Keynotes + Panels

The BAM Forum program has been assembled to give participants actionable intel on how to keep their company — large or small — on track. Join industry veterans and invested stakeholders for a discussion of how to manage challenges ranging from funding and IP protection to certification and consumer acceptance.

Day 1 — June 23 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (EDT)

Keynote | Vertical Motion

When considering the business of automated mobility, it’s impossible to ignore those companies and leaders that are making big waves in the market. One such company will tell their story of success from the perspectives of technological innovation, fiscal growth, and regulatory drivers.


  • Adam Bry, CEO & Co-founder, Skydio

Navigating the Shift Storm

Startups working on automated mobility - whether airborne or ground-based - are required to shift quickly and continuously, to adapt to new customer needs, to align with new testing data, and to keep technology ahead of the curve and the competition. This expert panel will explore how to maintain viability amidst the evolving challenges of funding, changing customer needs, and regulatory considerations in both the commercial and defense space.


  • Moderator: John Avery, Director, Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Michelle Chaka, Division Director, Data and Analytics, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • Jonathan Fentzke, Managing Director, Techstars Space Accelerator
  • Orin Hoffman, Venture Partner, The Engine
  • Jerome Rigaud, COO, Navya

A Capital Idea

Automated mobility is ripe for investment but understanding the right finance and capital options can feel daunting. Join this expert panel to explore the latest investment trends and find out how to get your business and technology on the path to profitability.


  • Reilly Brennan, General Partner, VC Trucking
  • Jeff Fuchsberg, Director, GeniusNY, The Tech Garden
  • Marco Rubin, Senior Investment Director, Center for Innovative Technology
  • Rumi Morales, Partner & Head of Venture, Outlier Ventures
  • Prachi Vakharia, Advisor, Safe AI

The Customer is Always Right – Understanding Consumer Expectations & Acceptance Concerning Data and Privacy

The mobility industry cannot underestimate the impact of customers’ expectations and understanding of new technologies, novel applications, and user experience. Experts will discuss best practices on the critical balance of privacy and service expectation, and the role of the consumer, data analytics, and regulations in maintaining this balance.


  • Moderator: Jennifer Dukarski, Shareholder, Butzel Long
  • Alexander Edwards, President, Strategic Vision Inc
  • Keri Grieman, Doctoral Candidate, The Alan Turing Institute
  • Claudia Rast, Shareholder, Butzel Long

Day 2 — June 24 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (EDT)

Keynote | Turning Hype Into Reality: The Challenges of Actually Operating On Roadways

New mobility is in transition, turning hype into reality by operationalizing models that involve cars, trucks, delivery, last mile, and innovations built from the ground up. Actually delivering on potential benefits requires ongoing attention to business models, policy and regulatory environments, confronting real-world operational challenges, and demonstrating the effectiveness of new technology to enhance safety, mobility, and sustainability. This will be a discussion of these challenges from a Zoox perspective, one company's journey to build innovations from the ground up.


  • Mark Rosekind, Ph.D., Chief Safety Innovation Officer, Zoox

Business Approach to Safety, Security, Liability & IP Protection

Failure in safety and security is not an option in the court of public opinion, and potentially the court of law Expert panelists provide guidance on how best to protect the public and yourself by proactively, rather than reactively, making safety and security top priorities and integral to a winning business model.


  • Moderator: Pascal Thalin, Aerospace Standards, SAE International
  • Patrick Lin, White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, Autonomous Systems
  • Tammy Reeve, FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER), Patmos Engineering Services & Airworthiness Certification Services
  • Jennifer Richter, Lawyer, Akin Gump
  • Michael Robbins, Executive Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
  • Ed Skoch, Director & Co-Founder, Aldgate Insurance Services LLC

UAS Certification – The Final Frontier?

Achieving airworthiness certification is a key and critical step on the path to profitability. Interact directly with industry experts as they pull back the curtain on regulations, provide valuable insight into relevant standards and certification requirements, and offer advice and guidance on how best to navigate the regulatory landscape now and in the future.


  • Moderator: Parimal Kopardekar, Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI)
  • John Bouma, Director of Civil Certification & ODA, Bell Flight
  • Dr. Steve Cook, Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman
  • Jeff Immel, US Aviation Regulatory Counsel, Zipline
  • Jenn Player, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Skydio
  • Cliff Sweatte, Senior Policy Advisor, Akin Gump and former FAA ASI

Setting the Standard – Automated Ground Vehicle Standards

Standards are key to making transportation safe, secure, and affordable for the traveling public while not hindering innovation. Industry experts participating in the standardization efforts for automated mobility discuss these challenges while updating on latest activities.


  • Moderator: Jack Pokrzywa, Director of Ground Vehicle Standards, SAE
  • Robert Brown, Director of Public Affairs, TuSimple
  • Amy Chu, Director, AVSC, SAE ITC
  • Francesca Favaro, Safety Best Practices Specialist, Waymo
  • Karl Greb, Director for Safety Engineering, NVIDIA
  • Barb Wendling, Senior Researcher, Quantitative Scientific Solutions LLC

What’s on the Horizon?

While the future can be uncertain, recognizing trends can help businesses and leaders understand the opportunities and risks in various markets. Join a discussion highlighting trends in air and ground automated mobility, which could influence future investments.


  • Moderator: Michael Blades, VP, Aerospace, Defense & Security, Frost and Sullivan
  • Mike Jackson, Executive Director, Strategy and Research, OESA
  • Paul Lewis, Vice President of Policy and Finance, Eno Center for Transportation
  • Kevin Myhre, Patent Attorney, Intellectual Property Practice Group, Barley Snyder
  • Emily Shao, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company