IT-TRANS 2018: bigger and better than ever before… Karslruhe, we salute you

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As another edition of IT-TRANS ends, UITP asks ourselves, where do we begin?

The 2018 edition of the IT-TRANS International Conference and Exhibition has concluded (Karlsruhe, 6-8 March) and we find ourselves in a congratulatory, but never complacent, mood as we wrapped up the most successful edition yet!

This was the sixth IT-TRANS and with each edition growing through the hard work, dedication and commitment of our staff – and the interest of our attendees – we look back on 2018’s gathering with a great sense of pride.

So what did we need to make IT-TRANS a success?

An outstanding and detailed Conference programme. An inspirational keynote speaker. A worldwide campaign launch on advancing women in public transport. A staff dedicated to delivering the best-ever edition. Done, done, done and done!

And we have the statistics to back up the success…

580 participants in our Conference
12,000 sqm of Exhibition
6,000 visitors
89 Speakers from 22 countries, including Mayors, Ministers and session chairs
Altogether providing 23 hours of speech
No male-only panels
31 percent women speakers/chairs/panellists

It’s clear to see that the growing significance of digital solutions for public transport is reflected in the visitor count. For the exhibition – a huge thanks to our partners at KMK - 6,000 international experts attended, up from 5,000 in 2016.

Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre was the venue for this global event. And when we say global, we mean global.

IT-TRANS played host to leaders from some 60 nations. Roughly one in seven visitors came from outside Europe. All continents were represented, with marked growth in visitors from the Middle East, Africa and Australia. 

As well as offering up highly-informative and engaging Conference sessions on everything from our seven themes of Data and the API economy, Customer relations, Enabling new mobility solutions and MAAS, Ticketing and payment, Operations & maintenance, Cyber Security and Autonomous vehicles, and everything else in between, IT-TRANS was the place where the sector met to exchange, discuss and invent IT solutions and drill down into the issues such as account-based ticketing, the API economy, on-demand travel and more.

These subjects are changing the business so the need to discuss them was and is now.

Our brilliant keynote speaker Olivier Van Duüren delivered a speech that not only engaged and encouraged our gathered audience to ‘find their sparkle’ but it was a speech that excited our social media audience like never before! Thanks Olivier!

As well as staying ahead of the curve on all things digitalisation in public transport, UITP was proud to combine IT-TRANS with International Women’s Day. During an event at our UITP stand, we launched our video for #PT4ME. UITP also sat down with some of the women speakers and panellists from our Conference to gather their thoughts on women in public transport.

Joining us at our UITP stand was Karla González, Global responsible for Gender and the Practice Manager for South Asia Region at the Transport and Digital Development Division of the World Bank. UITP is incredibly proud to have partnered with the World Bank on this vitally important issue – watch this space for more on women in public transport going forward!

If you were one of many who chose to engage with us on our social media channels then you will be familiar with our official #ITTRANS. Thank you to all who participated with the hashtag as during the second day of our Conference (Wednesday 7th March) it became the Number 1 Trend in all of Belgium!

Keen for even more news on IT-TRANS? Of course you are! Read our highlights from the event!

Read the views and thoughts from some of our female Conference participants

Read our concluding interview with keynote speaker Olivier Van Duüren here

If you're a member, get details, quotes, key takeways, pictures and more from each session on MyNetwork!

And finally, download our official post-Conference press release 

Karlsruhe, we salute you! 

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