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Awards for passenger experience start-ups

IATA launches a competition to recognise big new ideas in personalisation, wayfinding and baggage.

The International Air Transport Association has launched a competition to recognise pioneering ideas by start-up companies in the area of passenger experience.

The Global Airport and Passenger Symposium (GAPS) start-up innovation awards will be presented at the first GAPS taking place in Athens this October.

The competition is now seeking submissions in various passenger categories including personalisation, wayfinding and baggage. The aim is “to encourage ideas that leverage emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality and blockchain,” IATA says.

“With the number of passengers set to double over the next two decades, everyone needs to think outside the box. The GAPS Startup Innovation Awards aim to foster the next big idea in passenger experience,” explains Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security.

Three award finalists will get the chance to present their submission at GAPS 2018.

Winning ideas
This is “a unique platform to profile winning ideas, solutions, products or services while developing relationships with key industry stakeholders”, IATA says, with the winner being awarded a one-year membership to IATA’s Strategic Partnership program.

A panel of industry experts will choose the winning submission “based on its transformative potential for the passenger journey”. The closing date for entries is July 28.

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