12th Annual GAMIC Regional Quarterfinals in Ann Arbor

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

Ann Arbor Spark Central
330 East Liberty Street, Lower Level
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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MI Innovation Alliance and SAE invite anyone interested in innovation and entrepreneurship to join us to connect with innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses. The Southeast Michigan Quarter-finals of the 12th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) will be held at Ann Arbor Spark. Six teams will compete to move up to semi-finals.

Our mission is to seek out new and innovative companies in the transportation and mobility space and help them reduce their time-to-market for commercialization. Our applicants come from around the world. Our alumni are already in production as Tier 2 suppliers; have licensed their technology to major Tier 1 suppliers; and/or have received development contracts or government funding to further their product development.

GAMIC provides early stage start‐ups with an opportunity for competition‐prep coaching and targeted exposure to decision‐makers, in addition to over $300,000 of in‐kind acceleration services and cash awards for the GAMIC winners. GAMIC competition:

  • Identifies innovative companies in the automotive and mobility spaces,
  • Cultivates new technologies and solutions, and
  • Helps facilitate more-rapid and seamless path to commercialization.

The GAMIC Quarter-finals also provides introductions to leading technology and investment perspectives for high value automotive technologies and innovations.

Keynote Speaker

Huei Peng, Director, M City, University of Michigan, Ann ArborRoger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Huei Peng  received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. He is director of Mcity, the University of Michigan’s public-private partnership devoted to advancing the development of connected and automated vehicles.

Peng is also the Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering at U-M. Peng’s research interests include adaptive control and optimal control, with emphasis on their applications to vehicular and transportation systems.

In the last twenty years, Peng has worked on vehicle automation, vehicle dynamics, design and assessment of active safety systems, and human model development—with a special focus on understanding how they err. He has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of more than fifty research projects, with a total funding of more than $30 million. He has more than 240 technical publications, including 100 in referred journals and four books.

Peng is a SAE Fellow and an ASME Fellow. He is a ChangJiang Scholar at the Tsinghua University of China.

Pitch Presentations:

Hear 10-minute business plan pitches from six (6) breakthrough start-up firms addressing automotive mobility innovation needs. Some teams will be presenting remotely using video conferencing. The presenting teams are:

Daryl Patrishkoff, CEO, Performance Alt FuelsShelby TWP, MI – Provide customized engineered alternative fuel optimized solutions.

Sergiu Lupu, CEO, Teporto, Tel Aviv, Israel – Smart Shuttles. Easy Commuting.

Chris Perra, CEO, DilatantKansas City, MO – Utilizing Shear Thickening Fluid to help provide controlled head motion.

Stephen Granger, CEO, RecallRabbitAustin, TX – Helping auto dealers solve the recall problem they are facing.

Assam Alzookery, INTVO, Ann Arbor, MI – Enabling Autonomous Vehicles to better understand humans behavior.

Dan Klotzer, CEO, Cykyl Systems, Saint Louis, MO – Developing energy harvesting tires and wheels.


5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.  | Networking, Innovator Tabletop Displays

5:50 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  | Welcome, GAMIC / SAE Leadership Team

6:00 p.m. – 6:25 p.m.  | Keynote Speaker: Dr. Huei Peng, Director, M City, University of Michigan

6:25 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  | Introduction to judges and judging criteria

6:30 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.  | Program Presentations (Six teams to present)

8:35 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.  | Semifinalist Selection Announcement

Hear 10 minute business plan pitches from six ( 6 ) breakthrough start-up firms addressing automotive mobility innovation needs.

For program details, presenting companies, speakers and judges, please click here.

Food and beverages will be provided. There is a modest fee to help defray costs and to encourage commitment to RSVPs.

GAMIC 2019 -2020 Programs:

Regional Quarter-Finals are being held this fall in Auburn Hills, MI; Ann Arbor, MI and San Jose, Silicon Valley, CA.

Semi-Final presentations will be held in Metro Detroit on 27 February 2020 at Lawrence tech University, Southfield, MI.

Our Finals will be held during WCX 20: SAE World Congress at the TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center) in Detroit on 21 April 2020, for maximum exposure to its global audience of automotive industry leaders, technologists, and investors.

For more information and registration, visit www.GAMICevent.org.