South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual festival in Austin, Texas, for creative people from around the world from the film, interactive media, and music industries. The event consists of conferences, festivals, awards and trade shows. Since the beginning in 1987, SXSW has continued to grow in both scope and size and is considered today as one of the global meetings points of the digital creative class. In 2016, over 70,000 people attended SXSW, President Obama was among the festivals keynote speakers.
Messe Frankfurt, organiser of Automechanika, the world‘s leading trade fair for the automotive service industry, will take its connected mobility conference series via stops in Frankfurt and Shanghai to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Automotive experts from around the world are invited to come along and experience an enlightening weekend on digital transformation and innovation. The three day program encompasses an evening event hosted by Germany’s leading weekly DIE ZEIT on Friday night, the connected mobility conference on Saturday with top keynote speakers from the automotive industry and a breakfast session for automotive executives on Sunday morning.
For additional information, see the “driving news” blog offered by Messe Frankfurt.
The hashtag for this event is #ZEITxSSW or #HYM17
Managing Director, Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr GmbH
Christoph Bornschein (*1983) is one of the three founders and CEOs of the German digital transformation agency Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr. Founded in 2008, TLGG developed into a 100-strong agency sought after by international brands and corporations. The German Award for Online Communication named TLGG “Agency of The Year” twice. Berlin-born Bornschein serves and mentors global corporations and companies concerning the strategic and brand-focused implementation of social and digital technologies. He has authored numerous essays and articles on digital change and social media, and he’s a popular speaker and conferences and board meetings.
Before breaking through with TLGG, Christoph Bornschein used to work in Online Marketing Management with Frogster Interactive Pictures. He co-founded a number of startups and supported their distribution, marketing and PR. Before that, for time reasons, he took part in a university career, studying law.
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Businessman, investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks
Since the age of 12, Mark has been a natural businessman. Selling garbage bags door to door, the seed was planted early on for what would eventually become long-term success. After graduating from Indiana University – where he briefly owned the most popular bar in town – Mark moved to Dallas. After a dispute with an employer who wanted him to clean instead of closing an important sale, Mark created MicroSolutions, a computer consulting service. He went on to later sell MicroSolutions in 1990 to CompuServe.
In 1995, Mark and long-time friend Todd Wagner came up with an internet based solution to not being able to listen to Hoosiers Basketball games out in Texas. That solution was Broadcast.com – streaming audio over the internet. In just four short years, Broadcast.com (then Audionet) would be sold to Yahoo for $5.6 billion dollars.
Since his acquisition of the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, he has overseen the Mavs competing in the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2006 – and becoming NBA World Champions in 2011. They are currently listed as one of Forbes’ most valuable franchises in sports.
In addition to the Mavs, Mark is chairman and CEO of AXS tv, one of ABC’s “Sharks” on the hit show Shark Tank, and an investor in an ever-growing portfolio of businesses. He lives in Dallas with wife Tiffany, daughters Alexis and Alyssa, and son Jake.
Dr. Charlie Ortiz
Director Laboratory for AI and Natural Language Processing, Nuance
Charles Ortiz is Director of the AI and Reasoning Group at the Nuance Natural Language and AI Laboratory in Sunnyvale, CA.
Prior to joining Nuance, Charlie Ortiz was the director of research in collaborative multi-agent systems at the AI Center at SRI International. His research interests and contributions are in multiagent systems (collaborative dialog-structured assistants, collaborative work environments, negotiation protocols, and logic-based BDI theories), knowledge representation and reasoning (causation, counterfactuals, and commonsense reasoning), and robotics (cognitive robotics, team-based robotics, and dialog-based human-robot interaction). He has approximately 20 years of technical leadership and management experience in leading major projects and setting strategic directions. He holds an S.B. in Physics from MIT, an M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
CEO, moovel North America
Nat Parker is the CEO of moovel North America. Moovel N.A. works to bring mobility solutions for public and alternative transportation options to North American cities through three distinctive but complementary products: moovel transit, RideTap, and the moovel app. The company is part of moovel Group GmbH, a subsidiary of Daimler AG.
