Mobile Madness Motor City: WiTricity to Demo a Future Without Wires

Mobile Madness Motor City, Xconomy’s first mobile event in Detroit, will be packed with innovators, business leaders, technologists, and app developers. It will also have something you don’t often see: A live demo of how our mobile devices, from cell phones to laptops to cars, might be powered in the future—without wires.

Eric Giler, CEO of WiTricity, wowed the crowd at a Mobile Madness event in Boston in 2011, and he looks to do the same in Detroit. WiTricity is a Watertown, MA-based startup hoping to bring Nikola Tesla’s dream of widespread wireless electricity to fruition. In 2010, WiTricity partnered with the Troy, MI-based Delphi Automotive to work on wireless charging products for hybrid and electric vehicles, which they demoed at the SAE conference in 2011. Also in 2011, WiTricity announced a deal with Toyota that included investment reportedly worth a few million dollars. (See the video below for more on WiTricity.)

At Mobile Madness Motor City, a half-day event on Thursday at the Compuware Building in downtown Detroit, we’ll also have short panel discussions on connected cars, apps strategies, and enterprise mobile. We’ll hear from hot startups and established industry players. We hope you can join us; tickets are still available here. Check out the full agenda below.

Mobile Madness Motor City

Jan. 17, 2013

Compuware Building, Detroit

1:00 – 2:00 Registration

2:00 – 2:10 Welcome

Bob Buderi, Founder and Editor in Chief, Xconomy

2:10 – 2:30 Detroit and Mobile

Josh Linkner, CEO and Managing Partner, Detroit Venture Partners

2:30 – 2:40 Three Trends That Will Change the World

Sheryl Connelly, Manager, Global Trends and Futuring, Ford

2:40 – 3:15 Car Talk: Your Car Here, Now, and Soon

Daniel Newman, CEO, Roximity

Jake Sigal, CEO, Livio Connect

Greg Ross, Director, Business Development, General Motors

Joel Hoffmann (moderator), Automotive Strategist, Intel

3:15 – 3:45 Innovators Chat: Apps Strategy

Paul Glomski, Co-founder and CEO, Detroit Labs

Paul Jacobs, Vice President and General Manager, jacAPPS

Sagar Parvataneni, SVP, Product and Technology, ePrize

Tricia Cervenan, Mobile Product Manager, Quicken Loans

3:45 – 4:15 Networking Break

4:15 – 4:35 Live Demo: WiTricity—Charging Ahead, Without Wires

Eric Giler, CEO, WiTricity

4:35 – 4:40 Startup Profile: UpTo

Greg Schwartz, CEO, UpTo

4:35 – 4:45 Energy Storage for the Consumer Electronics Industry

Ann Marie Sastry, President and CEO, Sakti3

4:45 – 5:20 Why Enterprises Need to Go Mobile—Now

Bob Kennedy, Vice President of Strategic Solutions, Compuware

Dug Song, Co-founder and CEO, Duo Security

Kevin Lasser, CEO, JEMS Technology

Linda Daichendt (moderator), Executive Director/President, Mobile Technology Association of Michigan

5:20 – 5:27 Startup Profile: UpTo

Greg Schwartz, CEO, UpTo

5:30 – 5:45 Startup Showcase

Paul Czarnik (emcee), Chief Technology Officer, Compuware

Thiago Olson, Co-founder and CEO, Protean Payment

Jim Hankins, Founder and President, Safety Grid

Itai Ben-Gal, CEO, iRule

Andy Didorosi, Founder and CEO, Detroit Bus Company

5:45 – 6:45 Networking Reception

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