Connect2Car at WCX

April 10-12, 2018

Detroit, Michigan, USA

COBO Center

WCX Connected Vehicle Challenge 2018: Call for Participation

Your challenge:
Build an innovative connected vehicle device or system to demonstrate how vehicle connectivity can have a positive effect on our communities, quality of life, and the environment.

Step 1: To enter, participants will submit a proposal no later than January 15, 2018. See below how to enter.

Step 2: Judges select best proposal to proceed to the stage and implement a demsontsration, prorotype, or proof of concept of their proposal. Selected, participants will be provided with hardware and/or resources to simulate CAN bus data [subject to change]

Step 3: Submit a progress report demosnstarting Seven finalists will be selected to present their solution live at WCX in front of a panel of judges. **Note: Separate registration for WCX is not required. Finalists will be granted a complimentary one-day admission to the WCX. However, finalists are responsible for travel arrangements and expenses

Step 4: The winners will be announced at WCX 2018 in Detroit, MI.

Prizes
First Prize: $10,000 cash award
Second Prize: $5,000 cash award
Third Prize: $3,000 cash award

The judges may also award up to three honorable mention awards.

Submit Your Idea

Tips
Whatever you can imagine, the Vehicle IoT Committee of SAE wants you to build it. We have listed some general areas you might consider, but you are free to propose any connected vehicle idea that you believe will help improve people’s lives.
  • Safety
  • Navigation and Infotainment
  • Autonomous and driverless operation
  • Traffic management, parking, and congestion reduction
  • Payment systems
  • Ridesharing
  • Private-public transit collaborations and coordination

More Tips
  • Focus on the customer and customer value rather than on the technology.
  • Think outside the box.
  • Think about cross-functional business processes.
  • Pay attention to pragmatic issues when it comes to scaling up your suggestion: business processes, manufacturing considerations, safety and security, etc.

Process and Schedule
December 18, 2017 - Call for participation opens
January 31, 2018 – Proposals due
February 5, 2018 - Selected applicants notified
March 2, 2018 - Applicants submit a progress report
March 12, 2018 - Finalists notified
April 11, 2018 - Final competition at WCX, in Detroit, Michigan

Eligibility
This challenge is open to:
  • Individuals who are at least the age of majority where they reside as of the time of entry (“Eligible Individuals”).
  • Teams of Eligible Individuals (“Teams”).
  • Organizations (including corporations, not-for-profit corporations and other nonprofit organizations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other legal entities) that exist and have been organized or incorporated at the time of entry, and employ no more than 50 people (“Small Organizations”).
  • An Eligible Individual may join only one Team or Small Organization, and an Eligible Individual who is part of a Team or Small Organization may not enter the Challenge on an individual basis.
  • If a Team or Small Organization is entering the Challenge, they must appoint and authorize one individual (the “Representative”) to represent, act, and enter a Submission, on their behalf. The Representative must meet the eligibility requirements above. By entering a Submission on behalf of a Team or Small Organization the Representative represents and warrants that he/she is the Representative authorized to act on behalf of the Team or Small Organization.

This challenge is not open to:
  • Individuals or organizations involved with the design, production, paid promotion, execution, or distribution of the Challenge, and each member of their immediate family or household.
  • Any Judge (defined below) and each member of their immediate family or household, or company or individual that employs a Judge.
  • Individuals who are residents of, or Small Organizations or Large Organizations domiciled in a country, state, province or territory where the laws of the United States or local law prohibits participating or receiving a prize in the Challenge, including any country designated by the United States Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, or where SAE is unable to ship hardware required to participate in the Challenge.
  • Any other individual or organization whose participation in the Challenge would create, in the sole discretion of the Poster and/or Administrator, a real or apparent conflict of interest.

Submit Your Idea
If you are ready to submit your proposal, be sure to include the following requirements:
  • Projects must be newly created during the Challenge period. Existing products and software applications are not eligible for this competition.
  • Your Idea Submission entered during the Ideas Submission Period must include:
    • A description of the problem you are proposing to solve and the project
    you are thinking of building and a general description of the solution approach
    • A description of your team’s participants, exepereince and roles
  • All Submission materials must be in English or, if not in English, you must provide an English translation of the demonstration video, text description, and testing instructions as well as all other materials submitted.

Read the Official Rules* for full details.

Please contact Nori Fought with any questions on the challenge or the submission process:
Nori Fought
248-273-2465
nori.fought@sae.org