• Connexion Mobility - Thought-leader Speaker Series

    August 8: 9am-6pm | Meet on 6

    The Chicago Connectory welcomes you to attend Connexion Mobility - a full-day event filled with inspirational speakers, exhibitions, networking and more centered on the mobility industry. The Connexion Mobility Thought-leader Speaker Series brings together local mobility influencers, civic leaders, industry drivers, innovative companies, startups, and more to inspire and engage you in the mobility ecosystem.

    8:00am |
    Registration and Breakfast - Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy an early breakfast and meet other attendees and exhibitors.
    9:00am |
    Event Opening Keynote - The event will kick-off with a keynote discussing the corporate perspective and the challenges that must be overcome to get results in the mobility industry.
    9:10am |
    State of Urban Mobility - Receive an overview of the current situation and future challenges of urban mobility.
    9:30am |
    City Perspective on Today’s Mobility - Civic leaders and experts will discuss the current perspective of cities and communities, as well as, challenges they face with mobility and how they are working to overcome them.
    10:15am |
    Panel: Data Sharing & Transparency - Join experts from insurance, software development and other specialties to discuss the controversial topic of data sharing within the mobility industry.
    11:30am |
    Panel: The Evolving World of Ride Share - Hear from major mobility players on how ride share has evolved and benefited the mobility industry.
    12:15pm |
    Autonomous & Electric Vehicles - Gain insights on the latest developments and current challenges with autonomous and electric vehicles.
    2:00pm |
    Afternoon Keynote - Hear more about the newest challenges and developments in urban mobility.
    2:20pm |
    Mobility for All - Discover how mobility solutions must meet everyone's needs and how this goal can be accomplished.
    3:00pm |
    Active Projects in the U.S. - Get a look at the latest developments and new projects that are underway in the U.S. mobility community.
    4:15pm |
    Startup Pitch Contest - IoT startups and developers will pitch for the chance to win a series of prizes.
    5:15pm |
    Closure & Happy Hour - Join us for networking and drinks to close out the day!
    • Alexander Rieger - Bosch Automotive Electronics

      10:15 am | Data Sharing & Transparency

      About Alexander:

      Alexander is a Computer Scientist with an artificial intelligence (AI) background. Co-Founder of Innovations GmbH which was acquired by Bosch in 2018. Experience in big data, Internet of things (IoT), analytics, block chain, DLT, consulting, business valuation, developing business models and deep automotive connectivity knowledge. Alexander is working for Bosch Automotive Electronics in Chicago.

    • Audrey Wennink – Director of Metropolitan Planning Council

      9:30 am | City Perspective on Today’s Mobility

      About Audrey:

      Audrey directs MPC’s transportation efforts and coordinates transportation initiatives with other facets of planning including affordable housing, land use, equity and the environment. She leads transportation research and advocacy efforts including pursuing sustainable funding for transportation in Illinois, integration of performance-based planning methods into transportation practice, and developing efforts to boost transportation equity. She led development of the Transit Means Business report highlighting the need for transit investment to support jobs in the region, as well as the #BustedCommute campaign to highlight the need for transportation  investment in Illinois. She serves on various regional stakeholder committees guiding transportation project development. She also leads the MPC Regional Planning, Investments Advisory Committee, comprised of regional business and public policy leaders.

    • Adam Hecktman - Director of Technology & Civic Innovation - Chicago Microsoft Corporation

      10:15 am | Data Sharing & Transparency

      About Adam:

      In this capacity, Adam helps the cities and civic leaders – and the communities they serve – use cutting-edge ideas around technology to solve the city’s biggest social challenges. He provides guidance on the key issues and opportunities facing neighborhoods and communities today and in the future. Prior to this role, Adam was the Director of the Microsoft Technology Center – Chicago, helping organizations ensure long-term success when facing their toughest business challenges and opportunities

    • Brenna Berman - Executive Director of City Tech

      9:10am | State of Urban Mobility

      About Brenna:

      Brenna is Executive Director of City Tech, an IoT urban infrastructure lab that transforms cities into testbeds for new ideas. City Tech remakes essential services and infrastructure, from skills to skyscrapers and expands those solutions to other cities, thus increasing the world’s odds of solving big, urban problems. Prior to joining City Tech, Brenna served in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, which she joined in 2011. She served as the Chief Information Officer for the City and Commissioner for the Department of Innovation, Technology (DoIT) from 2012 to spring of 2017

    • DAVID C. WOESSNER - Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Regulatory Affairs, LM Industries Group, Inc

      12:00am | Autonomous & Electric Vehicles

      About David:

      David serves as the General Manager of Local Motors in National Harbor, MD, as well as EVP of Corporate Development and Regulatory Affairs for LM Industries. Woessner is a regularly sought-after advisor, board member and speaker. Currently He also serves on the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s Smart Cities Taskforce.

