Big ideas for transport's future

Published 10th February, 2016 in Transport

Have you got the next big tech idea to shake up transport in NSW?

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The government wants big tech ideas to shake up transport.

The NSW Government is hosting a 12-month program for the world's brightest tech minds to uncover trends and technologies that will revolutionise the way government and customers plan, build and use transport.

The Future Transport program kicks off with a two-day summit on 18-19 April, bringing together thought leaders, IT specialists, innovators, entrepreneurs, futurists, transport leaders and academics, from Surry Hills in Sydney to Silicon Valley in the US. The community can also get involved through online forums, a youth summit, and new partnerships with incubators to stay across emerging ideas and products.

The summit will also feature an industry ideas and innovations lab where companies can register to pitch products and ideas that could improve transport and the customer experience.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the summit was the perfect platform to ignite innovative, creative and out of the box ideas that will transform transport for the better.

"While we've made good progress with open data, collaboration with developers, apps and better regulation, it's no secret NSW has lagged behind the rest of the world and I am determined to turn that around,” Mr Constance said.

"The state's population is going to increase by about 2 million people by 2031. As well as building new infrastructure, we need to look at smarter systems and technology driven solutions to cope with demand.”

More than 150 leading thinkers and practitioners have been invited to join the summit.

The final summit program, website and speakers will be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, email [email protected] for more information.

Published 10th February, 2016 in Transport