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Transportation Meets Technology in New York

TransportationCamp East was a unconference that took place on March 5-6 at New York Law School, with additional events taking place all over the city.  Over 300 people from the public and private sectors came together to share ideas, develop strategies, and make connections about the transportation and technology spaces.  Check out some of the keynote speeches here and stay tuned to Streetfilms for a video report from Transportation Camp West, happening in San Francisco on March 19-20.  Transportation Camp is a project of Streetfilms' parent organization, OpenPlans.


Nick Grossman:  [00:21] We’re here in New York Law School in New York City, bringing together about 300 folks from government agencies working in transportation to academics to folks working in start-ups and technologists, to talk about what’s happening in the transportation technology space, what it means in terms of mobility, in terms of planning, in terms of equity. 


Beth Noveck:  [00:39] It’s only by bringing these different communities together that we’re going to brainstorm innovative solutions to the challenges that face us in transportation, in liveable communities and sustainable communities that really address some of the problems we’ve heard about today, such as fuel shortages, lack of money in our transportation system, safety issues about how to create greater protection in our transportation systems.  And then just the liveability and quality of life issues that we want efficient and functioning transportation systems in our urban and suburban environments.


Michael Frumin:  [01:07] We need to make sure the data’s available, but we really want a much broader eco system of people and applications to take the data and put it in peoples’ hands however, whenever, wherever they need it. 


Nick Grossman:  [01:21] TransportationCamp is an unconference which means that every session throughout the whole weekend is proposed and led by attendees.  Everyone who is here is more of a participant than a listener.  So over the past month or so people have been proposing ideas on the TransportationCamp website and this morning they posted them here on the board and then started getting them scheduled in different time slots and people are off discussing things from behaviour change for transit to how to do payments for taxis. 



Sarah Goodyer:  [02:01] I’ve never been to an unconference before. I think it’s really interesting watching the way that the ideas are bubbling to the top. 


Samuel Wong:  [02:07] Try and come over to standard data where they inform the public and also develop applications, so everyone can inform not just, you know, certain areas in Manhattan, but Bronx, Queens and the other boroughs.  Because a lot of people are disconnected, and it also helps bridge the digital divide.  A lot of people don’t have computers and they have mobile devices.  Why don’t we just integrate them by giving them resources on their mobile devices?


Nick Grossman:  [02:27] It ties together a lot of ideas that are happening in the broader government and the so-called Gov 2.0 space where government agencies are opening up their processes and their datasets to enable new kinds of interactions with citizens on a variety of fronts, from developers building apps to citizens organising for political or neighbourhood change.


Francesca Rojas:  [02:46] Transparency is being increasingly enabled by technology and it’s something that we call Third Generation Transparency where digital systems allow this information to percolate down to people so they can use this information when and where they’re making decisions about how they use their time and the resources available to them.


Peter Appel:  [03:06] To have people with ideas to figure out how to make use of huge amounts of data in intelligent ways to drive efficiencies and safety in transportation, there’s really no better place for me to be this weekend. 


Josh Robin:  [03:16] The next frontier for transit is really the way technology is going to transform our infrastructure and the way people interact with our infrastructure.  And in Boston we’ve had tremendous success opening up our data to third party software developers and really finding new ways to get it in the hands of our customers.  And so I’m here today to see what other good minds are saying about that, what other cool people are doing, and try to learn about what’s next for transit information.


Nick Grossman:  [03:39] And in two weeks we’ll be out west in San Francisco doing TransportationCamp West.  So we’re hoping that this group here in New York will be able to put together some ideas and kick some projects over to the folks in San Francisco who can pick them up and run with it.  We want to build a community of people working on transportation and technology across cities and even outside of these events.  So we’re really hoping to be able to seed some ideas here that can grow into something beyond just this weekend.   


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    TransportationCamp East was inspiring. The unconference format inspired collaboration. We were all active participants. NYC supplied high energy. I miss camp!

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