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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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INNOVATION PROGRAMME STATUS: BUSY!

Since the official launch of the Innovation Programme on 22 April 2013, the past 5 months have seen an incredible appetite for innovation at Crossrail with over 250 ideas submitted to date. The list of all the innovations is available to everyone at Crossrail which can be downloaded here. The momentum from the first few…

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IDEAS ARE USELESS UNLESS USED

When we started this programme, we had the vision to grow a searchable library of all the really cool funky stuff going on at Crossrail. This week we reached a significant milestone when we published our 100th innovation! Click here If like me you didn’t get an opportunity to browse the Times newspaper yesterday, you…

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BREAKFAST AT CRYSTAL’S

Being a publicly funded programme; when we first discussed celebrating the discretionary effort made on the innovation programme to date I was firmly told that I could not reward our pioneering innovators and champions with an iPad (- sorry everyone I tried….) However my second suggestion of breakfast with a trip to the Crystal Centre…

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