Boston Mobility Summit

June 20, 2017

Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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On June 20, 2017, 129 invited mobility leaders convened in Cambridge, Massachusetts to discuss the future of mobility in the Boston region.

While the Boston region continues to remain globally competitive, the region sits at an altogether unique moment in the history of mobility and transportation. This summit aimed to harness the ingenuity and innovation already underway in the Commonwealth as well as tap into the expertise of invited global thought leaders with best practices directly applicable to Boston’s challenges.

This day-long leadership summit brought together C-suite executives and entrepreneurs, public sector and non-profit leaders, and academics to share local and global best practices applicable to the Boston region. The focus was on transformative new technologies, policies, financing mechanisms, design and collaboration models with a particular focus on low-carbon and equitable solutions.

This was an invitation-only summit, and the application process was extremely competitive. The 129 attendees were selected from over 250 applicants. Registration was free.

Prior to the summit, Meeting of the Minds worked with registrants and the other invited leaders to identify the Boston region’s key mobility pain points and challenges. These were addressed at the summit through a mix of formats: talks, workshops and collaborative work sessions. This summit did not dwell on only the challenges, but rather, focused on the global and regional solutions to the Boston region’s mobility, climate and equity challenges.

This summit was made possible by the generous support of the Barr Foundation.

Many thanks to our host for this event, Microsoft.

Who attended?


  • Public Sector 25%
  • Private Sector 41%
  • Non-profit Sector 19%
  • Philanthropic 6%
  • Academic 9%

Registered Attendees

Chief of Streets
City of Boston Mayor’s Office

Siemens, Intelligent Traffic Systems

Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

Executive Director
MIT DesignX Accelerator

General Manager, Lyft Boston

Sustainability & Advanced Technology Manager
Ford Motor Company

Chief Technology Officer

Transportation For Massachusetts

Vice President
Barr Foundation

Executive Director
Seaport TMA

Vice President, Strategy
Cubic Transportation Systems

Director, Technology & Civic Engagement
Microsoft New England


Director of Technology & Civic Engagement

Microsoft New England

Secretary & CEO

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

President & Trustee

The Barr Foundation

Co-Founder & CEO


VP for Policy and Planning

Boston Harbor Now

Director, Urban Risk Lab


CEO & Co-Founder


Chief of the Streets, Transportation, and Sanitation

City of Boston

Senior Program Officer, Climate

The Barr Foundation


June 20, 2017


Networking Breakfast



Gordon Feller, Co-Founder, Meeting of the Minds

Cathy Wissink, Director of Technology and Civic EngagementMicrosoft New England

Mary Skelton Roberts, Senior Program Officer, Climate, Barr Foundation


Goals for the Day & Setting the Context: Regional, Cross-Sectoral, Innovative Solutions

Jessie Feller Hahn, Executive Director, Meeting of the Minds


Climate Change at the Water’s Edge

Julie Wormser, Vice President for Policy, Boston Harbor Now 


Urban Risk Reduction, Preparedness and Financing

Miho Mazereeuw, Director, MIT Urban Risk Lab 


Go Boston 2030 & What Lies Ahead

Chris Osgood, Chief of Streets, City of Boston 


State of the State: Key Challenges and Opportunities

Secretary Stephanie Pollack, Secretary & CEO, Massachusetts Department of Transportation


Autonomous Vehicles in Boston: Results, Outcomes & Next Steps

Karl Iagnemma, Principal Research Scientist, MIT & CEO, nuTonomy


IoT & Smart City Solutions for the Underserved

Matt Caywood, CEO, TransitScreen 


Q&A with Morning Speakers & Group Discussion with Participants


Coffee Break


Facilitated Work Session #1




Facilitated Work Session #2


Coffee Break & Transition


Facilitated Work Session #3


Coffee Break & Transition


Facilitated Work Session #4


Wrap-up and Next Steps

Jim Canales, President and Trustee, The Barr Foundation

Jessie Feller Hahn, Executive Director, Meeting of the Minds

5:00 – 7:00pm

Networking Reception

Facilitated Work Sessions

This event included six short, context-setting plenary talks in the morning. These talks were followed by four facilitated work sessions, each lasting one hour and followed by a fifteen minute coffee break.

These work sessions were small-group discussions and fact-finding workshops meant to provide solutions for the challenges set forth in the morning plenary. Participants were asked to choose a different group for each session. Groups were limited to 12 participants. Workshop themes are listed below with the facilitator.

