AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) — Tern Bicycles founder Josh Hon has been selected as an expert for a panel discussion on urban transportation at next month’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference.
Organized by The Wall Street Journal, the Standardized City-Optimized Utility Transport (SCOUT) panel will explore the so-called “last mile” in urban transportation — and how cities can efficiently connect homes, offices and other individual endpoints to the larger grid.
The idea of SCOUT is that people will start to use a safe, compact, efficient personal vehicle for the last mile of commuting, designed around the needs of users and the limitations of rapid transit and urban life.
“Solving this issue is at the cornerstone of our business,” said Hon, who founded folding-bike maker Tern in 2011. “All aspects of Tern bikes are designed to improve personal mobility in an urban setting by functionally enabling and inspiring multi-modal transportation. It’s an honor to have been chosen to contribute to the larger conversation with this group of thought leaders.”
Hon’s co-panelists will include Jeff Yang of The Wall Street Journal, Gabriel Wartofsky of Conscious Commuter, and Qing Shen of the University of Washington.