Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center – New England & The Venture Café Foundation Present: A Conversation on Civic Technology and Transportation

| Cathy Wissink

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Boston is home to one of the oldest public transportation systems in the United States. Because of this, the historic streets and systems are consistently undergoing upgrades and rebuilds, causing unwanted traffic and delays.

But with the rise of new technologies, solutions are being developed.

District Hall recently hosted the 37 Billion Mile Data Challenge highlighting the vast array of data available related to driving in Massachusetts. More data is available from the Open MBTA initiative providing improved information to citizens and better analysis to the MBTA.

As Bostonians demand more from our public transit systems, let’s put our expertise in technology and innovation to work to create new ways to address the transportation challenges in our city.

I’m happy to announce that on June 3rd from 5:30 to 8:30pm, the community will come together for the second event in our Conversations on Civic Technology series, this time hosted at District Hall in Boston’s Innovation District. We’re bringing together a diverse set of people from government, non-profits, industry and academics to go deep in the area of transportation and civic technology. Topics could range from public transit awareness and traffic mitigation, to the sharing economy in transportation, parking, tolling, and beyond.

As with the first event, we hope to take an interdisciplinary, problem-focused and action-oriented approach, and include a diverse set of voices in the conversation.

I’m looking forward to picking up the conversations from our last event, and welcoming newcomers to our discussion.

Follow us on Twitter @MSNewEngland for  upcoming announcements of the panelists. The official hashtag for our civic tech series is #CivicTechBOS.

Register here for this FREE event today!

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Cathy Wissink

Cathy embraces what others may tend to avoid. Kale? Loves it. Bugs? Enthralled by them. A cross country bike ride? No problem for Cathy. Solving some of society’s most critical issues by working with everyone from tech leaders to politicians to community leaders? Bring it on.