LOCATION
One Broadway, 5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142

DATE

January 31, 2019

TIME
3:00 – 8:30 PM

RSVP
HERE

 

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Transportation Connect

 

Save the date for Venture Cafe’s Transportation Connect mini-conference, taking place on January 31, 2019. Transportation Connect seeks to bring together corporate, government, and entrepreneur innovators working to solve most pressing problems centered around transportation in the Greater Boston area.

 

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Our Partners:

Transportation Connect is hosted by Venture Cafe and brought to the Greater Boston community by:

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AGENDA AT A GLANCE

3:00 – 8:30 PM NETWORKING   

3:00 – 5:00 PM OFFICE HOURS

5:00 – 6:00 PM TRANSPORTATION PRESENTATION

5:30 – 8:00 PM DEMOS

6:15 – 7:15 PM TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY PANEL

7:00 – 7:45 PM TRANSPORTATION FLASH TALKS

7:30 – 8:15 PM TRANSPORTATION PRESENTATION

 


OFFICE HOURS (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

Appointments can be made on a first come, first served basis. Any cancellations will require 48-hour notification in order to accommodate entrepreneurs who have been placed on a wait-list. No-shows are frowned upon in the VenCaf community and we reserve the right to disallow future appointments for repeat offenders.

 

Venture Cafe Foundation runs weekly office hours with our advisers every Thursday at Venture Cafe Cambridge.  Please visit our site here for more options.

 

Craig Kelley, Cambridge City Councilor

Craig Kelley is currently serving his seventh term on the Cambridge City Council, where he is exploring the intersection of local governance and emerging technologies, with a special focus on Micromobility. This past fall, he organized a Transportation Transformation conference at MIT, bringing together local and national experts to discuss what the future of Urban Mobility can and should look like. As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Craig has held numerous hearings to explore the impact of local land use, transportation and permitting laws on the deployment of new forms of mobility such as electric bikes, shared dockless scooters and communal access to charging stations. He is currently working on a summary of existing state and local regulatory programs to identify regulatory gaps or conflicts that are inhibiting effective adoption of safe, new and more efficient transportation modes.

A former Marine and Harvard Kennedy School Fellow, Craig is also an attorney and author. He resides with his wife and two boys in North Cambridge, which they have called home since 1993.

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Michael Burtov, CEO, GeoOrbital

Michael Burtov is the founder and CEO of GeoOrbital and has over 15 years experience in starting-up and seeing companies thought their lifecycle. Mike is able to help with gauging product-market fit, go-to-market strategy, marketing, advice on fundraising, navigating the Boston/Cambridge startup eco-system, team-building and crowdfunding (he has raised over $1 million on one Kickstarter campaign).

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Will Dickson, General Motors, Corporate innovation night, venture cafe

Will Dickson, Innovation Champion, General Motors

After previous roles as a hardware-in-the-loop simulation engineer and assistant program engineering manager for General Motors’ full-size pickup, Will leads GM’s embedded presence in the MIT and Boston ecosystem since late 2017. Will’s role as part of iHub, GM’s catalyst for transformational innovation, is to inspire and empower innovators to contribute to GM’s mission – zero crashes, zero emissions, zero congestion. Will is also passionate about mentoring students and startups in the MIT ecosystem.

 
 

 

TRANSPORTATION PRESENTATION (5:00 - 6:00 PM)

 MTBA TRANSPORTATION PRESENTATION  (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM)

The T is evolving every day—renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system for people of all abilities. Come hear from two MBTA leaders talk about innovative efforts underway at MBTA

 

Diogo Lousa, Manager of Transportation Innovation, MBTA

The Ride – Paratransit optimization and integrations with Non-Dedicated Service Providers (Aka. Uber, Lyft, Taxi, etc.)

Diogo Lousa is the manager of Transportation Innovation for the MBTA. He managed a first of its kind public-private partnership with Uber and Lyft to deliver paratransit trips in the Boston metropolitan area and currently leads MBTA’s efforts to improve paratransit service technology, including a new Paratransit software. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Federal University of Goias and an MBA from MIT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Logan Nash, Deputy Director of Real-time Applications in the MBTA’s Customer Technology Department, MBTA

Fixed Route (Subway, Bus, Commuter Rail, Ferry, etc.) – Real-time Applications and Customer facing Technologies

Logan Nash is Deputy Director of Real-time Applications in the MBTA’s Customer Technology Department. Logan’s primarily role is to help people—riders, MBTA staff, and researchers—answer the question “where is the train/bus/ferry/etc?” and then do something valuable with that information (e.g., get home, prevent buses from becoming bunched). Prior to joining the MBTA, Logan worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center.

DEMOS & INFO TABLES (5:30 - 8:00 PM)

TRANSPORTATION DEMOS (5:30 – 8:00 PM)

Venture Cafe demos are a great way to gain exposure through our online and offline channels. During our Transportation Connect event, Venture Café will give a selection of the area’s startups, inventors and researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to the Boston community.

TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY PANEL (6:15 - 7:15 PM)

TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY PANEL  (6:15 – 7:15 PM)

The Future of Transportation

 

Are we ready to face the challenge of creating new traffic laws for flying cars? Join experts from companies leading transportation technology and innovation for a discussion of the most recent advances in autonomous, lightweight, and hybrid vehicles along with global trends in passenger mobility.