    • David Leopold - Director of City Solutions for the City Tech Collaborative

      2:45 pm | Active Projects

      About David:

      In his role, he facilitates cross-sector collaboration among universities, government, and industry to drive innovative solutions to complex urban challenges. Prior to joining City Tech in 2015, David was Program Manager for the Chicago Department of Transportation Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program, where he directed nearly $100 million of policy, planning, and construction projects ranging from pocket parks and public markets to streetscapes and master plans. David has a bachelor’s degree in operations and strategic management from Boston College and a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan. He is a former lecturer at the University of Illinois, Chicago and currently serves on the board of Foresight Design, a nonprofit that provides education and community building for sustainable transformation in the Midwest.

    • Hannah Martin - Planner III at Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

      2:45pm | Active Projects

      About Hanna:

      Hannah Martin is a Planner III at Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Greater Peoria. As the MPO, coordinates a planning process that brings together local governments, transportation authorities, and interested members of the public to assist in creating transportation policy and developing comprehensive plans that reflect the area’s transportation vision for the future. As a transportation planner, Hannah focuses on asset management, urban and rural mobility coordination, and intelligent transportation systems. Her roots in transportation began with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bradley University. Now with over five years at Tri-County RPC, she has developed a comprehensive understanding of the region's transportation network and leverages that knowledge to improve mobility and livability in Greater Peoria and its communities

    • Jerry Quandt – Executive Director of the Illinois Autonomous Vehicles Association

      12:00 pm | Autonomous, Electric Vehicles

      About Jerry:

      Jerry Quandt is the Executive Director of the Illinois Autonomous Vehicles Association. The Association is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of autonomous vehicle technologies within the State of Illinois. The organization's focus is to establish Illinois as the leader in the development, design, and application of the system-of-systems that will transform mobility as we know it. Jerry has worked most of his career in global marketing and business transformation in a variety of verticals.  He also spent some of his early career working in the political arena at local, state and federal levels in Illinois, Washington DC and Ireland.  His passion is to continue to create consumer-centric solutions leveraging bleeding-edge technologies to increase people's quality of life.

    • Jochen Renz - Managing Director of the New Mobility Studio at Rocket Wagon Venture Studios

      10:15am | Data Sharing, Transparency

      About Joe:

      He understands the car as an important building block in the future of multi-modal mobility. However, much of the disruptive innovation happens in the form of solutions around the vehicle and in the broader mobility ecosystem. Joe views Distributed Ledger Technology as the enabler of IoT, Big Data and AI/ML to create the System of Systems. Joe goes far beyond the vehicle itself and takes a holistic view of the emerging smart mobility and transportation space aka New Mobility World.

    • Katharina Hopp – Vice President of the business Urban Solutions at Bosch

      9:30 am | City Perspective on Today’s Mobility

      About Katharina:

      Katharina and her global team are responsible for Bosch’s urban mobility strategy as well as business in urban mobility and beyond. Her passion is trailblazing and pioneering new ventures, which she has done already several times. Katharina has more than 15 years of expertise in user-driven innovation management, product management, and go-to-market strategies in hardware business and digitalization. She possesses a proven record of accomplishments in both strategic and operational business.

