The Winter Workshop’s Sponsor Social

At the beautiful and historic Driskill hotel in downtown Austin, Texas teams gathered for a dinner hosted by the EcoCAR 2 sponsors.

Will Wynn, former two-term mayor of Austin, was the guest speaker for the evening. Mr. Wynn talked about how Austin’s downtown district has been developed over the past decade and is now much more focused on sustainable living.

“This is another part of the transportation solution,” said Mr. Wynn, explaining that city leaders in Austin have aimed to create more living space for those who work in the city.  Over the past several years, with the addition of multiple condominiums and apartment buildings in the midst of downtown Austin, thousands of more people have moved closer to the heart of the city.  It is these types of sustainable choices for smart living, matched with sustainable transportation solutions like advanced vehicle technologies, that are reinventing communities like Austin and shaping society in a positive way.

Freescale and dSPACE were also honored at the dinner for co-hosting the workshop. Kevin Kott, president of dSPACE, spoke to the students about the role of the Hardware-in-the-Loop systems that each team will be using for their vehicle simulations. Ray Cornyn, VP & General Manager, Automotive Microcontroller Products, Automotive and Industrial Solutions Group at Freescale also presented and welcomed all 15 student teams to Austin, and to Freescale, where the week’s activities were held.

Students spent part of the evening mingling with representatives from these and other sponsors at booths hosted by recruiters from each organization.  The sponsors’ exhibits allows students to learn more about those organizations and network with industry leaders, and they also provided an outlet for sponsors to hear more about the status of the teams.