Our Kickstarter Event
9th December 2016
The Rail Innovation Group – Kickstarter Event
The Rail Innovation Group held a Kickstarter event yesterday in London to launch the first step in embedding agile, modern and innovative working practice in rail. The event brought together representatives from:
- Department for Transport
- Transport for London
- Transport for West Midlands
- Tech start-ups
- Rail consultancies
- Big data companies
- Rail planners and
- Millennial end-users
Hearing from start-ups who had proven their tech during short-term trials, the group discussed the enormous barrier for innovators to wider roll-out their ideas and solutions. Participants of the event considered opportunities to support and advise people with ideas on how to navigate the complex and time consuming process of adopting new tech solutions in rail. Lack of interest in true transformation was also highlighted as a barrier to attracting new talent with tech skills.
Members had a lively and productive discussion on how this new community can bring together the various stakeholders in rail to work with start ups in adapting new ideas. Members agreed the model for future events and issued a call to the wider rail industry to join in and share challenges to delivering better passenger experience. The group will then seek to help solve these challenges by navigating a clear path to market for innovative ideas and solutions.
The Rail Innovation Group welcomes members who want to collaborate to deliver change in rail, join us at www.railinnovationgroup.com