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July 29 - 31, 2019
Detroit, MI


Start of Pre-Summit Workshops Day

9:30 am - 10:20 am Registration and Coffee

10:20 am - 10:30 am Chairman's Opening Address

10:30 am - 12:00 pm WORKSHOP A: Exploring Opportunities in Health and Wellness in Automotive Seating - A Peer Discussion and Working Groups

Imagine the new ways you will work to promote health and wellness in automotive seating and markets that are becoming available, In this workshop you will start off by discussing seating scenarios across various industries: automotive, office, home furniture, medical, and for different demographics: aging population, people with limited mobility, special occupation. Next join your peers in a collaborative environment to discuss health concerns and issues from modern sedentary lifestyles, opportunities to bring comfort across demographics in highly stimulating breakout working groups.
Pan Zagorski, Comfort Research Scientist at Lear Corporation

Pan Zagorski

Comfort Research Scientist
Lear Corporation

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm WORKSHOP B: Meeting Safety Needs and Requirements from Now to Autonomous

Envision what safe seating looks like for in the near term and deeper into the future with autonomous vehicles. Dig into what a safe transition looks like between contemporary seating and the new environments of the near future. How can the industry be strategic in folding safety standards into new seating designs? What types of safety technology is available? What types of regulations need to evolve?
Megan Romelfanger, Core Comfort Engineer at Ford Motor Company

Megan Romelfanger

Core Comfort Engineer
Ford Motor Company

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Afternoon Tea and Networking

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm WORKSHOP C: Challenges & Opportunities in the Convergence of Consumer Technology and Mobility

·         Why consumer technology is converging with mobility
·         The implications of this trend for automotive seating
·         How to streamline the integration, development, and deployment of consumer tech into mobility
Todd Chernecki, CEO & Co-Founder at SUBPAC

Todd Chernecki

CEO & Co-Founder

End of Pre-Summit Workshops Day