    • Mike Mansuetti - President, Bosch in North America

      8:50am | Key Note speaker

      About Mike:

      Mike Mansuetti is president of Bosch in North America, a position he has held since 2012. In this role, Mansuetti works with Bosch’s business units and sales organizations, with a focus on cross-divisional opportunities and new business fields. Mansuetti is immediate past chair of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), a member of the board of directors of the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), and a member of the board of trustees at Kettering University. He is a member of the Consumer Technology Association Executive Board, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Clemson University College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

    • Ryan D. Gammelgard – Counsel in the State Farm Corporate Law Department

      10:15 am | Data Sharing & Transparency

      About Ryan:

      Ryan helps coordinate, develop, and analyze the company's public policy positions and various legislative endeavors, including those related to such innovation related issues as automated vehicles, drones, and data issues.   For automated vehicles issues, he works on state and federal issues, including developing State Farm’s comments on NHTSA’s Federal Automated Vehicle Policy, its nomination to the U.S. DOT Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation, developing and providing testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives and a number of state agencies and legislative bodies, and reviewing proposed laws.  He is also part of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) Automated Vehicle Council and the University of Michigan’s MCity program Legal Working Group, both of which focus on public policy and legal issues associated with automated and connected vehicles.

    • Eric Rask - Principal Research Engineer in Center for Transportation Research

      12:00 am | Autonomous & Electric Vehicles

      About Eric:

      Currently focusing on Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) technology and the implications of expanded vehicle sensing and location awareness, he also leads the CAV focus area of DOE’s multi-lab SMART Mobility efforts. Mr. Rask also leads a range of cross-functional projects investigating the integration of machine learning and cyber-security within the mobility space. Prior to joining Argonne, Mr. Rask worked at General Motors in several areas related to electrified vehicle development. He is the co-author of eight patents related to hybrid powertrain architectures and electrified vehicle operation as well as numerous publications in the areas of vehicle systems analysis and technology assessment. Eric has a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS in both Mechanical Engineering and Industrial/Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan

    • Sharon Feigon - Executive Director Shared-Use Mobility Center

      11:15am | Evolving World of Ride Share

      About Sharon:

      Sharon is the founder and executive director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, a public-interest organization which fosters collaboration in shared mobility between public and private sectors, conducts innovative research, develops pilot projects to test shared mobility strategies, and provides advice and technical assistance to cities and regions in order to help extend the benefits of shared mobility for all. Prior to founding SUMC, Sharon was the CEO of IGO Carsharing, the nonprofit organization that started car-sharing in the Chicago region. Under Sharon’s leadership, IGO grew from a pilot project into a successful operating company with 15,000 members. Sharon was also a founder of the national Carsharing Association and Co-Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Shared Vehicle Committee.

    • Serhat Cicekoglu –  Founder of Anka Capital and Sente Foundry

      4:00pm | Startup Pitch Contest

      About Serhat:

      He is an expert on Innovation Management with over 25 years of industry experience serving corporations in Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, Consumer Goods, and Industrial Products sectors, including AMD, Accenture, KPMG, and SAP. In 2008, Mr. Cicekoglu has founded Sente Foundry located in Chicago, IL USA. Sente Foundry is a startup investment program funded by corporations, financial investors like family offices and VCs as well as municipalities. Sente Foundry is also the exclusive international startup accelerator program partner of 1871, largest technology hub in North America.

    • Klaus Uwe Roehm - Manager,  Process Integration Bosch in North America

      12:00pm | Autonomous & Electric Vehicles

      About Klaus:

      Klaus Uwe Roehm is an Industrial IoT (Connected Industry) specialist and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) enthusiast at Bosch in North America. He has 20+ years of experience in manufacturing and advanced planning systems and works with Bosch plants in developing and applying new technology to production and logistics processes. He also consults with the Chicago Connectory on Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT). In addition, he reviews, evaluates and consults with startups in DLT and Connected Industry.

    • Beth Bond - Head of City Development NA, Bosch

      2pm | What makes a City or State "Smart" Panel

      About Beth

      Beth has over 12 years of experience in digital platform, civic tech and educational program development. She has worked with startups, corporate teams, social ventures and nonprofit agencies to identify strategic partnerships, launch products and cultivate community.

    • Nick Moran - General Partner, New Stack Ventures

      11am | Moderator - Impact of IoT on Transportation

      3:30pm | IoT Startup Pitch Competition Judge

      About Nick

      Nick is a general partner at a Midwest, early-stage venture capital investing firm focused around 1st stage, IoT companies.

    • Ellen Partridge – Policy, Strategy Director at the Shared-Use Mobility Center

      About Ellen:

      Ellen has served in key positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation (Chief Counsel for the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Technology, and Chief Counsel for the Federal Transit Agency), represented the Chicago Transit Authority (the nation's second-largest transit agency), and practiced with the firms of Jenner & Block in Chicago and Van Ness Feldman in Washington, D.C. Ellen has lived in the Republic of Palau, where she counseled its government during its transition to independence.

