The $3m Transport Challenge: How do we keep Oxfordshire moving in the 21st century?


One hour, five participants - each with $3 million to spend on fixing Oxfordshire's Transport problems. But just how easy is it to fix something as complex and fundamental as the way society gets around?

In the face of the Climate Emergency, air quality, congestion, urban dwelling and an ageing population, how can we keep Oxfordshire moving?

Mobility Oxford's Bindu Varkey will be challenging an invited panel of experts from different areas of mobility tech on how to repurpose our transport infrastructure and achieve the impossible: making mobility in Oxfordshire sustainable in the 21st century.

Panelists include: Llewelyn Morgan (Director of Innovation Hub, OCC), Adam Barmby (Founder and CTO, EAV) and Garry Staunton (Lead Technologist, RACE/UKAEA)


This is a free event, taking place in the run-up to ATOM 2020, but you need to reserve your ticket here.


Friday, February 28th at The Amey Theatre, Abingdon School

Doors Open: 7pm, Event Begins 7.30pm, Admission Free


Bindu Varkey - Chair


Bindu Varkey is the Managing Director of MobOx which is connecting, collaborating and enabling the Oxfordshire mobility ecosystem for communities, industry, academia and local government. Bindu lives in Oxfordshire supporting local communities through her roles as an Non-Executive Director of OxLEP and Chair of the Oxfordshire Credit Union

Llewelyn Morgan


Llewelyn Morgan is the Head of Innovation at IHub, an innovation centre that is part of Oxfordshire County Council, which has won plaudits and awards for leading the change in the mobility sector through the introduction of new technology and business models. IHub encompasses transport, planning policy and strategy, and early-stage scheme development. Initiatives have included MaaS (Mobility as a Service), analytics, autonomous vehicles and leads on the development and support of innovative collaboration projects in partnership with leading universities and private sector partners.

With Oxford City Council colleagues, Llewelyn has established the Smart Oxford working group with Oxford’s Universities, OxLEP and local businesses.  From this has come the “Smart City” vision for the Oxford City Region.

Adam Barmby


Adam Barmby is the Founder and CTO of EAV, a zero-emissions vehicle company that focuses on "last-mile" urban delivery. Adam is a highly experienced designer, innovator and entrepreneur who grew his first company BAMD ltd from his friend's garage to a highly successful advanced composites business. He has a passion for transforming urban mobility, changing the relationship people have with vehicles and provide a blueprint for healthier, cleaner communities.

Garry Staunton


Since December 2016 Garry Staunton has been working with UKAEA’s RACE facility to support the development of the Culham site as a location for the testing and evaluation of connected and autonomous vehicles. In this time he has overseen a £7m+ capital programme to upgrade and expand site capabilities. We now have a range of state of the art facilities including a high speed, low latency vehicle-to-infrastructure communications capability. In parallel we have accumulated over 36 months experience in hosting the safe deployment of self-driving cars on our busy site.


Prior to joining UKAEA Garry specialised in supporting the commercialisation of technologies. As such he was responsible for developing and delivering innovation support programmes; played an active role in establishing a number of companies and delivered technical and commercial advice to early stage companies, funders and investors.


ATOM gratefully acknowledges the support of UK Research and Innovation and the UK Science Festival Network in enabling this event to take place.

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