Edmunds.com Sponsors 'Hack-O-Motive' Event to Identify and Overcome Car-Buying Obstacles
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — December 18, 2012 — Auto industry insiders, car buyers and other innovative thinkers are invited to register for Edmunds.com's "Hack-O-Motive," a two-day event that aims to re-imagine the car shopping experience by bringing together consumers, dealers, manufacturers, designers and technologists to shatter the status quo. The event will be held at Edmunds.com's Santa Monica, Calif. headquarters February 27-28, with a welcome reception on the evening of the 26th.
"A car purchase is one of the biggest financial decisions for most people, and it's still an unpleasant, anxiety-filled experience that has changed little even with the benefit of online resources," says Philip Potloff, Chief Information Officer at Edmunds.com. "By bringing together the right mix of bold thought leaders and automotive experts, we believe we can reinvent the car-buying experience from the ground up."
Hack-O-Motive is open to anyone with an interest in changing the way cars are bought and sold. Participants will be divided into teams that are drawn toward a particular issue within the car-buying process, and then develop a prototype to solve the problem. At the end of the second day, teams will present their prototypes to a panel of judges, who will award the winning team $10,000 — with $5,000 and $3,000 cash prizes awarded to the two runners up.
"Hack-O-Motive" marks Edmunds.com's first hack event open to participants from outside the company. In previous internal Hack Days, Edmunds.com employees have successfully created real-world solutions for challenges regularly encountered by consumers, dealers and automakers. Many of Edmunds.com's car-buying products are born through these events.
More details and registration info for February's Hack-O-Motive can be found at http://www.hackomotive.com/.
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