On Auto Pilot

What's Driving Transportation Innovation

October 13, 6:30-9:30pm Speakeasy 412 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

About the Event

Entrepreneurs across the country are launching previously unthinkable technologies and business models for moving people and goods. Is transportation policy keeping pace or stifling progress?

In a world where a ride is just a tap away (or not), society must ask: How might state and federal policy limit future innovation as it relates to everything from drones to driverless cars? How can we avoid inhibiting innovation while still protecting public safety? How does the recent fight over ride-sharing regulation in Austin compare to what other cities have experienced? What challenges are entrepreneurs in Austin and around the country facing? Where should we go from here?


Caroline Joiner [Moderator]
Caroline is the Executive Director of TechNet in Texas and the Southeast.
Joel Trammell
Joel is currently founder and CEO of Khorus. Previously he founded NetQoS [acquired by CA Technologies] and cofounded Cache IQ [acquired by NetApp]. He is chairman emeritus of the Austin Technology Council and co-founder and managing partner of private equity firm Lone Rock Technology Group.
Evan Baehr [Moderator]
Evan is the Founder and President of Able Lending and Author of Get Backed, a #1 new release from Harvard Business.
Eli Dourado
Eli is a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program. He specializes in Internet governance, intellectual property, cryptocurrency, Internet security, and the economics of technology.
Jared Mayer
Jared is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. His research interests include microeconomic theory and the economic effects of government regulations.
Nick Kennedy
Nick’s career started with EDS, and then shifted to helping build successful entrepreneurial ventures that were acquired by companies like NCR and Nanthealth. He is currently founder and CEO of RISE.
David Heard
David is Chief Marketing Officer for SecureLogix, a cyber-security product company based in San Antonio. Civically, David has been an active tech industry promoter for the past 15+ years. In late 2014, David teamed with Lew Moorman of Rackspace and Lorenzo Gomez of Geekdom to envision and create Tech Bloc, a grassroots, tech- and urban-centric movement that has rapidly grown since launch.



Doors Open for Drinks Reception


Welcome Remarks


Conversation with Caroline Joiner & Joel Trammell


Panel Discussion with Evan Baehr, Eli Dourado, David Heard, Nick Kennedy, and Jared Meyer


Audience Q&A


Post Event Reception

Lincoln Network

Charles Koch Institute