DETROIT – SAE International, in partnership with MIT Alliance of Michigan and NextEnergy will host the 7th Annual Global Automotive Innovation Challenge Finalist presentations at Cobo Center in Detroit, April 21.

12 finalist innovators will present their 8-minute pitches of their innovative technology to help improve the consumer vehicle experience and the automotive industry.


Tuesday, April 21 from 1 p.m. ? 4 p.m.

Winner Announcement 3:50 p.m.

The fundamental purpose of the SAE International is to generate activities that extend SAE benefits to members worldwide. To achieve this, vehicle meetings are presented each year as well as various technical meetings, tours and social events. To promote awareness for future members, the SAE provides support to SAE student chapters at universities. Additionally, individual members are active participants in educational programs for K‐12 students.

Founded in 2002, the MIT Alliance of Michigan works to apply innovation and advancements in science and technology, as well as best practices collaborations in business, academia and government, to benefit Michigan and the Great Lakes states. Working across the MIT Michigan alumni bodies (over 1,100 alumni and technology promoters in the Alumni Club of Southeast Michigan, Black Alumni, Sloan School Club and the former Enterprise Forum Great Lakes) and with thought-leading partner organizations, the MIT Alliance of Michigan plans, coordinates and delivers programming on the leading edge. Our goal is bring big ideas and big / connected people together to address some of the biggest challenges of our time and for our region.

Current and past programs include: the Annual SAE International / MIT Alliance / NextEnergy Global Automotive Innovation Challenge; the Energy & The Economy Summit; the First Michigan Nanotechnology Forum; and the Detroit Forum on Community Revitalization.

NextEnergy, founded in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NextEnergy is one of the nation?s leading accelerators of advanced energy technologies, businesses and industries. NextEnergy drives technology demonstration and commercialization; delivers industry and venture development services; and provides an authoritative voice in the public sector. Since its inception, NextEnergy has helped attract more than $1.4 billion of new investment in the state of Michigan, including programs in excess of $160 million in which NextEnergy has directly participated.