Connect2Car™ at WCX

April 10-12, 2018 │ Detroit, MI, USA

WCX Connected Vehicle Challenge 2018

The entries are in. Get ready for the Connected Vehicle Challenge taking place at SAE’s Connect2Car at WCX. Watch the most innovative ideas come alive on the Connect2Car Stage.

Submission will now turn into defined plans of progress and innovation for possible future enterprises. Be a part of history as we embark on a creative way of supporting new ideas with the first ever Connect Vehicle Challenge.

Who are the players? The finalists are from all around the world. They are all different ages and from different disciplines. Every culture has its own spin on what is important. The ideas are data driven, take into consideration all kinds of technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, human factors, development of sensors, integration of systems, and a few things that truly amazed the IoT Committee.

The five finalists will have only 20 minutes each on stage to impress the judges with their creative idea. For those who cannot attend in person, they will be given the opportunity to send a short video and answer the judges’ questions over the phone.

At the end of the competition, the judges will announce the three winners and award them cash prizes donated by the Challenge’s sponsors:

  • First Place: $10,000
  • Second Place: $5,000
  • Third Place: $3,000

When: Thursday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m.

Where: Cobo Hall, Room 260.

Join us at the Connected Vehicle Challenge, where innovative ideas change the way we live.

Panel of Judges:

  • Dean Phillips, Technical Leader, Automotive and Manufacturing, Amazon AWS (Sponsor)
  • Michaela Degbeon, Vice President–Product Management, SAP (Sponsor)
  • Jeremy Regnerus, Senior Product Manager, Dassault Systèmes Solidworks (Sponsor)
  • Carla Bailo, CEO, Center for Automotive Research
  • Partha Goswami, PhD, Manager–Technology Trends & Insights, General Motors
  • Joe Barkai, Chairman, SAE Vehicle Internet of Things Program Committee

Event Organizers:

SAE Vehicle Internet of Things Program Committee

Joseph Barkai, Chair


  • Daniel Conway, DataScienceDan
  • Gloria D'Anna, General Telecom Systems Inc.
  • David Dimeo, Robo Retail
  • Partha Goswami, General Motors LLC
  • Simon Hartley, RunSafe Security Inc.
  • Kathleen Kedzior, Mahle Service Solutions
  • Jan-Mou Li, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Eugene Saltzberg, General Motors LLC
  • Vince Socci, National Instruments
  • William Woodward, Engineering Development Labs Inc.
  • David Zika, Boeing Research & Technology
  • Tim Cavanaugh, SAE International
  • Nori Fought, SAE International

Platinum Sponsors of the SAE Connected Vehicle Challenge