Talking Transportation, Innovation

The Transportation Research Board meeting held annually in Washington DC is among the largest gatherings of transportation geeks in the world. The January meeting typically tops 11,000 attendees with sessions and workshops beginning early in the morning and running well into the evening. The printed agenda is massive and looks and weighs like a major city phone book. The TRB annual meeting is indeed a big deal.

However, even in such a packed and overwhelming agenda there are a few can’t-miss activities. For the past several years, the “Six Minute Pitch” session is close to the top of my can’t miss list.

 

Modeled after TV’s “Shark Tank” and similar business proposal programs, the session features four “pitches” that are six minutes each. A panel of judges reviews the pitches and one winner is crowned. This year, the winning pitch receives a one-year membership to the 1776 Union, valued at approximately $1,200.

Sponsored by TRB’s Young Member Council, the pitch session is an place for transportation wonks to share their brightest and most unique transportation ideas.

The deadline to apply to participate in the Six Minute Pitch session at TRB 2017 is October 18. Details are found on the Six Minute Pitch web site, where you also can learn about past winners and read about the distinguished panel of judges.

 

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About Lloyd Brown

I am the director of communications for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. I enjoy running marathons and triathlons, playing guitar and spending time with family. My professional interest is in how social media and new technology shapes the communication relationship between government and the general public. I have a Master’s degree in Communications and Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Washington State University.
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