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By CCE Admin, August 19, 2013

About the competition

FASTPITCH targets visionaries with new ideas, independent ventures in the seed, start-up or early stage of development within the automotive or technology sector(with <$500K investment), will have the opportunity to pitch their original business concept to a judging panel comprised of VCs, incubators and CEOs at this years CCE.

Entrant individuals/groups should attempt to solve an issue related to the connected car and/or automotive industry; original ideas can address topics including automotive data, mapping, emissions, environmental issues, in-car apps, in-car entertainment, parking and telematics.

Submit your idea

To enter the Splunk FASTPITCH Competition, please complete and submit the following items to

  • Completed Application Form (PDF)  DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE
  • Presentation Deck of Company (10 slide max; submit as PDF, PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi or Sliderocket)



  • 6pm (PST) on Tuesday, September 17, 2013


  • 6pm (PST) on Monday, October 14, 2013

Rules & Conditions

All entries must be submitted in English. Only complete entries will be reviewed for consideration; no changes are allowed to the entries after submission. Businesses currently generating revenues are allowed to submit an entry as long as revenues for the immediately trailing 12-month period do not exceed $250K. A selection committee comprised of experts in auto, tech and entrepreneurial ventures will select and notify eight finalists by Oct 21. Each finalist will get three minutes to pitch their business concept to a panel of judges live at CCE on Nov 19, followed by a three minute Q&A. Each finalist is responsible for their own travel/accommodations to participate in FASTPITCH during CCE. Finalists that had submitted their idea by the Early Bird Entry Deadline qualify to receive a complimentary hotel room for two nights during CCE (maximum reward is one room per finalist). Winners will be announced at CCE on Nov 19.



  • Splunk Start Program Enterprise License: 20GB for 12-month term, including Splunk education, marketing and support teams ($40,000-Value)


  • CCE 2014 Exhibit Space ($30,000-Value)


  • Top Tech Showcase Space at CCE 2014 ($9,000-Value)

Judging Panel


Erik Swan

Erik Swan is co-founder and former CTO of Splunk; he has also been a member of Splunk’s board of directors since October 2003.

Linda Senigaglia

Linda utilizes her understanding of location based services, telematics, consumer electronics, and competitive market intelligence to develop strategic business partnerships, and create and execute successful growth strategies for Hertz corporate accounts.

Martin Price

Entrepreneur & Product expert – Martin is the founder of Productification a product management & marketing consultancy specializing in mobile and wearable devices.

Christy Wilson

Christy is currently VP of Product Operations and Engineering Cross Functions at Splunk, a big data company headquartered in San Francisco. Christy also founded and leads Splunk4Good, Splunk’s Corporate Social Responsibility program.

Fastpitch Timeline

Aug 13 – Call for Entry

Sep 17 – Early Bird Entry Deadline

Oct 14 – Final Entry Deadline

Oct 21 – Eight Finalists Announced

Nov 19 – CCE FASTPITCH Competition