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2019 Cargo Innovation Awards

This industry is no different from the others: it needs to reinvent itself, adapt to customer expectations, embrace new technologies, and challenge the status-quo to be more efficient and attractive. Innovation holds the key for air cargo development, suitability and success.

The third edition of the IATA Cargo Innovation Awards aims at encouraging new ideas to enrich customer experience and to improve the competitiveness of air logistics. Participants may win a chance to present their idea to the 2019 World Cargo Symposium (WCS) audience in Singapore and win up to 20,000 USD.

Winner announced 

The audience at the closing plenary of the 2019 World Cargo Symposium has selected the following idea as winner of the 3rd edition of the IATA Cargo Innovation Awards: 

  • Unilode Aviation Solutions – Digital Transformation


The Award's independent jury shortlisted the following three ideas: 

  • Air New Zealand & AEROTUF – Keep it cool with aeroTHERM
  • SITA, Safran & CHAMP – Smart ULD 
  • Unilode Aviation Solutions – Digital Transformation 

IATA invited these three finalists to present their idea at the 2019 WCS in Singapore. For more information, read the Finalists Announcement (pdf).



  • USD 20,000
  • Entry pass for one person to 2019 WCS, including travel and accommodation
  • Ten-minute presentation slot at the 2019 WCS
  • Visibility in IATA´s communication channels


  • USD 2,500
  • Entry pass for one person to 2019 WCS, including travel and accommodation
  • Ten-minute presentation slot at the 2019 WCS
  • Visibility in IATA´s communication channels

Key Dates

20 August 2018 

Competition launch

27 January 2019

End of the submission period

15 February 2019

Announcement of the finalists

14 March 2019 

Final voting at the IATA World Cargo Symposium

Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for more details on eligibility criteria.

What information should I include in my submission?

Check the Submission Checklist (pdf) and the Judging Criteria (pdf) to know more about the information you should include in your idea submission.

It is strongly recommended to include in your application a short video (1-2 minutes) pitching your business idea.

Is there a cost associated with participation to this contest?

No, participation is free of charge.

Can I submit more than one business idea?

Yes, entrants can submit more than one idea.

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

The competition is about new ideas, so if your product is on the market, it would have to be at the very early stages.

How can I increase my chances of getting to the final round?

Ideas that are aligned with one of the competition topics have the highest chance of getting through to the final round of this competition. Please refer to the Submission Checklist (pdf) for more details on what questions you should answer in your submission. We encourage participants to include a short video (max. 2 min) of themselves pitching their idea.

Jury Panel

The independent jury, including industry experts, academics and executives of leading logistics companies, will evaluate the entries received and shortlist three finalists. The delegates at the 2019 WCS will then choose the winning idea. 

Noor Adan

Coordinator Supply Chain, Universal Postal Union

Holger Bürskens

Partner - Arnecke Sibeth

Liana Coyne

Chief Operating Officer, Coyne Airways Ltd

Wendy Eitan

Coordinator e-Commerce & Physical Services, Universal Postal Union (UPU)

Puay Guan Goh

Associate Professor, National University of Singapore

Serene Ho

Director, National Trade Platform (NTP) Office, Singapore Customs

Darryl Judd

Chief Operating Officer - Logistics Executive Group

Wolfgang Lehmacher

Senior supply chain executive, consultant and entrepreneur

Bernd Maresch

Owner, MARESCH Ltd.

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