Testimonials and Feedback

Here's what some of the stakeholders have had to say about our TRANSPORT Smart Classes! Check out individual Smart Classes from our Events Schedule & Archive and "Retrospectives Round-Ups" on our Knowledge Base for additional insights, including reaction to our previous EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY, WASTE MANAGEMENT and ENERGY editions!

“It was a pleasure to contribute to this very well organised event. Great format!”

Head of Innovation, Transport for Greater Manchester

 

“It was great to collaborate with others on how open data can help a city…Really enjoyed it, well done!”

Head of Commercial Innovation, Transport for London

 

“This was my second Smart Class event and, again, I found it very informative and an excellent opportunity to engage with stakeholders”

Head of Data Policy, Analytics and Data Division, Department for Transport

 

“A really worthwhile event to attend, a very valuable use of my time and a really good mix of delegates in terms of public/private organisations and transport authorities and operators”

Head of Intelligent Transport Systems, Highways England

 

“Thanks to everyone at Smart Classes for hosting their recent North of England 2021 Transport Smart Class and for the invitation to present on TfN’s future travel scenarios and examples of this application towards decarbonisation, transport planning, future mobility, future travel and spatial planning. It was strange but fun being back at a face-to-face event and seeing some familiar faces, and the innovator roundtable sessions were really engaging!”

Senior Major Roads Planning and Strategy Officer, Transport for the North

 

“Yesterday our Strategic Director got back to face-to- face events – speaking at Transport Smart Class, London & SE England 2021. He highlighted the unique transport challenges of the East and why some of the usual approaches to sustainable transport don’t quite work for the region. The following discussion on solutions for rural areas was really timely to inform our work. Thanks to Smart Classes for the invite to a great event”

OBO Strategic Director, Transport East 

 

“Great to be involved in a face-to-face event – arrangements worked very well. Well done for a very well organised Covid safe event. Great presentations and so good to have a chance to network again!”

Programme Director, England’s Economic Heartland, and President, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation 

 

“The Smart Class I attended was extremely beneficial. I went along to present information but came away with so much more, owing to being in a room full of like-minded individuals for various different organisations trying to achieve similar goals. The event was well structured and extremely informative. I would highly recommend”

Principal Bus Policy Planner, Transport for London

 

“Thanks for organising such an insightful and informative session”

Principal Sponsor, Transport for London

 

“Many thanks…a good event with some great delegates there!”

Head of Technology and Data for Surface Transport, Transport for London

 

“Thanks for a great event. So good to do this sort of thing again. Good breadth of expertise and speakers”

Senior Advisor, City Planning, Transport for London

 

“The format worked well, and a good choice of topics in the right level of detail”

Senior Consultant & Rail Subject Matter Expert, Transport for the North

 

“Thank you for this morning. I thought the session went very well”

Interim Head of Concessionary Travel and Integrated Ticketing, Transport Scotland

 

“A valuable opportunity”

Intelligent Transport Systems Analyst, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive

 

“Great morning and very illuminating discussion. Thank you”

Senior Partnership Manager, South East Scotland Transport Partnership

 

“An excellent event with a range of interesting subjects covered. The half day format is ideal”

Ticketing Commercial Officer, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

 

“A great Transport Smart Class at the V&A Dundee, looking forward to its return to Scotland. I really enjoyed the event and learnt something useful from all the presentations”

Partnership Director, Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership

 

“A fantastic event. I learnt a lot from the innovators and keynote speakers, very insightful roundtable discussions and great networking opportunity”

Chair, Thames Estuary Partnership

 

“Great event!”

Sustainable Journeys Delivery Officer (Clean Air), Transport for Greater Manchester

 

“Spot on content! Thanks again and see you again next year!”

Value Chain Delivery & Development Manager, Highways England

 

“It was a pleasure to speak, the other presentations were really informative, so I learned a lot. The attendees were really engaged and there were some great discussions in the roundtables”

Insights lead, Transport Focus

 

“This was my second smart class – again, very well organised with great content”

Acting Head of Insight, Transport Focus

 

“I found the afternoon very helpful; a carefully curated audience, very well managed, and a warm friendly organisation to work with. You’re doing a great job”

Ex-Head of Digital Transformation & Transport Data Policy, Department for Transport

 

“A thoroughly worthwhile morning”

Policy Manager, Department for Transport

 

“Really interesting Morning”

Strategic Transportation Manager, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

 

“Informative and relevant for local authorities and related consultants”

Parking Manager, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

 

“Well organised, great location and good brand of delegates”

Contract Manager, Birmingham City Council

 

“A very useful event, well worth the time spent. All the presentations and roundtables were valuable”

Group Leader Transport Projects, Blackpool Council

 

“Good event, relevant and well run”

Principal Engineer – Highway Network Resilience & Traffic Manager, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

 

“My first Smart Class and it went well, thanks! Interesting to hear about the challenges and the development of solutions. Loved the Brighton Bus story!”

