Rules of entry

Nominations are now closed. The shortlist will be announced on April 8th. 

Rules for nomination:

  • Personalize each nomination. If you are nominating across multiple categories make sure to personalize each nomination to suit the category.
  • Provide as much information as possible - within the word limit. This will help the panel of judges identify and gauge the significance of your success within a specific category. Be concise and precise.
  • Explain why you are different. The TU-Automotive Awards celebrate achievement and innovation within the telematics market, so explain clearly in your entry how your nomination differentiates your company from others and why the award is deserved.
  • All products must be on the market at the time of nomination. Any product, service or solution nominated that is only in research and development stage will not qualify.

Comprehensive Judging Process

  • Entries will be judged on the basis of the nomination submitted to the independent judging panel
  • Details of the judging panel meetings will not be disclosed
  • Entries will be treated as strictly confidential. Only details of the award winners and selected nominated entries in each category will be published
  • The decision of the judges is final. No correspondence or debate will be entered into. But please bear in mind that we do not support any form of nepotism and these awards have been designed to promote meritocracy

Meet the TU-Automotive Award Judges

Our independent panel of judges has been chosen on the basis of in-depth industry experience, ethics and discretion.

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Dave McNamara
McNamara Technology Solutions
(Retd. Ford)

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David McNamara is President of McNamara Technology Solutions - consulting for active safety & wireless technology, new business development & mentoring of automotive suppliers. Key clients are the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) Consortium as the applications project leader and Telcordia for new business development. Prior to 2006, Dave was Manager, Advanced Infotainment Systems, Ford Motor Company's Research. At Ford Research, he developed new Infotainment features to enhance brand differentiation. He developed music/phone connectivity solutions with Jaguar, Land Rover & Volvo brands as the forerunner of the Ford/Microsoft Sync project.

Prior to Ford Research, Dave was Manager, Multimedia, responsible for production design of Lincoln, Mercury, and Ford Brands: audiophile, multimedia, and navigation systems. Before coming to Ford in 1995 from Visteon, Ford's electronics manufacturing division at that time, he had varied engineering assignments that have provided product design and manufacturing experience with Powertrain sensors, electronic instrumentation/displays, multiplex systems (J1850/CAN based), voice control and instrument panel/body subsystem electronic architecture.

He is active in the Society of Automotive Engineers, IEEE, and is an invited speaker to several conferences which include the Telematics Update events. He follows the annual Consumer Electronics Show closely, for which he issues a detailed report covering the automotive related developments. He has co-authored an invited paper for the Proceedings of the IEEE with his former Ford Research colleagues titled, Control, Computing and Communications: Technologies for the Twenty-First Century Model T. He received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering form the University of Michigan in 1973 and his Masters Degree in solid-state physics from the University of Florida in 1975. He holds six patents in the areas of prognostics, navigation and security systems.
Roger Lanctot
Automotive Consultant
Strategy Analytics

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Roger Lanctot, Automotive Consultant, has 20-plus years of experience in the technology industry as an industry analyst, journalist and consultant. Before joining Strategy Analytics, Mr. Lanctot was director of business development at iSuppli Corporation, which acquired Telematics Research Group in July of 2008. He also directed sales and business development for TRG for five years prior to the acquisition, focusing on aftermarket and portable device segments in the emerging telematics market. Prior to TRG he directed research and business development at NPD.

Mr. Lanctot was Research Editor for Computer Retail Week, and also had editorial positions at Fairchild Publications HFN and Hearst Business Communications Office World News. In addition, he held research positions with other media companies.

Roger Lanctot is a graduate of Dartmouth College
Thilo Koslowski Thilo Koslowski
Lead Analyst and Director - Automotive Research

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With responsibility for the U.S. automotive market, Mr. Koslowski assists strategists in the automotive industry in guiding and growing their business. His research centers around critical automotive topics related to the automotive demand and supply chains, in-vehicle information and communication technologies and business-to-employee related initiatives.

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Koslowski was a consultant in GartnerConsulting's Executive Market Analysis Program, where he participated in customized domestic and international consulting assignments for vendors in the services and e-business markets. Prior to that, he worked in various marketing positions for a German automaker. Mr. Koslowski graduated with honors from the Technical University (RWTH) Aachen, Germany and holds a master's degree in Business Studies with majors in Marketing, European Economy and Production Engineering. As Gartner's lead analyst for the automotive vertical, Mr. Koslowski is regularly quoted in global publications, TV and radio broadcasts including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNET, BBC, Automotive News, Red Herring, Computerworld, ABC News and others.
Andrew Hart Andrew Hart

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Andrew is a strong believer in the role that great market research can (and should) play in helping companies innovate. He is responsible for setting the direction of research within SBD, and ensuring that the key messages are clearly communicated to customers and the wider industry. Whilst originally from a mechanical engineering background, he now works tirelessly with customers and speaks passionately at conferences to encourage a change of mind-set within the automotive industry away from engineering-based solutions and towards consumer-centric innovations.
Precksha Saksena-Sood Precksha Saksena-Sood
Managing Director

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Precksha Saksena-Sood is the Managing Director of TU-Automotive, an influential business intelligence organisation within the connected car industry. TU-Automotive's mission is to serve the burgeoning mobile, CE and digital industries as they converge with the automotive industry. TU-Automotive currently provides cutting-edge industry news, analysis, reports and senior-level B2B conferences.

Precksha has been with the organisation for 9 years and has been managing the group for 6 years. During her tenure, she has added significant growth and expansion to the business, making it the foremost centre of business intelligence in the telematics industry.

Her time within the industry has given her the opportunity to develop a 360 degree view of this rapidly expanding segment.

Precksha is an energetic public speaker and has spoken at global executive gatherings on topics such as automobile connectivity, content integration and usage-based insurance, amongst other subjects. Her discussions and presentations are grounded in results and data drawn from the content and reports commissioned by TU-Automotive.

Precksha holds an MA in International Journalism from City University in London.


Judging Consultant

Liz Kerton Liz Kerton
Executive Director
Autotech Council

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Liz Kerton is a technology and telecom marketing expert with a 20-year entrepreneurial history - from retail and wholesale to online and manufacturing. Building on 15 years' experience working with telecom companies, successfully marketing and launching many new services, new product lines, and even new companies, she started Telecom Council of Silicon Valley in 2001 - a community of telecom industry insiders who are focused on telecom innovation. Through 30+ meetings each year, the Telecom Council now connects 1000s of executives from 100s of companies, including 20+ global fixed and wireless telcos. 10 years later, in 2011, she spun off the Autotech Council which connects auto makers and their Tier 1 vendors with innovation and entrepreneurs. Ms. Kerton speaks English, French, Spanish and Japanese, has a MA in Diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and was voted one of the Silicon Valley's most influential women in 2012 by the San Jose Business Journal.

Key Deadlines

  • Call for nominations - Wednesday December 10, 2014
  • Deadline for nominations - Friday March 13, 2015
  • Finalists announced - Wednesday April 8, 2015
  • Awards Ceremony: 18:30 - 22:00, June 2, 2015, Hyatt Place, Detroit, Novi

For further information on how to nominate your company or how to get involved contact me the details below.

Emilie Leblanc
Emilie Leblanc
Awards Director
TU Automotive
+44 (0) 207 375 7178 | 1 800 814 3459 ext 7178 (USA Toll Free)