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200 PUBLISHED INNOVATIONS ON INNOVATE18!

Having recently celebrated the innovation programme’s official 1st birthday, the celebration can be extended as we have breached the 200 published ideas mark. This milestone means that well over a third of the ideas that are submitted are published for the whole of the innovate18 community to benefit from. This does not included the funded…

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HRH THE DUKE OF KENT VISITS INNOVATE18

Last week, I was invited to meet with HRH The Duke of Kent and business leaders from throughout the British Commonwealth and present Crossrail’s innovation programme and discuss how Crossrail is obtaining societal – as well as economic – value out of innovation. The visit was organised by a new initiative called CSCLeaders created from…

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INNOVATE18 INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT AND TRAINING

Crossrail presented at the TfL technology innovation conference a few weeks ago and discussed the importance of leadership to nurture a culture that supports innovation. The conference launched the TfL innovation portal, showcased innovative technologies developed by TfL and was a platform to communicate their challenges for industry collaboration. The innovate18 team showcased the outcomes…

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INVESTMENT ROUND 2 IS COMPLETE!

Since the start of the programme, innovate18 has invested in 23 ideas totalling over £336,000! Whilst some of the projects have been more straightforward than others to implement, the surge in numbers after round 2 has shown how much the maturity of the Innovation programme has developed within Crossrail, with 14 ideas invested in round…

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150TH MILESTONE REACHED & IDEA OF THE MONTH – VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE

  I’m pleased to announce that we have reached our 150th published innovation. The tremendous amount of effort from everyone across the programme have resulted in this fantastic milestone. All this in the space of under 7 months! We are also creeping close to achieving our 350th idea, and on target to publish 200 innovations…

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INTERACTIVE INNOVATION LIST

To enable you to find published innovations more easily, we have added functionality to our monthly innovation PDF list. Any innovation that has been published or shared has been highlighted in blue – these are clickable, and will open up the PDF of the share to which it corresponds. This should make it even easier…

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6 SIGMA MEETS THE INNOVATION TEAM

Back in August, Connect in Brief (here) sparked my interest with the mention of Six Sigma within Crossrail. Being a Six Sigma Green belt (CSSGB) and also part of the Innovation Team I was interested to see how the two disciplines tie in together. During the 6 sigma presentation mentioned above, we were presented with…

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UNLOCKING INNOVATION IN THE RAIL INDUSTRY

Last week, I attended the Autumn Rail Industry Association – Unlocking Innovation Workshop. The event is always a great opportunity to discuss innovation in the rail industry with a diverse group of industry representatives from client organisations, suppliers, train operators, freight operators. We heard from Kuldeep Ghataya who is on a mission to create a…

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IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Hi everyone. It’s Sam MacAulay here and I need your help. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a researcher at Imperial College London and (along with other academic colleagues) I’ve spent the last year and a half helping Mark Thurston’s team develop Crossrail’s innovation strategy.  The next stage of my research…

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