Clean Tech Experts, Entrepreneurs and Policy Makers Discuss Current Trends and the Future of Transportation
The Cleantech Open Transportation Symposium
Thursday, October 9, 2008
At UCLA, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Calif. - October 9, 2008 - Over 150 clean tech enthusiasts, industry experts, policy makers, venture capitalists and Clean Tech Open contestants and alumni will gather this evening for a symposium at Tom Bradley International Hall on the campus of UCLA to address the current challenges and changing future of the transportation industry. Sponsored by Lexus, with venue sponsorship by the UCLA Vice Chancellor for Research, the transportation symposium is creating an event that melds industry and academic perspectives on the automotive industry.
The evening will open with a keynote from Paul Williamsen, National Manager of Lexus College and the University of Toyota, a subsidiary of Toyota U.S.A., on the changing face of transportation and the difficult decisions that transportation consumers face in light of rising gas prices, air pollution, and traffic congestion. A panel will immediately follow, moderated by Jack Rosebro of Green Car Congress, a new source for timely, high-quality editorial about the full spectrum of energy options, technologies, products, issues and policies related to sustainable mobility. Panelists include Sean Arian, Director of Economic Development Strategy for the Los Angeles Mayor's Office; Kimberly Gardiner of Toyota Motor Sales; Robb McLarty, Partner at clean tech investing pioneer NGEN; and two experienced entrepreneurs, Dale Hill, CEO and Founder of clean transportation solutions provider Proterra; and Josh Bigelow, CEO of Syncromatics, creators of a fully integrated bus tracking, analysis and passenger information system and the 2007 Clean Tech Open Transportation Winner.
"Syncromatics' route analytics and passenger counting technologies have been deployed in 13 transit systems nationwide, consistently producing return on investment by balancing demand between riders and operators through empirical data," said Bigelow. "Our technologies have been recognized by several customers including the University of California for substantially reducing cost and emissions while improving the image and utility of transit for riders."
As with all Clean Tech Open events, there will be a showcase of current Finalists and Alumni companies pertaining to the transportation sector with an additional exhibit from Proterra, who will be displaying their brand-new Hybrid-Electric bus. Refreshments will be served throughout the extensive networking time.
The symposium will be held Thursday, October 9, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Tom Bradley International Hall on the UCLA Campus in Los Angeles, Calif. The cost is $20 pre-registration, and $30 cash at the door. Contestants of the 2008 Clean Tech Open and students receive free admission. Visit www.CleanTechOpen.com for registration and additional information on the event.
About the Cleantech Open
The Cleantech Open brings together a unique and powerful combination of entrepreneurs, researchers, environmentalists, investors, business professionals and others to drive economic growth and ensure environmental sustainability. By giving winners early-stage capital and expertise, the 2008 California competition speeds clean technologies from lab to market. The goal is to foster innovative new businesses focused on energy efficiency, smart power, renewable energy, transportation, green building materials, pollution control and resource management. The competition thrives on the state's strong business and governmental support for innovation, technology and environmental protection to create rich soil for the growth of clean technology enterprises that foster a healthy natural environment. To learn more, please visit: www.cleantechopen.com
The Cleantech Open is sponsored by Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California. The competition is supported by a diverse array of businesses, educational institutions, government leaders and private individuals, and run by a dedicated group of volunteers including business professionals, scientists, environmentalists and entrepreneurs.
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