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Tenth Unlocking Innovation Workshop

The tenth workshop in the series that provides resources to help address the obstacles to innovation in the rail sector and nurture a dialogue between clients and suppliers.  Organisations are eligible to participate if they have a technological presence in the UK and capabilities that have potential to benefit the rail sector (domestically or internationally).  The workshop is free to attend but places are limited and available on a 'first come - first served' basis, subject to the need to ensure a good mix of organisations.

The line-up for the day is still being finalised but delegates can expect to benefit from the following:

  1. Challenges in operating and building the Hong Kong metro that may be addressed by innovation – Steve Griffin, General Manager, Procurement and Contracts, MTRC Ltd, Hong Kong
  2. The Department for Transport plans to significantly increase incentives for train operating companies to innovate during their franchises – Chris Brown, Rail Research & Innovation Manager, DfT
  3. Opportunities for remote sensing and big data analytics in measuring and predicting the impact of micro-climate changes on rail operations – Neil Ovenden, Association of Train Operating Companies and Chair, Rail Industry Adhesion Research Group (ARG); Tim Armitage, Arup and ARG member
  4. Much more than post-it notes: how they do innovation at 3M – Paul Corbin, Senior Technical Manager, 3M (widely regarded as one of the most innovative companies in the world)
  5. Rail Networks for the Next Generation – Christian Bird and Ben Rostand, Siemens Apprentices
  6. An update on the work and funding available from the FutureRailway Team (formerly the Enabling Innovation Team) with its Director David Clarke
  7. Creative tools and techniques from Jonne Ceserani that you can take back to the workplace
  8. An opportunity to help delegates form partnerships by presenting ‘elevator pitches’ on the capabilities they’re seeking to help them progress their innovations
  9. Networking opportunities to meet and talk to clients, innovation organisations and suppliers from inside and outside the rail sector
  10. Plenty of other opportunities to make connections using our Innovation Angels, the Transport Knowledge Transfer Network and information in our Market Place
  11. Breakout sessions on the following (to be run in two separate sessions):
  • MTRC & UKTI Focus Group: Exploring the challenges raised above and how suppliers can engage.
  • Network Rail Problem Solving: Reducing slips, trips and falls from slippery sleepers on the track.
  • London Underground Problem Solving: Minimising dwell time at stations whilst maximising personal travel opportunity on an urban railway.
  • UK Tram Problem Solving: How do we make the business case for sustainable green energy additions to our transport system?
  • Transport Systems Catapult Problem Solving: Improving the traveller experience at transport modal interchanges – how do we make the experience of using transport interchanges easier for customers?
  • Transport Systems Catapult Problem Solving: Offering end to end mobility as a service – how do we deliver a truly seamless journey from front door to destination?
  • FutureRailway (Enabling Innovation Team) Focus Group: Developing an Innovation Strategy – aligning your innovation strategy to your business strategy and the specific capabilities you need to develop in order to be a good innovator.
  • FutureRailway (Enabling Innovation Team) Focus Group: Incentivising and encouraging TOC innovation in franchises.
  • UIS Focus Group with UDL: Patents – filing strategies and costs.  The basic information to avoid surprises.
  • UIS Focus Group with Bridgelight: Your chance to have your say in the development of a web based tool for matching companies and funding opportunities.

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Date and time

Start Date :
14/05/14
End Date:
14/05/14
Duration :
10:00 – 16:30
Type :
Workshop

Organiser details

Organiser :
Railway Industry Association

Address details

Venue :
Central London