Network Rail and Hack Partners launch post-hackathon acceleration fund

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Network Rail and Hack Partners have launched a new post-hackathon fund designed to accelerate the development of ideas to improve rail services for passengers.

Selected ideas at this year’s HackTrain event, held on 15-17 November, will receive post-hackathon acceleration funding from Network Rail.

The fund is consistent with the idea behind Network Rail’s Open for Business programme.

Andrew Haines will be launching this year’s HackTrain event.

What did the officials say?

Andrew Haines, Network Rail chief executive, said:

“I’m determined that Network Rail becomes a company that can rapidly deploy new technology and innovate ideas, especially to keep people safe, improve services for passengers and provide better value for money for the taxpayer.

“Working with HackTrain gives us a unique opportunity to put this into practice and I can’t wait to see what we come up with this year.”

River Tamoor Baig, Hack Partners founder, said:

 “The Hack Partners team have worked collaboratively with Network Rail in creating a process that works under existing procurement rules. This is a commercial innovation and a world-first which no other public body has managed to achieve.

“I look forward to seeing what ideas are created at this year’s Hackathon, before working with Network Rail’s Research and Development team on successful entries and making those improvements a reality.”

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