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Passenger Innovation Awards 2016: Submit Your Entry

The submission period for the 2016 awards is now closed. 

The Passenger Innovation Awards is an initiative that aims to ignite new ideas in the passenger world. Finalists will win cash awards, but will also have a unique opportunity to attend the IATA World Passenger Symposium, network and present their ideas on stage to all the delegates. 

The 2016 finalists will attend the 2016 WPS in Dubai and present their ideas to the jury and the audience. ​ ​​​

Announcement of finalists

The members of the jury have completed their assessment of the ideas that have been submitted. Below are the 3 finalists that will be invited to present their idea on the third day (20 October) at the World Passenger Symposium.

  • eTag and TagX Data Exchange: A dual sided electronic bag tag, and associated back office system- providing tag validation for tags supplied by any manufacturer, together with departure control system connectivity.
  • UP: A mobile technology that helps travel retailers, such as hotels, airlines and online travel agencies, to sell upgrades and extras to their services, to their travelling passengers.
  • Travacoin: A Blockchain-based crypto-currency to facilitate payments between passengers and airlines.

Contest Prizes

​1st Prize
  • USD 20,000
  • Sponsored incubation program in Silicon Valley by Plug and Play​
  • Exhibition hall booth at the IATA World Passenger Symposium conference
  • Speaking slot at the IATA World Passenger Symposium conference
2nd Prize
  • USD 10,000
  • One (1) year of IATA Strategic Partnership​
  • Exhibition hall booth at the IATA World Passenger Symposium conference
  • Speaking slot at the IATA World Passenger Symposium conference
​​3rd Prize
  • USD 5,000
  • Exhibition hall booth at the IATA World Passenger Symposium conference
  • Speaking slot at the IATA World Passenger Symposium conference​

Contest Guidelines

The ideas should achieve at least one of the following:

  • Improve the air passenger experience
  • Simplify the air travel processes
  • Decrease costs incurred by airlines and others across the air travel supply chain
  • Enable ancillary revenues

​In one of the following areas:

  • ​​Identity management of air passengers
  • Baggage handling process​
  • Payment process and methods​​

Contest criteria​ 

jury (pdf) panel will evaluate the ideas based on the judging criteria​ (pdf) and shortlist 3 of the best ideas. The finalists will be invited to present their ideas at the IATA World Passenger Symposium​ 2016 where the winners will be announced.​

How to submit your idea 

The submission period for the 2016 episode is now closed. 

A high number of great ideas have been submitted. The members of the Jury have started the process of assessing the ideas and selecting the 3 finalists. On 20 September we will announce the 3 finalists who are invited to present their idea on stage on the third day at the World Passenger Symposium (WPS). The members of the Jury and the audience will then vote and choose the winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) followed by a ceremony announcing th​e winners.

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​​Document your idea with some details as per the Guidelines (pdf). And submit your idea using the online form (2016 contest closed) attaching your document, before 31 August 2016.​

​Key dates 

  • 20 June: Contest kick-off
  • 31 August: Deadline to submit ideas
  • 18-20 October: The 2016 World Passenger Symposium conference
  • 20 October: Announcing of winners of the Passenger Innovation Awards and presentations

Terms and conditions 

The Passenger Innovation Awards is a contest open to all individuals who haven't already launched the solution commercially. Submitters must comply with the terms and conditions (pdf) pertaining and can participate as an individual or a team.  For more information, contact paxawards@iata.org

​FAQs

Do I need to have a company to submit an idea?

No, any business idea would be considered.

Is there a cost associated with participation to this contest?

No, participation is free of charge.

Can I submit more than 1 business idea?

Yes, you can submit as many business ideas as you want.

In case of a team, do we need to submit individually?

No, you do not need to submit individually- you can submit your idea once as a team.

If my idea is a product already on the market, can I still submit it?

The contest is about new ideas, so ideally, the idea should not be a product that is already in the market. If it is in market, it would have to be at the very early stages. Mature products that have already been implemented are out of scope.


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