Los Angeles, CA

May 8-9

The Second Annual Elevate Summit brought together 700+ of the world's foremost on-demand aviation leaders in industry, government, and academia for two full days of programming.

Highlights from 2017 Summit in Dallas, TX

Thank You

Thank you for attending the 2nd Annual Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles, CA hosted at the Skirball Center! It was so great to host a number of vehicle manufacturers, regulators, investors, technology suppliers, and federal & local policy makers as we explore the exciting future of urban aviation and build on the momentum from 2017! See the sessions and content from an action-packed two days below.

Highlights from 2017 Summit in Dallas, TX

Schedule

Recordings & Content

May 8, Tuesday
Events held in Guerin Pavilion

Registration Opens

Check-In, Coffee & Continental Breakfast

Opening

Welcome to the Uber Elevate Summit

Welcome from Summit Emcee and video address from Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti

Nikhil Goel

Head of Product, Aviation
Emcee

Uber

Eric Garcetti

Mayor

City of Los Angeles

Uber Keynote: Scaling uberAIR

Uber Elevate leadership will welcome 700+ of the world's foremost aviation leaders in industry, government, and academia to discuss our vision for how urban aviation will help cities become smarter, better, and more efficient. We’ll showcase major advancements unfolding across the urban aviation industry, exploring themes of urban mobility, technological progress across aircraft and battery systems, airspace management, operations, and product at scale.

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Jeff Holden

Chief Product Officer

Uber

Eric Allison

Head of Aviation

Uber

Nikhil Goel

Head of Product, Aviation

Uber

Stan Swaintek

Head of Operations, Aviation

Uber

Vehicles

Uber Keynote: The Dawn of eVTOL Aircraft

Learn about all of the substantial progress taken place in the past year, as eVTOL aircraft development emerged into the mainstream of aerospace and aviation activity.

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Mark Moore

Director of Engineering, Vehicle Systems

Uber

Rob McDonald

Head of Vehicle Engineering Team

Uber

Speaker: Michael Thacker, Bell - Keynote: "Bell: A New Era of Flight"

Bell announced its intent to enter the on-demand urban aviation market at the first Uber Elevate Summit in April 2017. Since then, Bell has rebranded as an aerospace leader embracing all forms of vertical lift, including passenger urban air taxis Uber expects to operate on the Elevate Network in the years ahead. Hear from Bell's EVP of Technology & Innovation, Mr. Michael Thacker, who directly oversees this division, as he talks about developments since last year's Summit and what this transformation means for their future in urban aviation.

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Michael Thacker

EVP, Innovation and Technology

Bell

Speaker: Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, CEO, Embraer - Keynote: "EmbraerX - The Next Generation of Flight"

Embraer announced its partnership with Uber to develop aircraft for the Uber Elevate Network at the first Uber Elevate Summit in April 2017. Since then, the company has founded EmbraerX, a Silicon Valley based outpost that exclusively focuses on new aviation technologies, including eVTOL aircraft that will operate on Uber's Elevate Network. Hear from Embraer's CEO Mr. Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva about this new development and how it will accelerate the company's progress as it enters the urban air mobility space.

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Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva

CEO

Embraer

Speaker: John Langford, CEO, Aurora / Boeing - Keynote: Aurora - Leading Boeing's Charge into Electric VTOL

Aurora Flight Sciences announced its partnership with Uber to build aircraft for the Uber Elevate Network at the first Elevate Summit in April 2017. Since then, Aurora has joined forces with the great minds at Boeing through a November 2017 acquisition, accelerating progress in the on-demand aviation market. Hear from Aurora CEO Mr. John Langford about progress over the last year and Aurora/Boeing's plans as they bring VTOL aircraft to life.

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John Langford

President and CEO

Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company

Speaker: Tine Tomazic, Director of R&D, Pipistrel

Pipistrel announced its partnership with Uber to build aircraft for the Uber Elevate Network at the first Elevate Summit in April 2017. Hear from Pipistrel Director of R&D Tine Tomazic, about progress over the last year, as well as Pipistrel's plans for 2020 and beyond.

Tine Tomazic

Director of R&D

Pipistrel

Special Announcement: New Elevate partner — Karem Aircraft

Abe Karem is a pioneer in VTOL technology, with decades of experience designing flying concepts including the Predator drone and A160 Hummingbird. His newest invention - The Butterfly - represents an adaptation of optimum speed rotor technology pioneered at Karem Aviation, our newest vehicle partner in the Uber Elevate Network. Abe is joined by Karem President Ben Tigner and Uber Elevate executive leader Eric Allison for this conversation about Karem's future.

