Ray Rath of Globalview Advisors attended the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum Event on Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Future of Transportation held at Caltech’s Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pasadena on Saturday, February 24. The event’s Keynote Speaker was Gyula Kangiszer, Innovation and Digital Strategist at Ernst & Young LLP. Presenters included Alexander Christie, Director of International Operations and Development Strategy at IDS Ingegneria Dei Sistemi S.p.A. in Pisa, Italy; John Rossant, Founder and Chief Curator of LA CoMotion and Founder and Chairman of The New Cities Foundation; Kevin Noertker, Co-Founder and CEO of Ampaire, Inc., (all-electric powered commercial planes); Ali Vahabzadeh, Founder and Member of the Board of Chariot, now a subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility LLC of Ford Motor Company; and Rob Ferber, VP Chief Engineer of Virgin Hyperloop One.

The movement of goods and people are changing in ways unimagined only a few years ago. The future of Transportation and mobility is already here; it is innovative, exciting and visionary. With this evolution, the infrastructure and business models are being built for connected and autonomous vehicles, drones, unmanned automated trucks, inter-earth space travel and super high-speed tubes both above and below ground. The event discussed questions such as: What does the future landscape look like? Who are going to be the major players and what business models will dominate the market? What’s next and when will we be impacted?

The event’s keynote speaker, Gyula Kangiszer, shared his insights on the future of the industry.  Along with his 20+ years of consulting experience, he discussed fresh perspectives and how to challenge traditional practices.

Drawing on the panel’s diverse backgrounds, this event examined changes that are barreling toward us and helped us to explore the entrepreneurial path of transforming an idea from conception to sustainable action.

The Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum was formed in 1984, and is an entrepreneurship resource of Caltech’s Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships. Through its monthly programs, the Forum provides advice, support, education and networking opportunities to technology-based ventures in the Southern California area. Programs address a range of key entrepreneurial issues from financing, marketing and business planning to executive leadership and staffing. Case presentations feature companies in emerging technology areas reviewing their business plans with expert panelists. Special sessions examine new entrepreneurial opportunities, in such areas as life sciences, medical technologies, energy, software, communications and entertainment technologies.