Workshop #1: Problem Definition

February 12-13 | Austin, TX

 

Registration for February 12-13 (Invite Only)

Please register by February 9 to receive meeting materials and be included in the full process. 

Registration includes participation in the Feb. 12 Kickoff Meeting and Evening Reception, Feb. 13 Workshop, breakfast, lunch, and meeting materials.

Location & Accommodations

The event will be at the Renaissance Hotel at 9721 Arboretum Blvd. Austin, TX 78759.

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms are reserved at the Renaissance Hotel.  Please contact June Housman at june@housmanandassociates.com with your arrival and departure dates and a confirmation number will be provided.

Agenda

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 | Kickoff Meeting & Evening Reception

5:00 PM | Kickoff Meeting

From Problem to Pathway. The Mobility Innovation Challenge is an engine to transform civic problems into creative and tech solutions.  In starting with our challenges, public agencies are turning the tables on transportation and preparing to call upon the community of innovators in a Reverse Pitch. The Kickoff Meeting will provide an overview of the 6-month process, introduce the technical coaches, and provide an opportunity for transportation leaders to connect.

Darran Anderson – Director of Strategy & Innovation, TxDOT
Mark Dowd – Executive Director, Smart Cities Lab
Shelley Row – President & CEO, Shelley Row & Associates

5:45 PM | Evening Reception
Please join us for an evening of refreshments and networking, connecting with other transportation leaders from around the county and the team of technical coaches.          

6:30 PM | Adjourn

 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 | Problem Definition Workshop

7:00 AM | Breakfast

8:00 AM | Welcome & Introductions – Shelley Row, Shelley Row & Associates

8:15 AM | Overview of Problem Definition Process – Smart Cities Lab & TX Innovation Alliance
Motivation for the Smart Cities Data Challenge is shared and an outline of the problem definition, technical coaching, and reverse pitch process is given.

8:30 AM | Expert Panel: What is a Good Problem Statement? And What Makes It Good?  

Scott Phillips – Cofounder, Civic Ninjas
René Bastón – Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub

9:00 AM | Domain: Real-Time Data – Shelley Row & Joe Willhite
Top two problem statements are identified, including major barriers and ideal outcomes.

9:45AM | Domain: Energy & Sustainability – Shelley Row & Joe Willhite
Top two problem statements are identified, including major barriers and ideal outcomes.

10:30 AM | Networking Break

11:00 AM | Domain: Seamless Mobility – Shelley Row & Joe Willhite
Top two problem statements are identified, including major barriers and ideal outcomes.

12:00 PM | Lunch

1:00 PM | Domain: Equity & Access – Shelley Row & Joe Willhite
Top two problem statements are identified, including major barriers and ideal outcomes.

1:45 PM | Domain: Freight & Logistics – Shelley Row & Joe Willhite
Top two problem statements are identified, including major barriers and ideal outcomes.

2:30 PM | Networking Break

3:00 PM | Prioritization, Down Selection, & Refinement – Shelley Row
Problem statements from all five domains are prioritized, regions down select to top five, and technical coaches assist in refining top five for next phase of development.

4:00 PM | Synthesis, Next Steps, & Closing Remarks – Lab & Alliance

4:30 PM | Adjourn

* Tentative