National Transportation Data Challenge

 9am-3pm PT, May 3

2 May 2017 – Trainings + Welcome Reception

1:00pm -
3:00pm PDT
AWS Open Data in the Cloud Lunch and Learn (Amazon, 1915 Terry Ave, Seattle WA 98101) Visit Amazon Web Services’ offices for lunch and demonstrations of how massive transportation datasets are being shared and analyzed in the cloud. Learn how the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission uses Amazon S3 to make over 1 billion trip records publicly available and how Amazon Athena can be used to query those records in seconds. Amazon will also share how Amazon Athena can now be used to query OpenStreetMap. The demos will be followed by an open discussion about sharing large datasets in the cloud and guidance on how participants can receive promotional credits to experiment with AWS on their own. UPDATE: We are at capacity, but others are welcome to join remotely via WebEx (415-655-0003 | PIN: 648 123 667 | password AMAZON).
9:30am -
4:30pm PDT
Microsoft Azure Training (UW eScience Institute, 3910 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98195) The Azure workshop will familiarize researchers and data scientists with big data storage, machine learning and advanced analytics, cognitive intelligence, container and batch services. Instruction is hands-on; participants will spend most of the day working on proctored labs. Each attendee will receive an Azure Pass with a $500 Azure credit that can be used up to one month after the workshop. UPDATE: We are at capacity, but stay tuned for future trainings in each of the hub regions.
4:30pm -
6:00pm PDT
Welcome Reception + Fireside Chat with U.S. Department of Transportation, the West Big Data Innovation Hub, and the Pacific Northwest National Lab (University of Washington, WRF Data Science Studio)
Join us at the UW eScience Institute, 3910 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98195 a welcome reception and a Fireside Chat with Dan Morgan, Chief Data Officer of the U.S. Department of Transportation; Meredith Lee, Executive Director of the West Big Data Innovation Hub; Andrew Lumsdaine, UW-PNNL Distinguished Faculty Fellow; and Sarah Stone, co-Executive Director of the eScience Institute. Hear what your colleagues have learned at the cloud demos/trainings, and meet Challenge participants and supporters!

3 May 2017 – All day Launch Event + Reception, Husky Union Building (HUB) Lyceum, UW Campus, directions & parking info

Live-streaming services will be 9:00am-3:00pm PT

8:30am PDTRegistration + Light Breakfast
9:00am PDTWelcome from the Regional Big Data Innovation Hubs
  • Sarah Stone, Executive Director, eScience Institute + Deputy Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub;
  • Meredith Lee, Executive Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub
9:10am PDTKeynote Address
  • Daniel Morgan, Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation
9:40am PDTData and tools to understand and enhance road user safety
  • Linda Ng Boyle, Professor and Department Chair, UW Industrial & Systems Engineering
10:00am PDTPanel: How Cloud Computing Can Enable Transportation Data Science
Moderator: Bernease Herman (Data Scientist, eScience Institute).
Panelists include:
  • Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, UW + Principal Investigator, West Big Data Innovation Hub;
  • Rob Fatland, Director of Cloud and Data Solutions, University of Washington;
  • Vani Mandava, Director, Data Science Outreach, Microsoft Research;
  • Franz Loewenherz, Principal Planner, City of Bellevue; Will Curran, Program Manager, Google Cloud
10:45am PDTBreak
11:00am PDTChallenges and Opportunities for Transportation Analytics
  • Bill Howe, Associate Professor, UW and Co-PI, West Big Data Innovation Hub
11:30am PDTPanel:Transportation Collaborations Across Industry, Academia, Nonprofits, and Government
Moderator: Kristin Tufte, Portland State University.
Panelists include:
  • Mamie Marcuss, Director of Programs, Challenge Seattle;
  • Steve Barham, Data Scientist, City of Seattle;
  • Christine Kendrick, ‎Air Quality Lead/Smart Cities Project Manager, City of Portland;
  • Mark Hallenbeck, Director of the Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
12:15pm PDTLunch on your own: HUB has extensive lunch options
1:30pm PDTLightning Talks + Demos: Tool Developers, Data Stewards, Community Leaders: planned talks include updates from the City of New York / Northeast Hub, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor / Midwest Hub, Satori, ESRI / South Hub, Project Jupyter, UC Berkeley, University of Washington, University of Wyoming, Portland State University, City of Seattle, Amazon, City of Los Angeles / Data Science Inc, Splunk, and University of Chicago / Data Science for Social Good. (Interested in sharing your project + having Challenge teams build upon it? Contact
2:30pm PDTOverview of Challenge Categories + Resources | End of Livestream
3:00pm PDTCoffee + More Demos around the auditorium by Tool Developers and Data Stewards
Small Groups: Team Formation
Participants will form teams around Challenge Categories, with “living posters” to plan their project scope and to encourage feedback from mentors and other participants. Participating remotely? Join us on Slack ( and our Google Docs Team Formation space.
5:00pm PDTRemarks by Christine Gregoire, 22nd Governor of Washington
Join us as Governor Gregoire shares insights and updates about Challenge Seattle and public-private transportation partnerships
5:15pm PDTReception in collaboration with Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing (NIAC) Smart Mobility / Transportation Workshop

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