TransportationCamp brings together thinkers and doers in the fields of transportation & technology.
TransportationCamp is an unconference bringing together transportation professionals, technologists, and others interested in the intersection of urban transportation and technology.
Transportation is a major metropolitan issue, with direct impacts on economic strength, environmental sustainability, and social equity. Recent advances in technology—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 raises awareness of this opportunity and builds connections between disparate innovators in public administration, transportation operations, information design, and software engineering.
What's an "unconference?"
This is not a traditional conference. The session topics and activities are suggested by the attendees. In addition to talks and presentations from big names in transportation and technology, TransportationCamp provides an opportunity for every attendee to be a participant in shaping and leading the event. Be prepared to get involved and meet people.
Major themes 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.
History of TransportationCamp
TransportationCamp, the trailblazing transportation “unconference,” was first organized by OpenPlans with TransportationCamp East held in New York City on March 5, 2011. Hundreds of enthusiastic participants descended upon New York Law School for that first camp to engage in networking and user-generated session topics ranging from “Fixing the Great Mistake… Reducing Car Traffic in NYC by 90% in 20 Years (10?)” to “What the Hell is a Smart Street?”
Just two weeks later, OpenPlans produced TransportationCamp West in San Francisco. This two-day program was held at Public Works SF and featured dozens of sessions with intriguing topics including “TDM 2.0” and “Sexy Transit.” Generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation was critical to organizing, publicizing and staging these events.
Following on the heels of these successes, TransportationCamps have been organized in cities across North America: Montreal, Washington, Atlanta and Boston.
The visionary team at OpenPlans has created a great model for transportation professionals, students and aficionados to engage ideas and brainstorm one of mankind’s most enduring challenges: mobility.
In October 2014, OpenPlans passed the baton to Mobility Lab to continue the tradition of TransportationCamp in 2015 and beyond. For more information about how you can organize a TransportationCamp in your city, please contact TransportationCamp@MobilityLab.org.
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The 2015 Transportation Camp in DC was a big success, with 416 people attending from all over the country (and beyond). Our sponsors at Mobility Lab have created two videos from interviews that were made during the event:
And be sure to read Amy Eagleburger's summary, “Best Conference Ever:” TransportationCamp’s Lab-Like Setting Energizes Attendees. If you can't wait for the 2016 Transportion Camp, don't forget about TransportationCamp NE 2015 coming up April 11.
Joung Lee from AASHTO attends TransportationCamp D.C. each year because of the inspiring crowd of “practically-oriented folks who just want to get the job done.” To get the funding needed for transportation will take this kind of energy and creativity, he says.