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Eric Allison

Head of Aviation

Uber

Abe Karem

Founder and Chairman

Karem Aircraft

Ben Tigner

CEO

Karem Aircraft

Lessons Learned from Aircraft Manufacturing

Scaling eVTOL manufacturing will require building composite airframes at unprecedented rates. Icon Aircraft, in 2017, has gone from from zero composite manufacturing capacity to a brand-new, 300,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, carbon fiber aircraft structures manufacturing facility less than a year and has set some ambitious manufacturing targets for 2018. Along the way, CEO Kirk Hawkins, has learned a number of lessons that will be critical for the Elevate ecosystem to scale quickly in the coming years.

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Kirk Hawkins

CEO

Icon Aircraft

Eric Allison

Head of Aviation

Uber

Lunch

Join us in the Taper Courtyard for an UberEats inspired lunch with a number of LA's top Eats restaurants!

Energy Storage

Keynote: Energy Storage for Urban Aviation

Uber has taken the stance that every single vehicle will be all-electric from Day 1; it won't be easy, but we're investing heavily here because we believe it's within reach, and we’re pushing very hard on battery and fast-charging tech, working with the best companies in the space.

Learn about the most important considerations for an aviation battery pack, and how we plan to go beyond requirements for automotive and consumer electronic battery packs.

Celina Mikolajczak

Director of Engineering, Battery Systems

Uber

Panel: Electrification Ecosystem

The electrification of fleet transportation operations is increasing demand on urban power distribution grids; learn firsthand how utilities and other leaders in the electrification ecosystem are prepared to manage these new demands as urban air mobility creates its own unique challenges.

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Adam Gromis

Head of Sustainability

Uber

Simon Lonsdale

Chief Strategy Officer

ChargePoint

Rick Azer

Associate Vice President

Black and Veatch

Sergej Mahnovski

Director of Growth and Innovation

Edison International

Nancy Sutley

Chief Sustainability Officer

LADWP

Speaker: Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint

ChargePoint, at the first Uber Elevate Summit in April 2017, announced their partnership with Uber to build chargers for the Uber Elevate Network. Hear from ChargePoint's CEO Mr. Pasquale Romano about progress made since then as well as exciting plans for the future.

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Pasquale Romano

President and CEO

ChargePoint

Working with Federal and Local Policymakers

Video Speaker: Elaine Chao

Secretary Chao has been at the regulatory forefront of a wide range of mobility revolutions, including Autonomous Vehicles. Her welcome address will explore the DOT's principles for regulating and enabling aviation technology.

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Elaine Chao

Secretary of Transportation

United States of America

Keynote & Fireside Chat: Dan Elwell

Dan Elwell, Acting Administrator of the FAA.

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Dan Elwell

Acting Administrator

Federal Aviation Administration

Jeff Holden

Chief Product Officer

Uber

Panel: Smart City Policymakers

Elevate's mission to help support the transformation to smart cities is a global one. Local governments from across the world are working creatively on how to use technology to improve the lives of their residents. This session will hear from some of the leading policy innovators on their current work and future visions.

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Justin Erlich

Head of Policy, Aviation

Uber

Chris Leck

Director of Future Division

Singapore Ministry of Transport

Adrienne Lindgren

Manager, Economic Policy & UAS Integration

LA Mayor's Office

Dr. Chris Walach

Senior Director

Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS)

Gillian Gillett

Director of Transportation Policy

San Francisco Mayor's Office

Break

Airspace Management

Keynote: Airspace Management at Scale

Elevate plans to introduce scaled eVTOL operations in and around urban areas. The airspace will also be busy with traditional air traffic as well as other new entrants. Tom will outline our approach to managing aircraft on the Elevate network at scale and coordinating operations with other users of the airspace.

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Tom Prevot

Director of Engineering, Airspace Systems

Uber

Fireside Chat: Dr. Jaiwon Shin, NASA

NASA has been critical to helping form this new urban air mobility industry, and in 2017 Uber signed its first Space Act Agreement to collaborate on UTM and airspace management. Since then, NASA has had a number of developments in the UAM space -- come hear Associate Administrator Dr. Jaiwon Shin discuss progress to date and upcoming initiatives.