Transport Strategy Manager for Freight, Buckinghamshire Council

 

“Very interesting, looking forward to attending again”

Digital Program Manager, Canterbury City Council

 

“The presentations were all relevant to CCRCD future proposals and the roundtables were all very useful”

Project Development Officer, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal

 

“Excellent event, well run and highly relevant”

Enterprise Architect, Super Connected Cardiff Project Team, Cardiff Council

 

“Thank you for the opportunity, it was great to meet so many people that could usefully help with delivering our plans. Great format!”

Operational Manager – Transport and Network Management, Cardiff Council 

 

“A great event!”

Smart City Strategy Lead, Cardiff Council 

 

“All of the presentations were informative and gave insights into solutions being offered to address a variety of issues on the transport and carbon reduction agenda”

Senior Project Engineer – Forward Programmes Highways Strategy, Derbyshire County Council

 

“The presentations and roundtables were all valuable”

Highways Strategy Manager, Derbyshire County Council

 

“Thank you for putting the Smart Class together. I am going to put my team in touch with some of the innovator speakers as I can see some potential there. Hopefully see you at future editions!”

Network Operations Manager, Dorset Council 

 

“Enjoyable event, engaging conversations and plenty to follow up on”

Data Cluster Project Manager at Scottish Cities Alliance and City Development, Dundee City Council

 

“The morning was very good! The speakers were excellent and the roundtable speed dating style discussion sessions were also really useful”

City Centre Programme Manager, City of Edinburgh Council

 

“Very informative”

Active Travel Programme & Sustainable Transport Manager, Essex County Council

 

“Useful to hear what another authority was doing”

Group Manager Transport Strategy, Hertfordshire County Council

 

“Thank you for the opportunity to be a keynote speaker”

Public Transport Project Manager & Lead for MaaS in Kent, Kent County Council

 

“Pleased to be involved. I found it a very interesting morning”

Smart Leicester Programme Manager/Smart City Programme Lead, Leicester City Council 

 

“Really enjoyed the session and look forward to attending future events, well done!”

Senior Strategic Transportation Officer, City of London Corporation

 

“Very well organised and run”

Strategic Lead Commissioner, LB Barnet

 

“It was an excellent event, very informative and useful”

Transport and Regeneration Manager, LB Barnet

 

“All of the roundtables were valuable in different ways”

Councillor at LB Barnet & Representative on London Council’s Transport and Environment Committee

 

“A very interesting morning, good to hear what else is going on and to meet such a varied group of people”

Travel & Transport Planning Officer, Croydon Council

 

“A really great bunch of people and stimulating presentations. Found the morning really useful and am following up with several people already!”

Travel & Transport Planning Officer, Croydon Council

 

“Highlight of the week – TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & SE England 2020, one of the first events to be held in a Covid-safe physical format. I’ve missed so much the face-to-face collaboration and sharing of ideas! I had the pleasure of learning about the challenging present and future of transport and mobility from innovation experts. It was an excellent networking opportunity to discuss ongoing projects whilst engaging in roundtable sessions led by the speakers. Absolutely insightful to learn about strategic regional level initiatives and partnerships, forward thinking leadership within the public sector and specific solutions. Networking 100% useful as well. Great work by Smart Classes to enable all this. From larger to smaller local scale, I totally recommend this Smart Class!”

Senior Placemaking Project Manager, Croydon Council

 

“Very positive and informative session”

Transport Development Manager, LB Ealing

 

“My first time at a Smart Class, very good, I will be back!”

Director of Public Realm, LB Tower Hamlets

 

“Going back to Luton to sell the ideas to my colleagues!”

Strategic Policy Advisor, Luton Council

 

“Thanks again for a great event in Manchester, really well organised and great speakers!”

