Special Events at WCX

Enter a hub of discovery and celebration as we showcase the most promising innovations from the brightest minds in mobility. Get in on the ground floor with new solutions featured in challenges and competitions, marvel at live demonstrations, ride autonomously into the future and connect with thought leaders and peers at exclusive social gatherings. 


WCX Gala

Wednesday, April 22
Gala: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Atrium, TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center), Detroit

Enjoy great food and live entertainment as we celebrate WCX and our industry’s leaders in a relaxed setting. In 2020, the event moves to Wednesday evening directly after the executive Honored Guest Reception (by invitation only) co-hosted by Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), bringing you together with even more of the mobility community.

SAE Mobility History Display

Time travel through a century’s worth of automotive innovation in an exhibit illuminating three pivotal periods in the historical evolution of vehicles. From the early innovations of the Stanley Steamer and Model T Ford to midcentury advances in power and today’s alternative fuels, you’ll traverse 100 years (and counting) of technology breakthroughs. Visit the SAE Mobility History display during exhibit hours. 

Battery Technology Show 2020

Don't miss the opportunity to connect with the latest developments in the rapidly advancing field of battery with leading companies and personalities leading the revolution. Held in partnership with WCX on the show floor, this event reveals new products, technologies and services covering the battery management systems, EV battery, battery storage, battery development and discovery. Technology is focused on the aerospace, automotive, manufacturing and mobile device sectors.

Autonomous Drive featuring Dataspeed

Experience the future of transportation technology first-hand by riding in a Dataspeed autonomous vehicle at SAE WCX!

Demonstrations will utilize Lidar, mapping, and localization to autonomously navigate through an area. Knowledgeable safety drivers will provide information throughout the ride on how the vehicle is sensing surroundings, reacting to obstacles, and controlling systems.

Additionally, passengers seated in the backseat will have the opportunity to become an “official backseat driver” by steering the vehicle through cones. 


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GAMIC Challenge

Discover trends and investment perspectives for pre-market, high-value mobility innovations at the 12th annual Global Automotive Mobility Innovation Challenge finals. Listen as 12 startups from around the world pitch their forward-thinking solutions to a panel of judges made up of automotive executives from OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers as well as seasoned contributors from the entrepreneurial community.

Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Learning Lab on Exhibit Floor

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Jeep Electrification Detroit Premiere

Sponsored by: FCA USA, LLC.

Wednesday, April 22
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Leadership Summit

For the first time ever, Jeep and WCX are joining forces to give Detroit Section Members, and WCX attendees an integrated event like none other.

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2020 SAE Awards Ceremony

Celebrating Excellence with Presenting Sponsor: JD Power logo

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
5:30 p.m.
Leadership Summit
Cocktail and Hors d'oeuvre Reception to Follow

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.

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Women’s Panel and Networking Breakfast 

Sponsored by: Toyota

Thursday, April 23
8:00 –10:15 a.m.

Women Leading Innovation Panel Discussion: Shared and Micro Mobility

There has been an explosion of new platforms from shared to micro mobility for individuals and groups to use as part of a new integrated transportation ecosystem. Explore how these and other technologies can be successfully blended into current mass transportation systems and personal vehicle ownership with executives in this panel discussion. Cover considerations from gaining customer acceptance to potential regulation.