Season's Greetings from the Thames Deckway Team!
Winter Newsletter 2017
2017 is almost over which makes it a perfect time to reflect on the positive achievements we have made during this past year. 
Exciting Progress

We’ve been working closely with Special Projects in implementing the Innovate UK Design Foundations award we won in April. Our project titled H.E.A.R.T (Human-centred design and stakeholder Engagement to Accelerate River Travel) is using design to address innovation barriers, gain user and stakeholder insight, and generate new innovation methods, ideas and strategic opportunities. The purpose of this project is to help bring our vision closer to the people and places it will serve.
This autumn Special Projects researchers and designers have been speaking to local families, schools, commuters and experts about the current London transport experience, identifying what works, and what doesn't. These consultations explore the practical and emotional journey of pedestrians, leisure and commuter cyclists as they travel around London. The insights and aspirations discovered in this phase will inform and guide the projects' development, resulting in designs which are inspired by the people who will use the Deckway. 

Above: Mood board developed for HEART; Left: Kick-off with Special Projects; Right: School group workshop.

We’ve had a successful year in terms of media attention, highlighting the growing public demand for our project. Our project featured in the Getty Gallery's photography exhibition on women-led entrepreneurship which was widely publicised (BBC, FT, Refinery29), and we have also been mentioned in the Sunday Times and Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering blog.

Thames Deckway in The Sunday Times Magazine

Building networks and new relationships
In October we participated in the Progress 1000 event at the Tate Modern which involved the biggest names in creative arts, politics, business, food and science and honoured 12 extraordinary people who showed exceptional bravery when the city of London faced crisis this year.
We also attended the London Space Week event hosted by KX who are seeking to build disruptive technologies that bridge the gap between the space sector, data analytics and the wider economy.

Image from Progress 1000 event at the Tate Modern. Mayor Sadiq Khan honours the awardees.

In November we attended the Knowledge Transfer Network’s Breakthrough Cities event on smart cities and air pollution, where we learnt about the challenges facing clean transport. We also met interesting stakeholders from a range of sectors including smart energy and government technology.
In November we also participated in UK Department of Trade’s mission to Dublin which involved a series of networking events and elevator pitches to technology companies. It helped us to investigate the positive potential of our consortium working in collaboration with local authorities and companies in Ireland on urban challenges such as cycling infrastructure and flood resilience.

We were particularly inspired by a panel moderated by Jamie Cudden of Smart Dublin on  “Collaboration and Innovation in Smart Cities”. The panel  hosted researchers, strategists and local authorities in a discussion on how to accelerate innovation and collaboration between technology entrepreneurs, larger companies,  architects & designers and local authorities for Smarter more Sustainable Cities. 

Innovation eco-systems were discussed from a European perspective too and we are busy following up positive conversations  with other delegates and participants to facilitate long term relationships between Ireland and UK.  

Image from the DIT Dublin Trade Mission.

Transport for London Workshop
In the new year we will be co-hosting a workshop with Transport for London in which we will seek to gain insights from new stakeholders as we prepare to move ahead with our project demonstrator in 2018. 
The workshop will work with small groups of TFL and Riverside stakeholders to understand their views on energy generation, freight and access, crime, safety, thames regeneration and riverside economic development, and facilitate engagement with riverside sports communities, emergency services, and riverside cultural hubs.
And lastly, we wish our supporters around the world a joyous and exciting new year!
River Cycleway Consortium Ltd

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