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The Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge

By Ben Wesley, CAPP

Since 2008, when SAE and the Michigan Innovation Alliance first partnered to become what is now the Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC), hundreds of technical, creative entrepreneurs have competed to earn exposure, commercialization services, and cash stipends. GAMIC is “a challenge to see if early start-up companies have what it takes to get their businesses to the next level.” “Award winners and finalists have gone on to sign OEM / Tier I contracts; enter serial production; reach licensing, ink strategic partnership or research agreements; and/or raise millions in investment capital.”

This year was my first attendance of the virtual GAMIC Event and I was impressed. The judges are prestigious and the competitors share brief investor pitch decks during the course of the six-hour event. The problems were often quite complex and the technology was even more so.

These four winners were deemed to have the most polished presentations, with solutions being the most viable and nearest to go-to-market stage (Descriptions are largely in their own words.):

  • KUHMUTE: A universal charging infrastructure for micro-mobility, able to park & charge shared and personally owned versions of any e-scooter, e-bike, delivery robot, wheelchair, and more.
  • ReJoule: Fast battery diagnostics enable a more accurate measurement of the battery’s health. As batteries power more of our cars and buildings, more advanced diagnostics help bring battery costs down and accelerate electrification.
  • Monk AI: AI software solution. The company uses computer vision and deep learning techniques to detect damages, evaluate the condition of a car, and assess the cost of repair.
  • Biolive: produces and sells bioplastic granules from olive seed waste used in the electronics and automotive industry.

I recommend keeping an eye out for these winners and the Annual GAMIC!

Ben Wesley, CAPP, is market president, Nashville, with Premium Parking.

Free Online Shoptalk: Municipalities, Finance, & Recovery: Current Challenges and Next Steps

Wednesday May 13, 2020- 2:00 PM EST

Free Online Shoptalk: Municipalities, Finance, & Recovery: Current Challenges and Next Steps

Pre-Registration is required to attend.

Free to all Industry Professionals

Access the Recording here


Join IPMI for our next online Shoptalk diving into cars, cash, and financial impacts to operations. Open to all, moderator Tiffany Smith will lead the group in discussions centering on three key questions. First, discuss of the impact to the short-term financial picture, including revenue, plans to streamline operations to cover losses, and anticipated changes to programs and policies for recovery. Second, address changes to consumer and patron behavior, your expectations of demand in the immediate and longer term, and potential medium-term changes in curbside (and off-street parking) management. Finally, explore adaptions to policies, programs, staffing, customers, and tech to prepare for future operations.

We understand this is an extremely busy time and will record the online shoptalk and distribute to all members and colleagues.  If you have a question or would like to share something that has worked for your organization in advance, please email Fernandez@parking-mobility.org.



Tiffany Smith bio pixTiffany Smith, Director of Parking Authority of River City, Louisville Metro Government

I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1993 and obtained my MBA in 2001. I have been with Metro, Parking Authority for 23 years. I started in Accounting and moved to Administration and now I am the Director. Team building, customer service and improving our operations through technology, innovation and creative thinking are my initiatives in operating the agency. I’m still very much invigorated and excited about how we can make Louisville a better city to live, work and park. My staff is my greatest professional asset.

I am a lifelong learner and am always excited to know more. I serve on the YMCA downtown board, participate in Toastmasters weekly, serve on the International Parking Institutes membership committee and serve on the Bates Community Development Corporation board. I enjoy spending time with family, exercising and traveling. I teach Sunday school youth and serve as a mentor at Newburg middle school through Metro Mentors.

I am hopeful to return to my studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and finish my Masters in Family and Biblical counseling. This is a dream deferred. I have 3 kids that make me smile and give me purpose; they are my greatest life accomplishment.