FreightWaves is launching its inaugural Transparency18 conference, focusing on freight technology and the economy. The conference is set to take place from May 22-23 in Atlanta, Ga.

The first day of Transparency18 will feature short, live presentations for companies to showcase their new or emerging technologies or products.

The presentations will consist of engaging live, simulated or video-assisted demonstrations. Companies interested in participating in Demo Day can submit an application through March 9, 2018.

The morning of day two will feature keynote speakers, followed by afternoon sessions focused on financial, technology, and commercial tracks.

Keynote speakers will include author and thought-leader Tony Seba, futurist Jason Schenker, blockchain researcher Bettina Warburg, and business executive Don Tapscott.

“We are borrowing formats seen in other industries, such as financial services, that give the chance for early stage companies, investors, and established companies to actually experience the innovations first-hand rather than reading a Powerpoint,” said Jeff Mason, managing director of FreightWaves.

“The format is much more immersive and will focus on the digitization of the industry," he added. "It’s an important opportunity for organizations and individuals to connect, learn, collaborate, and ultimately impact the future of the industry.”

The conference will unofficially begin with "Hack The Industry" on April 13-15. That event will see some 500 students converge at the Georgia Institute of Technology campus in Atlanta to work on solving industry problems. A selection committee will review and choose a winner, who will be given one of the 25 coveted slots on Demo Day to present their solution to industry executives and potential investors.

In conjunction with Transparency18, the Blockchain in Transport Alliance will also hold a membership meeting. Members do not have to attend Transparency18 to attend the BiTA meeting.

Conference tickets can be purchased online at