The Rail Innovation Group meet regularly to progress our aims, we’d love you to come and contribute!
You can register to attend an event via our Eventbrite page.
Add our next dates to your diary!
- 15th March 2018 – London Bridge. Topic – Mapping the Intro to Rail
- 5rd April – The Rail Innovation Group Forum – read more here …
- 17th April – Location TBC. Topic – How to make use of the franchising model to secure innovation
- 24th May – Manchester City Centre.
We’ve had some great discussions at our previous events.
Why Should You Attend Our Events:
You get to vocalise your ideas and you enlist support for your innovation aims.
We welcome first time innovators and we’d like to invite you to your first two events for free to see what we’re trying to achieve and see if you will get value.
Members attend for free.
What happens at our events?
Our meet ups are interactive but in no way ‘talking shops’. We put our attendees to work! We usually start with a welcome from our host. We are keen to hear what members are working on so this session allows them to update the group. After a networking break, we then get to our interactive session. Don’t worry, you won’t be looking at your emails to fill the time!
What do you get for your membership fee?
You receive free access to attend our meet up events where you’ll network with likeminded people and come away with knowledge and an understanding of the structure of the rail industry and its processes. We’re also promote the successes of our members on social media and when we represent the group to the wider industry.
Why should my staff become involved with the Group?
As part of their professional development, the Rail Innovation Group will expose younger rail professional to the strategic challenge that rail faces. All attendees become part of the Knowledge Base, so not only do they contribute to the development of the industry, they are immediately enriched with pieces of information of what is happening in the industry, the drivers for change, the key actors and a network of people who are able to support their work.
I’m a start up and want to supply to rail, why should I attend your events?
We are keen to smooth the way for new products and services into rail. As a start up, we’d encourage you to come and make a personal contact with professionals in the rail industry who can provide advice, introductions and share their experience in navigating through the rail supply chain.
I already supply to the rail industry, why do I need to bother with the Rail Innovation Group?
We’d obviously love to hear your experience and what you’ve learnt along the way. In return, you’ll be exposed to smaller suppliers who may be able to complement your offer or we can help raise any obstacles you encounter. You might also learn about new opportunities in rail that you didn’t know about.
You ask members to contribute to the Knowledge Base, isn’t that just giving away all our networking secrets?
We understand that there are many commercial interests at work in this process, attending our events means you are empowered to share as much as you feel comfortable with; however, we want to provide a useful database of contacts, tips, suppliers and decision makers. As a member, you’d have access to the Knowledge Base so you will gain from the wider network. We also believe that sharing knowledge increases the value on information. This is the new sharing economy, richer, collaborative data has more value than stand alone information.
You say that the first two meeting are free, what happens next?
The Rail Innovation Group is a non-profit organisation and we need to make sure that we have enough Monster Munch for our meet ups. You can contribute to the meet-ups by either hosting the events at your venue, supplying snacks and refreshments or joining RIG as a member.