The 2012 Winter Workshop Wraps Up in Austin

The 2012 Winter Workshop has come to an end as the 15 EcoCAR 2 teams head back to their universities to prepare for the remainder of Year One competition.

Over the five day workshop, which was co-hosted by Freescale and dSPACE, Inc., teams participated in detailed sessions from competitions organizers General Motors, the U.S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory. Teams also took part in in-depth training on sponsor-donated components and software tools from dSPACE, A123 Systems, Freescale, AVL Powertrain Engineering, CD-adapco, Siemens, and Vector.  The Winter Workshop was also the first time teams presented to judges on their Hardware-In-The Loop (HIL), Business Plans, and Youth Education efforts.

The team’s Outreach Coordinators (OCs) had the opportunity to attend the first Education Day of the EcoCAR 2 competition series. At the end of the day, teams talked to more than 250 middle and high school students in the Austin area. A special thank you goes to John Haraf, Director of Hybrid Vehicle Integration and Controls at General Motors, for speaking to the schools and bringing a new Chevrolet Volt with him! The OCs also attended a special PR Panel and received a tour of a local television station while in Austin.

One of the most exciting sessions of the Winter Workshop was the Plenary Session on Saturday morning. During the session, AVTC Director Kristen De La Rosa, announced the location of the Year One Competition (check back in to the Green Garage Blog next week for the big news!) and released a competition schedule to the teams. Teams heard first-hand about the events they will be competing in, including Electrical, Controls, Mechanical, Trade Show, HIL, Business, Outreach and Program Initiation Approval (PIA).

During the evenings, students and advisors had the opportunity to attend a Welcome Night dinner at the Thurman Mansion catered by Salt Lick and an evening ‘fun’ night at Maggie Mae’s on Sixth Street. EcoCAR 2 teams also networked with sponsors at the 2012 Winter Workshop Sponsor Social at the famous Driskill Hotel with keynote speaker and former Austin Mayor, Will Wynn.

Thank you to Freescale and dSPACE for co-hosting the 2012 Winter Workshop, and a special thank you to Freescale for allowing the EcoCAR 2 program at their Oak Hill facilities.

Missed the Winter Workshop? Check out the Winter Workshop Video below and all of the Workshop photos on Flickr!