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Transport Systems Catapult unveils launch festival line-up

Imagine FestivalA two-week festival of debates, ideas and presentations will be staged in Milton Keynes in June to mark the opening of a new innovation centre specialising in intelligent mobility.

Operated by the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) – which was set up to boost UK market share in the field of intelligent transport systems – the high-tech “Imovation Centre” will open its doors at The Pinnacle building in Central Milton Keynes with an “Imagine Festival” running from 9-19 June.

As well as the centre’s official launch on 12 June, festival highlights will include a “Brains to Business” symposium on the challenge of turning ideas into commercial reality, a “Tech xChange” chat show hosted by BBC presenter Quentin Cooper, and an open day with tours of the facilities for local schools and businesses.

Presentations will also be provided on a number of TSC projects, including the self-driving pods which are due to be trialled next year on the pavements of Milton Keynes.

“The main purpose of the Transport Systems Catapult is to boost UK growth and jobs in the fast-emerging field of intelligent mobility, but we are also here to raise awareness of intelligent mobility among business leaders and the general public,” said TSC Chief Executive Officer Steve Yianni.

“The Imagine Festival will help us do just that, with an ambitious programme of events, open days and demonstrations catering for everybody from transport specialists and policy makers to companies, entrepreneurs, schools and local residents.”

A full list of events and speakers can be found on the festival’s website (www.imaginefestival.co.uk) along with application forms for anyone who would like to attend the festival.