Future mobility leaves a world of possibilities. General Motors has consistently challenged itself to develop the car for the future, but has often passed on the task to young, bright students with fresh ideas.
For the first time ever, Brazil will host the GM PACE Forum, or Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering. The PACE Forum will include students from across the globe to discuss this year’s theme of “Rethinking Mobility.”
The event will be held at the Polytechnic School at the University of São Paulo, with students from the U.S., China, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Italy and Israel attending the forum. The program will feature two GM guest speakers for the 350 students attending.
Ken Kelzer, global vice president of components and subsystems for GM vehicles, will speak on the idea of rethinking mobility in the future, while Clay Dean, Advanced Design Director GM, will address the theme connected mobility improves and promotes a sustainable world.
The biggest draw of the PACE Forum, however, is the challenge to students to develop the next mobility concept. Students must take into consideration mobility with passengers, cargo, shared use and different forms of use. Universities attending will have two years to create their concepts, and will receive GM workspaces much like the spaces GM engineers utilize when creating their own concepts.