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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.

Submissions are now open!

Competition topics

Innovation is not about technology, but how we will use technology smartly to better serve our customers and grow our business sustainably. The ideas submitted should address at least one of the topics below:

Enrich customer experience

  • Increase quality
  • Provide better visibility
  • Simplify processes
  • Modernize systems

Improve competitiveness

  • Optimize costs
  • Improve capacity utilization
  • Increase revenues
  • Support business development (new routes, new commodities, new markets)

Submit your idea

Before submitting your idea, please read the Terms and Conditions (pdf) and the Judging Criteria (pdf​​​​​​​​​​​​​). You can use the Submission Checklist (pdf) to ensure your application meets all the requirements. 



  • 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

15 January 2019

End of the submission period

14 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, an entrant can submit more than one idea as part of a single submission, but only one submission per entrant is allowed.

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

The competition is about new ideas, so ideally, the idea should not be a product or service that is already in the market. If it is in 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 Terms and Conditions for more detail. We encourage participants to include a short video (max. 2 min) pitching their idea to complement their submission

Jury Panel

The independent jury, including industry experts, academics and CEOs 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. 

Holger Bürskens

Partner - Arnecke Sibeth

Liana Coyne

Chief Operating Officer, Coyne Airways Ltd

Wendy Eitan

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

Serene Ho

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

Darryl Judd

Chief Operating Officer - Logistics Executive Group

Wolfgang Lehmacher

Head of Supply Chain & Transport Industries, World Economic Forum

Bernd Maresch

Owner, MARESCH Ltd.

Adan Noor

Coordinator Supply Chain, Universal Postal Union

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