 

Tom Ryden, Executive Director, Mass Robotics

Tom Ryden, Executive Director, Mass Robotics

Thomas Ryden is the Executive Director of MassRobotics, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the robotics community. Previously he was the founder and CEO/COO of VGo Communications, Inc., and Director of Sales & Marketing for iRobot. Mr. Ryden is the co-chairman of the robotics cluster of the MassTLC and serves on advisory boards at Tufts, WPI and ASME. Mr. Ryden has a BSEE from the UVM and an MBA from Bentley University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Moavenzadeh, Executive Committee Member, World Economic Forum

John Moavenzadeh was the former Head of Mobility Industries and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining the Forum, Moavenzadeh was executive director of the International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP), an international research consortium focused on the global automotive industry founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. Prior to joining IMVP, Moavenzadeh served as a director with the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1999 to 2003. Moavenzadeh was an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton’s international transportation practice from 1996 to 1999, and a product design engineer with Ford Motor Company from 1990 to 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Velin Dimitrov, Systems Engineer, Toyota Research Institute

Velin Dimitrov, Systems Engineer, Toyota Research Institute

Velin Dimitrov is a Systems Engineer at Toyota Research Institute and former Graduate Student at Northeastern University in the Robotics and Intelligent Vehicle Research (RIVeR) Laboratory. His Thesis: Model-Based Robot Control in Human-in-the-Loop Cyber-Physical Systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosie Kotelova, Lead of Smart Behaviors, Piaggio Fast Forward

Rosie Kotelova, Lead of Smart Behaviors, Piaggio Fast Forward

Rosie Kotelova is the Lead of Smart Behaviors at Piaggio Fast Forward. She leads a multidisciplinary team of designers and engineers in the effort to research, design, and develop robotic behaviors. Rosie has been with PFF since 2015 when the company was founded, and is part of the original design team that invented gita®. Rosie earned her Masters in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. During her academic career, she investigated design through robotics, researching how the building process can be automated with the use of robotic fabrication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Colburn, Vice President of Operations, Terrafugia

Kevin Colburn, Vice President of Operations, Terrafugia

Kevin Colburn is the Vice President of Operations at Terrafugia, focusing on expanding its Boston-area prototyping facility, integrating a new overseas prototyping and production facility and team, and securing technical and certification assistance from new automotive partners. Kevin holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and has been with Terrafugia for 5 years. He has program and team leadership experience across a variety of complex product development programs, from hybrid-electric vehicles to durable consumer goods, and has start-up experience as a co-founder of Orca Energy and in management positions at Azure Dynamics and Blu Homes.

TRANSPORTATION FLASH TALKS (7:00 - 7:45 PM)

TRANSPORTATION FLASH TALKS  (7:00 – 7:45 PM)

 

In an age when so many of the things we use every day have been reimagined for personalization and added functionality, the bike rack stands out as an urban artifact from times past. Flycycle is reimagining the form, purpose, and experience of bike racks for a more delightful and bike-friendly future. Join us for a conversation at Venture Cafe’s Transportation Connect about what exists and what’s next for this humble but important piece of urban infrastructure.

 

Julia Hansen, Flycycle

In an age when so many of the things we use every day have been reimagined for personalization and added functionality, the bike rack stands out as an urban artifact from times past. Flycycle is reimagining the form, purpose, and experience of bike racks for a more delightful and bike-friendly future. Join us for a conversation at Venture Cafe’s Transportation Connect about what exists and what’s next for this humble but important piece of urban infrastructure. Flycycle thinks bike racks can be beautiful. We’re dedicated to designing better bike racks for cyclists and property managers and to being part of the transportation solution. (7:00pm, Octave Conference Room)

 

 

Bob Mallon, Zagster

Bob Mallon is the VP of Product Development at Zagster, a leading micro-mobility company based in Boston. His talk will focus on the current state of micro-mobility, including shared bikes, e-bikes, scooters and other modern transportation alternatives. (7:00pm, Presto Conference Room)

 

 
TRANSPORTATION PRESENTATION (7:30 - 8:15 PM)

TRANSPORTATION PRESENTATION (7:30 – 8:15 PM)

General Motors is launching autonomous vehicles in a dense urban environment in 2019 – this year. We’ll share how autonomous vehicles are moving us towards our mission of zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion; and why the user experience is key in achieving these goals. We believe that hard, but not impossible. Let us share how to innovate in this challenging environment, and how you can contribute to our mission alongside us.

 

Will Dickson, General Motors, Corporate innovation night, venture cafe

Will Dickson, Innovation Champion, General Motors

After previous roles as a hardware-in-the-loop simulation engineer and assistant program engineering manager for General Motors’ full-size pickup, Will leads GM’s embedded presence in the MIT and Boston ecosystem since late 2017. Will’s role as part of iHub, GM’s catalyst for transformational innovation, is to inspire and empower innovators to contribute to GM’s mission – zero crashes, zero emissions, zero congestion. Will is also passionate about mentoring students and startups in the MIT ecosystem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brett Muller, Program Manager, Autonomous Vehicle Experience, GM

Brett Muller, Program Manager, Autonomous Vehicle Experience, GM

Brett has held a variety of positions at General Motors over the past decade, including vehicle calibration, controls design, energy optimization, and hardware release. In his current role—Program Engineering Manager, Autonomous Experience and Connectivity—his focus is on vehicle technologies that will safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. Brett has a bachelors in mechanical engineering, a masters in energy systems, and an M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR

 

If you’re interested in sponsoring Transportation Connect contact Ruth Saunders at Ruth.Saunders@vencaf.org

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