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    It’s undeniable that the way conferences were before – big, sprawling events with lots of people packed together, networking and shaking hands – is not how they’re going to be in the future. One event I always like to attend each year is the CoMotion transportation-focused conference, but this year it switched from in-person to online. What does an online conference look like and how does it work? Our guest today helps explain it!

    Intro

    • Today I’m talking with Jonah Bliss
    • Vice President of New Media and Marketing with CoMotion
    • How they’re going to pivot with CoMotion
    • How online conferences will work moving forward

    Intro to Jonah Bliss

    • Vice President of New Media and Marketing
    • CoMotion News – streams select content online
    • CoMotion Live – free this year!
    • Has advised bike-sharing companies and more

    CoMotion Miami

    • Super excited about Miami and Latin America
    • A lot has changed since then!
    • Preserved many components of the in-person conference topics
    • Miami is a natural nexus, along with aspects of Latin American transit

    CoMotion Miami Themes

    • Learning from Latin America
    • Rebuilding transportation after COVID
    • How to remake cities to be more equitable when it comes to transit
    • South America has a robust last mile system

    Rebooting the Mobility System

    • Bringing people together
    • Role of public transportation, especially in the time of COVID
    • Seemed like public transportation would be something people should avoid – fear of transit
    • More data is showing that’s not quite true

    Infrastructure Changes Due to COVID

    • Slow streets
    • Bike lanes, more pedestrian walkways
    • Socio-economic issue – especially slow streets
    • Need more than just one panel about this topic – needs to be infused into the process

    How is CoMotion Changing?

    • Things have been changing rapidly – first it was pushed back, but situation evolved
    • Now virtual event – actually has made it easier to bring in speakers
    • Now the conference is more democratized – much of the conference will be free
    • This is giving us time to step back and see what a conference should be like

    Outro

    • Big thanks to Jonah for coming on the podcast!
    • Make sure to check out a few highlights from the conference, like the topic on the Curb (my panel!), Reimaging Urban Mobility for a Changed World, fireside chat with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Jimenez, and more
    • Many of the conference topics are free, so make sure to check it out (links below)

    Show Notes

    Harry Campbell

    Harry Campbell

    I'm Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer but now I'm a rideshare blogger! I write about my experience driving for Uber, Lyft, and other services and my goal is to help drivers earn more money by working smarter, not harder.