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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

Thursday, April 12 • 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Tour: The Surreal, Self-Driving Future Now Open

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Shuttle will pick up at the bus pull-off lane on Water Street on the west end of the Downtown Mall: past the ice rink, Omni entrance, and Federal Courthouse. Staff will be at the Whiskey Jar to spot and direct participants.

What does autonomous vehicle technology mean in the context of the city? Self-driving cars, trucks, buses, and bots may be closer than they appear. Are we ready? Join us as we try to understand the human impact and unintended consequences that might spring from this seismic technology.

Attendees will board a bus out to Crozet, VA to tour the Perrone Robotics site, a startup working on autonomous vehicles technology, housed on the former Barner Lumber site, which is on the cusp of redevelopment into a mixed use town center. After the tour, attendees will get back on the bus to Pro Re Nata, a farm brewery, to enjoy local brews, mountain views, and an expert panel from the “shipping container” bar.

3:30pm - Board Shuttle
4:00pm - Tour Perrone Robotics & Barnes Lumber site
4:45pm - Board shuttle for brewery
5:00pm - Panel
6:00pm - Networking with drinks and food, from onsite food truck
7:00pm - Shuttle back to Downtown

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Laura Bliss

Staff Writer, CityLab/The Atlantic
Laura Bliss is a staff writer at CityLab, covering transportation, infrastructure, and the environment. Her work also appears in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles, GOOD, L.A. Review of Books, and beyond.

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Carlos Cardillo

Director for the Nevada Center for Applied Research, University of Nevada, Reno
Carlos Cardillo serves as the Director for the Nevada Center for Applied Research, University of Nevada Reno, and is currently the project manager for the Intelligent Mobility initiative in Northern Nevada.
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T. Donna Chen

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Donna Chen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University of Virginia. She currently serves on the Transportation Research Board's Committee on Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies and the American Society of Civil Engineers... Read More →
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Paul Perrone

Founder, Perrone Robotics
Paul Perrone is the Founder/CEO of Perrone Robotics, Inc. He is an inventor, entrepreneur, and pioneer of software for driverless cars and  mobile robots. He participated in historic Pentagon-backed races of self-driving vehicles in the Mojave Desert, and worked with rocker Nei... Read More →
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Phil Tinn

Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab - City Science Group
Phil Tinn, Research Scientist and co-lead of future mobility projects at MIT Media Lab, is a practitioner of innovation across scales and physical-digital media, with over 10 years experience in product, service, design, and organizational change strategies and execution.  

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Albemarle County

Albemarle County is one of the most attractive and desirable locations in Virginia, with excellent school systems, low crime and unemployment rates, and a wide range of cultural, historic and recreational activities which offer unique advantages for thriving businesses and for gracious... Read More →

Thursday April 12, 2018 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery

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