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The automotive industry is rapidly changing, but not just from a technology standpoint. A progressively aging workforce in car companies and suppliers struggles to keep up with growing consumer demands and expectations. Lacking the necessary young talent in the automotive industry hinders many organizations from innovating as quickly as they could be. Additionally, the older yet extremely experienced workforce needs to transfer its knowledge before retirement. Thus, to support the industry in its endeavors to develop the future of mobility, it desperately needs an influx of young talent.

In light of these challenges, opportunities for young, talented, future employees to delve into the automotive industry are readily available. For instance, SAE International, the world’s largest professional association of over 128,000 automotive and aerospace engineers worldwide, is hosting a Connected Car Challenge. The Challenge offers participants the opportunity to propose, build, and demonstrate an innovative connected vehicle device, system, or application that demonstrates how vehicle connectivity can contribute to improving mobility, quality of life of individuals and communities, and the environment.

Finalists will be invited to present their innovation at WCX, an annual gathering of over 12,000 automotive executives and practitioners in Detroit, MI, on April 12, 2018. A panel of judges will select the winners who will receive substantial cash awards:

  • First Prize: $10,000 cash award

  • Second Prize: $5,000 cash award

  • Third Prize: $3,000 cash award

The Connected Car Challenge offers participants the unique opportunity to dive head first into the wide array of possibilities to modernize the automotive industry. Joe Barkai, a consultant, speaker, author and blogger, charting market strategies for a connected world, supports the event and looks forward to the proposals made by the many talented individuals that will be partaking. “The goal of the Connected Car Challenge is to provide an opportunity for young engineers and entrepreneurs to add talent, imagination, and excitement to the connected car space,” says Joe. “The auto industry of the future will be a diverse ecosystem of technology and solutions providers, and the Challenge offers a great opportunity for young men and women who want to take an active role in shaping its future.” To learn more about how to participate, including submission dates and a FAQ, visit Joe’s blog.

Do you have what it takes to demonstrate how vehicle connectivity can have a positive effect on the world? Find out, at the Connected Car Challenge! Register here and submit your ideas!

Don’t miss: On Tuesday, February 20st at 10 am EST, Joe Barkai will be sharing his perspective on the topic of connected vehicles on the Coffee Break with Game-Changers Radio Show!