Head of Environment, Planning & Infrastructure, Manchester City Council

 

“Thank you for inviting me to a very well organised and interesting event yesterday, you had brilliant speakers and a great agenda”

Senior Transport Planner, Milton Keynes Council 

 

“Good event. All of the expert presentations and roundtables had their own merits”

Business Manager, Passenger Transport & Transport Strategy, Monmouthshire County Council and Newport City Council

 

“Thank you for organising. Presentations and roundtables were excellent”

Specialist Transport Planner, North East Combined Authority

 

“Very interesting, engaging and overall useful event today, thanks once again”

Senior Transport Policy Officer Development & Environment, North Somerset Council 

 

“Thanks for a great morning, very informative”

Transport Policy Officer, North Somerset Council

 

“Excellent event”

Technology & Change Business Partner, North Yorkshire County Council

 

“Excellent event, very informative and easy to delve into each area further”

Public Transport Operations Team Leader, Nottingham City Council

 

“Outstanding! Great speakers and presentations from the businesses and I look forward to applying the concepts from the ideas shared at the event in my future endeavours as well as sharing with Portsmouth CC”

ITS Planner, Portsmouth City Council

 

“Thanks again for organising the excellent event last week – the mix of speakers and delegates was absolutely superb, and the talks were incredibly informative all round”

Smart Perth Project Coordinator, Perth & Kinross Council

 

“Informative presentations and roundtables which all had value. Well worth the trip! Well done, a very good event”

Traffic Systems and Technology Engineer, Reading Borough Council and West Berkshire Council

 

“First one for me, very impressed!”

Head of Transport and Highways, Slough Borough Council

 

“Very useful and informative event. Thank you!”

Principal Transport Planning Officer, South Gloucestershire Council

 

“Really interesting presentations and also very much enjoyed the tour of the control centre (Bristol’s Smart Operations Centre). Certainly interested in future Smart Classes”

Principal Telematics Engineer, Swansea Council

 

“Love the structure of concise talks – gets rid of the uninteresting info and keeps the attention – then the opportunity to speak with them all afterwards. Excellent event”

Parking & Traffic Control Management, Warwickshire County Council

 

“Roundtables were all enjoyable and very engaging”

Principal Traffic Engineer, Warwickshire County Council

 

“Related well to my ongoing projects”

Transport Planning Project Officer, Warwickshire County Council 

 

“Very informative, well chaired, excellent time keeping, lovely lunch and venue. Thank you!

Environmental Protection Team Leader, Warwick District Council

 

“Excellent event – and good, pacey, interactive format. Well done and thank you”

Councillor, Lead Member Highways and Transport, West Berkshire Council

 

“The morning was both informative and enjoyable. I learned a lot and hopefully contributed in the roundtables. The opportunity to network is very important and the ambiance of the venue made it a perfect location to meet and mix”

Commissioner for Road Safety, Westminster City Council

 

“Many thanks for running the Smart Class this morning. It was a very well delivered and informative event”

Project Manager, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership 

 

“Thank you very much for organising the Smart Class last Friday. It was a very useful and well organised event, I hope that me and my colleagues will be part of the event again in the future”

Transport Planner, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council 

 

“Very useful workshop”

Transport and Development Manager, Wiltshire Council

 

“The Smart Class is a really good format for exploring a contemporary area of work”

Professional Lead – Transport Strategy, City of Wolverhampton Council

 

“Really enjoyed the event – great opportunity to see real examples of tech in use and ask the daft questions…Very enjoyable opportunity to listen and think”

Head of Strategic Infrastructure and Economy, Worcestershire County Council

 

“Well organised and a great mix of transport stakeholders and businesses”

Strategy Manager, Zero Emission Vehicles, Arriva Group

 

“Feedback on the session was very positive”

Group Tender Director and Interim Chief Commercial Officer, Arriva Group

 

“Thanks for organising. It was great to join you and hear the other presentations too”

Head of Innovation Strategy at Brighton & Hove Buses|Metrobus|Spirit of Sussex Coaches and Lead Officer – Bus Decarbonisation (on secondment) at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority 

 

“It was great to get the opportunity to attend and reassuring to see how active we are in so many of the areas of discussion. Exciting times!”

Innovation Lead for Bus at Go-Ahead Group PLCHead of Innovation Strategy, Brighton & Hove Buses|Metrobus|Spirit of Sussex Coaches

 

“A valuable learning opportunity, very interesting and enjoyable, and all the roundtables were insightful. I learned a great deal from the day and came away with some great ideas to research and chase up”

Transport Manager, Derbyshire Community Transport, HCT Group

 

“I attend a fair few industry events as you might expect and this was certainly one of the best ones I’ve been to”

Head of Commercial Management, Railway Operations, HS2

 

“A very useful session”

Smart & Integrated Ticketing Manager, CalMac Ferries

 

“A very interesting event”

Data & Market Analyst, Stagecoach UK Bus Research Team

 

“Great event, many thanks to you and the speakers”

Principal Consultant – Smart Cities, Communities & Internet of Things, British Standards Institute

 

“Found the event very worthwhile and would value attending further events in the future”

Chief Executive, Highways Term Maintenance Association

 

“An actual, real-life, conference. How I’ve missed the registration pastries! Nice to see the sector bringing new models to bring people together”

Chairman, The Rail Innovation Group, and Rail Transport Planner, Transporting Cities

 

“All of the roundtables were valuable”

Local Air Quality Management Specialist, Scottish Environment Protection Agency

 

“Great event”

Communications Officer, Sustainability West Midlands

 

“Great to see you going from strength to strength to strength. The format delivers an engaging and useful experience; intelligent discussion on the roundtables; well worth attending!”

