Organisers of last week’s ITS World Congress in Melbourne say that just shy of 11,500 delegates from more than 70 countries attended the widely-praised event.
“We’re absolutely delighted that over 11,400 delegates from around the world have attended the World Congress – particularly as we had hoped for 7,000,” said Brian Negus, Chair of the World Congress Board of Directors and President of ITS Australia.
“ITS is a vastly diverse industry, so it was fantastic to have 73 countries represented and to see so many new products, new partnerships and world first innovations announced during the week. This was in addition to the myriad of world first demonstrations using the newest technology platforms,” he added.
“Not only are we hugely impressed and appreciative of the effort all our delegates, exhibitors and visitors made, we are confident they will walk away with great ideas for their businesses, and for governments to implement new ideas and innovative solutions to deliver better mobility and sustainability in their home country.”
More than 2,500 students and members of the public attended the exhibition. “ITS Australia has an acute interest in the future of our industry – so it is imperative that we are engaging our youth to lead the charge,” said ITS Australia CEO Susan Harris.
“To support this, ITS Australia established a series of programs designed to champion the industry’s future innovators and foster their growth in our industry. These programs have run over the past 18 months and culminated at the Congress, ranging from schools based innovation challenges, to a Hackathon and student essay competition as part of the newly formed Future Innovators Club.”
Smart Highways editor Paul Hutton was in Melbourne all week reporting from the event. You can hear his podcasts here (they are well worth a listen) which were produced thanks to the sponsorship of Cubic Transportation Systems, Mott MacDonald, PTV Group, Swarco, Jenoptik, Xerox, MVIS/Bartco and GTT Global Traffic Technologies.