Startup Showcase


Startup Showcase

Event Information

In celebration of transportation innovation, a selection of startup pitches will be presented to a panel of leading industry innovators, and an audience of local and federal policymakers, the academic community, non-profits and industry leaders.

Join us to hear from leading mobility startups as they pitch their innovative ventures. We aim to foster discussion, growth and collaboration in the field.

Startup Pitches will cover several or all of the following topics:
  • Connected & Autonomous Vehicles
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality
  • Payment systems
  • Navigation systems
  • Accessibility assistance
  • Public transit focus
  • Data science
  • New mobility modes
  • Safety
  • Shipping/logistics

Event Location

The startup showcase will be held in 1 MetroTech Center in the second floor auditorium. Attendees should enter through the building’s Jay St. entrance and proceed up the escalator and to the right.

We look forward to seeing you there

Startup Showcase Panelists

Emily Gallo Emily Gallo  
Chief of Staff

NYC Department of Transportation 

Emily Gallo is Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Transportation. As a member of the senior leadership team, Emily supports the Commissioner’s role in advancing key agency priorities, including Vision Zero, NYC’s traffic safety initiative to reduce roadway fatalities and injuries to zero, preparing for the closure of the L train tunnel, improvements to bus performance on city streets, expanding the bicycle network and bike share, and maintaining our transportation assets in a state of good repair. Emily also assists the Commissioner in her appointment to the MTA Board and facilitates work on cross-cutting transportation initiatives with our sister agencies.

Emily has worked to assemble and promote a talented and diverse team at NYCDOT. In 2017, she launched the DOT Future Leaders Program, a highly competitive program to foster the next generation of leaders at DOT. The year-long program provides 30 early to mid-career professionals from across every part of the agency the opportunity to develop networking, communication, and presentation skills and connect their work to the big picture.

Previously Emily served as Chief of Staff at the NYC Taxi of Limousine Commission, where she spearheaded the boro taxi program to bring legal taxi service to 6 million New Yorkers living outside the Manhattan Central Business District. Prior to joining the TLC, Emily worked as a transportation policy analyst in the NYC Mayor’s Office on PlaNYC, a long-term sustainability plan. Emily has a Masters in City Planning from UPENN and a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University. She lives in Washington Heights in Manhattan with her husband and two young daughters and regularly bikes to work.

Rachel Haot Rachel Haot  
Executive Director

Transit Innovation Partnership  

Rachel Haot (née Sterne) is an American businesswoman and entrepreneur. She is currently Executive Director of the Transit Innovation Partnership, a public-private initiative of the Partnership for NYC and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. From 2016-2017 she was Managing Director at 1776. Haot was previously the Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology of New York State for two years under Governor Andrew M.Cuomo. Prior to this role, Rachel served as Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York for three years, from January 2011 to December 2013. She also founded GroundReport and Upward between 2006 and 2010.

Sunil Nair Sunil Nair  
Chief Officer of Technology Systems

MTA-Department of Buses 

Sunil Nair is currently the Chief Officer of technology systems at MTA-Department of Buses. Sunil has been with the MTA for nearly 12 years during which time, he has been responsible for various tech. automation and customer oriented initiatives like MTA Bus Time, automated transit signal priority and real time passenger loading. Prior to joining the MTA, Sunil worked in Investment Banking Technology at Goldman Sachs for eight years and the Indian Space Research Organization for four years. Sunil obtained his Masters in Engineering Mechanics and Microelectromechanical Systems from Penn State in 1999 and has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Julie Samuels Julie Samuels  
Executive Director


Julie Samuels is Executive Director of Tech:NYC. Before that she was Executive Director at Engine, a nation-wide nonprofit focused on technology entrepreneurship and advocacy, where she remains a member of the Board. She is a frequent commentator on technology and policy issues for national media—particularly in the intellectual property space—and has filed briefs with the Supreme Court and testified before Congressional Committees.

Earlier in her career, Julie worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), where she was a senior staff attorney and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. Before joining EFF, Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Julie spent time as a legislative assistant at the Media Coalition in New York, as an assistant editor at the National Journal in D.C., and worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in Champaign, IL.

Julie earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and her B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She serves on the Boards of Engine, and the Internet Education Foundation, TechCongress, and on various Advisory Boards, such as of the Defensive Patent License and the License on Transfer Network, as well as on Comptroller Scott Stringer’s Red Tape Commission. She lives in New York City with her family.

Adrienne Schmoeker Adrienne Schmoeker  
Director of Civic Engagement & Strategy

City of New York  

Adrienne is the Director of Civic Engagement and Strategy for the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics, where she leads the NYC Open Data initiative's civic engagement strategy. Prior to joining MODA, she worked at the Mayor's Office of Technology & Innovation led by NYC's first-ever Chief Technology Officer in 2015 as a founding team member. She has spent 8+ years leading strategic initiatives across sectors, starting her career in a leadership development program at a Fortune 500 company before moving into the NYC startup space, where she spent 3 years working at Catchafire, a technology-based social enterprise serving nonprofits and corporate social responsibility programs nationwide. Adrienne holds a degree in Public Policy and Economics from the University of Chicago.

Andrew Shapiro Andrew Shapiro  
Founder & Partner


Andrew Shapiro, Broadscale's founder, has spent 25 years working at the nexus of new technologies and societal transformation -- with a focus over the last 15 years on energy and environmental innovation and before that on information technology and globalization. Broadscale works with leading corporations and other strategic partners to invest in and commercialize the most promising market-ready innovations.

In 2000, Andrew founded GreenOrder, a strategic advisory firm that worked with more than 100 enterprises to make energy and environmental innovation a source of competitive advantage. Highlights include working with GE's leadership since 2004 on the creation and execution of its multi-billion dollar ecomagination initiative; counseling GM for five years on strategic issues including the launch of the Chevrolet Volt; and serving as the green advisor for 7 World Trade Center, NYC’s first LEED-certified office tower.

Midori Valdivia Midori Valdivia  
Chief of Staff to the President

Metropolitan Transportation Authority  

Event Program

24OCT 2018

Doors Open

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Welcoming Remarks & Pitch Session

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Networking Reception

The fine print

Startups from any country can submit their new and original mobility ideas with a strong market potential in New York.
Startups must own the rights to the idea being presented (do not present others' concepts).
Pitches will be considered for presentation based on: feasibility of product; potential positive impact to mobility in New York; appropriate timing for this startup to enter the market.
One or more team members must be able to attend the October 24 in person; we cannot provide transportation or lodging for presenters.
There will not be an award; we seek to foster outreach and collaboration across industries and disciplines.