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Divvyde and Conquer: How a City and a Startup Changed Transportation in Chicago

  • Oct 9, 2013 · 6:00 PM

For our next Tech In Motion, we're excited to have Elliot Greenberger, the Deputy General Manager with Alta Bicycle Share (the operator of the Divvy bike share system) and Scott Kubly, Managing Deputy at the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). Together they are going to discuss how government and private companies/startups can work together to help better our communities. 

By now most of you have probably seen the blue bicycles riding around town, and many of you probably live near a docking station where the bikes are parked. Fun fact: the docking stations are solar powered!

About Divvy:

Divvy is Chicago’s bike sharing system with 4,000 bikes and 400 stations across the city. Intended to provide Chicagoans with an additional transportation option for getting around the city, Divvy is fun, easy, and affordable.

A bike sharing system consists of a fleet of specially designed, heavy-duty, very durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations located throughout a city. Divvy bikes can be rented from and returned to any station in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible combinations of start and end points.

About Elliot:

Elliot was the Marketing Director for the launch of Divvy, Chicago's bike share system, and currently serves as Deputy General Manager overseeing marketing and operations. 

Previously, he led marketing at See3, a boutique marketing agency that runs educational, advocacy, and fundraising campaigns for nonprofits. There he worked with clients such as Ad Council, American Cancer Society, Refugees International, Sierra Club, and Animal Legal Defense Fund and ran the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards in partnership with YouTube. 

Elliot earned an MBA at Yale School of Management, where his work with the Program on Social Enterprise focused on the role of business in delivering social and environmental impact.

About Scott:

Scott Kubly is Managing Deputy Commissioner at CDOT. Throughout his career Scott has provided entrepreneurial leadership in launching and expanding innovative transportation services. His focus while at CDOT has been implementing Divvy and installing 100 miles of protected bike lanes, making roads safer through installing speed cameras in Children’s Safety Zones, Bus Rapid Transit, and activating our public space. Prior to joining CDOT, Scott served as Associate Director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, managing their transit services, bike sharing and streetcar program.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Geography from the University of Missouri, a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas, and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School.

As always, food and beverages will be provided by our sponsors, Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates! Our Platinum sponsor Microsoft will also be onsite giving a brief demonstration of Internet Explorer and Divvy will be giving away free 24 hour passes to the first 50 people to show up to the event! 

See how Microsoft rethinks exploring the internet with their new IE - the first browser built from the ground up for touch.  Get a first look (or should we say touch) at the newest IE11 version coming to Windows 8.1 at Chicago’s Tech in Motion. Plus who knows… once you #MeetIE, you might get a little something extra ;)

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  • JP B.

    Just noticed that Divvy's parent, Bixi, is now broke. What does that mean for Chicago and Divvy?

    January 21, 2014

    • Christine P.

      I know, I saw that! Nuts! But I read it as it was the company that supplied the bikes that when bankrupt, so Divvy itself should be okay as long as they find someone else to make their bikes. It could be a good thing for Chicago if Divvy uses local shops to supply. http://www.suntimes.c...­

      1 · January 21, 2014

    • JP B.

      It's the company that supplies everything for Divvy: software, hardware, bikes, et al. They built the system on taxpayer money, sold it to other cities, and aren't able to pay back what they borrowed. It most likely sounds like Bixi will be selling off the international parts as soon as they can find a buyer who won't balk at the deal.

      January 21, 2014

  • Brad T.

    Enjoyed it! I like the fact that the intros and presentations aren't too heavy, although a little more info about the business side of the equation would have been interesting to me. I'm definitely a proponent of bike share, but is it a good business? I didn't expect the full answer last night. Lastly, being from (tech savvy and progressive) San Francisco the perception I felt there just recently was it wasn't getting the traction (sorry, no pun intended) in their program. Here is a timely piece in the SF paper about Bay Area Bike Share (run by Alta)

    I was definitely sold on trying it here in Chicago. Thanks!

    October 10, 2013

  • Jason R.

    Would enjoy another update from Alta/Divvy and CDOT next year!

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • Larry T.

    Apologies, unfortunately I'm not going to be able to make it tonight.

    October 9, 2013

  • Alex G.

    My first event @1871! I can't wait to meet everyone there. Love this city =)

    2 · October 9, 2013

    • Arelia J.

      1871 is such a great space. You'll love it!

      October 9, 2013

  • Ryan L.

    Looking forward to networking and finding a freelance or contract role and market my startup and learn about others stories!

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • A former member
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    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm into community, technology, and alternative transportation. How could I miss this?

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Who would Divvy consider their direct competitor(s)?

    September 29, 2013

    • Jennifer D.

      Great question Ben. Are you going to be able to attend the event on Wednesday? I know that our presenters from Divvy and the CDOT are planning to have a Q&A portion of the night where they can answer questions like this.

      October 7, 2013

  • Bob W.

    A lot at people are working at making information available to benefit the public. Divvy seems to be taking the opposite approach.....

    Divvy Shuts Down Inventor's 'Well Done' Mile-Counting App This seems to conflict with what this group is trying to accomplish.

    September 29, 2013

    • Jennifer D.

      Hi Bob - this is a really interesting article! Are you planning to attend the event? This will be a great question to ask the presenters during the Q&A portion of the night!

      October 7, 2013

  • Hafez

    Will be attending

    September 30, 2013

  • Corey T.

    I love Divvy

    1 · September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to learning more about these bikes. I see them everywhere! What time do the speakers come on? Thanks.

    September 19, 2013

    • Jennifer D.

      Typically we will network until about 6:30/6:45 then the speakers will begin. Looking forward to seeing you there!

      September 20, 2013

  • Joe H.

    I look forward to meeting everyone on Oct 8th!

    2 · September 18, 2013

    • Christine P.

      So glad you're able to come out, Joe!

      2 · September 18, 2013

    • Joe H.

      Thank you :)

      September 18, 2013

  • Edie G.

    Is Divvy a private or a public company? If it's public can you tell me the stock symbol please?

    September 15, 2013

  • Mehul P.

    Where are the bikes near union station madison stairway or adams entrance & what does it cost to bike 1 way?

    September 13, 2013

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