Connected Vehicles


The automobile hasn’t changed much in the past 100 years. It is still the same mechanical, standalone, human-driven, and privately owned asset. However, different technology and demographic trends are changing the automotive industry to create the new vehicle: Electric, Connected, Autonomous, and Shared. The Connected Car Council focuses on connectivity solutions to and from the car; different infotainment experiences in the car; big data and AI technologies implemented in the car; and new business models around cars and mobility.


Council lead

Gene Chien

Gene leads the Connected Vehicle innovation council to help Orange and its partners leverage new technologies within the Silicon Valley ecosystem.

Gene has extensive experience working with startups, as an early stage investor, first hire and most recently through corporate innovation initiatives – bridging the gap between Orange and North America’s entrepreneur community. Today Gene works with Silicon Valley founders to identify collaboration and business development opportunities across Orange’s global network.

Gene is an alumni of UC Berkeley. Go Bears!


2019 speakers

Kevin Zhang

Principal at Bain Capital Ventures


William Bronske

Senior Solutions Architect / AI at Globant

John Suh

CRADLE Director at Hyundai Motor Company

Director of Data Science at Ericsson


Daniel Raskin

Chief Marketing Officer at Kinetica

Dave Prager

Marketing & BD Officer at Drishti

Nohyun Myung

Global Director of Emerging Analytics at Kinetica


2019 agenda

2:00pm – 2:05pm: Introductions

2:05pm – 2:35pm: Ike Investment Case Study: Autonomous Trucking with Kevin Zhang, Principal at Bain Capital Ventures

2:35pm – 3:05pm: Connected Vehicle Data and Digital Products with Paul McLachlan, Director of Data Science at Ericsson

3:05pm – 3:35pm: The Influence of IoT, Big Data, and Gaming on automotive OEMs with William Bronske, Sr. Solutions Architect at Globant

3:35pm – 3:45pm: Break

3:45pm – 4:15pm: Best Practices for Global Innovation from an OEM Perspective with John Suh, CRADLE Director at Hyundai

4:15pm – 4:45pm: Advanced Manufacturing: From data drought to data deluges with Dave Prager, Marketing & BD Officer at Drishti

4:45pm – 5:15pm: Platform for the Extreme Data Economy with Daniel Raskin, Chief Marketing Office at Kinetica, and Nohyun Myung, Global Director of Emerging Analytics at Kinetica

5:15pm – 5:30pm: Closing remarks

5:30pm – 6:15pm: Networking Reception at Orange Silicon Valley


Previous speakers


Jonathan Matus

CEO, ZenDrive


Jonathan Salomon

Senior Associate, Alliance Ventures


Andrew Byrnes

Investor, Comet Labs


Jeep Kline

Stealth Co.


Mark Plashton

Icebreaker Ventures