Program

Below is the program from the 2019 MIT Sustainability Summit.

Friday 26 April 2019
8:30 AM
Breakfast
9:00 AM
Introductory Remarks
9:20 AM
Opening Keynote
10:00 AM
The Preeminence of the Car and US Exceptionalism
The car has been king for the past 70 years. It is
entrenched in our infrastructure, our financial system
and even our cultural heritage. In facing this new world
of exciting sustainable options, how do we extract
ourselves from the shadow of today’s automobility?
And why is this so hard in the US in particular?
10:00 AM
Vision 2025: Tech Taking on Government’s Problems
This panel will explore how technology is helping to
solve today’s biggest challenges in mobility: one step
at a time. This is where MaaS and Last-mile solutions
get discussed, exploring what the world of tech is
doing to innovate solutions to government’s biggest
challenges and where exciting new areas of investment
and innovation lie.
11:00 AM
Digitizing the Bureaucracy: Can Government Keep Up with Tech?
This panel has two tasks: explore what governments’
existing sustainable priorities are/whether
tech addresses those priorities and explore what
challenges the tech presented in Transportation
in the Future 2.0 presents for governments and
whether governments are properly equipped to
address those challenges.
11:00 AM
Infrastructure
What are the exciting new innovations in connected
infrastructure today and how should governments be
thinking about integrating all of these exciting new
technologies into the existing landscape? What might
the connected built environment of the future look
like? And when should all of this happen? This panel
will explore all of the pertinent opportunities and
challenges facing government and companies alike
in the world of connected infrastructure.
12:00 PM
Lunch Showcase: A Brave New World of Mobility
Just as the car replaced the horse-drawn carriage in a matter of decades, there are technologies out there
that have the potential to totally upend our understanding of transportation today. This showcase will offer
an opportunity for participants to interact with cutting edge technologies that have the potential to upend
transportation as we know it today. Drones, AV bikes...no cars at all?
12:45 PM
Lunch Keynote
1:40 PM
Who Benefits from Sustainable Mobility?
Employment & equity issues. These are huge
topics of discussion when addressing the future
of mobility and should not be left out of any
discussion about sustainable mobility/innovation.
How will the landscapes be changing and
how can we ensure that noone is left out of the
next generation of mobility?
1:40 PM
The Intersection of Passenger Transportation and the World of Logistics
Emissions reduction; curbside usage; supply-chain
management; sharing/coordinating freight; last-mile
solutions: each sector is grappling with each of these
issues. What can the two sectors learn from each
other?
2:40 PM
Plenary Panel: Government vs. Private Sector: Who Should be Responsible for Which Investment Where?
Who is responsible for investing in this new tech that promises to revolutionize the world of mobility?
Should governments offer incentives for businesses to ensure that their innovations are sustainable? How
can PPPs offer unique solutions? What legacy mobility items need to be preserved and what can we look to
the future to solve?
4:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Friday 26 April 2019
8:30 AM
Breakfast
9:00 AM
Introductory Remarks
9:20 AM
Opening Keynote
10:00 AM

The Preeminence of the Car and US Exceptionalism

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Vision 2025: Tech Taking on Government’s Problems

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11:00 AM

Digitizing the Bureaucracy: Can Government Keep Up with Tech?

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Infrastructure

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12:00 PM

Lunch Showcase: A Brave New World of Mobility

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12:45 PM
Lunch Keynote
1:40 PM

Who Benefits from Sustainable Mobility?

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The Intersection of Passenger Transportation and the World of Logistics

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2:40 PM

Plenary Panel: Government vs. Private Sector: Who Should be Responsible for Which Investment Where?

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4:00 PM
Closing Remarks


Session descriptions


The Preeminence of the Car and US Exceptionalism

The car has been king for the past 70 years. It is
entrenched in our infrastructure, our financial system
and even our cultural heritage. In facing this new world
of exciting sustainable options, how do we extract
ourselves from the shadow of today’s automobility?
And why is this so hard in the US in particular?

Vision 2025: Tech Taking on Government’s Problems

This panel will explore how technology is helping to
solve today’s biggest challenges in mobility: one step
at a time. This is where MaaS and Last-mile solutions
get discussed, exploring what the world of tech is
doing to innovate solutions to government’s biggest
challenges and where exciting new areas of investment
and innovation lie.

Digitizing the Bureaucracy: Can Government Keep Up with Tech?

This panel has two tasks: explore what governments’
existing sustainable priorities are/whether
tech addresses those priorities and explore what
challenges the tech presented in Transportation
in the Future 2.0 presents for governments and
whether governments are properly equipped to
address those challenges.

Infrastructure

What are the exciting new innovations in connected
infrastructure today and how should governments be
thinking about integrating all of these exciting new
technologies into the existing landscape? What might
the connected built environment of the future look
like? And when should all of this happen? This panel
will explore all of the pertinent opportunities and
challenges facing government and companies alike
in the world of connected infrastructure.

Lunch Showcase: A Brave New World of Mobility

Just as the car replaced the horse-drawn carriage in a matter of decades, there are technologies out there
that have the potential to totally upend our understanding of transportation today. This showcase will offer
an opportunity for participants to interact with cutting edge technologies that have the potential to upend
transportation as we know it today. Drones, AV bikes...no cars at all?

Who Benefits from Sustainable Mobility?

Employment & equity issues. These are huge
topics of discussion when addressing the future
of mobility and should not be left out of any
discussion about sustainable mobility/innovation.
How will the landscapes be changing and
how can we ensure that noone is left out of the
next generation of mobility?

The Intersection of Passenger Transportation and the World of Logistics

Emissions reduction; curbside usage; supply-chain
management; sharing/coordinating freight; last-mile
solutions: each sector is grappling with each of these
issues. What can the two sectors learn from each
other?

Plenary Panel: Government vs. Private Sector: Who Should be Responsible for Which Investment Where?

Who is responsible for investing in this new tech that promises to revolutionize the world of mobility?
Should governments offer incentives for businesses to ensure that their innovations are sustainable? How
can PPPs offer unique solutions? What legacy mobility items need to be preserved and what can we look to
the future to solve?