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Transportation and Communities Summit 2019 (September 19 - 20, 2019 at Portland State University) This annual event in Portland, Oregon connects national mobility-focused research to equitable practice and policy through breakout panels, Lightning Talks, student posters, skill-building workshops, and a keynote from urban data scientist Ben Wellington.

--Summit Day Pass (Sept 19): $250
------Nonprofit / Student Rate: $75
------Elected Official Rate: $95
--Workshop Half-Day Ticket (Sept 20): $95
--Workshop Full-Day Ticket (Sept 20): $190
Current members of our Community Partners get a $20 discount to the Summit Day. Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu for a discount code. All sessions will be submitted for pre-approval to AICP, and are eligible for self-reporting to PDH for continuing education credits.

Hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University, and supported by our U.S. DOT grant-funded consortium: the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC).
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Thursday, September 19 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Keynote: Ben Wellington "Shaping a City with Open Data"

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Shaping a City with Open Data

Across the world, the Open Data movement is growing and more and more cities are releasing data to the public.  As citizens push for more openness, it is fair to ask: what can we do with all of this data to make our cities better?  In this talk, Ben will explore how he uses his blog, I Quant NY, and some data science techniques to make changes in the city he lives in: New York City. From parking ticket geography, to restaurant inspection scores to subway and taxi pricing, he will discuss best practices for data science in the policy space, explore how story telling is an important aspect of data science and highlight the various data-driven interactions he's had with City agencies that have led to infrastructure and policy changes. Along the way, Ben will point out that data science need not always use complicated math and complex programs. He will show examples of the power of simple arithmetic, and show how often it is more about your curiosity and the questions you ask than the complexity of the equations you use.

In addition to being a data scientist and policy analyst, Ben also teaches improv! On the second day of the Transportation and Communities Summit, Ben will be leading a workshop on "Cultivating Leadership Skills through the Power of Improv" (Sept. 20; 9AM - 12PM) at PSU. Add-on workshops are available for an additional cost, and are also open to non-Summit Day (Sept. 19th) attendees.

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Ben Wellington, PhD

Data Scientist and Policy Analyst, I Quant NY
Ben Wellington is the creator of I Quant NY, a data science and policy blog that focuses on insights drawn from New York City's public data, and advocates for the expansion and improvement of that data.His data analysis has influenced local government policy including changes in NYC street infrastructure, the way New Yorkers... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Smith Memorial Student Union (3rd Flr Ballroom) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201