In my free time, when I’m not at City Council meetings or other hearings, I like to hang out with my friends and/or wife, eat some good food, have a couple drinks and have a good conversation. Inevitably, no matter who I’m hanging out with, the conversation eventually turns to transit, planning, and ways to improve our city.
So imagine my delight when I heard about TransportationCamp, “a free, weekend-long unconference bringing together transportation professionals, technologists, and others interested in the intersection of urban transportation and technology.” Sounds pretty awesome, huh?
Sadly, I can’t go to TransportationCamp as I’m already committed the weekend of March 19-20, but I’m hoping Living in the O blog readers will go and tweet or report back. It’s in San Francisco and free so there’s really no reason not to go.
Here’s some more information from their website about the unconference:
Transportation is a major metropolitan issue, with direct impacts on economic strength, environmental sustainability, and social equity. Recent advances in technology (“web 2.0”, mobile computing, open source software, open data and APIs, and spatial analysis) present an opportunity to improve mobility more immediately and at a lower cost than has ever been possible in the past.
TransportationCamp will raise awareness of this opportunity and build connections between disparate innovators in public administration, transportation operations, information design, and software engineering.
What’s an “unconference?”
TransportationCamp will bring together thinkers and doers in the fields of transportation and technology for a weekend of learning, debating, connecting, and creating.
This is not a traditional conference: in addition to talks and presentations from big names in transportation and technology, TransportationCamp will provide an opportunity for every attendee to be a participant in shaping and leading the event. Be prepared to get involved, meet people, and get busy. Highly recommended pre-event reading: “How an TransportationCamp Works: The Essential Guide.”
Major themes of discussion will include: open data — best practices and technical challenges, ways to lower the cost of technology for transportation agencies, and creative new approaches to addressing transportation issues.
Session topics and activities will be suggested by attendees and organizers leading up to the event. So far, we’ve collected suggestions for over twenty possible topics, ranging from realtime information to legal issues. Add your ideas here:http://transportationcamp.org/topics/
The New York TransportationCamp is happening this weekend, March 5-6, and you can follow @transpocamp, #transpocamp and #transpo on Twitter to see what happens there and to get you excited for the West Coast TransportationCamp.
There’s already a waitlist for the San Francisco event, so register now and hopefully they’ll make space for you.