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How can 5G help your business thrive, develop and expand – an in-depth focus on the transport sector

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1) Existing and future 5G transport trials

West Midlands 5G’s Transport programme consists of a portfolio of projects which have been developed to support new 5G-enabled products and services. The outcome of these projects will make a significant difference to transport across the West Midlands region and have national relevance – supporting the region to take a leading position in digital transport investment. Delegates will receive an overview of these 7 exciting new recently launched projects plus details of a further funding competition for 5G-enabled road and rail trials - a share of up to £2.5 million is available to UK registered businesses.

2) Supporting technical capabilities

Understanding 5G in transport, its potential both in the region and the UK and international context. A debate on the wider opportunities 5G offers and how private and public organisations can engage with the Application Accelerators in the region – 5PRING.

3) Live Q&A session

Find out more about the opportunities to engage with 5G – whether via the trials programme or the different types of engagement offered by the 5PRING accelerator programme. Discuss your new business ideas and/or challenges and learn more about how 5G may help you on your journey.

Poppy Dowell

Poppy is head of 5G acceleration for 5PRING at Wayra UK, delivering the UK’s first 5G commercial application accelerators based in the West Midlands. She has extensive experience running corporate innovation and start-up acceleration programmes. Prior to becoming head of 5G acceleration for 5PRING Poppy worked within the connected and automated vehicle industry as senior partnership manager for Zenzic. Poppy is particularly passionate about digital innovation and helping small businesses harness their potential to scale into world-altering businesses.

Chris Holmes

Chris is the Programme Director for Transport. The Transport workstream is focussed on 3 key objectives. Firstly, to explore operational efficiencies on road and rail to improve service, reduce costs and improve environmental impact. Secondly, to provide a better connection between transport services, support transport expansion and encourage use of public transport. Finally, to improve the travel experience. The key outcome of these objectives is to drive the development of new 5G enabled products and services. Chris has worked in the automotive industry for over 30 years in product development and research having worked for Ford, Ricardo Consulting Engineers and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). His most recent time in JLR saw him heading autonomous and connected car research.

Niko Louvranos

Niko is a business development leader that has helped large to start-up scale organisations grow by drawing from 20 years of commercial & engineering expertise in mobile comms. He is someone that brings an abundance of energy & creativity into his endeavours and inspires the people around him to walk together into new directions. His life-long mission to make an impact by advancing mobile comms has led him to join Digital Catapult, the UK's leading innovation agency. At Digital Catapult, as 5G Commercial & Product Lead, he's spearheading business development initiatives to accelerate the adoption of 5G-enabled applications into the industry. More recently, Niko has held senior roles with the likes of Telefonica, Arqiva & BAI, where we led various high-value commercial initiatives involving 4G/5G/IoT & Wi-Fi. In his early career, he has risen up the engineering ranks of Motorola Mobile devices, leading technology trials across Europe with MNOs and partners, including the launch of the world's first 3G commercial network with Three-UK, and Europe's first Voice-over-WiFi trial with Orange/France Telecom & BT. He holds an MBA from London Business School, a BEng in Electronic Engineering and an MSc in Mobile Comms. He is also a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He speaks four languages - English, Spanish, Greek & French. In his spare time, Niko is a practitioner of the internal martial arts of Wing Chun Kung Fu, & Qi Gong.

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