WCX Special Events

Celebrate the best innovations in a number of challenges and competitions, view demonstrations and travel in a driverless vehicle, and connect with thought leaders capitalizing on the opportunities industry disruption provides. 

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WCX Gala

Thursday, April 11
Gala: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Atrium, Cobo Center, Detroit

Recognize the knowledge you gained at WCX with colleagues and industry leaders. Enjoy dinner, dessert and live music.

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Autonomous Drive Demo


Cobo Center, Detroit

In conjunction with WCX 2019, SAE Demo Day offers a demonstration of autonomous vehicle driving—take a ride April 9-11.


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SAE Mobility History Display


This exhibit will take visitors through 100 years of innovation showing how our conception of how we will power the vehicles of the future has changed over the last century.


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Connected Vehicle Challenge


Watch the most innovative ideas come alive on the Connect2Car stage as finalists compete for recognition and cash prizes.


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Women’s Panel and Networking Breakfast

“New Mobility: Women Leading Disruptive Innovation”

Thursday, April 11

7:30 am – Breakfast   
8:00 - 9:15 a.m.
The Exchange, Hall C, Cobo Center, Detroit

The global landscape of the automotive industry is changing rapidly, and leadership in automotive is also changing dramatically. Hear thought leaders discuss challenges and opportunities they face in making the cultural transformation necessary for organizations to successfully handle complexity, uncertainty and volatility in the industry today. This event is open to all WCX registrants.

Moderator: Denise Gray, LG Chem Michigan Inc. Tech. Center

  • Greta Cutulenco, Acerta

  • Minyang Jiang, GoRide Health LLC

  • Alisyn Malek, May Mobility Inc.

  • Stacey Miller, Toyota Motor North America Inc.

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Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC)

GAMIC will again have its finals at WCX on April 9 at COBO Hall in Detroit. Twelve finalists will be judged by OEM and Tier 1 executives as well as seasoned entrepenuerial experts. The keynote address will be given by Ken Washington, Chief Technical Officer of Ford Motor Company.  The 12 competitors will be shooting for more than $350,000 in prizes (mostly in-kind prizes to speed their North American business time-to-market). They will compete in four categories:

  • Energy and Advanced Mobility
  • Sensors, Actuators, Manufacturing, and Materials
  • New Business Models and Cybersecurity
  • New, High-Value Technology Innovations.  

Join us in the Learning Lab on April 9 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


A World In Motion (AWIM)

April 10
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hall A, Cobo Center, Detroit

The JetToy Challenge offers students, teachers, and volunteers who have participated in the A World In Motion—JetToy Challenge an opportunity to come together and share what they have learned through their experience. The JetToy Challenge is set up as a friendly competition where students (in engineering design teams of four) compete in distance, accuracy, weight carrying, and timed events.


Micromobility Pavilion featuring Spin

Location:  Hall D (enter through Hall C)

Tuesday: 8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:45 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Spin is a first- and last-mile micromobility company providing shared electric scooters in almost 30 cities and college campuses nationwide. All kinds of people use Spin to get around in a sustainable way, whether touring their city, getting to and from work, or heading back from a weekend errand. As a company we are committed to ensuring safety both in our operational practices and in our hardware and technology. We're excited to be at SAE educating people on the best ways to ride scooters, with the goal of cutting down on car rides for short trips and giving people another enjoyable, efficient way to get around.

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Annual SAE Business Meeting and Recognition Presentations

Tuesday, April 9
3:30 p.m.
Room 260, Portside Ballroom, Cobo Center

Honor those who have shown dedication and commitment through their contributions and service to SAE International.

SAE International Awards Ceremony

with Presenting Sponsor:

Tuesday, April 9
5:30 p.m.*
Room 260, Portside Ballroom, Cobo Center

*Cocktail Reception immediately following

Honoring professionals, educators and students who have demonstrated excellence and have significant achievements in virtually every aspect of the mobility industry including innovation and technology advancement.

This is a non-ticketed event; however, you should indicate your plan to attend on the WCX registration form. For more information or with questions, contact awards@sae.org.

SAE J3300 Driving Skills Certification Ride and Drive


Sponsored by:

Tuesday, April 9:  8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10:  8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 11:  8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall, Cobo Center

The Driving Skills Standards Committee (J3300) is establishing consistent, globally recognizable driving skill certification standards. The committee has more than 60 participants representing 30 OEMs, suppliers, and other automotive-related organizations.

This completely new, global, multilevel driving skill certification process spans the spectrum from very basic to extremely advanced levels, as well as for specialty applications such as trailer towing, winter driving, and operators of automated vehicles.

The standards can apply to basically anyone who drives or operates a vehicle, whether it be for test driving on proving grounds, operating fleet vehicles on public roads, or teen drivers.

Attendees of WCX 2019 will be able to see and participate in two of the driving certification tests. One course will be set up for DL1 certification, which focuses on basic driving and maneuvering skills. The other course will be set up for TT1 certification, which focuses on basic trailer towing of small to midsize trailers.