Topics announced for TEDxWilmington Salon on future of transportation - Delaware


Topics announced for TEDxWilmington Salon on future of transportation

From car sharing to autonomous vehicles, topics focus on the future of getting around.

A display at a TEDx event.

(Photo by Flickr user TEDxOaklandUniversity, used under a Creative Commons license)

The TEDxWilmington Salon “Who’s in the Driver’s Seat? The Transformation of Transportation” is less than a week away, and its speakers have announced their topics. Tickets are still available for the Oct. 17 event. (Hot tip: If you’re a AAA member, tickets are just $35 vs. the regular $75.)

“These talks are going to cover a wide variety of topics, from technology many of us couldn’t imagine a generation ago to new ways of thinking about paying for infrastructure,” said Ajit Mathew George, TEDxWilmington’s organizer and executive producer.

And the topics are:

  • “How to Become a Self-Driving Car Engineer” — David Silver, Leader of the Self-Driving Car program at Udacity
  • “New Mobility: The Efficient Frontier?” — David Woessner, General Manager of Local Motors
  • “What’s Driving the Connected Car? Data, It Turns Out” — Lauren Smith, Policy Counsel and Director of the Connected Cars Project at the Future of Privacy Forum
  • “Autonomy: Who’s Driving the Consumer?” — John Nielsen, Managing Director of AAA Automotive Engineering Team
  • “The Automated-Vehicle (R)evolution” — Dr. Tom Dingus, Virginia, Professor of Engineering, Director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI)
  • “The Transportation of the Future will Require a Governmental Leap of Faith” — Jennifer Cohan, Delaware, Secretary of Transportation, State of Delaware
  • “The Zero Dollar Car: How Big Data Will Transform the Transportation Industry” — John Ellis, Illinois, Ellis & Associates, Former Global Technologist of Ford Motor Company’s Connected Car Business
  • “Getting There Together: Why Sharing is the Future of Transportation” — Anya Babbitt and Yale Zhang, Michigan, Cofounders of SPLT
  • “A $5 Trillion Ticket: To Pay or Not to Pay for the Future of Transportation” — Andreas Mai, Michigan, Innovation Leader at Keolis North America, former Director of Smart Connected Vehicles with Cisco
  • “Convenient or Creepy? Navigating Privacy to Realize the Promise of Connected Cars” — James Koenig, New York, Co-Chair of Fenwick & West LLP’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice
  • “Transportation: Moving Towards a Connected and Safer Future” — Elan Nyer, Israel, Director of Business Development at Nexar
  • “No Backseat Drivers: How Should the Government Regulate Connected Cars?” — Maureen Ohlhausen, Washington D.C., Acting Chair, Federal Trade Commission

The event will be held at The Queen from 1–5 p.m. The entire event will also be available via (the recently acquired) Livestream.


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