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Unlocking Innovation in Rail networking event on 20 April in Nottingham to preview £4m Train Operator Competition 2016

The eighteenth Unlocking Innovation Scheme networking event, sponsored by Hitachi, is to be held at 9:30 on 20 April in Nottingham, and is expected to preview RSSB’s forthcoming Train Operator Competition 2016, as well as feature its already open Vehicle Dynamics competition.

Places are free of charge but prior registration is essential. The Unlocking Innovation series of events is initiative under the RSSB Innovation Programme, working with and on behalf of the cross industry Technical Strategy Leadership Group (TSLG), the event is open to any organisation that can bring value to the rail industry.


Unlocking Innovation Scheme workshop timetable

Unlocking Innovation Scheme workshop is promised to be a stimulating mix of presentations, elevator pitches, product acceptance surgeries, breakout sessions and opportunities to meet with clients and suppliers. In addition, a “Demo Zone” provides an opportunity for organisations to showcase innovations.   

Workshop content includes:

  • Sponsors Hitachi outlining the importance of continued innovation in delivering excellent service and performance as well as innovation focuses for the future including the 4C’s (Carbon, Cost, Capacity and Customer).
  • A view from the Automotive and Aerospace industries from Claytex, a specialist in system engineering tools used by the automotive and aerospace industries, to provide an insight in to how simulation in these industries is enabling, quicker and better-informed decision making.
  • RSSB’s Innovation Directorate will cover the latest funding opportunities including the recently announced £4.5m co-funded Vehicle Dynamics competition aimed at technical improvements to rail vehicles that reduce costs relating to wheelset & suspension maintenance and track damage; also the £4m Train Operator Competition 2016, which is likely to be launched in April.
  • Innovation is complex and uncertain. Power & Grace/Altran will cover creativity and innovation techniques for getting the most from innovation activities.
  • ATOC will outline supplier opportunities for supporting improvements to Passenger Information During Disruption, enhancing the provision of information to passengers during major disruption/delays so that they can make well-informed travel decisions.
  • Engaging small and medium-sized businesses is one of the Rail Supply Group’s objectives. To support this, a £20m Rail Supply Growth Fund has been created to provide businesses in England with loan funding from £0.5m up to £2.0m to help them finance a range of projects relating to supplying the rail industry. Finance Birmingham, managers of the fund will provide insight on accessing it.
  • Lastly, there will be a range of interactive breakout sessions providing opportunity to delve deeper into specific topics and contribute to ongoing developments including Rail Industry Readiness Levels and the Rail Technical Strategy Capability Delivery Plan.

Registration for the event requires Registration via the Railway Industry Association website.

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