July 28-30, 2016
Reno, Nevada


TMC Connect 2016, the 4th annual summer symposium of Tesla Motors Club (TMC), will take place on July 28-30 in Reno, Nevada.

Meet your fellow TMC members at the Thursday evening reception at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa - the only hotel in Reno that offers Tesla Superchargers. Friday’s sessions have been selected to offer you substantive, thoughtful content on EVs and the future, along with opportunities to network with other Tesla enthusiasts. Saturday includes a breakfast and a chance to interact with the Tesla-curious public during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.

Our keynote speaker this year is Ira Ehrenpreis, Tesla Board Member, and Founder and Managing Partner at DBL Partners. As an Energy Industry VC, Ira will share his perspective on the clean energy revolution and Tesla's place in it.

Noted futurist Dr. Martine Rothblatt, Former CEO and Chairman of Sirius XM, and current CEO of United Therapeutics Corporation, will also be joining us. Dr. Rothblatt embraces clean energy and transportation, as well as the technological innovations paving the way for a comprehensive understanding of consciousness and development of advanced artificial intelligence.

George Blankenship, Former VP of Worldwide Retail at Tesla Motors, will also be speaking. As a former Apple executive, George is widely recognized as the architect of Apple’s brand-building retail method. He brought this expertise with him to Tesla where he oversaw expansions of showrooms across the United States, Europe and Asia at a pivotal time for the company.

Some of our sessions include:

  • Chelsea Sexton, EV advocate and consulting producer “Revenge of the Electric Car”
  • Lex Fridman, MIT machine learning researcher
  • Annie Lien, autonomous driving expert
  • Mark Gemmell, CEO Electric GT

If you are interested in speaking at TMC Connect 2016, please fill out our Speaker Form.

Previous years’ websites:  TMC Connect 2014    TMC Connect 2015

To book a room at the Atlantis, please do so by calling their Reservations Center at 800-723-6500.

If you are interested in Sponsoring or Exhibiting at TMC Connect, please contact us at [email protected]

Event Hotel

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, in Reno, Nevada.
Amenities include:

  • 6 Tesla Superchargers on site
  • Variety of restaurants including steakhouse, sushi, deli and two coffee bars
  • 30,000 sq. ft. spa, pool with cabanas and jacuzzi (open til 1am for attendees staying at the hotel)
  • Special discounted group rate of $179 per night for event attendees

Travel Details

Attendees flying into Reno/Tahoe Airport can take a complimentary airport shuttle, to and from Atlantis, 10-minute cab ride, or arrange rides on TMC Forum. RNO is served by 8 airlines: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American, Delta , jetBlue, Southwest, United and Volaris. Driving directions are available on the hotel’s website.

Keynote Speaker

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    Ira Ehrenpreis

    Tesla Board Member | Founder and Managing Partner - DBL Partners

Ira Ehrenpreis
Tesla Board Member | Founder and Managing Partner - DBL Partners
Ira Ehrenpreis is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a leading impact investing venture capital firm, currently investing out of a $400M fund. Ira is a recognized leader in both the venture capital industry and the energy innovation sector. In 2007, Ira was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Men Under 45" and in 2014 was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame. In the venture community, Ira has served on the Board, Executive Committee, and as Annual Meeting Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Ira currently serves as the President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC). In addition, Ira is the Co-Chairman of the VCNetwork, the largest and most active California venture capital organization.


Select from the 3 days below, to see what is scheduled. Please note: RSCC = Reno Sparks Convention Center.

July 28, 2016
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: Ballroom Lobby (RSCC)

4:00pm - 9:00pm
Exhibits Open
Venue: Ballroom Lobby (RSCC)

6:00pm - 9:00pm
Drinks and Food Reception
Venue: Ballroom Lobby (RSCC)

July 29, 2016
8:00am - 9:00am
Venue: Ballroom Lobby (RSCC)

8:00am - 9:00am
Light Breakfast, Coffee, and Tea
Venue: Ballroom Lobby (RSCC)

8:00am - 4:30pm
Exhibits Open
Venue: Ballroom Lobby (RSCC)

9:00am - 9:15am
Venue: Ballroom C3 (RSCC)

9:15am - 10:00am
Director of Smiles
George Blankenship - Former VP Worldwide Retail - Tesla Motors
Venue: Ballroom C3 (RSCC)

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.

10:45am - 11:25am
Exploring Driver Interaction with Autopilot Using Computer Vision
Lex Fridman - Machine Learning, Intelligent Vehicle Systems, MIT
Venue: Ballroom C3 (RSCC)

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

10:30am - 10:45am
Coffee Break
Venue: Ballroom Lobby (RSCC)

10:00am - 10:30am
Crossroads of Autonomous Driving
Annie Lien - Autonomous Driving & ADAS Expert | CMO - Perrone Robotics
Venue: Ballroom C3 (RSCC)

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

11:25am - 12:00pm
Keynote: State of the Energy Innovation Industry
Ira Ehrenpreis - Founder - DBL Partners | Tesla Board Member
Venue: Ballroom C3 (RSCC)

Ira surveys the key areas of investment and innovation in the Energy Industry, including the role that Tesla is playing.

12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunch Break and Topic Tables
Venue: Ballroom Lobby (RSCC)

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.

1:30pm - 2:15pm
How My Teslas Helped Me Shape the Future
Martine Rothblatt - Futurist Author | CEO - United Therapeutics Corporation (UTHR)
Venue: Ballroom C3 (RSCC)

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

2:15pm - 2:45pm
The Electric GT Championship
Mark Gemmell - CEO Electric GT
Venue: Ballroom C3 (RSCC)

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

2:45pm - 3:00pm
Coffee Break
Venue: Ballroom Lobby (RSCC)

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Tech Panel
Rob Neary & Phil Sadow - Respectively: Group Manager, Infrastructure Services - Avanade | Consulting Engineer (EE/ME) - Ingineerix Inc.
Venue: Ballroom C3 (RSCC)

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

3:30pm - 4:15pm
Tesla, EVs, and the Auto Industry's Response
Chelsea Sexton & Chad Schwitters - Respectively: Consulting Producer - Revenge of the Electric Car EV Expert | Former President - Plug in America
Venue: Ballroom C3 (RSCC)

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

4:15pm - 4:30pm
Closing Remarks
Venue: Ballroom C3 (RSCC)

July 30, 2016
8:00am - 10:30am
Venue: Treasures Room (Atlantis)

10:30am - 12:00pm
Public Interaction
Venue: Tesla Plaza (Atlantis)

A chance to interact with the Tesla curious public

11:00am - 11:45am
Ribbon Cutting
Venue: Tesla Plaza (Atlantis)

Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Event Passes

Please consider supporting TMC Connect at the Supporter or Patron levels. We are very grateful to those who sponsor this event to ensure that TMC can continue to provide our community with the forum and this Connect symposium.

    • $370

    • A La Carte

      • Thursday Networking Reception - $90
      • Friday Conference - $370
      • Saturday Breakfast - $45
    • Register
    • $445

    • Member

      • Thursday Networking Reception
      • Friday Conference
      • Saturday Breakfast
      • General Seating
    • Register
    • $1,000

    • Supporter

      • Thursday Networking Reception  
      • Friday Conference
      • Saturday Breakfast
      • Priority Seating
      • Honorable Mention in Event Program
      • Supporter Thank You Gift
    • Register
    • $2,000

    • Patron

      • Thursday Networking Reception
      • Friday Conference
      • Saturday Breakfast
      • VIP Seating
      • Honorable Mention in Event Program
      • Patron Thank You Gift
      • VIP Lounge Access
    • Register


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