THRIVE: Columbus Transportation Innovation Weekend

Published on November 19th, 2018

This past weekend civic leaders came together to explore the social impact of Columbus’ growing transportation systems. Upon registration, participants filled out capabilities profiles and were then grouped based on their skills and interests. Each team had 36 hours to develop frameworks for policy, community programs, and technology in hopes of answering the BIG QUESTION:

“How might we develop Columbus’ traditional and alternative transportation systems to increase socio-economic mobility in underserved communities and effectively and sustainably serve an additional 200,000 more people in the Columbus metro area within the next 10 years?”

After seeing a few posts about the event on Facebook, I decided to hop a Bird scooter (wearing a helmet, of course) and see what it was all about. I spent an afternoon at the innovation lab and then returned for the pitch event. Below are a few highlights (view the full gallery):

Photo by Matt Reese Photography © 2018. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by Matt Reese Photography © 2018. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by Matt Reese Photography © 2018. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by Matt Reese Photography © 2018. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by Matt Reese Photography © 2018. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by Matt Reese Photography © 2018. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by Matt Reese Photography © 2018. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by Matt Reese Photography © 2018. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by Matt Reese Photography © 2018. All Rights Reserved.

Nine teams pitched and three winners were selected.
 
First Place: Get it Done - Mobility is a Benefit, Not a Screening Question
 A policy diverting a portion of the city income tax to a “smart commute” BENEFIT for ALL employees in Columbus distributed through their employer.

Second Place: The Sharks - West Express
A proposal for dedicated bus lanes in the city’s busiest corridors.

Third Place: The Jane and Richard Project - Jane’s Ride
An initiative to educate decision-makers by requiring them to spend one day a week not using a car.

 Teams were judged on how well they addressed the challenge, presentation, viability, potential for impact, and innovation. The winning teams will continue to work with first adaptors interested in advancing their ideas. Judges included Hon. Shannon G. Hardin, Columbus City Council President; Jordan Davis, Director of Smart Columbus at Columbus Partnership; Matt Martin, Community Research and Grants Management Officer at Columbus Foundation; Christie Angel, President & CEO at Columbus YWCA; Ryan McManus, CEO at Share; Letty Schamp, Deputy City Engineer at City of Hilliard; and Josh Lapp, Chair at Transit Columbus. 

Watch the pitch event in its entirety: https://www.facebook.com/mattreesephoto/videos/703173044164/

Photo by Matt Reese Photography © 2018. All Rights Reserved.

“If it’s not right for all, it’s not for us.”
- Shannon Granville Hardin

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