I recently gave a talk on the topic of “Urban Mobility and Innovation” at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where I am currently studying. I was positively surprised by the turnout for the event as there are currently few formal groups focusing on urban issues at the GSB.
The reason I did this talk is because I have heard many people wanting to work in this field after graduation, despite not having a background in it. I believe that entrepreneurs and business leaders going into transportation, logistics and real estate markets markets could benefit significantly in their businesses by learning the fundamentals of urban development and planning.
In this talk, I tried to explain how urban planning impacts new transportation technologies, as well as how new technologies are being adopted by city governments and regarded by urban planners worldwide. Some topics covered were:
– How does urban planning limit or incentivize sustainable transportation?
– Why are some cities walkable/bikeable and others not?
– Why does mass transit fail in the US?
– Solving traffic with tech: parking sensors and congestion pricing
– Microtransit and low tech transportation: ideas from developing countries
– The impact of autonomous vehicles and the Boring Company
This event took place on Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 and was co-sponsored by the GSB Real Estate Club and the GSB Tech Club.