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CES 2020 was a "BLAST!"
Club President still pondering the lessons of the giant technology conference in Las Vegas.
- January, 2020
Dispatch from CES 2020 Las Vegas - by Guylaen O'Connor
Welcome to Las Vegas, Nevada. City of Sin, as they say. My primary sin being that I have managed to survive an entire trip down here without spending A SINGLE DOLLAR in the city itself. My entire trip has costed a grand sum total of $150. I got my ticket to the event paid for by an Electric Vehicle charging company from Amsterdam called EVBox, and I'm staying on a couch that I found through Couchsurfing.com.
Repping CWU HARD with my name badge that says “CWU Electric Vehicle Club, a chapter of the Electric Auto Association,” I’ve been handshaking and networking to the left and right, up, down, and sideways. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES TO CHANGE THE WORLD. Duh.
What does the future look like? Damned if this conference will tell me, because there is a distinctive utopian ideal presented to us by every manufacturer, every company, every exhibitor here - and that story they’re all telling is the one in which they - that single company - own the world. Nobody else seems to exist in these new paradigmatic dogmas of these Goliath techno-boppers.
The world is changing. Every decade that you’ve lived, you’ve heard this. Electric Vehicles are on the rise. Cobalt. Lithium. Cold Weather. Soon enough, internally-displaced climate refugees will be marching across our breadbaskets like Manhattan rats to peanut butter.
Yes, the world spins, and there’s this awesome expression that I am fond of - what goes around, comes back around.
Well, there goes another action-packed day at CES, the largest technology conference in the world. My Couchsurfing host - his name is Justin - says that there are over 200,000 people in this city. Still not a single dollar spent here. Not a single dollar.
I have not spent a single moment sitting. Every single moment of my time here has been in motion, in flux, oscillating with the vibe of the conference atmosphere. There is a feeling here of excitement, joyousness at the advancements of humanity. This conference truly is the exposition of every pinnacle of human achievement. From every sector of human society, as well. From the kitchen, to the office, the bedroom, the car, the road, the garage, the classroom… every single aspect of humanity has someone here, at least one someone - pushing the boundaries.
The Bosch smart home display scared the poop out of me. The cartoons were cute and cuddly, but I swear to the Gods - this is how Skynet starts. Be aware. When there is a single AI that controls what temperature your fridge should be, and reminds you to pick up flowers for your date - this AI scares me to no end.
My salvation comes from cloud computing. Only in cloud computing did I find companies that seemed to understand that they weren’t going to own the world, but as much as I enjoyed watching artistic renditions of algorithim-fed data visualizations in IBM’s Technology Garden - not a whole lot of the cloud computing ecosystem is going to help drive the push to 100% tailpipe reduction.
Oh, did I mention? What I'm here for?
LADS - the Low-Income Access Driver’s Scheme. A nonprofit garage model where the poorest drivers can literally drive their fossil-fuel burning gas-guzzlers into one of our LADS locations around the world, leave us the keys, and three weeks later drive away with that same vehicle converted to entirely electric - FOR FREE.
LADS will require a LOT of money, a LOT of unpaid volunteers, and HUGE corporate sponsor deals, and that’s exactly what I’m here for. It’s why I had to beg, borrow, and barter for the money for my cheap-as-sin Spirit airlines ticket.
Already I have met with PR people, marketing execs, and VPs from Panasonic, Nikon, IBM, Sony, Harley Davidson, and so many more!
But secretly I'm laughing at all these suckers staying on the strip - using their company credit cards to rack up thousands of dollars in bills that they have to justify to their bosses - probably spending time at Blackjack or Texas Hold Em' to try and make that money back - and I haven't spent a single dollar in this city.
(I brought my own stash of Top Ramen with me.)
Am I the only one here who is representing a nonprofit? Probably not. But it makes me feel wonderful that I don’t have to feel guilty about the fact that I might be capitalizing on saving the planet. Because the money I’m here to get, the contacts that I’m here to obtain, the relationships I’m here to develop - they’ll ALL be going to improve the human dignity of the impoverished, while at the same time - reducing the global volumetric tonnage of carbon dioxide that hath been birthed by human greed and psychopathy.
I ask myself, again - what does the future look like?
