The 2016 Trapeze User Conference (UC) is only two months away and I’m already fully immersed into making this year’s conference more valuable, engaging and exciting than last year’s. One of the perks of living and breathing the UC is knowing how we are shaking it up with some fresh additions to the program.
Here’s a look at some of the new things we have planned for you this year.
1. Hands-on Training for Operations Management Solution Technology (OPS)
You asked, we listened! We’re introducing a hands-on training track for our OPS technology. This will provide refresher training to power users who want to brush up on their OPS expertise or beginners who want in-person assistance to get started.
“We’ve never hosted an OPS hands-on session before – over the years, we’ve had many requests and now we’re finally bringing it to the conference. It will be great to get customer feedback on these so we can make them even better for next year,” said Brian Canivet, Enterprise Architect at Trapeze Group. “Rumor has it that Kevin Gilfoyle, Product Director of OPS, will be bearing his favorite Hawaiian shirt Tuesday afternoon!” Definitely a must see!
2. Theme-Based Agenda
We’re always looking for ways to provide you with more valuable information. This year’s agenda is themed as follows: Ridership, Productivity (Maintenance), Productivity (Scheduling & Dispatch), Passenger Experience, Funding & Faring and Transit Technology.
“This format will allow us to provide more industry-related content and broaden discussions beyond just technology. It should allow our customers to learn more about what their peers in the industry are doing to solve common problems,” said Jeff Moore, Vice-President of Product Development & Delivery at Trapeze Group.
3. Exciting New Session Formats
Roundtable and panel discussions are the perfect formats for in-depth interaction between participants, which is why they’re a focus for us this year.
“The peer-to-peer networking is one of the most important benefits of Trapeze conference attendance,” explained Brett Koenig, Industry Solution Manager for our Enterprise Asset Management.
Jeff Zarr, our Industry Solutions Manager for Demand Response, added “I’m very excited about the new session format being solution-based sessions and the customer-led roundtables. I believe that learning from your peers is something really important to our customers.”
4. Shark Tank: Trapeze Style
If you’ve ever watched Shark Tank (it’s similar to Dragons’ Den for you Canadian readers), we’re offering you a chance to pitch your idea for a new product or feature for inclusion in the Demand Response product suite. All you need to do is to convince our panel of sharks why your idea is the best.
5. More Technical Tours
Our technical tours are always a highlight of the conference (special thanks to last year’s host, Lynx). This year, San Antonio VIA Metropolitan Transit will be hosting the Technical Tours and I'll let you hear directly from their Deputy CEO, Keith Hom, on what's in store:
"During the 2016 Trapeze UC, VIA will lead technical tours scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, April 4-6. Tours will cover VIA’s new state-of-the-art multimodal transit center, Centro Plaza at VIA Villa, which opened for service in November 2015, offering modern amenities, including free 4G LTE WiFi, sustainable energy components, and a landmark public art piece that is a beacon for travelers. The VIA Villa complex is also home to The Grand, a historic train depot that now serves as VIA's Corporate Headquarters. Tours will also visit the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) TransGuide facility, home to the TxDOT San Antonio District’s Operations Dispatch Center, along with other regional partners.
This year, anyone wishing to attend a tech tour will need to sign up at the conference on site.
6. Networking Hour
We know you want to find time to meet with other agencies and share problem-solving tips and success stories which is why this year we are hosting a networking hour. During this time, our ISMs will be available to answer any questions or take some time to chat with other attendees on your unique agency challenges or best practices.
7. Three Times the Keynote
One of the things I’m most excited about this year is our keynote speaker, Greg Lindsay, a journalist, urbanist, senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management and a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute.
In addition to Greg, I’m delighted to announce we’ll have two additional keynotes this year to provide you with more valuable content than ever before.
I’m so excited with the new improvements we are bringing to 2016 UC and hope you are too.
For more information and to register, please visit the Trapeze UC website. Remember, early bird pricing ends on March 4, 2016. Hope to see you there!
Victoria Fulton is the Marketing Program Manager at Trapeze Group. She manages the Trapeze UC and other events Trapeze participates in.
Her favorite part of her job is meeting customers and developing relationships with transit professionals all over the world. Victoria graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Arts, Honors in Sociology, where she specialized in consumer behaviour. Victoria is also our resident fashionista with a true eye for style. And yes, she is Dave Fulton’s daughter!