Date: November 19, 2016, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Place: Carnegie Mellon University, Porter Hall
Childcare provided by Whetstone Workgroup
If you’re into transportation, now’s the time to engage, and the TransportationCamp PGH unconference is the place to do it. Bring your ideas and lead a session! Be a part of shaping the explosive pace of change in technology, shared use mobility, the integration of transportation and the built environment, and a host of other issues. Join us November 19, and watch this space for updates. Welcome to the Burgh!
In addition, join CMU’s Transportation Club on Sunday morning November 20th at 10am for a tour of Port Authority of Allegheny County’s West Mifflin Garage! This will be a unique “behind the scenes” look at the daily operations of operating a transportation service, including the tasks that transportation planners and riders often take for granted (maintenance, cleaning, etc.). Included with the tour will be a discussion of how planning is impacted by the realities of garage locations, operator schedules, union rules, and other agency constraints.
What is an unconference?
An unconference is when people that attend determine the sessions.
How does this happen?
Attendees take post it notes and write what they want to talk about/discuss on THE WALL. All the topics are then grouped together and determine the sessions based on all the inputs. It’s analog crowdsourcing.
How it’s different from a regular conference
Instead of the conference host deciding what’s important, the attendees decide. Plus each session is a conversation, not talking heads. Attendees get access to the people they want to have discussions with right in the session and get to open it up to a room of people, rather than waiting in line after a “talk” and exchanging a few sentences. Furthermore, it’s localized. There are a lot of issues/ideas that will bubble up that are unique to Pittsburgh. Our hope is that planners/practitioners/politicians/engineers/thinkers/students/ordinary people can have meaningful discussions about Pittsburgh and its regional transportation system and its future.
Documentation and follow up
There is a real-time, cloud based “white board,” if you will, and all the notes from each session are crowdsourced and documented. People can share their contact info and follow up with each other. Check out DC’s Transpo Camp earlier this year: transportationcamp.org/events/dc-2016/schedule.html.
At TransportationCamp PGH, all possibilities about the future of mobility are up for grabs, and your ideas will power the conversation. From big to small, train to bike lane to app - come share with like-minded, leading thinkers and doers who are revolutionizing the transportation field here in Western PA. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find some new friends to move your idea forward.
We welcome the National League of Cities’ City Summit 2016 attendees to continue their transportation discussions at TransportationCampPGH, following the City Summit. Please note that the two are separate events and registration for one does not include registration for the other.
- 8:00 AM - Doors open, breakfast and coffee available (Porter Hall 100 aka Gregg Hall)
- 9:00 AM - Opening remarks and kickoff!
- 10:15 AM - 11:05 AM - Session 1
- 11:20 AM - 12:10 PM - Session 2
- 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Lunch
- 1:25 PM - 2:15 PM - Session 3
- 2:20 PM - 2:50 PM - Snack
- 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM - Session 4
- 4:00 PM - Closing remarks
Keep the conversation going at the Porch at Schenley afterwards! (221 Schenley Drive, a 10 minute walk)
Follow @transpocampPGH for updates, and use the #transpocampPGH hashtag for your own posts.
Traffic21, PCRG, SPC, Pittsburgh City Planning, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Uber, WRA, ITS Pennsylvania, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Michael Baker International, Gannett Fleming, zTrip