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FastPitch Contest Not Just For Automotive Engineers


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Just the Facts:
  • Connected Car Expo's FastPitch contest, which is shaping up as one of the highlights of the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, is not just for automotive engineers.
  • "Automakers are starting to realize they need to reach outside of their own cultures for help," said Doug Newcomb, Connected Car Expo's program chair.
  • The contest is seeking the best ideas for consumer-oriented technology in future cars.

LOS ANGELESConnected Car Expo's FastPitch contest, which is shaping up as one of the highlights of the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, is not just for automotive engineers.

Contest organizers want to make it clear that they are looking outside of the auto industry for help in coming up with ideas to make future cars better. Individual and group entrants are asked to "solve a current issue affecting the auto industry."

"Automakers are starting to realize they need to reach outside of their own cultures for help," said Doug Newcomb, Connected Car Expo's program chair. "The car companies are so insular. They make great cars, great active safety systems, but with a lot of the infotainment systems, they are starting to see that they need to reach outside for help.

"FastPitch is not just for auto engineers, but for anyone who has a practical idea to make car owner's lives easier."

Participants can tackle any current issue affecting the auto industry. Subjects can include automotive data, mapping, emissions, environmental issues, in-car apps, in-car entertainment, parking and telematics.

Judging the event will be Philip Potloff, executive vice president and CIO at Edmunds.com; Christy Wilson, vice president of product operations at Splunk; Linda Senigaglia, NeverLost senior director of product marketing for Hertz; and Martin Price, co-founder of Productsy.

These industry experts will hear pitches from eight finalists during CCE and the winners will be announced on November 19 by Robert Herjavec of ABC's Shark Tank.

The 1st-place winner will be awarded a Splunk Start Program Enterprise License: 20GB for 12-month term, including Splunk education, marketing and support teams (a $40,000 value). Second- and 3rd-place winners will receive exhibit space at next year's CCE 2014.

Contest entries may be submitted beginning September 17. The final deadline for entries is September 30. Eight semifinalists will be announced on October 16.

Edmunds says: This is a chance for people with cool ideas to improve future cars.

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