Boy on bicycle in Burkina Faso. Photo by Olivier Girard/CIFOR. Cropped.

A boy rides a bicycle in Zorro, Burkina Faso, while friends look on. Transforming Transportation 2014 (#TTDC14) will examine sustainable solutions to the challenges of urban mobility in developing world countries like Burkina Faso. Photo by Ollivier Girard/CIFOR. Cropped.

Transforming Transportation 2014 (#TTDC14) is just around the corner! Now in its eleventh year and vibrant as ever with new ideas and energy, the Transforming Transportation conference – co-organized by EMBARQ and the World Bank – convenes high-level decision makers and technical experts to address the core questions of how to make transport environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. This year’s conference focuses on the role of the private sector in shaping the future of sustainable transport.

#TTDC14 brings the private sector to the table

Now is the time to think boldly about the policies, infrastructure, and projects we need to create the future we want. This future is impossible without leaders in government, business, and civil society coming together to collaboratively address the challenges cities face in this age of rapid urban growth.

Transforming Transportation 2014 will integrate business leaders into the discussion more than ever before by examining opportunities for the private sector to advance the sustainable transport agenda for cities. Plenary sessions will address opportunities, risks, and investments in urban mobility; the role of technology in enhancing mobility; traffic safety and urban economies; and positioning transport as a key solution within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. Highlighted speakers include:

  • Nicolas Estupiñán, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport, Colombia
  • Håkan Karlsson, Executive Vice President, Volvo Global
  • Hon. Luis Revilla, Mayor, La Paz, Bolivia
  • Jeff Rhoda, General Manager, Global Governance, IBM

For a full agenda, complete list of speakers, and information on how to register, please visit TransformingTransportation.org.

Join the discussion: Pitch your PechaKucha!

This year’s Transforming Transportation conference will feature the first ever “Future Leaders in Sustainable Transportation” session, bringing together bright young minds to innovate for the cause of sustainable transport. This is an ideal opportunity for university students, urban planners, and transport engineers with a unique vision for how to create a more sustainable future. The session will include eight fun and thought-provoking PechaKucha style presentations followed by networking and discussion.

Anyone is eligible to submit a presentation. To submit your idea, browse the application guidelines and send your first eight slides as well as your name, affiliation, position, contact phone number, and a maximum 150-word description of your presentation to Heshuang Zeng at hzeng@wri.org by 12:00pm ET on January 9, 2014. Those who wish to present must register for Transforming Transportation at TransformingTransportation.org.

Register for free at TransformingTransportation.org and participate on social media using #TTDC14. We hope to see you there!