Technologists and Transportation Professionals Meet at TransportationCamp Los Angeles

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Register now for TransportationCamp, October 3rd at UCLA

2015 is an exciting time for transportation innovation in Los Angeles.  We have a rapidly-expanding frequent transit and bicycle network.  Technological innovation has already brought us reliable point-to-point mobility for passengers, real-time transit arrival and traffic incident information, and even “feeding the meter” from a phone.

We see more promise on the horizon as local governments in the Los Angeles area continue to innovate mobility.  The City of Los Angeles and Google currently share traffic information, and Google’s Waze recently announced a pilot program to allow app users to ride with each other.  Cities and Metro will soon launch bikeshare on the westside and in downtown, which promises to augment the transit network and and encourage more people to try our expanding bicycle network.  The City of Los Angeles’s Taxicab Commission is restructuring regulations to enable innovation in a long-stagnant industry.

We also have innovative plans that seek to make the transportation system safer and more reliable for those who aren’t in the driver’s seat while striving to lessen the impacts that traffic congestion, auto-dependence, and emissions have on public health and quality of life for all Los Angelenos.

While the focus of transportation innovation is often on technology, it’s people who are envisioning, developing and implementing this technology.  TransportationCamp brings together thinkers and doers from the intersection of transportation and technology:  transportation professionals, technologists, and enthusiasts.  As an unconference, the session topics and activities are proposed by the attendees; every attendee is a participant in shaping and leading the event.

Come to TransportationCamp Los Angeles 2015 if you’re a technologist who aspires to analyze and visualize public open data or build apps that connect people with mobility options.  Come if you’re a transportation professional with a thorough awareness of the multimodal transportation system’s shortcomings and a desire to work collaboratively and creatively to improve it.

We can be low-tech while embracing high-tech.  Technologists and transportation professionals have been tweeting at each other, but it’s also important for people to come together in the same room to explore creative new approaches to addressing Los Angeles’s transportation issues.

TransportationCamp Los Angeles 2015

When: Saturday,October 3rd
Where: UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Registration: $25 at Eventbrite
More InfoUCLA Institute of Transportation Studies

  • ubrayj02

    Things that won’t be discussed:

    (1) Pedicab regulation
    (2) Bicycle repair cooperatives
    (3) Local government ROI on transportation maintenance
    (4) Contracting local government obligations to maintain transportation infrastructure

    Reasons to attend:

    None.

  • Juan Matute

    Josef: how do you know those things won’t be discussed? Panel topics are chosen by attendees the morning of the event. Are you saying that no one who attends will be interested in these topics?

  • Marcotico

    You guessed Ubrayj02’s real name, now he has to give you back your baby!

  • Juan Matute

    I can make it creepier.

  • ubrayj02

    Pretty much. There is no sustained interest in discussions about shrinking our infrastructure foot print; no interest in bottom up low- to no-capital input transportation infrastructure. To be with professionals whose very jobs depend on not seeing a larger picture beyond moving bodies, on siphoning money to perpetuate an ever increasing dependence on energy and debt … I can’t see any good reason to attend.

  • Melanie Curry

    One of the wonderful things about this “un” conference is that if you want to discuss an issue, you can propose a topic for a panel and get the discussion going. Even better if you come with talking points, etc. It doesn’t always work, but I’ve encountered some great, unexpected conversations at these events.

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