Prior to leading moovel N.A., Parker co-founded and served as CEO of GlobeSherpa, a market leader in mobile ticketing technology for public transportation. GlobeSherpa launched the nation’s first multimodal white-label mobile ticketing app, TriMet Tickets, in Portland, Oregon in September 2013. Under Parker’s leadership, GlobeSherpa grew to service 16 transit agency clients in eleven U.S. cities. Following the merger of GlobeSherpa and RideScout as moovel N.A., GlobeSherpa’s mobile ticketing platform evolved to become moovel transit.
Before his work at GlobeSherpa, Parker worked as a Project Manager for Element Power, overseeing the development of utility-scale wind and solar projects in the Western U.S., as well as for Pacific Crest Securities, a technology-focused investment bank. Parker also worked as Regional Manager for the Sierra Club in Oregon and Idaho, and served two years as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. He graduated with a B.A .in Political Science from James Madison University and a Masters in International Management from Portland State University. Nat was recognized as one of Portland’s ‘40 Under 40’ leaders in 2014.
Security Lead, Uber Advanced Technologies Center
Chris Valasek is Security Lead at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center & renowned »White Hat« Hacker.
Regarded for his work in the automotive security arena, Chris Valasek specializes in offensive research methodologies with a focus on reverse engineering and exploitation. Best known for the remote compromise of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, whereby he and his research partner, Charlie Miller obtained physical control of the vehicle from more than 10 miles away, Valasek was lauded for exposing serious security flaws in automobiles; the results led Fiat Chrysler to recall 1.4 million vehicles. Valasek is one of the first researchers to discuss automotive security issues in detail, and his release of a library to physically control vehicles through the CAN (Controller Area Network) bus garnered worldwide media attention.
Valasek’s hacking of the Jeep Cherokee led Uber to bring him on board as Security Lead at their Advanced Technologies Center. As a result of his work within the automotive industry, Valasek was included on LinkedIn’s Next Wave list, featuring 150 of the top professionals age 35 and under who are transforming different industries.
Editor-in-Chief, ZEIT ONLINE
Jochen Wegner is Editor-in-Chief of ZEIT ONLINE, Germany’s highest quality online news site. The ZEIT ONLINE newsroom with its 60 editors is based in Berlin.
Prior to his position with ZEIT ONLINE, Jochen spent five years as Editor-in-Chief at focus.de, which he developed into one of the largest and fastest growing digital news outlets in Germany. As Managing Director of TOMORROW FOCUS Media, he was responsible for innovative media projects including the news aggregator nachrichten.de. He is the founder of mag10, an ecosystem for the creation, distribution and marketing of tablet media. Jochen also worked as a strategic consultant for leading publishing houses.
Jochen started off his journalism career as science and technology editor at Focus News Magazine. He graduated from the Cologne School of Journalism, went on to study Physics and Philosophy and wrote his master’s thesis about the chaos theory of the human brain. Jochen is author of several books. In 1994 he founded jonet, the largest German-speaking journalism community.
Dr. Dieter Zetsche
Chairman of the Board, Daimler AG
Dr. Dieter Zetsche has been a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since December 16, 1998, and Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG since January 1, 2006. He is also Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division.
Dr. Zetsche was born in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 5, 1953. After attending school in Frankfurt and obtaining the Abitur (university entrance examination), he studied electrical engineering from 1971 to 1976 at the University of Karlsruhe and graduated as an engineer. He joined the research department of the then Daimler-Benz AG in 1976. Dr. Zetsche completed a doctorate in engineering in 1982 at the University of Paderborn.
Foto: Daimler AG - Global Communications
Friday 10th March · RATTLE INN, RAY’S BACKSTAGE
highlight #1: talk & tacos
Evening event including local food and drinks at a trendy downtown bar.
Saturday 11th March · GERMAN HAUS AT BARRACUDA
highlight #2: connected mobility
Conference session on digital transformation in the automotive industry.
Sunday 12th March · MOOVEL NORTH AMERICA, AUSTIN OFFICE
highlight #3: moovel breakfast club
An exclusive breakfast for automotive industry experts focusing on digital transformation.