    • Frank Sgambati – Director Business Development Robert Bosch LLC

      2:45 pm | Active Projects

      About Frank:

      He focuses on defining and executing go-to-market strategies for smart city solutions with internal Bosch business units and external partners. Mr. Sgambati is responsible for spearheading the strategy and collaboration for smart city solutions for mobility, infrastructure, energy and security. Since joining Bosch in 1998, Mr. Sgambati has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in engineering, marketing, and management in the U.S., the U.K., and Germany, including several positions as project manager and regional key account manager. His most recent position was director of marketing for the Chassis System Controls division of Robert Bosch LLC. Prior to joining Bosch, Sgambati held various engineering and manufacturing positions at other industrial companies.

    • Dennis Boecker - Global Lead IT Innovation Robert Bosch LLC

      As Global Lead IT Innovation, Dennis Boecker is responsible for the global IT innovation team that fosters the IoT initiative within Bosch. Using lean startup practices and design thinking approaches, the IT innovation organization facilitates company-wide IoT innovation within Bosch. Within this role, Dennis leads the Chicago Connectory, a new center for IoT co-creation in the Midwest. The Chicago Connectory is a co-creation space that brings together startups, universities, and other corporate partners to drive IoT business models and aims to establish a strong IoT ecosystem for the Chicagoland community and beyond

    • Elizabeth Irvin - CNT’s Transportation Director,

      10:15am | Data Sharing & Transparency

      As CNT’s Transportation Director, Elizabeth advocates for diverse mobility options that improve the equity, affordability, and sustainability of our transportation system. Before joining CNT in 2019, Elizabeth worked at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning on evaluating the land use, environmental, and equity impacts of transportation projects, and developing strategies to harness emerging transportation technologies for the region’s long range plan. She previously worked on regional and national transportation and environmental policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Sierra Club. Elizabeth has a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music from Williams College.


    • Jacky Grimshaw - Vice President, Government Affair

      2:15 pm | Mobility for All


      Jacky joined CNT in 1992, and has since developed its capacity to engage in public policy advocacy and transportation planning, transportation research, environmental justice, public participation tool development, GIS mapping, community economic development and air quality. Jacky advocated for and provided expertise to increase transit in the Chicago region. She created and led CNT’s transportation and air quality programs for over a decade and led CNT’s Transit Future campaign in the fight for mass transit reform and dedicated funding in the Chicago region. Since 2005, she has led CNT’s policy efforts at all levels of government. 

      Jacky has served on numerous boards, including: Chicago Transit Authority, National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board’s Environmental Justice and Public Involvement Committees. She has just completed terms on the Women’s Issues in Transportation Committee. 

    • Mark de la Vergne - Chief of Mobility Innovation in Detroit

      9:30am | City Perspective on Today’s Mobility


      Mark de la Vergne serves as the Chief of Mobility Innovation for Mayor Mike Duggan and has been in the role for two years. He is tasked with bringing new mobility services and technologies to Detroit residents. In 2018, this included a first/last mile pilot with Lyft, expanding car share to the neighborhoods of Detroit, overseeing the deployment of 1200 e-scooters and an autonomous shuttle service for the largest employer in Downtown.  Over the next year, his office will explore connected technology at signalized intersections, launch a new microtransit service, and implement mobile payment for all transit in the Detroit region.  Prior to joining the City, Mark worked with cities across North America on transportation projects as a consultant.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

    • Oliver Steinig - Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Strategy

      11:15am | Startup Pitch Contest


       Oliver Steinig is vice president of business development and corporate strategy for Robert Bosch LLC, a position he has held since September 2011. In this position, he is responsible for development and implementation of cross-divisional growth strategies and cross-selling initiatives for Bosch in North America. Steinig is also the champion for innovation at Bosch North America, responsible for running Bosch’s internal accelerator programs, overseeing Bosch startups and managing engagements with the startup ecosystem.

       Prior to his current role, Steinig was vice president of marketing at Robert Bosch Tool Corp., where he was responsible for product, brand and country sales strategies and execution for North and South America.

