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LA Auto Show's Connected Car ExpoABC’s “Shark Tank” TV Star and Tech Entrepreneur Robert Herjavec to

Announce Winners on Nov. 19 

LOS ANGELES – (September 4, 2013) – From start-up app developers to giant mobile providers, key players in the tech arena are making a big splash in the automotive world, and the Connected Car Expo (CCE) is helping to discover the next big thing. Recognizing start-ups’ and entrepreneurs’ increasing importance in the connected car ecosystem, CCE announced today that it will launch FASTPITCH. Powered by Splunk®, FASTPITCH is an exciting competition that showcases innovators defining new mobility while connecting them to the auto industry’s top decision makers.

Each individual/group entrant will be challenged to solve a current issue affecting the auto industry. Original ideas can address a diverse range of hot topics, including automotive data, mapping, emissions, environmental issues, in-car apps, in-car entertainment, parking and telematics.  Similar to the format of the hit ABC series “Shark Tank,” a group of esteemed industry decision makers will hear pitch presentations from eight finalists during CCE.

FASTPITCH targets visionaries with new idea in the seed and start-up phases of development within the automotive or technology sectors. Entrepreneurs with less than $500,000 in funding will have the opportunity to pitch their original business concept to a diverse and influential judging panel.  Judges include Philip Potloff, Executive Vice President and CIO at Edmunds.com; Christy Wilson, VP of Product Operations at Splunk; Linda Senigaglia, NeverLost Senior Director of Product Marketing for Hertz; and Martin Price, Co-Founder of Productsy.  The event emcee is Jon Alain Guzik, founder and CEO of RideApart and Hubris Factory, Inc.

The FASTPITCH winners will be announced by Robert Herjavec of ABC’s “Shark Tank” on Nov. 19, the first day of LA Auto Show’s CCE Press Days, following a panel discussion entitled “How Entrepreneurs Will Change the Automotive Industry.”  In addition to being a judge on the television reality series, Herjavac is classic rags-to-riches story who made his millions as a technology entrepreneur. The first place winner will be awarded a Splunk Start Program Enterprise License: 20GB for 12-month term, including Splunk education, marketing and support teams ($40,000-Value).

“We are excited to work with start-up companies and use Splunk to optimize the winner’s offering and help take it to market with the best chance for success,” said Erik Swan, Splunk CTO and Co-founder.

Competition hopefuls may enter the Splunk FASTPITCH Competition by visiting http://connectedcarexpo.com/fastpitch-splunk/ for entry forms, instructions and complete rules and regulations.

All submissions must be received by 6 p.m. on Sept. 30 to be considered, but contenders may enter early bird submissions by Sept. 17.

About Splunk:
Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) provides the engine for machine data™. Splunk® software collects, indexes and harnesses the machine-generated big data coming from the websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices that power business. Splunk software enables organizations to monitor, search, analyze, visualize and act on massive streams of real-time and historical machine data. 5,600 enterprises, universities, government agencies and service providers in over 90 countries use Splunk Enterprise to gain Operational Intelligence that deepens business and customer understanding, improves service and uptime, reduces cost and mitigates cybersecurity risk. Splunk Storm®, a cloud-based subscription service, is used by organizations developing and running applications in the cloud. To learn more, please visit www.splunk.com/company.

About the Connected Car Expo: 
Recognizing that tech innovation and integration have transformed the automobile into the ultimate mobile device, LA Auto Show® organizers (ANSA Productions) launched the Connected Car Expo (CCE) – a global stage designed to showcase new mobility solutions, unveil new auto technology and connect professionals from two ever-converging industries. CCE represents a singular environment in which the companies, key players and media involved in the connected car space can exchange ideas, develop solutions and create the business opportunities that will shape the future of transportation. Chaired by automotive technology expert Doug Newcomb, CCE is purpose-built as a thought leadership forum, technology showcase and industry exchange hosted in Los Angeles – an international hub for innovation. CCE debuts on November 19, 2013, and will continue as part of LA Auto Show® Press Days on Nov. 20 and 21. For more information, please visit www.connectedcarexpo.com.

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