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
Reception: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Gala: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Atrium, Cobo Center, Detroit

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

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.



Cobo Center, Detroit

View the world’s first driverless electric racing car, designed by Daniel Simon, known for his work on Hollywood films such as “Tron: Legacy,” “Oblivion” and “Captain America.”

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
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 Power

  • Alisyn Malek, May Mobility

  • Anya Babbitt. SPLT

  • Greta Cutelenco, Acerta

  • Stacey Miller, TMNA Digital Transformation & Mobility Group

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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.

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.

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