The 4th Annual TransportationCamp Washington DC was held on Saturday, January 10, 2015, the day before the start of the Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting. We were hosted by the George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, at Founders Hall.

Registration was at We had 440 attendees.

You can see what happened by browsing the hackpads linked to from the schedule,, or search the #transpo15 hashtag, or browse @transpocamp. Mobility Lab has written two posts on their blog: “Best Conference Ever:” TransportationCamp’s Lab-Like Setting Energizes Attendees, and TransportationCamp Provides a Twist on the Usual Academic Conference.

The “unconference” brought together transportation professionals, technologists, and others interested in the intersection of urban transportation and technology. Want to learn more about unconferences? Here’s our handy guide: How TransportationCamp works: the essential guide.

Schedule and event notes

There will be four periods for breakout sessions. The sessions will be proposed the morning of the event and scheduled after the introductory session. Once “The Wall” is posted, we will update our schedule page. Each session will have notes available on shared documents that everyone is encouraged to edit (in real time). If you’re in a session and mention a link, it’s a good idea to add the link to the notes for that session. Use to share notes.

The event will be followed by a happy hour at Spider Kelly’s, courtesy of TransitCenter.

Curious to see who else is in attendance? Download the directory (this file will be removed at the end of the month).

Share your ideas!

TransportationCamp attendees are submitting ideas on the Twitter collaboration site. Some fascinating discussions are underway, and the list keeps growing. Any of those topics can become a session at Camp, if someone is willing to lead it.

Review the list and help the best topics become sessions. Leave responses and use the “support this” button to let others know what topics are hot. If something grabs your attention or gets you worked up, blog about it and post a link.

Bring your ideas to expand the opportunities we have to improve mobility through recent advances in technology, such as web 2.0, mobile computing, open source software, open data and APIs, and spatial analysis. Participants will also examine ways to build connections between disparate innovators in public administration, transportation operations, information design, and software engineering.

Our sponsors are organizing panel discussions that will be part of the first period of breakout sessions.


We open registration and a light breakfast at 8:30am. Lunch and breakfast are included with your registration. Camp starts promptly with Reveille at 9:00am. The schedule will have four periods of breakout sessions, spread out among ten rooms. We will have 3-4 pre-set panels, with topics to be announced later. The program wraps up at 5:00pm, after which everyone is invited to a local pub for a Post-Camp Happy Hour!

You can read about last year’s TransportationCamp on, and visit the sites for previous years: 2012, 2013, and 2014.

We’ll be returning this year to GMU Founders Hall, at 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201. The campus is easy to get to:

  • Founders Hall is located two blocks east of the Virginia Square-GMU Metro station (on the Orange and Silver lines).
  • There is a Capital Bikeshare station in front of Founders Hall.
  • Metro bus 38B runs between Ballston (Virginia) and Farragut Square (DC, via Georgetown).

Here’s a map of the Arlington campus.

If you’re in town early, the Transportation Techies meetup group will have a meetup on Thursday, January 8 called Autotopia Night, about traffic/parking and technology (contact the group if interested in presenting an app or data visualization). More info via @techiesdc.

TransportationCamp DC ‘15 is organized by Mobility Lab, TransitCenter, OpenPlans, the GMU School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Young Professionals in Transportation, and Transportation Research Board.