March 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Europe/London Timezone
Holt Street
Birmingham, B7 4BP
United Kingdom

Tech Wednesday is our monthly meet-up for the Technology and entrepreneur community within Birmingham.

Each month we also have ‘Show ‘n Tells’: a couple of tech start-ups/people with side projects from the region will be demoing their stuff to the group for feedback and discussion.  If you want to present, then get in touch!

We meet at 5.30 pm at Innovation Birmingham.  If you’re not sure where we are, then just ask at reception and a friendly face will point you in the right direction.  New faces always welcome.

For more details and to register, please visit the dedicated profile on meetup.com

5:30 – Registration (networking and drinks)

6:00 – Welcome by Andy Page, Transport for West Midlands

6.03 –  Transport – future themes – Chris Perry, Transport for West Midlands

6:08 – 1 min e4f from Laura – start-ups

6:10 – Andy introduce first speaker – Andy to continue hosting the evening.

6:10 –  Chris Thompson, Enable ID, Applications for real time information and journey planning (working with TfWM and rail operators)

6:20 – Q&A

6:25 – Monique Seth, Conigital, Autonomous Vehicles (working with TfWM and Westfield Heathrow)

6:35 – Q&A

TRAVEL PARTNER SHOWCASE – each partner will present for 5 mins on how they think technology/customer lifestyle will affect travel. What their challenges and aims are for the future.

6: 40 – Robert Cairns, HS2

6: 45 – Adam Rideout, National Express

6: 50 – Imran Awar, London Midland

6: 55 – Partner Q&A

7:15 – Pizza, Drinks and Networking

8:30 – Event Close


Chris Thompson, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Enable iD
Chris is a product development, marketing & technology specialist. He leads the vision and strategy for EnableiD – a unique product & service development company focused on IoT and personal data.

Chris co-founded Enable iD in 2014 as a subsidiary of established software development house, Enable International, to specialise in the creation of ‘smart environments’ that empower people to securely capture, combine and transform data into actionable insight. In 2015 Enable iD launched its ‘MyJrny’ collaborative intelligent mobility ecosystem, which enables organisations to use personal data to improve travel whilst preserving individuals’ privacy.

Enable iD’s #MyJrny optimises transport networks in real-time by matching people’s travel needs with the most appropriate available service.

Enable iD is a subsidiary of established software development house, Enable International. We are an R&D focused product and service design company, specialising in the creation of ‘smart environments’ that empower people to securely capture, combine and transform data into actionable insight.

Adam Rideout
Adam Rideout has been working in the bus industry for 16 years. He is currently Head of Customer Experience at Birmingham based National Express Bus.

Adam started his career in Oxford working for local bus operator Stagecoach and over 10 years took up various marketing roles at other Stagecoach companies across the UK. In 2012 he moved to National Express’s UK Bus division as Head of Marketing and in late 2015 he became Head of Customer Experience.

Most recently he has been involved in numerous forward thinking projects including new on-bus ticket machines, on-board entertainment and bus Wifi and helping develop a revolutionary new app and website.

Rob Cairns – Innovation Manager at HS2

I have recently joined HS2 as Innovation Manager in August 2016, after spending 13 years with National Grid Gas Distribution.  This saw me excel in various Project Management capabilities, leading to the last 3 years of my tenure with Grid being responsible for managing Gas Distribution Operations and Gas Futures innovation portfolios.  This allowed me a great insight to “how we do things” and “how we want to operate”.

I am extremely looking forward to being able to contribute to the delivery of HS2, a delivery that with the contribution of the HS2 innovation team and UK capabilities, will stretch beyond industry current industry best practice and support the delivery of a truly world class rail way. The delivery of innovation at HS2 focuses around 6 attributed areas, safety, people experience, design, robust operations, excellence in delivery and sustainability.

Part of my role is to ensure a balance to the portfolio of works, and to ensure whole life benefits are considered through the realisation of all innovations.  The other part of my role is to identify and work with Supply Chain, SME’s, wider industry, academia, and beyond on developing innovative opportunities that can be incorporated into the design. Build and operation of railway.

Monique Seth is CEO, Conigital Group
Monique Seth is CEO of Conigital Group who are smart tech integrators developing Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platforms, innovative IoT sensors and accessible software solutions for smart cities and the Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) market. Conigital are project partners on Project INSIGHT, a £2.2 million project to develop driverless shuttles with advanced sensors and to trial them in Birmingham with a particular focus on accessibility for disabled and visually-impaired people. In addidtion Monique has care homes that provides care for the elderly with dementia. With over 10 years’ experience in the sector he has a wealth of knowledge in the complexities and challenges facing the current and upcoming elderly demographic in respect of delivery of care and its financial funding. Recent projects include focusing on the use of technology to reduce the rate in fall accidents, to help promote mobility and independence and to enhance lives by connecting residents with social media.

Car Parking

We have a on site basement car park situated on Love Lane under Faraday Wharf. The rate for this is £2 after 5pm.

Please note this event will be recorded for marketing purposes.


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