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Thirteenth Unlocking Innovation Workshop

The thirteenth 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 EU 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 currently as follows (although subject to change):

1.      Creating added value from collaborating with suppliers on innovation – Simon Addyman, Programme Manager, London Underground, and Danny Duggan, Project Director, Dragados UK

2.      1+1=3 - how to be more innovative and create more value from great collaborative relationships – Jill Clancy, Director Change & Collaboration, Atkins Rail

3.      How the Transport Systems Catapult can help with innovation with Martin Tugwell, Head of Business Development

4.      Briefing on FutureRailway's £4.4m 100% funded powertrain challenge competition

5.      Who on earth should I go to for funding and/or help with building collaborations? David Clarke, Director, FutureRailway; Martin Brennan, Shift2Rail, FutureRailway; Louise Mothersole Horizon 2020 UK National Contract Point for Transport, Innovate UK; and, Nick Jones, Lead Technologist - Transport Technologies, Innovate UK

6.      Exploring behavioural issues while investigating a challenge from London Underground on integrating datasets from disparate communication channels – Richard Madders, Managing Director, Arcadia Alive

7.      Case study: WITT energy harvester - from concept to prototype and beyond – Mairi Wickett, Chief Executive Officer, WITT Energy Solutions

8.      Delivering the future railway and what it means to you – James Hardy, Head of Strategy Support, FutureRailway

9.      Opportunities for innovation at Network Rail's Rail Innovation & Development Centre (RIDC) with Mike Campion, Business Manager

10.      Opportunities for innovation at Long Marston – Robert Hopkin, Executive Director, Rail Alliance

11.    An opportunity to help delegates form partnerships by presenting ‘elevator pitches’ on the capabilities they’re seeking to help them progress their innovations

12.    Networking opportunities to meet representatives from Network Rail, London Underground, Centro/UKTram, Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), 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

13.    New to this workshop a demonstration zone for suppliers of innovative products that are currently being developed and not yet in the market place (please note that space in the zone needs to be booked and agreed in advance and the products must be portable)

14.    1 to 1 surgeries:

·        Network Rail on how to negotiate their product acceptance process

·        London Underground on how to negotiate their product acceptance process

·        Urquhart-Dykes & Lord on management of intellectual property

15.    Breakout sessions:

·        London Underground Problem Exploration:  How to reduce the risk of passengers stepping into the gap between the train and the platform edge on London Underground's curved platforms by reducing the gap with a passive product design that does not need human intervention, or other  control system and will not need significant infrastructure investment to install?

·        Network Rail Problem Exploration:  Busier stations are making audio announcements ineffective and display boards lead to congested station concourses, as well as being completely inaccessible to blind and partially sighted people.  How might we use handheld devices to help all rail users find their way around stations, what might such personal data services look like and how would they evolve in the future?

·        Network Rail Problem Exploration:  How might we prevent ballast fouling, flooding and wet beds at level crossings where highway runoff carries silt and debris?

·        Subscan Problem Exploration:  How to reduce costs through reliable mapping of underground utilities by using the recently introduced BSI PAS 128 'Specification for underground utility detection, verification and location' - an introduction with case studies and technology along with brainstorming to adapt it for the rail industry.

·        FutureRailway Briefing:  The recently announced £4.4m 100% funded powertrain challenge competition.

·        Innovate UK Focus Group:  Guidance and assistance for SMEs on opportunities from Horizon 2020's small business instrument.

·        FutureRailway Focus Group:  How does your company's ability to innovate compare with others?  Using a new capability self assessment tool to improve how you innovate.

·        Network Rail Focus Group:  Your chance to inform the development of Network Rail's Rail Innovation & Development Centre (RIDC).

·        FutureRailway Focus Group:  How can we encourage greater collaboration with TOCs for innovation in franchising?

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09:45 – 16:30
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Railway Industry Association

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Milton Keynes

United Kingdom