1. Curbs, parking, equity and access

Facilitator: Chris Osgood, Chief of Streets, City of Boston
Location: Horace Mann Room

2. Planning for climate impacts on Boston economy and transportation systems

Facilitator: Julie Wormser, Vice President for Policy, Boston Harbor Now
Location: Horace Mann Room

3. Wireless technology benefits: access, sustainability, payment systems, and beyond

Facilitator: Gordon Feller, Co-founder, Meeting of the Minds
Location: Horace Mann Room

4. Shared mobility, EV, & AV strategies

Facilitator: Melanie Nutter, Principal, Nutter Consulting
Location: Horace Mann Room

5. Global and local financing solutions for transportation and climate resilient infrastructure

Facilitator: Susan Chapelle, City Councillor, Squamish (British Columbia)
Location: Horace Mann Room

6. The role of government vs entrepreneurs

Facilitator: Kris Carter, Co-Chair & Nigel Jacob, Co-Founder, Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
Location: Horace Mann Room

7. Better buses & street infrastructure

Facilitator: Kate Fichter, Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Location: Adams Room

8. Access for the disability community

Michael Muehe, Executive Director/ADA Coordinator, Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities
& Jennifer Lawrence, Sustainability Planner, Cambridge Community Development Department
Location: Adams Room

9. Reimagining public transportation & urban mobility in the era of TNCs & autonomous vehicles

Facilitator: James Aloisi, Strategic Consultant, Trimount Consulting
Location: Attucks Room

10. Matching transportation supply and demand: regional economic growth strategies

Facilitator: Richard Dimino, President & CEO, A Better City
Location: Attucks Room



The Meeting of the Minds Boston Mobility Summit convened at the Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center.

Microsoft New England Research & Development Center
1 Memorial Drive., #1
Cambridge, MA 02141


Delegates were encouraged to stay at the Boston Marriott Cambridge.

Boston Marriott Cambridge
50 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142

Reserve your room for $329/night plus 14.56% tax at the following link: The deadline to reserve your room is Tuesday, May 30, 2017, or when the block is filled.

Microsoft New England Research & Development Center

The Meeting of the Minds Boston Summit convenes at the Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center.

Microsoft New England Research & Development Center
1 Memorial Drive., #1
Cambridge, MA 02141

Boston Marriott Cambridge

Delegates are encouraged to stay at the Boston Marriott Cambridge.

Boston Marriott Cambridge
50 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142

Reserve your room for $329/night plus 14.56% tax at the following link:

Pre-event Publications

CommonWealth Magazine

The Future of Mobility

The Future of Mobility is a joint media initiative between Boston-based CommonWealth Magazine and Meeting of the Minds.

This series explores the Boston region’s approach to the interrelated challenges of mobility, climate and equity, and features leaders from multiple sectors – public sector, private sector, non-profit sector, philanthropy – who are addressing these challenges with new strategies, policies, technologies, financing mechanisms, collaboration models, and design solutions.

This series was intended to engage Boston leaders and highlight important themes that were addressed at the Meeting of the Minds Boston Mobility Summit on June 20th, 2017. The series continued after the event, as well.

Expanding Visual Accessibility of Mobility Information using the Physical Web

How does public information work for people who can’t read information screens? In the US there are over 1.3 million legally blind people, many of whom have difficulty reading public screens, and over 100,000 totally blind people, who often depend on assistive technology like screen readers (which read text on computers out loud). Naturally, public transportation plays a major role in many of their lives.

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One Payment System is Needed For All Transportation

One of the ironies of the advancements in mobility over the last decade has been the driving force of competition involved – and perhaps no development has affected the recent landscape more than the rise of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Integration is a necessity for the future of mobility, extending to every aspect of the transportation infrastructure. From using one account to pay for journeys with multiple transit agencies to collecting valuable data in one database, the mobility industry will be at its most efficient when it is built upon unified solutions. And as executives, engineers, and thought leaders work for the next developments in mobility, it is imperative to acknowledge that we will only take our largest steps by working together toward integrated solutions.

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Driverless car revolution is coming

This is the second in a series entitled The Future of Mobility, a joint project of CommonWealth and Meeting of the Minds. Transition will be tricky, so planning needs to start now The connection between land use and transportation has been well-established, but it’s...

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