Keynote Speaker

Carlo Ratti: An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life, his work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. He is currently serving as cochair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, and as special advisor on Urban Innovation to the European Commission.

Additional Speakers

TransOvation brings together some of the brightest minds in transportation development and business for a one-of-a-kind interactive learning event that will help you increase productivity and profit for your employer.

ted-zoli-speakerTed Zoli, a heralded bridge engineer and a senior vice president at HNTB, is a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient. Esquire magazine profiled Zoli in a 2010 cover story, “The Brightest: 16 Geniuses Who Give Us Hope.” Zoli also teaches at Princeton and Columbia.
john-hillman-speakerJohn Hillman,chairman, CEO and president at HCB, he won the 2010 Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine “Award of Excellence” for development of the Hybrid Composite Beam. ENR said Hillman has an “obsession that sets out to transform the infrastructure world for the better.”
Ross Smith, director of test at Skype (a Microsoft Company) is one of the nation’s top innovation thought leaders. Having spent over 20 years developing and testing software for tech giant Microsoft, Smith knows how to cultivate an environment that can lead to increased collaboration, productivity and profit. He holds five patents and has been featured in the “Wall Street Journal,” The Economist,” CNBC and MSNBC.

Stephen Buckley, vice president and Northeast manager for Planning, Environment and Traffic at WSP. He has over 20 years of experience in many aspects of the transportation industry, including design, operations, maintenance, policy, planning, programming, and funding. Buckley most recently served as general manager of Transportation for the City of Toronto, and has addressed over two dozen state DOTs, MPOs and transit agencies about how public sector agencies can plan for and shape the introduction of automated vehicles in cities.

Jascha Franklin-Hodge: Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed Jascha Franklin-Hodge as the city’s chief information officer in June 2014. He leads programs to enhance online service delivery, empower city employees with effective digital tools, and improve access to technology and the Internet for all Boston neighborhoods.