Better. There are many big players in the climate change game now, and from what I see - they’re serious about it. Not one single person at this conference contests the fact that climate change is real, that it is serious, and that we ALL need to change. Thankfully, many companies here have done good works during 2019.
EVC PRES. WILL ATTEND CES 2020
A large focus of CES 2019 was the future of "mobility." Pictured above is a commercial drone vehicle.
In 1971, however, the biggest thing at CES was a new technology called the "8 Track Tape."
CLUB RECEIVES DISCOUNT CODE - FREE TICKET TO CES 2020 IN LAS VEGAS FROM EV CHARGING COMPANY EVBOX
"I'm very much looking forward to the event," the President of the EVC, Mr. O'Connor, said today.
"It will be a lot of fun, but I'm there to do business first - just like everyone else, which is why this is an industry-only event. Students are technically only authorized on the first day of the conference, but because I am both the guest of a vendor, and entered into this industry before I actually became the President of the EVC - I've been confirmed for the entire event."
The Consumer Entertainment Show is recognized within the industry as the world's most prestigious trade show in new technology - the SEGA Genesis, the Gameboy, the Playstation, DSLR's, curved tv's, OLED, drones, and SO MANY MORE technologies that have shaped humanity - they all made their first big show at this conference. It happens every year. Every single year, without fail - since 1967, when it was started as a spinoff of the Chicago Music Show.
"I've seen CES in so many of my favorite YouTube channels, like Marques Brownlee, and it shows up every other episode of the Flagship of The Verge's media empire: the Vergecast, and so many more places in my life. I remember reading an old copy of XBox magazine when I was in Middle School, back before the 360 was released - and they were talking about CES, I think. Gosh..." Mr. O'Connor's voice trailed off as his face adopted a slight smile and he looked into the distant past, reminiscing.
"It's completely ridiculous that I get to go for free. Out of this world. I've also managed to find a couch to stay on for the whole event, as well. Now, all I need is to find someone who's already driving that way, and my only expense for an entire trip to Las Vegas will be Top Ramen and Oatmeal packets. Like, what? I mean, wow. Just wow."
EVC PRES. AND TREASURER MEET WITH CONGRESS REP
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2019
Earlier today, EVC President Guylaen O'Connor and Treasurer Benjamin Cooley met for a quick and informal coffee / lunch meeting with Kelli Scott, the Central Washington Representative for Congresswoman Kim Schrier.
Topics discussed were wide ranging and all focused entirely on EVs and EV infrastructures.
D&M Coffee Downtown, photo by Bryan Myrick, Ellensburg Daily Record
The squad poses for a photo at TESLA in Bellevue, Washington.
Friday, October 25, 2019
The Presidents of the CWU Car Club, CWU Electric Vehicle Club, the ASCWU Vice President for Academic Affairs, past and current members of the various clubs, CWU Alumni, and other genuinely interested students got a very special tour of the inside of Tesla's showroom and service center in Bellevue, Washington.
The event was largely organized by Bruce Simpson, the CWU Career Services dude.
Grace Reamer, a Tesla veteran and current employee gave the students an inside glance at the daily operations of the showroom that you see in the photo. Grace is also the Vice President of the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association, a chapter of the Electric Auto Association.
Not featured in this photo: the students also got to see what very few people even know exist, the service center. The service center is directly below where the students are standing in this photo.
Upon hearing the news that we were going underground, Maceo, an Economics major, asked "How far down does this go?"
UNFORTUNATELY EVERYONE SIGNED AN NDA. So, that's all we can really write here. But it was great to see the inner workings of Tesla.
The one gripe that we might have is that this should have been several more hours, and the students should have been allowed to manipulate actual components on the vehicles. But, this was a good hors d'oeuvre. This writer is certainly ready to bite into the full course meal.
EVC PRESIDENT MAKES SPEECH TO ASCWU STUDENT GOVERNMENT
"Racing is good, racing is fun, racing is educational - but we also need to act. We need to act now to save our planet from extinction." - CWUEVC President
On Wednesday, October 16, 2017, the Acting President of the Electric Vehicle Club, Guylaen O'Connor, gave a speech to the Student Government outlining the club's intentions and its new mission and purpose, with the caveat, he said - that we still need to be officially recognized.