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Dr. Jaiwon Shin

Associate Administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

NASA

Eric Allison

Head of Aviation

Uber

Panel: Airspace Interoperability

This panel will discuss how industry and government are working together to clearly define the concepts and technologies that will allow users to safely share the airspace.

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Tom Prevot

Director of Engineering, Airspace Systems

Uber

Parimal Kopardekar

Senior Technologist for Air Transportation

NASA

Ben Marcus

Chairman

Airmap

Susan Roberts

GE

Jennifer Richter

Partner

Akin Gump

Closing

Panel: Investment Opportunities in Urban Air Mobility

Since the 2017 Elevate Summit, over $1B of private sector investment has been made in the on-demand aviation ecosystem, supporting several high profile VTOL fundraising events and aerospace M&A activity. Join this panel discussion to hear global private equity, venture capital, and institutional investors talk about investments made, additional opportunities they see, and ways they predict capital will continue flowing into this sector in the months and years ahead.

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Wyatt Smith

Head of Business Development, Aviation

Uber

Michael Ronen

Managing Partner

Softbank Investment Advisors

Maryanna Saenko

Venture Investor

Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Srini Ananth

Investment Manager

Intel Capital

Christian Noske

Managing Director

Alliance Ventures

Closing

Nikhil Goel

Head of Product, Aviation
Emcee

Uber

Opening Night Celebration

Join us in the main courtyard for dinner and drinks under the stars at the Skirball Center.

May 9, Wednesday
Events held in Guerin Pavilion unless specified otherwise

Check-In Opens

Future of Cities

Keynote: Future of Cities

Uber is changing how people move around cities. This talk will explore the growth trends that cities are facing and the challenges of moving away from personal car ownership. It will share Uber's vision for the future of mobility and cities over the next decade, the role of Elevate, and the potential impact if we can achieve it.

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Justin Erlich

Head of Policy, Aviation

Uber

Lightning Talks: Global Impact of Urban Aviation

How aviation technology and new mobility solutions will transform cities.

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Timothy Reuter

Head of Drones and Tomorrows Airspace

World Economic Forum

Seleta Reynolds

General Manager

LA DOT

Michael Scheibenreif

Drone Corridor Lead

Unicef

Joshua Schank

Chief Innovation Officer

LA County Metro

Andrew Lohn

Drone Researcher

RAND

Rick Sherlock

President & CEO

Association of Air Medical Services

Coffee Break Move to break out sessions

10:00 am

Lunch at Taper Courtyard

Speaker Series: The uberAIR Experience - Lunch & Learn
Haas 171 & 172

Visualize the future end-to-end uberAIR experience with reimagined Skyport Architecture, Terminal Interior, and eVTOL cabin design, presented by Grad Students from ArtCenter College of Design and Savannah College of Art & Design.

ArtCenter College of Design

Savannah College of Art and Design  

1:00 pm
2:00 pm

Snack Break: Move to Guerin Pavilion for Closing Sessions

Closing

Elevate in Cities: Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas

Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas will speak about being Mayor of the world's first announced uberAIR city and progress since the announcement at last year's Elevate Summit.

Mike Rawlings

Mayor

City of Dallas

Speaker: Dr. Peter H. Diamandis

Come hear Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Founder and Executive Chairman of XPRIZE Foundation discuss the future of humanity and aviation, as well as a number of trends that make the Elevate future inevitable.

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Dr. Peter H. Diamandis

Founder and Executive Chairman

XPRIZE Foundation

Fireside Chat: Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi

In a fireside chat with journalist and author Brad Stone, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi discusses Uber’s vision to become a technology platform encompassing all forms of transportation, including on-demand aviation.

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Dara Khosrowshahi

CEO

Uber

Brad Stone

Author and Journalist

Bloomberg News

End of Events

Elevate Happy Hour

Join us for light refreshments after the closing address!

