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Passenger Innovation Awards 2016

​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. ​ ​​

The ideas should​ achieve at least one of the following: 

  • Improve the passenger experience
  • Drive process simplification 
  • Decrease costs 
  • Enable ancillary revenue 
in one of the following areas:


​Enable a frictionless ​door-to-door experience through a smart identity process 


Transform the cur​rent baggage process to increase relia​bility, security and convenience​


Revolutionize direct sales and payment options to match tod​ay's passenger expectations​

How to participate 

Participants must complete the idea submission template (pdf), including the idea, an executive summary and idea description before ​31 August 2016. Then, simply submit​​ your business idea with the completed template attached! 


A jury (pdf) panel will evaluate the ideas based on the judging criteria​​ (pdf) and shortlist five 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. 


The finalists will each be given a booth in the “Innovation Corner” of the exhibition hall where they will have the first couple of days to present their idea and answer questions. The jury panel and event attendees will vote on the best idea on the last day of the event – the awards will be announced and presented on the last day following the voting. 

The winner of the best idea will have an opportunity to join an incubation program at Plug and Play as well as USD 20,000; the second prize will receive a one year IATA Strategic Partnerships program​ in their area of expertise as well as USD 10,000; the third prize will be USD 5,000. Each winner will also be able to use a logo to promote their business idea. In addition to the cash award, the Passenger Innovation Award offers networking opportunities and recognition.

Key dates 

  • 20 June to 31 August: Submission of business ideas 
  • 18-20 October: 2016 World Passenger Symposium 
  • 20 October: Winners of the Passenger Innovation Awards announced 

Terms and conditions 

The Passenger Innovation Awards is 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​

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