Transportation Camp

Transportation Camp is an “unconference” – all sessions during the gathering are proposed and led by attendees.  These people come from a plethora of backgrounds; representatives from Grist, from New York’s MTA, from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Transportation, Streetfilms, and academia.  This past week, Transportation Camp East was held in New York; next week, Transportation Camp West happens in San Francisco.  It is organized by OpenPlans with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Institute for Information Law and Policy, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, 3GMobility, redhat, Urban Mapping, and many others. The chatter this event has created is remarkable.  Not only did discussion begin well in advance of the gathering, but also it has continued – a good measure of success.  You can follow the discussion on their website, but also through the Twitter hashtag #transpo.  Talks included “Can we do a road pricing system for really cheap with existing tech?” to “Tools for small and medium agencies.”

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Transportation Meets Technology in New York from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

The video above explains most of the detail of the event itself; it is meant to stimulate discussion on technology and transport, on innovation, on government 2.0, and on open data and transparency.  Twitter has facilitated not only organizing for the event itself, but also “offline” organizing.  People interested in these topics are holding tweetups; one group in particular, @CityCampSPb, organized a minicamp in Russia.  The result of the event is organized attention toward these issues, and with such a variety of attendees, action within government and private companies is likely to follow.

-Terra Curtis