Featured Speakers

Dara Khosrowshahi

CEO

Uber

Dara Khosrowshahi is the CEO of Uber, where he manages the company’s fast-growing business in 80 countries around the world and leads a global team of more than 16,000 employees. Dara was previously CEO of Expedia, where he grew the company into one of the world’s largest online travel companies.
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Dr. Jaiwon Shin

Associate Administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

NASA

Dr. Jaiwon Shin is the Associate Administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), a position which he has held since 2008. Shin manages the agency’s aeronautics research portfolio and guides its strategic direction, including research in advanced air vehicle concepts, airspace operations and safety, integrated aviation systems, and the nurturing and development of transformative concepts for aviation.
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Elaine Chao

Secretary of Transportation

United States of America

Join us for a video address from the U. S. Secretary of Transportation. Secretary Chao understands the critical role of the Department in ensuring the safety of our country’s transportation systems. She is also keenly aware of the key role infrastructure plays in our nation’s economic competitiveness, and in strengthening economic growth in both the urban and rural areas of our country.
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Dan Elwell

Acting Administrator

Federal Aviation Administration

Daniel K. Elwell is the Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In this capacity, he is responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world — a system that operates more than 50,000 flights per day.
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Eric Garcetti

Mayor

City of Los Angeles

Join us for a video address from Eric Garcetti is a fourth-generation Angeleno and the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley — the son of public servants and the grandson and great-grandson of immigrants from Mexico and Eastern Europe — Mayor Garcetti’s life has been shaped by a deep commitment to the core values of justice, dignity, and equality for all people.
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Mike Rawlings

Mayor of Dallas

Mayor Mike Rawlings has spent most of his career in the private sector, but public service has long been important to him - serving as the Chair of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau (VisitDallas), the city's Homeless Czar and president of the Park Board.
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Jeff Holden

Chief Product Officer

Uber

Now Uber's Chief Product Officer, Jeff Holden spent nine years at Amazon building the company's supply chain optimization technology from the ground up. He ultimately served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Consumer Applications, responsible for all of Amazon's consumer-facing technology worldwide, including the creation of Amazon Prime.
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Eric Allison

Head of Aviation

Uber

Eric Allison is the Head of Uber Elevate. Previously, Eric spent eight years at Zee Aero leading the development of the Cora vehicle, a two-place self-piloted air taxi. He was part of the founding team at Zee, and served as CEO from 2015 to 2018.
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Dr. Peter H. Diamandis

Founder and Executive Chairman

XPRIZE Foundation

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of "The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders" – by Fortune Magazine.
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Dr. Parimal Kopardekar

Senior Technologist for Air Transportation

NASA

Dr. Parimal Kopardekar serves as the Senior Technologist for Air Transportation Systems. Dr. Kopardekar has been conducting research to improve air transportation systems for the past 23 years.
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Pasquale Romano

President and Chief Executive Officer

ChargePoint

Pasquale Romano is President and Chief Executive Officer of ChargePoint and a member of the company’s board of directors. He currently sits on the board of Agilone, CALSTART, Proterra and the YMCA of Silicon Valley.
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Dr. John Langford

Chairman and CEO

Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company

John S. Langford is the Chairman and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, which he founded in 1989. Aurora is a subsidiary of Boeing. Langford is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.
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Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva

CEO

Embraer S.A.

Paulo Cesar Silva has been the CEO of Embraer S.A. since July 2016, leading a global organization headquartered in Brazil, with businesses in commercial and executive aviation as well as in defense and security.
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Michael Thacker

Executive Vice President, Technology & Innovation

Bell

Michael Thacker serves as Executive Vice President for Technology and Innovation and is a member of Bell’s Executive Leadership Team. He is responsible for leading Bell’s core engineering team and providing strategic direction for designing, developing and integrating technologies for use in Bell’s current and next generation products.
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Kirk Hawkins

CEO

Icon Aircraft

Before graduating from Stanford Business School in 2005 and founding ICON, Kirk flew F-16s in the U.S. Air Force and 767s for American Airlines. Prior to the USAF, he worked in both aviation and aerospace engineering most of his early career.
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Anna Mracek Dietrich

Consultant

Regulatory Affairs

Anna co-founded Terrafugia to make personal aviation more accessible in 2006 where she was Chief Operating Officer until 2014. She continues to work to make personal flight a reality as a consultant with a focus on regulatory affairs and certification issues for innovative aircraft.
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Michael Ronen

Managing Director

Softbank Investment Advisors

Michael is Managing Partner of SoftBank Investment Advisers where he focuses on investing in next-generation Automotive and Transportation companies, as well as Artificial Intelligence and Communications companies.
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Brad Stone

Author and Journalist

Bloomberg News

Brad Stone is the author, most recently, of The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World, published by Little, Brown & Co. in January, 2017. In 2013, he published The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. The book, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, was translated into 26 languages and won the 2013 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.
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Contact

Contact the 2018 Summit Team summit2018@uber.com.

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