The York Rail Innovation Community exists to connect the depth of rail expertise in York with each other, and with innovative capabilities outside of the rail sector.
We were formed by a group of people working in a wide variety of rail roles, all based in York who all felt we could leverage and support the depth of local knowledge and expertise better. We're an informal community, not seeking to make a profit out of YoRIC, and aiming that our events will be free to participants.
Our launch event in February 2019 was attended by nearly 100 people. Building upon the themes and aspirations from that event we are focused around three main areas:
- To provide a networking and knowledge sharing community for those working in and around the rail tech sector in York – through a mix of quarterly meet-ups and online forum;
- To showcase the rail sector to individuals and businesses aspiring to enter the sector – by hosting biennial showcase events, similar to our launch event in Febuary 2019;
- To fly the flag for establishing a dedicated innovation hub in the York central/Railway Museum development – creating a hands on environment to test and showcase rail innovation.
YoRIC is purely a members community – no fees, no profits, funded and facilitated by leveraging our relationships with York and rail businesses.