PlanetM, a Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) program, in partnership with the North American International Auto Show’s (NAIAS) mobility showcase AutoMobili-D, today announced the inaugural PlanetM Awards, which will take place on Jan. 15, 2018 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.
The NAIAS launched the inaugural AutoMobili-D showcase last year during the Detroit Auto Show as a way to highlight established and new players in the mobility space. The exhibition, which preceded the public days of the auto show, drew more than 100 exhibitors.
“As automotive domestic, international, and tech communities all converge in Detroit, there is no better time as during NAIAS to acknowledge companies making the biggest impact on the mobility industry,” says Trevor Pawl, group vice president of PlanetM at MEDC.
“The PlanetM Awards will bring additional value and programming to AutoMobili-D, where mobility companies meet to access networking, partnership, business development, and industry advancement opportunities.”
The PlanetM Awards will further extend support for leading mobility enterprises by honoring companies developing industry advancements. All AutoMobili-D exhibitors are encouraged to submit their best product for recognition in the autonomous driving, connected car, eMobility, mobility services, and smart cities categories.
Each category winner will go on to a final selection round for the PlanetM Best in Show award, and PlanetM will also separately announce a Startup of the Year award from the show’s exhibiting startups.
Award submissions will be accepted through Nov. 26, and category winners will be announced Dec. 12. Additional questions regarding the PlanetM Awards can be directed to PlanetM@Michigan.org.
2018 Detroit Auto Show Dates
Jan. 13 — The Gallery at Cobo Center (new location)
Jan. 14-21 — AutoMobili-D
Jan. 14-16 — Press Preview
Jan. 17-18 — Industry Preview
Jan. 19 — Charity Preview
Jan. 20-28 — Public Days