Talking Turkey about Transportation
January 15th, 2013 [photography]
Hundreds of “transit nerds” shared ideas last weekend, as Transportation Camp made a welcome return to the Washington region. Last year’s event introduced me to the concept of an “unconference,” where the attendees themselves generate the subjects for the presentations, which they present amongst themselves. Some attendees worked for government agencies, others were affiliated with universities, businesses, or organizations that advocate for transportation customers.
I rode my bike from DC to Arlington on a foggy January morning to participate in the unconference. After welcoming remarks, everyone in the room quickly introduced themselves. Mind you, there were hundreds of attendees, but things moved quickly as each person was asked to sum up their introduction by choosing only three words. (Mine would normally be mapping, biking, and animation, but I’ve been on a Disney kick and chose “Disney loved trains,” since my hero Walt Disney was a transit pioneer.)
Below are my table mates for the morning. Everyone had such great enthusiasm.
A few of the hundreds of attendees…
“The board” is where the session proposals get assigned into time slots and classrooms.
As you can see, the whole process is very informal…
This guy was one of many people who took a snapshot of the board as a reference for planning his schedule.
That’s my buddy Justin Grimes on the left, talking to another attendee at a session on digital signage. (…much more exciting than it may sound to you!)
The conference did a great job of bringing people together who wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to meet. We all appreciated trading ideas with these two WMATA employees. Behind them on the left is Chris, the blogger behind FixWMATA.
I introduced two friends named Matt to each other. And then I told them to look natural while I took a photo.
Some of the more casual sessions just had folks gathered around tables. This group was talking about flying cars.
Stéphane Guidoin came down from Montréal and gave a presentation on using game theory to improve transportation. Afterwards, I showed him my own transit-inspired game, Metro Pacman (which he is seen playing on his laptop).
Well, that’s my whirlwind photographic tour of Transportation Camp 2013. More photos via the transpocamp2013 tag. Please share your own experiences in the comments below.