Transport Sector Lead, West Midlands Open Data Forum

 

“The roundtable segment encouraged really dynamic discussion between experts and novices”

Innovation Manager, WMG, University of Warwick

 

“The session was well organised and it was good to understand the implications of Covid to London’s Transport operations. Knowledge and experience was most valuable for me”

Director of Transformation, 31ten Consulting

 

“The smart class was really interesting. Thank you!”/”Useful session…Thankyou and well done”

Environmental Consultant, AECOM/Regional Director – Transportation, AECOM

 

“Back to conference and commute. Great to meet real people, hear insightful presentations and have rich conversations at Transport Smart Class, North”

Work Winning Director, AECOM 

 

“Really enlightening”

Principal ITS Engineering Manager, Amey Consulting

 

“Great to be at a face-to-face conference with Smart Classes!”

Client Director, Amey Consulting

 

“Really enjoyable, informative event and would be interested in attending future editions. Thank you!”

Senior Transport Planner, Arcadis

 

“Excellent event with informative presentations from sector leading experts…and brilliant, insightful keynotes”

Associate Technical Director, Transport Planning and Development, Arcadis

 

“A very good event, thanks for inviting me”

Senior Transport Planner, Arup

 

“Thanks so much for the invite and organising the session on Friday. It was a great event and very nice to see some of the transport community in person after so long” 

Research and Behaviours Lead, Intelligent Mobility & Smart Technologies, Atkins Global

 

“Great Smart Class today in the impressive V&A on transport, MaaS and the latest digital technology-enabled solutions…Dynamic range of speakers”

Sales Operational Leader, Buildings & Major Infrastructure Projects Europe, Jacobs

 

“An excellent event, well organised and a great cross section of presenters”

Senior Associate Director, Jacobs

 

“A very valuable event, I learned a lot about current transport innovations” 

Managing Consultant – Transport Planning, MM Transport Planning

 

“All presentations provided useful and interesting insights”

Transport Planner, Mode Transport Planning

 

“Informative Transport Smart Class in Bristol today…all of the presentations were valuable”

Principal Transport Planner, Norman Rourke Pryme

 

“Really interesting presentations and roundtables were a valuable opportunity to discuss real world issues. Great morning – Thank you!”

Principal Transport Planner, Rodgers Leask

 

“Great attending TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2021 today; thank you for organising and hosting such a great event with fantastic speakers!”

Managing Director, Smart Transport Hub

 

“Really enjoying the classes, hoping to come to the Scotland, Wales and Midlands ones too!”

Head of Smart Mobility, Stantec

 

“Today, I’ve attended my first face-to-face event since March! Very refreshing to say the least! Thanks a lot to the team at Smart Classes for making it happen in such uncertain times. Great speakers and insightful presentations from both public and private sectors”

Senior Consultant, New Mobility, The Steer Group/Currently working for Transport for the South East developing the TfSE Future Mobility Strategy

 

“Thanks for organising. I would recommend this event to anyone working in the transport industry”

Principal Consultant, New Mobility, Steer 

 

“Excellent opportunity to meet peers interested and experienced in similar subject areas. Good format with roundtables”

Director Transport Planning, SYSTRA

 

“Thanks again for the opportunity to attend the event. It was both enjoyable and informative”

Market Development Lead, Smart Mobility & CAV, TRL 

 

“All of the presentations were valuable as they covered different points”

ITS Engineer, WSP 

 

“Thanks for having me, I really enjoyed the event. Great amount of time – half a day – with great number of interesting presentations and a delicious lunch”

Senior Future Mobility Consultant, WSP

 

“An enjoyable event and we had several very interesting discussions. It sounds like we might get some concrete outcomes in the near future”

Senior Researcher & Lecturer in Transport Studies, Urban Big Data Centre/University of Glasgow (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Very well organised and delighted with the feedback from such an attentive and informed audience. A great format and a pleasure to meet the delegates and discuss some of their own smart city challenges”

Managing Director, Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Great event and superb networking opportunity”

Strategy and Business Development, Transformation and Bid Management, Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Great day with thought provoking presentations and roundtable discussions!”

