Putting on our PIAXP Hats

Hi space friends and fans!

Have you noticed a recent influx of car-related tweets and updates from us? Not to worry -- our online channels haven't been secretly pirated by gearheads and auto buffs (although that might make for a good story). Instead, the X PRIZE Foundation is about to reach another major landmark and make history with the awarding of its SECOND $10 Million X PRIZE -- the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.

Will Pomerantz and I are taking off our space helmets for a couple of days and putting on our auto caps while we cover the announcement of the three winning teams, which will split the $10 Million prize purse. For those of you that loved our coverage of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X Challenge, well, GET READY... we are bringing it back, auto-style! That's right, for one day and one day only, Will Pomerantz is picking up the mic again and hosting the awards ceremony. I'll be hanging out in the chat room (@progautoxp) to take your questions and pass them along to Will or our special guests on the webcast. Here is the relevant info:

Date: Thursday, 9/16
Time: 10am EDT - 12:30pm EDT
URL: http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/live OR watch on Ustream
Featuring announcement of winning teams, awards ceremony speeches, and interviews with special guests (for the space-inclined, Anousheh Ansari and George Whitesides will be in the house).

Awards Ceremony Speakers:
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California
  • Speaker of the House of Representatives  
  • Glenn Renwick
  • President & CEO, Progressive Insurance  
  • Cathy Zoi
  • Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy  
  • Rep. Edward Markey, Massachusetts
  • Chairman, House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming  
  • David Champion
  • Senior Director of Consumer Reports Auto Test Division   
  • Dr. John P. Holdren
  • Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy  
  • Sen. Mark R. Warner
  • U.S. Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia

We hope you can tune in and join us for this exciting occasion! You can also follow the event on Twitter: @progautoxp and #PIAXPaward. If you do miss the event, we'll follow up with a post about the winning vehicles before the week is out.

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