Please join us for the second annual

Cameron Rian Hays Outside the Box Transportation Innovations Conference

In the world of transportation and transportation challenges, it is imperative that we foster the development and implementation of new ideas. Instead of offering the same old solutions – turning the proverbial wheel, but not moving forward – the Cameron Rian Hays Outside the Box Competition and Conference encourage young professionals to think creatively and offer new and innovative solutions to complicated transportation policy challenges.

The Cameron Rian Hays Transportation Innovations Conference hosted by George Mason University School of Public Policy (and sponsors), seeks to support innovative and “outside the box” solutions to challenges in transportation. The conference coincides with the Cameron Rian Hays Competition and serves as a platform for spotlighting transportation innovation, particularly as developed by students and young professionals. It will consider the complex and diverse challenges and solutions facing transportation initiatives in the public and private sectors.

This competition and conference, a memorial tribute, has been made possible through the generosity of the family of Cameron Rian Hays, an “outside the box” thinking Master’s graduate of the George Mason University School of Public Policy.

Conference Date Friday June 27th

From a pool of outstanding and creative entries, 3 winners will be selected!
Come celebrate with them and be part of the conversation!


Earl Kaing, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, “Taxi-Transit Integration: Thinking Outside the Bus”

Danny Yoder, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University; and Dorothy Kieu Le, Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services (RUDOTS), “Social Transit”

Adam Davidson, PhD Candidate, Geography, City University of New York Graduate Center, “Smarter Fares: Creating the Transit Virtual Network Operator”

Join us at 2:30pm in Founders Hall on the Arlington Campus of George Mason University for presentations and panel discussions of the 3 winning entries. Dr. Laurie Schintler will moderate our esteemed Blue Ribbon Panel, including Hooks Johnston of Valhalla Partners, John G. Milliken, Esq. of Venable LLP. and Art Guzzetti, Vice President of Policy for APTA as they discuss the innovations proposed by the winning young professionals, with an opportunity for audience Q&A.

Last year’s winner, Josie Kressner, Ph.D. will share the progress she has made since winning the competition.

New this year – Come hear Keynote Speaker, Gil Penalosa, CEO of 8-80 Cities share his ideas on how to create vibrant and healthy cities for all.

A reception will immediately follow the awards presentation.

Reserve your free ticket now!