Managing Director, Imperial (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Great morning, thoroughly enjoyed the debate on how existing technologies are supporting the challenge of delivering clean air zones. Thanks for a good session!”

Strategy and Business Development, Transformation and Bid Management, Imperial (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“We’re still getting approaches from attendees of the event. You managed to find a really engaged audience. Hats off to you!”

COO, TravelAI (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Thanks once again for the event – it was very well run and we got a lot from it”

UK Operations Director, Ofo (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“An excellent format to engage with innovative companies and delegates. The roundtables in particular were really useful”

Managing Director, DriveNow UK (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Great job hosting the smart class yesterday, it was very insightful and I really enjoyed the other speakers there”

Community Manager, Faxi (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“It was a pleasure to take part”

Director of Programmes, BetterPoints (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Great Transport Smart Class! Really interesting talks and a really productive day!”

Head of Partnerships, Cube Intelligence (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Had some really useful conversations, which have already resulted in what looks like some potentially collaborative work”

Project Coordinator, Living Streets (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Thanks very much, a very well organised event”

Project Manager South West & Wales, Living Streets (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Delighted to be part of it; interesting presentations by all, and very useful roundtable discussions in the smart classes format”

Transport Lead, ODI Birmingham (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Thanks for another great event today!”

Director, Videalert (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Some extremely interesting conversations surrounding transport challenges…Many thanks for hosting this excellent event”

Business Development Manager, North Region, Videalert (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Thank you Smart Classes for inviting me to speak at the event! It was great to hear and discuss the challenges transport authorities and local authorities face when designing frictionless and inclusive transport systems. A very engaging crowd!”

Co-Founder & CEO, CityMaaS (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“It was a pleasure to be part of the Smart Class today together with TfL, Transport for the South East, Milton Keynes Council and other innovators in the space. Format works so well!”

Co-Founder & CEO, CityMaaS (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Great organisation with PPE”

Co-Founder & CEO, CityMaaS (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Thoroughly enjoyed the Smart Class in Leeds and got a lot out of it”

Founder & COO, Vivacity Labs (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Thanks for running a great event…a pleasure working with you across the last year”

Head of Marketing, Clearview Intelligence (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“It was a great event, very informative and engaging. Wonderful venue too!”

COO, Finance and Product Director, Vortex IoT (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Many thanks, really enjoyed the session and looking forward to the next one”

Head of Sales, Vortex IoT (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“A good opportunity for us to present to industry movers, shapers and disruptors. Interesting discussions around how the latest technology-enabled solutions can tackle challenges within the transport sector”

Managing Director, Vortex IoT (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Thanks for having us Smart Classes. We loved presenting on new vehicle to infrastructure technologies and chatting about use cases for continuous urban scanning”

CEO & Co-Founder and CTO & Co-Founder, Vortex IoT (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“It was a pleasure to speak at the Transport Smart Class in Bristol today about the importance of passenger data in MaaS”

Founder & CEO, UrbanThings (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“We look forward to being involved again in the future”

Head of Marketing, UrbanThings (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“The event was a great opportunity to meet our targets”

Marketing Acquisition Manager, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)

 

I just wanted to say how much we appreciate all the after event work you are doing”

Head of Business Development & International Partnerships, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Thanks for organising. It was a great event and brilliant to speak and meet with people in person”

Head of UK Business Development Lead, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“A great event with a lot of interesting discussions”

Head of Business Development & International Partnerships, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“I would like to thank you for your help with the organisation of the Smart Classes sessions. It was a great event!”

Strategic Marketing Manager, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Yesterday we saw our CEO & Founder speaking at our very first physical event since lockdown restrictions. We are so thrilled to have been a part of one of the first Covid-secure transport events! Thank you…really enjoyed being part of it”

Head of Marketing, Pavegen (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Thanks for organising such a great event and having us on board…really enjoyed!”

Area Manager, Instant System (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“For our first meeting outside France I had the pleasure to present at the Transport Smart Class in Manchester…insightful and inspirational presentations from TfGM, National Highways, TfN, Padam Mobility, Videalert, Project Centre and Vortex IoT” 

International Sales Director, Instant System (Innovation Sponsor)

 

“Last week I had the pleasure of presenting a step by step approach to Passenger Information and Mobility as a Service at the Transport Smart Class in London. It was brilliant to have the opportunity to discuss with knowledgeable Transport experts and speak alongside Simon Reed, Jack Holland, Andrew Summers, Patrick Warner and Steve Evans. Thank you for organising such a great event!”

Area Manager, Instant System (Innovation Sponsor)

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