       Steinig joined Bosch in December 1994 in Germany. Since then he has held positions of increasing responsibility within marketing, sales and strategic business development in the automotive and consumer goods sectors of Bosch in both the U.S. and Germany.

       Steinig earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from RWTH Aachen University, located in Germany.  

    • Nico Probst - Director of Midwest Government Relations at Lime

      11:15am | Evolving World of Micro Mobility

       By partnering with local key stakeholders and systematically deploying a fleet of smart-bikes, scooters, and cars that are enabled with GPS, wireless technology, and self-activating locks, Lime is changing urban mobility by making the first and last mile faster and healthier for riders.

       Nico began his career on President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 working out of the campaign headquarters in Chicago, IL and has since built an extensive record in national, Illinois and Chicago politics. He previously directed advocacy efforts in support of President Obama’s legislative agenda at Organizing for Action, ran campaigns for local elected officials in Chicago, served as Chicago Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society and most recently was the Deputy Campaign Manager at Biss for Illinois.



    • Kyle Whitehead - Director of public affairs for the Active Transportation Alliance

      11:15am | Evolving World of Micro Mobility


      Kyle is the managing director of public affairs for the Active Transportation Alliance, a not-for-profit advocacy organization that promotes walking, biking, and public transit in the Chicago region to create healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities. He oversees policy and communications for Active Trans, leading outreach to elected and agency officials. He previously worked for a Chicago public affairs firm, where he helped develop and execute issue advocacy campaigns across industries and sectors.

    • Bernd Heinrichs - Executive Vice President & Chief Digital Officer Mobility Solutions

      2:00pm | Key Note Speaker


      Since October 2017, Bernd is Chief Digital Officer Mobility Solutions at Bosch. His focus is on conceptualization, implementation and marketing of new IOT-based business models for the global market and to drive the digital transformation of the Mobility sector at Bosch. He builds on his experience from the fields of IT, communication, and connectivity, artificial intelligence, and data science, which he collected during his 25-year career in the high-tech communication industry. 

      After having been Leading Engineering Manager at Ericsson, Bernd took on a position at Cisco in July 1996 where he was in a managing position in various areas such as sales, technology, marketing, M&A and investment. In Berlin, he opened the Cisco Innovation Center openBerlin in October 2015, with a focus on mechanical engineering and transport/logistic solutions. 


  • Connexion Mobility – Main Exhibition

    August 8: 9am-6pm | Chicago Connectory

    Experience mobility-focused IoT technology in action by walking through the Connexion Mobility Main Exhibition. The exhibition will host over 10 interactive exhibits from large corporations and startups, each showcasing solutions that are transforming the mobility industry.

    The exhibition area will be open the entire day during the speaker series. The space also has meeting rooms available for exhibitors to book for customer meetings or networking.

    Are you interested in using this opportunity to showcase your IoT products, services or solutions and make meaningful connections? Contact us through the button below to become an exhibiting sponsor.

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Connexion Mobility - Pitch Contest

Is your startup using IoT to disrupt in the mobility industry? Apply to the Connexion Mobility Startup Pitch Contest to tell the world and potentially even win some prizes!

This contest is focused on early-stage IoT companies with a focus on mobility. They must have a proof-of-concept product/service in-market or must be expanding their current offerings to include IoT integration or an IoT product/service in their mobility solution.

If selected, your company will receive:

  • A free showcase table in the ‘Startup Zone’ exhibition area
  • The opportunity to present a 3-minute pitch on the Connexion Mobility main stage
  • The chance to win some prizes!

Note: To submit your application in F6S click ‘Connect with Serhat, Gerod & Angela’ after completing the application.

  • Connexion Mobility - Host

    Chicago Connectory - is the first open-innovation space in the Midwest completely dedicated to IoT (the Internet of Things). A collaboration between Robert Bosch LLC and 1871, the Chicago Connectory is devoted to growing a thriving ecosystem of IoT startups, invested corporations, supporting organizations, influencers and technology enthusiasts. Covering nearly 20,000 square feet in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, the Chicago Connectory is home to an IoT startup co-working space, a growing inspirational experience of IoT solutions, featured events, workshops, cutting-edge corporate projects and beyond.

Early bird rates are available for a limited time!

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