DETROIT – If you or your company want to better understand the latest technologies in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Cities, IoT Techconnect April 29 at the Michigan Science Center has got you covered.

Early bird tickets purchased by March 31 cost just $99 and include breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, and beverages all day. High school and college students pay just $99 as well. Block tickets are available for a reduced unit price.

Panel 1: 10 to 10:45 am Topic: CAV Research in Michigan

Moderator: Kirk Steudle (former MDOT Director) Senior VP Econolite

  • Panelists: Carrie Morton, Deputy Director, MCity;
  • Michael Noblett, CEO, American Center for Mobility;
  • Jeremy McClain, Director, Systems & Technologies, Continental North America

Panel 2: 11 to 11:45 am Topic: Smart Cities and their Solutions, What are the real world problems they are solving?

Moderator: Barry Einsig, Principal, CAVita

  • Panelists: Rebecca Hunter, Crown Castle, External Affairs Corporate Development & Strategy;
  • Justin Snowden, Smart Mobility Strategist, City of Detroit, Mayor’s Office;
  • Valerie Brugeman, Center for Automotive Research.

Panel 3: Noon to 12:45 pm Topic: Cooperative Automotive Systems. Over the past 20 years we have heard about the Automated Highway System, Intel Highway System, Intellidrive, Vehicle to Everything and now Cooperative Automated Systems. Aren’t they really all the same thing?

Moderator: John McElroy, Founder Autoline

  • Panelists: Barry Einsig, Principal CAVita;
  • Rajiv Gupta, IoT Partner Support, Intel;
  • Gerry McDonnell, Founder DAVRA.

The day-long event starts at 9 am with former General Motors Vice President of Research, Lawrence Burns, discussing his new book, Autonomy: The Quest to Build The Driverless Car – and How It Will Reshape our World. He also will be available to sign copies of his book.

The conference ends with the Chinese-government backed InnoSTARS IoT Pitch Competition. The grand prize is an all expenses paid trip to China to compete in the worldwide finals. The competition is free for Michigan and Ontario, Canada, IoT companies to enter. Deadline is April 15.

For more information, email co-producers Rick Beckers

Or Mike Brennan at