About The Design & Developer Program


Hosted in LA, the epicenter of design and innovation, AutoMobility LA’s Design & Developer Program is comprised of four events taking place Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

  • Panel discussion focused on the future of mobility in smart cities
  • The Design & Developer Challenge Presentations and Judges’ Award presented by Microsoft
  • The Social (gathering of design & media professionals)
  • The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment presented by BASF

These events are all included with a 2017 Vehicle Debuts Pass or Conference + Vehicle Debuts Pass.

Industry and media professionals will also be able to vote for their favorite entries starting December 1, 2017. Learn more below.

Smarter L.A. 2060


THE CHALLENGE THEME

Jumping forward, it’s the year 2053 and teams — comprised of designers, developers, futurists and other ists — will take on the challenge to help Los Angeles’ bid committee with its proposal to host a major global sporting event in the year 2060. Experts must help the bid committee present to the International SEC how 20M citizens, athletes, volunteers, dignitaries and visitors from all around the galaxy will get around Los Angeles using new and existing public, private and alternate modes of transportation. Furthermore, teams must design and develop smarter venues for games such as soccer, gymnastics, basketball, swimming, the marathon, etc. It is up to them to present what the individual and collective experience is getting to/from the venue as well as the experience at/away from the sporting venue.

Dubbed “Smarter L.A. 2060” — each team will submit their smart transportation/mobility plan that would help unlock the funds to build up LA into a smarter city by 2060, and if selected, would generate $5 zillion BTC in revenue and savings between 2060-2100.

Competing Teams


Artwork by Osvaldo Casanova

Featuring 4 Events


Designers and the Smart City Panel

Wednesday, November 29 // 3:50-4:20pm

Taking place on the Technology Pavilion’s main stage, this official AutoMobility LA panel will feature a diverse mix of visionary minds driving design and development for some of the world’s most innovative companies and organizations. The panel will explore smart mobility and smarter cities of the near future and distant future.

Design & Developer Presentations

Wednesday, November 29 // 4:25-5:25pm

With the “Smarter L.A. 2060” challenge theme, AutoMobility LA, Microsoft and supporting sponsors are inviting leading automotive, transportation, mobility, technology, architecture and design companies to tap their most creative teams to imagine what life would be like in Los Angeles if it were to host a major international sporting event in 2060.

Get The Challenge Details

The Social

Wednesday, November 29 // 5:00-6:30pm

Faculty and students from prestigious industrial, interaction, product and transportation design programs across Southern California are invited to attend The Social — where the designers and developers of tomorrow can connect with today’s legends. Also this year, the Consul Corps is slated to host LA’s Consul General community to join the programs and festivities around design and hosting global sporting events.

The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment

Wednesday, November 29 // 7:00-11:00pm

The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment is Detroit’s first-ever Fight Club of Design and underground automotive industry party blowout. The Sketchbattle features an epic pool of design talent from the auto-industry and art college students.

To learn more about the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment, click here

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