Welcome to AutoTech: Meetups!

WardsAuto is pleased to announce the launch of AutoTech: Meetups! These meetups are designed to be the perfect place for automotive professionals to form meaningful connections with others in the automotive industry.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, the AutoTech Meetups offer a unique opportunity to network, share knowledge, and build relationships with like-minded individuals. With a focus on innovation, collaboration, and education, these meetups are sure to be a valuable resource for anyone looking to advance their connections and their career in the automotive industry.

Check out our scheduled meetups below to see if one is happening near you!

Hilton Porto Gaia, Portugal | Tuesday, April 25, 2023 | 4:00 pm 

Meetup Theme: The Software Defined Vehicle

The Details

AutoTech: Meetup Portugal

Tuesday, 25th April 2023
4.00pm – 5.00pm


Wednesday, 26th April 2023
10.45 – 11.15am

What To Expect?

Join us in Portugal for our AutoTech: Community Meetup, as we bring together leaders and innovators in automotive technology to discuss the latest trends, developments, opportunities, challenges and more on a dedicated topic. This meeting will focus on Software Defined Vehicles with a panel discussion on The Software Defined Landscape.

Expect to hear from Maite Bezerra, a Principal Analyst – Software Defined Vehicles with Wards Intelligence. Maite’s area of expertise include automotive industry transition to the software-defined vehicle, including the evolution toward new electric/electronic vehicle architectures, software development frameworks, business models and revenue streams, and the automotive ecosystem transformation. 

Maite will Moderate the Panel Discussion on Tuesday, 25th April 2023 | 4.00pm – 5.00pm, where she will be joined by Anupam Chomal, Software Security Expert, CARIAD to discuss and analyse The Software Defines Landscape, more specifically:

  • How are SDVs affecting software development, and what will be the ideal software architecture?
  • The importance of standardization and open standards in an SDV future, and what are the challenges to achieving that? How will OEMs deliver value and differentiate in an SDV future?
  • How will SDV change OEMs’ business models, and what new revenue streams will be enabled
  • How are SDVs changing the automotive supply chain and the relationship between OEMs and their suppliers.

The AutoTech: Community Meetup is co-located with the COVESA All Member Meeting.

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Venue Address

Venue: Hilton Porto Gaia (Google Maps) 

Address: R. de Serpa Pinto 124, 4400-307 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal 

New Labs, Michigan Central Campus, Detroit, MI | Tuesday, May 9, 2023 | 2.30 pm 

Meetup Theme: The Future of the Connected In-Vehicle Experience

What To Expect?

Join us at AutoTech: Meetups in Detroit on May 9th for an exciting Panel Discussion | 2.30pm – 3.30pm featuring industry experts Liz Keen, Head of Strategy at New Lab, Sam Shapiro, Founder of Grounded and others*. They will be discussing key advancements in the automotive industry for North America, the development of user experience, and how automakers are incentivizing EV sales to gain a competitive edge.

Following the discussion, at 3:30pm, there will be a tour of New Lab’s startup facilities, including a robot lab, 3D printing lab, metal and woodworking shops, EV RV, and start-ups on site.

The day will end with a Networking and Drinks Reception at 4:30 pm. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with industry leaders and innovators!

*More details to come soon!

Venue Address

Venue: NewLab (Google Maps)

Address: 2050 15th St, Detroit, MI 48216, USA

Toronto | July 10, 2023

Innovations in Automotive Technologies 

More details to come soon!

Berlin | September 18, 2023

The European Automotive Technology Sector

More details to come soon!

San Francisco | October 9, 2023

Developing The Future of Mobility 

More details to come soon!

Contact Us


Lisa Brailsford
EMAIL ME to find out how to become an event speaker.


Jessica Sobey
EMAIL ME to find out how to become an event sponsor.


Freya Smale
EMAIL ME to find out how to become a media partner.

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