Free virtual program features industry leading experts discussing how rapidly evolving technology

 is poised to entirely reshape the way we move


WHAT:             In partnership with the city of Las Vegas, the Downtown Vegas Alliance (DVA), a nonprofit organization comprised of downtown business owners and stakeholders, announces a free online Successes & Insights event on how technology driven innovation is transforming the way people and products move from place to place. According to Ohio University, transportation technology is in the midst of a revolution. New technologies are improving the efficiency of existing transportation methods, while new inventions are poised to entirely reshape the way we move.


The online event, scheduled for Nov. 4 at 11:00 a.m., features subject matter experts from governmental agencies and industry leading companies driving this transportation technology revolution that will impact all of us in Southern Nevada and beyond. Discussion topics include the Internet of Things (IOT) and network connectivity, autonomous vehicles, traffic mapping and intelligence and on-demand ride services. Speakers will give brief remarks followed by a panel discussion, led by moderator, Michael Sherwood, chief innovation officer at the city of Las Vegas. Speakers include Mike Blank, regional policy lead, Nuro; David Swallow, deputy chief executive officer, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC); Cody Sims, field marketing director, Cox Business; and Anand Nandakumar, founder and CEO of Halo.  


WHEN:             Thursday, November 4, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


WHERE:            Zoom registration – (case sensitive)

Media wishing to ask questions will be able to do so in the Q&A function


WHO:               Mike Blank, Regional Policy Lead, Nuro

Mike Blank joined Nuro, a Mountain View, California-based robotics company focused on building and deploying fully autonomous, on-road vehicles designed for last-mile delivery service, as its Regional Policy Lead in 2021. In this role, Blank works with state and local officials and industry stakeholders to shape policies that better everyday life through robotics. He has worked in the government affairs and policy space at federal, state and local levels for his entire career, including stints with a major corporation, the United States Senate, multiple national associations, and several political campaigns. In late August 2021, Nuro announced plans to invest $40 million to construct a manufacturing facility and test track located in Southern Nevada.



David Swallow, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, RTC of Southern Nevada

David Swallow is a civil engineer with over 25 years of transportation-related experience and has been with the RTC of Southern Nevada since 2001. As Deputy CEO, Swallow oversees the RTC’s planning, engineering, and funding programs for transportation infrastructure, development of new transit facilities and systems, implementation of new technologies, and coordination between roadway and freeway operations through the region’s Traffic Management Center.


Cody Sims, Field Marketing Director, Cox Business

Cody Sims offers over 20 years of business experience in product development, product management and marketing and has been with Cox since 2012. Cody has a talent for guiding successful outcomes for internal and external partners through thoughtful and innovative solutions. His experience covers strategic business development, market analytics, market share capture plans, product evangelism, and operational excellence.


Anand Nandakumar, founder and CEO, Halo

Anand Nandakumar is the founder and CEO of Halo, a company taking a new approach to bringing autonomous vehicles to public roads, starting with downtown Las Vegas. Prior to founding Halo, Nandakumar served as an autonomous vehicle engineering lead at Uber where he was responsible for the artificial intelligence division tasked with enabling self-driving cars to see and navigate the world around them. Over the course of his 15+ years in engineering leadership roles, Nandakumar has worked with a variety of companies including Sony, Disney and Vodafone.


Moderator: Michael Sherwood, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, city of Las Vegas

Michael Sherwood has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of process improvement, technology and innovation. Prior to the city of Las Vegas, he served as the Deputy Director of Public Safety, Business Services & City Technology for the City of Irvine, California.  Michael is extremely passionate about technology, and believes through innovation, workforce development and collaboration, we can create brighter and sustainable communities.


Sponsors:         Cox Business is the presenting sponsor of the event. RTC is the supporting sponsor.

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