Announcement Planning & Technology Conference

I’m helping plan this conference at MIT in April. We opened registration and announced the call for papers today.



Friday, April 8, 2011
11:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: MIT Building 9


New technologies are transforming how we communicate, expanding access to data and information, and revolutionizing how we understand and navigate our cities. Join a diverse groups of practitioners, scholars, students, and citizens for a half-day conference on the impact of these changes on the field of urban planning. Held one day before the start of the American Planning Association’s National Conference (also in Boston), this will be an opportunity to meet innovators from around New England and the across the nation.

The event will include discussion of urban modeling, urban sensing for planning, planning support systems, meeting technology, social media and Web 2.0 tools, and gaming for participation.


Register using the following link. Registration is free:


Participants have four options for presentations:
– Lightning Talks – presenters will have 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, advance automatically.
– Paper Session – Presentation of a paper, submitted two weeks before the conference. Should be no more than 5-10 pages.
– Presentation Session – Presentation without a formal paper, A/V materials optional.
– Idea Session – A facilitated conversation on a topic. Will be finalized on the day of the conference.

If you would like to present, submit the presenter name(s), presentation type, and proposed presentation title to rob.goodspeed at by Friday, February 25. The timeline for presentations is below.

Friday, 2/25 – Title and Abstracts due for presenters
Monday, 2/28 – Accepted presenters notified
Monday, 3/28 – Papers and final presentation titles due
Friday, 4/8 – Conference day

For more information see the conference website:
Or contact planningtech at

Author: Rob Goodspeed


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