We’re excited for the Portland Bike Theft Summit tomorrow (12/10) and hope you are too.
As I mentioned last week, I’ve put together three panel discussions that will be the meat of the event. The discussions will tackle key pieces of the bike theft puzzle including: prevention, recovery, enforcement, parking design, and more.
Today I want to highlight a few other things I’m looking forward to.
The same way I approach your comments here on the blog — as having equal weight and importance as the words we type in stories — is the way I like to approach events. What I mean by that is, I want people in the crowd to participate and contribute just like the panelists. On that note, I’ll be calling on people in the crowd to be a part of the event.
In addition to Q & A sessions, there are two parts of the agenda where this will happen most: the Solutions Slam and Bike Theft Storytime.
It seems like everyone has a bike theft story. If you have one and would like to share it on stage, please sign up at the event. There’s only one catch: Stories must be 30 seconds or less.
I know there are a lot of ideas about bike theft solutions out there. We will likely touch on some of them during our panel discussions; but there’s simply not enough time to go into detail about all of them. (My thought is that this Summit will help create an advocacy framework where we can start to pursue solutions in a more organized and prioritized way.) The Solutions Slam will be a chance to give a shout-out to your big idea. I’ll share a few of my own and call on audience members to do the same.
The final feature of the event will the Lock Stars Competition. Five contestants will battle to see who is the most proficient locker-upper. They’ll be timed for speed and also judged on their locking method. The combination of those two factors will decide the winner.
See you there!