"Most people at this university probably weren't aware of the fact that this University has been a part of an Electric Vehicle racing circuit since 2011, called Electrathon America. Most people here don't know that," Mr. O'Connor said.
"In 2015 and 2016, this club existed primarily for the purpose of Electric Vehicle racing, but this year we have expanded the club's mission and purpose. Racing is good, racing is fun, racing is educational. We get to learn how to spot weld and fabricate. But we also need to act. We need to act now to save our planet from extinction. We are becoming the Campus Chapter of the Electric Auto Association, whose mission is to be owner/educators of Electric Vehicles and EV infrastructure - but since we're college students - and most of us are broke, and we can't afford new cars, most of us only drive cars we bought for 500 dollars on Craigslist, our club will become Builder/Owner/Educators," the President said.
EVC Pres. has informal Skype call with Zac Cataldo from Now You Know
On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, the President of the CWUEVC had an informal Skype session with Zac, one-half of the dynamic duo from the Now You Know youtube channel.
The conversation was primarily focused on Mr. O'Connor's personal YouTube venture, DopeEV.com, but also addressed was the shift of focus for that channel to - for now - document the development of the Electric Vehicle Club. The two men spoke at-length about topics ranging from merchandising, channel growth, time management, and the projects facing the Electric Vehicle Club in the near and far future. The main thing Zac said: "Keep filming."
EVC Pres. gives speech to the CWU Car Club: you like cars? You might also like ELECTRIC cars.
MONDAY, October 14, 2019
They like cars. A lot.
They like cars so much that every week they spend around 45 minutes just talking about them. It's the Central Washington University CAR CLUB, and they're a brand new thing here at Central Washington University.
The Acting President of the CWU Electric Vehicle Club was invited by the President of the CWU Car Club, Joe Cavalieri, to give a short speech on the Electric Vehicle Club.
Mr. O'Connor touched on the very basics of what the Electric Vehicle Club is planning on doing, what it has been doing with its racecars, and actively looked for new recruits.
Then he stayed for the rest of it and just talked about cars.
The group talked about their dream cars, and when the question came to Mr. O'Connor, he said the Citroen DS Electric from Gattaca.
"Also [this club member]'s dream car was the R8 Spider? That is based off of a fully electric vehicle that was in iRobot that had radial tires, went sideways, and fought fucking robots," said Mr. O'Connor.
TOWN HALL: CWU
OCTOBER 13 2019: Left to right: Congresswoman Kim Schrier with the President of the CWU Electric Vehicle Club, Guylaen O'Connor
"If young people voted, we would be on a different trajectory." - Kim Schrier
On Sunday, October 13, 2019, students from Central Washington University were invited to participate in a Town Hall with Congresswoman Kim Schrier.
Representing the Electric Vehicle Club in his relaxed attire, the President of the Electric Vehicle Club, Guylaen O'Connor, actively participated in the discussion. Town Halls are never preplanned, and often Socratic in nature, so the conversation always follows a natural progression of topics in the primary interest of those present.
The topics that were covered at this event; Vaping, Education Assistance, Private Scholarships, FAFSA for the middle class, affordable community college, student loan forgiveness, underrepresented students and access to financial assistance, and thoughts on mandatory public service before university.
It was a great event, and while many topics were discussed, there wasn't quite enough time in the docket to touchstone everyone's questions. We did, however, manage to make some connections with the Congressional staff, and we will be discussing over some coffee and tea, EVs, EV Infrastructure, and renewable energies to SAVE OUR PLANET.
The Electric Vehicle Club will be at Fully Charged Live in Austin, Texas, in February.
The First Annual Fully Charged Live USA is an event organized by the guys over at the Fully Charged Show on YouTube.
It is anticipated to be the largest gathering of EV drivers, owners, and infrastructure developers in the country. There will be show cars, drag races, lap times, brand new concept cars, live speakers, and much, much more.
The President of the CWU Electric Vehicle Club, Guylaen O'Connor, has been planning on attending the conference with his own conversion project, THE STARFIGHTER X (a 1984 Firebird Trans AM that he is converting to fully electric). And as long as he is able to finish his conversion before that date, he will be driving the STARFIGHTER X to Austin.
EVERYONE IS INVITED. Anyone, even if you've never even seen an EV before - this will be like the ComicCon of EV's.
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS AT: www.fullychargedshow.com