will be open on Nov. 18 and 19 only. To register for CCE and LA Auto Show Press & Trade Days, please visit: http://laautoshow.com/join/.

    For more information, please visit http://www.laautoshow.com/ and http://www.connectedcarexpo.com.

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  • The Automobile Transported: A Glimpse at 2015 Connected Car Expo

    13 November 2015
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    We’re happy to bring you this special Automotive News supplement to coincide with the Connected Car Expo held in conjunction with the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. This collection of articles explores the hot issues that need to be addressed as the auto industry moves toward a more connected future. This supplement is available to all of our readers, compliments of the Connected Car Expo.

    Top headlines from this supplement:

    • Connected Car Expo recognizes potential and innovation of startup companies
    • Automakers: Can mobility services complement their business?
    • Cybersecurity: Automakers take on dual role as software companies
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