Toyota AI Ventures
Aug 15 · 3 min read

If you’re a SXSW regular, you know the drill. Every summer, SXSW organizers launch the PanelPicker to receive session proposals for the annual conference in Austin, TX — and then we all get to vote on our favorite ideas.

PanelPicker voting is currently underway for SXSW 2020, which will take place March 13–22, and there are more than 6,000 sessions to choose from. Below is a short list of our top picks, including a proposal we submitted along with our friends at JetBlue Technology Ventures and Urban Innovation Fund.

Please take a few minutes to check out these ideas, and remember to cast your votes by the deadline. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, August 23.


From A to B — Investing In Future Urban Mobility

Tomorrow’s cities will be more than just smart, they’ll be complex networks offering a variety of transportation services for moving people and packaged goods. From micromobility, to delivery robots, to air taxis, the venture capital community has a front row seat to the disruption that will change the way we think of mobility and pave the way to smart cities in the future. But what will this mobility landscape look like, and who is leading the charge to create the future of transportation? The panel is moderated by Kia Kokalitcheva of Axios and includes Toyota AI Ventures managing director Jim Adler, JetBlue Technology Ventures president Bonny Simi, and Urban Innovation Fund managing partner Julie Lein.

My Car, The Jerk: Helping Self-Driving Cars Be Nice

This solo session from Sam Anthony, CTO and co-founder of our portfolio company, Perceptive Automata, explores the critical judgements that allow human drivers to make split-second decisions on the road. As autonomous vehicles (AVs) become smarter and more capable, Sam and his team are creating ways of instilling a “code of conduct” in AV systems that allow them to function as conscientious members of a diverse commuting ecosystem.

Love The One You’re With: Client-Agency Success

Culture is incredibly important for internal team-building at creative agencies, but it can also be used to improve relationships with clients. This panel features Kriselle Laran, head of marketing at our portfolio company Cobalt Robotics, and will explore external business culture and how agencies can develop healthier business relationships with clients.

Riding In (Self-Driving) Cars With Candidates

This panel, put together by the Partnership for Transportation Innovation & Opportunity, is a great opportunity to hear what lawmakers are thinking about AVs and what barriers to adoption still remain. Participants include Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX).

Does It Spark Weirdness? Startup Pitch From Japan

Austin is all about keeping it weird, and this session should deliver. Put on by the Todai To Texas program at the University of Tokyo, it features an eclectic mix of Japanese startups that will introduce their “weird” products at SXSW.

Toyota AI Ventures

Based in Silicon Valley, Toyota AI Ventures is a venture capital subsidiary of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI). We invest in entrepreneurs from around the world who share our commitment to improving the quality of human life through artificial intelligence.

Toyota AI Ventures

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Toyota AI Ventures

Based in Silicon Valley, Toyota AI Ventures is a venture capital subsidiary of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI). We invest in entrepreneurs from around the world who share our commitment to improving the quality of human life through artificial intelligence.

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