George Blankenship - Former VP Worldwide Retail - Tesla Motors
As the former VP of Worldwide Retail at Tesla Motors, George oversaw expansions of showrooms across the United States, Europe and Asia at a pivotal time for the company, and played a key role in Tesla’s history. He shares stories about his time at Tesla, describes his early interactions with TMC, and provides his perspective on the Masterplan Part Deux.
Lex Fridman - Machine Learning, Intelligent Vehicle Systems, MIT
Lex's group at MIT is running a new research study that analyzes advanced vehicle technology use in naturalistic driving. To date they have instrumented 6 Tesla Model S vehicles with cameras and other sensors capturing not only the external world but driver state and vehicle state as well. Their goal is to instrument over two dozen Tesla vehicles by the end of the year, recording and analyzing driver interaction with Autopilot over thousands of miles. His talk will use many short video demonstrations to show how they use computer vision and deep learning approaches to extract essential information about the driver, the car, and the external world during Autopilot use. Video Link
Annie Lien - Autonomous Driving & ADAS Expert | CMO - Perrone Robotics
The autonomous driving scene has evolved in the last ten years since the DARPA Challenge days. Traditional automakers and suppliers are now competing against and/or partnering with non-traditional auto companies such as Google, Baidu, and small, nimble startups. The competitive landscape, the consumer perspective, and policy and legal matters have all gone through some major transformations in the past decade, and will continue to go through even more changes in the coming years. Today we are at a crossroads in autonomous driving, there are essentially two paths to follow… which path would you take? Video Link
Ira Ehrenpreis - Founder - DBL Partners | Tesla Board Member
Ira surveys the key areas of investment and innovation in the Energy Industry, including the role that Tesla is playing.
Small group discussions over lunch. Each 10 person table has a designated topic of discussion led by a facilitator. Lunch buffet provided. Seating at your topic of choice is on a first come first served basis.
Martine Rothblatt - Futurist Author | CEO - United Therapeutics Corporation (UTHR)
Dr. Rothblatt discusses how her passion for Tesla vehicles has inspired her to design an electrically powered aerial transportation system for the delivery of manufactured organs for transplantation throughout the United States. Video Link
Mark Gemmell - CEO Electric GT
Electric GT is the world's first championship for GT-class production electric cars. Ten teams and 20 race-prepared Tesla Model S's with drivers from all around the world will compete in the first season starting on the 25th of March 2017 on the Barcelona F1 circuit. In this talk Mark describes, for the first time in public, details of the race format and of the car preparations. He discusses its behavior on the track compared to a standard car, how they have dealt with thermal issues, and other changes they have made to make this a great race car and a great racing experience for everyone. Video Link
Rob Neary & Phil Sadow - Respectively: Group Manager, Infrastructure Services - Avanade | Consulting Engineer (EE/ME) - Ingineerix Inc.
Despite having few moving parts, Your Model S is one of the most complex and engineered automobiles ever constructed. There are thousands of parts all working together to bring you that awesome Tesla experience! Now you can finally discover some of that hidden magic, what it is, how it works, how to improve it, and how you can dig even deeper. Join Rob and Phil in this participatory session to learn exciting new things and have your questions answered. We are going to explore many topics that are sure to be amazing and interesting for everyone. Video Link
Chelsea Sexton & Chad Schwitters - Respectively: Consulting Producer - Revenge of the Electric Car EV Expert | Former President - Plug in America
Automobile manufacturers make product decisions based on many factors, including demand, dealer reaction, regulatory environment, etc. Tesla is producing a compelling EV product with which other companies find difficult to compete. So why do other EVs still look funny, have limited range, lack DC charging infrastructure, are oddly marketed, and often only sold in limited geographical areas? EV experts Chelsea Sexton and Chad Schwitters discuss the state of the electric vehicle market and answer your questions. Video Link
A chance to interact with the Tesla curious public