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Twelfth Unlocking Innovation Workshop

The twelfth 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:

  1. The Network Rail Technical Strategy and what it means for you – Stuart Cheshire, Head of Technology and Innovation, Network Rail
  2. 1 to 1 surgeries with Network Rail on how to negotiate their product acceptance process
  3. Using creative techniques to explore ideas on how to help drivers maintain situational awareness – Darrell Mann, CEO, Systematic Innovation and Nick Chadwick, Deputy Head of Drivers, Virgin Trains
  4. Opportunities from European funding and collaborations – Daniel Persson, Rail Technical Specialist, FutureRailway
  5. Case study: The smart washer - from concept to prototype – Greg Horler, Technical Director, Smart Component Technologies
  6. Opportunities for subsidised testing at Long Marston through the FutureRailway Testing Voucher Scheme – Robert Hopkin, Executive Director, Rail Alliance
  7. An update on the work and funding available from the FutureRailway Team (formerly the Enabling Innovation Team) with its Director David Clarke
  8. An update on Bridgelight Connect: a new web based tool developed with UIS for matching companies and funding opportunities – James McGilvray, Director, Bridgelight 
  9. 1 to 1 surgeries with Urquhart-Dykes & Lord patent attorney David Stanners on management of intellectual property
  10. An opportunity to help delegates form partnerships by presenting ‘elevator pitches’ on the capabilities they’re seeking to help them progress their innovations - including the funded entrants for the Tomorrow's Train Design Today competition (click here to see posters)
  11. Networking opportunities to meet representatives from Network Rail, London Underground, Centro/UKTram, Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), Unipart Rail, FutureRailway, Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board), the Transport Community of the KTN,  Rail Research UK Association, and the Manufacturing Advisory Service – not to mention many suppliers from inside as well as outside the rail sector.
  12. Breakout sessions:
  • London Underground Problem Exploration:  How to create a system or process that can give early warning of a suicide risk event with sufficient time to allow intervention.
  • London Underground Problem Exploration:  How to create a system or process that will allow indication of passengers becoming ill on trains prior to any impact on the operational rail network.
  • Digitally Enabling Electrification (Laing O'Rourke, Atkins, Imperial College and dhp11) Focus Group:  How to make the best use of digital technologies such as 3D modelling to streamline delivery of electrification schemes
  • Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board) Focus Group:  Your chance to inform the scope of an Innovate UK / Future Railway competition to continue to drive innovation in the rail sector.
  • FutureRailway Focus Group:  Shift2Rail leaving the platform late 2014 – the train is quite full but there’s still chance to get on board.
  • FutureRailway Focus Group:  How can we encourage greater collaboration with TOCs for innovation in franchising.
  • UIS Focus Group with Systematic Innovation:  Application of TRIZ in generating solutions to innovation problems.
  • FutureRailway Networking Group:  Opportunity to meet funded entrants for the Tomorrow's Train Design Today competition who are seeking collaborations in the rail sector in order to progress their entries (click here to see posters).

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Railway Industry Association

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