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Christine Delise
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TOWSON, MD (October 10 2017) – Speakers for the TEDxWilmingtonSalon on the future of transportation have announced the topics of the TEDx Talks they will give on October 17.


  • “How to Become a Self-Driving Car Engineer”

    David Silver, California, Leader of the Self-Driving Car program at Udacity    


  • “New Mobility: The Efficient Frontier?”

    David Woessner, Maryland, General Manager of Local Motors


  • “What’s Driving the Connected Car? Data, It Turns Out”

    Lauren Smith, Washington, D.C., Policy Counsel and Director of the Connected Cars Project at the Future of Privacy Forum


  • “Autonomy: Who’s Driving the Consumer?”

    John Nielsen, Florida, Managing Director of AAA Automotive Engineering Team


  • “The Automated-Vehicle (R)evolution”

    Dr. Tom Dingus, Virginia, Professor of Engineering, Director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI)


  • “The Transportation of the Future will Require a Governmental Leap of Faith”

    Jennifer Cohan, Delaware, Secretary of Transportation, State of Delaware


  • “The Zero Dollar Car: How Big Data Will Transform the Transportation Industry”

    John Ellis, Illinois, Ellis & Associates, Former Global Technologist of Ford Motor Company’s Connected Car Business


  • “Getting There Together: Why Sharing is the Future of Transportation”

          Anya Babbitt and Yale Zhang, Michigan, Co-Founders of SPLT  


  • “A $5 Trillion Ticket: To Pay or Not to Pay for the Future of Transportation”

    Andreas Mai, Michigan, Innovation Leader at Keolis North America, former Director of Smart Connected Vehicles with Cisco


  • “Convenient or Creepy? Navigating Privacy to Realize the Promise of Connected Cars”

    James Koenig, New York, Co-Chair of Fenwick & West LLP’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice


  • “Transportation: Moving Towards a Connected and Safer Future”

    Elan Nyer, Israel, Director of Business Development at Nexar


  • “No Backseat Drivers: How Should the Government Regulate Connected Cars?”

         Maureen Ohlhausen, Washington D.C., Acting Chair, Federal Trade Commission



The entire event is also being offered for viewing via Livestream, which is inspiring viewing events from groups like:


  • Connecticut Department of Transportation

  • Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles

  • Sinclair Community College – Dayton, Ohio

  • The Mobility Report – Berlin, Germany

  • University of Delaware Center for Transportation

  • Association of Central Oklahoma Governments



“These talks are going to cover a wide variety of topics, from technology many of us couldn’t imagine a generation ago to new ways of thinking about paying for infrastructure,” said Ajit Mathew George, Organizer and Executive Producer of TEDxWilmington. “I am excited about the ideas worth spreading these speakers will offer on October 17,”



“Advances in transportation have driven the growth of our society for the past century. At this TEDx event, we’re going to hear about the technology and trends that will reshape society in the decades to come,” said Cathy Rossi, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “AAA is pleased to be the leading sponsor of this event, especially given our history which began at the dawn of the automobile. We intend to inspire, enlighten and engage a world-wide audience in a conversation about the future of transportation.”



Sponsors for this TEDx Salon include AAA, the Delaware Department of Transportation, White & Williams, the Delaware River and Bay Authority, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the American Highway User Alliance, Transurban, G.S. Proctor & Associates, Inc., the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, and CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer.



Registration to experience the event live at The Queen in Wilmington is $75 for the public, and only $35 for AAA Members – information about registrations and the Livestream are available at



About TEDx, x= independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks, video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) 

About TEDxWilmington

Ajit Mathew George was granted the TEDx license in the fall of 2011. Between 2012 and September 19, 2017, TEDxWilmington showcased 278 speakers who gave 266 TEDx talks. These talks collectively have had over 3.1 million views on the TEDx YouTube channel as of August 31, 2017. Magic Dust, LLC, produces all of the 12 TEDxWilmington events in 2017 under the direction of George, who serves as the executive producer and sprinkles magic dust to make sure each event is very special. Over 60 people have volunteered to be part of the 2017 TEDxWilmington tribe. TEDxWilmington has invited creators, catalysts, entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, designers, scientists, thinkers and doers to make a contribution and support what they are most passionate about—positive ideas for the world and Delaware. For a full list of programming, visit

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts  as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. 

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