SANTA MONICA, Calif. — February 18, 2014 — Seven tech, marketing and automotive business leaders from across the country are confirmed as judges for Edmunds.com's second annual Hackomotive, a three-day event in which participants develop products and ideas that promote a better car shopping experience. This year's event, to be held at Edmunds.com's Santa Monica, Calif. headquarters February 25-27, will include inspiring talks, networking opportunities and brainstorming sessions.
The participants will present their innovations in a "Shark Tank"-style format to the panel of judges, who will award a $20,000 grand prize to the first place winner, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place.
The judges slated to determine Hackomotive's winning teams are:
- Michelle Denogean, Chief Marketing Officer at Edmunds.com
- Michael DeSimone, President and CEO of DeSimone Group Investments
- Holly Dudley, Director of Enterprise Sales at Prosum Technology Services
- Jamie Foley, Vice President at MWW Public Relations
- Daniel Gage, Director of Communications & Public Affairs for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturer
- Tony Rimas, Managing Partner at Fraser McCombs Capital
- Oren Weintraub, Founder and CEO of Authority Auto and MyCarBuyingSecrets.com
Full bios of Hackomotive's judges can be found at http://www.hackomotive.com.
In addition to awarding the prize money, Edmunds.com may also select one or more winning product or idea for acceleration.
Over 120 consumers, dealers, automaker representatives, designers and technologists participated last year in the inaugural Hackomotive, in which $28,000 was awarded to the creators of the top four ideas. The two grand prize-winning teams proposed social media sites that would help car buyers identify and work with salespeople whose expertise and specialties best fit their needs. More details on last year's winning prototypes can be found at http://www.hackomotive.com/hackomotive2013/results.html.
About Edmunds.com, Inc.
Edmunds.com is a car-shopping Web site driven to make car buying easy. Almost 18 million visitors use our shopping tools every month to connect with over 9,500 dealer franchises across the U.S. Shoppers can browse our inventory listings for available cars and trucks, and with Edmunds.com's Price PromiseSM, they can get an instant, upfront price on those same vehicles. Recently named by Maritz Research as one of the most trusted online consumer review sites - and the only automotive site listed in the top ten - Edmunds.com is also home to comprehensive car reviews, shopping tips, photos, videos and feature stories. Even when you're at the dealership, we're always by your side. Just call our free Live Advice Line at 1-855-782-4711 or use our acclaimed Edmunds.com iPhone and iPad apps or Edmunds.com Android App. We're based in Santa Monica, Calif., but you can connect with us from anywhere by following @Edmunds on Twitter or by becoming a fan of Edmunds.com on Facebook. You can also find us on Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Flipboard.