The Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) Innovation Festival got underway today (6 July) with more than 50 local authorities in attendance at the event.
Chief Executive Martin Duffy opened the event which is taking place from 6-7 July at Newark Showground, has been established to ‘make the case for innovation’ and is bringing together local authorities, central government, the supply chain, associations and academia.
Day 1 of the event kicked off with a ‘Meet the Innovators’ session which featured the LCRIG Steve Berry Think Exceptional Innovation Fund winners. The panel discussed the challenges around innovation and how these barriers can be overcome. Participants from Innovate UK, Rees Jeffreys Road Fund and Kent County Council then took part in a discussion on innovation and the different funding mechanisms available to help both the public and private sector.
Tomorrow (7 July) delegates will attend an ‘Inspiring Innovation’ session that will see the focus put on front line staff and heads of innovation, highlighting real life examples of how they are driving innovation through their organisations.
It will highlight, through real examples, how operatives can be engaged at the design stages of innovative projects and the benefits of this. There will also be an update on LCRIG’s Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) which is being created to enable easier access to and procurement of innovative products, services and technology.
Inspiring Innovation panellists include:
Darren Capes (co-chair), Intelligent Transport Systems Policy Lead at the Department for Transport and Manager of Transport technology Forum (TTF)
Tom Tideswell, Head of Innovation, Kier
Will Young, Innovation & Efficiency Manager, Essex Highways
Rowan Morrell, Area Agent, NY Highways
Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) session:
Martin Duffy, CEO, Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG)
Jason Sprague, Principal, Sprague & Co
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The winners of this year’s Innovation Festival have been revealed by the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) and will now receive funding to develop their innovation or facilitate a trial of their product or solution on a local authority network.
Martin Duffy, Chief Executive of the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG), discusses the importance of 'fast-tracking' innovation following the announcement of the successful Qualifying Innovators from this year's Innovation Festival.