Boston Mobility Summit

June 20, 2017

Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Request to Attend

On June 20, 2017, approximately 120 invited mobility leaders will convene 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 aims 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 will bring 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 will be on transformative new technologies, policies, financing mechanisms, design and collaboration models with a particular focus on low-carbon and equitable solutions.

If you are interested in attending this invite-only summit, please fill out this application here. The application process is extremely competitive. You will be contacted within a month regarding your status. The summit is invite-only and there is no registration fee to attend.

Prior to the summit, we will work with you and the other invited leaders to identify the Boston region’s key mobility pain points and challenges. These will be addressed at the summit through a mix of formats: talks, workshops and collaborative work sessions. This summit will not dwell on only the challenges, but rather, will focus on the global and regional solutions to our mobility, climate and equity challenges.

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

Many thanks to our host for this event, Microsoft.

Who’s coming?


  • Public Sector 30%
  • Private Sector 30%
  • Non-profit Sector 25%
  • Philanthropic 10%
  • Academic 5%

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

Meet our speakers:

Secretary & CEO

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

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

TBD, Barr Foundation

TBD, Microsoft


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 


Autonomous Vehicles in Boston: Results, Outcomes & Next Steps

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


State of the State: Key Challenges and Opportunities

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


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

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

Jessie Feller Hahn, Executive Director, Meeting of the Minds

5:00 – 7:00pm

Networking Reception

Facilitated Work Sessions

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

These work sessions are small-group discussions and fact-finding workshops meant to provide solutions for the challenges set forth in the morning plenary. Participants are asked to choose a different group for each session. Groups are limited to 10 participants. Workshop themes are listed below with the facilitator.

Curbs, parking, equity and access

Facilitator: Chris Osgood, Chief of Streets, City of Boston

Planning for climate impacts on Boston economy and transportation systems

Facilitator: Julie Wormser, Vice President for Policy, Boston Harbor Now

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

Facilitator: Gordon Feller, Co-founder, Meeting of the Minds & Consultant, Cisco

Shared mobility, EV, & AV strategies

Facilitator: Melanie Nutter, Principal, Nutter Consulting

Global and local financing solutions for transportation and climate resilient infrastructure

Facilitator: Susan Chappelle, City Councillor, Squamish (British Columbia)

The role of government vs entrepreneurs

Facilitator: Kris Karter & Nigel Jacob, Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

Traffic demand management and bus systems

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

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

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

Facilitator: James Aloisi, Strategic Consultant, Trimount Consulting

Matching transportation supply and demand: regional economic growth strategies

Facilitator: Richard Dimino, President & CEO, A Better City



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

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


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: 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 is intended to engage Boston leaders and highlight important themes that will be addressed at the Meeting of the Minds Boston Mobility Summit on June 20th.

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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Request to Attend

Please fill out the application below.

Boston Mobility Summit Application

This is an invite-only event, free of charge and limited to 120 VIP’s. Because of the limited number of space, please tell us more about what you will contribute to the conversation and what solutions you have identified that could apply to solve some of Boston’s challenges. We are looking for practical and ready-to-deploy policies, financing strategies, technology, and other solutions that can be scaled, replicated, and transferred. We welcome leaders from Boston, the United States and abroad.

Please note: The Boston Mobility Summit is full. The waitlist is also full.

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