New technologies and tools are constantly being further developed and explored and have garnered attention as ways to engage more stakeholders in community planning and decision-making efforts. To demonstrate some of the great tools available out there, we hosted the second annual Tech Fair, along with EPA and the Open Planning Tools Group, at the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference last month.
These tools are about creatively engaging people with interactive planning experiences. We chose to demonstrate them accordingly, as opposed to having tool providers deliver a short presentation while conference-goers passively sit and watch. We wanted to foster more interactive demonstration and dialogue, giving attendees the opportunity to ask questions, meet and collaborate, experiment with technologies, and apply them directly to their own real-life scenarios. The Tech Fair became an open house to enable tool developers to demonstrate their real value in smart planning to conference attendees.
With thirteen different tool providers demonstrating their innovative tools, the Tech Fair was the place to find cutting edge tools for scenario planning, opportunity mapping, crowdsourced planning, and community engagement. PlaceMatters provided our custom-built touchtables for providers to live-demonstrate many of the tools. We were also able to share some of the tools PlaceMatters has been developing, including CrowdGauge, Brainstorm Anywhere, and WALKscope.
Tools being demonstrated included:
- UrbanFootprint from Calthorpe Associates
- Envision Tomorrow from Fregonese Associates, Inc.
- CommunityViz from Placeways
- Denver Regional Equity Atlas from DRCOG
- Community Analyst Online from ESRI
- Smart Location Database from US EPA
- Location Affordability Portal from US HUD and DOT
- Shareabouts & Plan in a Box from OpenPlans
- Urban Forest Cloud Web Apps from Plan-It Geo
- BrightPages from Urban Interactive Studio