Future Travel Experience and JetBlue Technology Ventures, with the support of Plug & Play, Travel Tech Con & the Traveltech Lab, have teamed up to launch a pioneering Start-up Competition and Showcase. The global start-up competition is designed to help discover the most innovative concepts or products that can significantly enhance the passenger experience, or ancillary revenue opportunities, during the airport or inflight phases of travel. The submission process is open from July 5 until August 4 and the winner will be announced at Future Travel Experience Global 2017 in Las Vegas, 6-8 September.
The competition is open to any start-up worldwide that is Series B or less and incorporated within the last five years.
The grand prize is worldwide recognition at the Future Travel Experience Global conference and exhibition in Las Vegas (6-8 September 6-8, 2017) and two free round-trip JetBlue flights.
These four start-ups will receive the opportunity to participate in a showcase at Future Travel Experience Global. This includes free entrance into the conference, free display space in the expo and free JetBlue travel.
Any start-up that enters the contest and meets the entry requirements will be entitled to a discounted shell scheme exhibition package ($2,295/booth) or discounted delegate entry to the FTE Global event ($1,295/person).
The first place winner will be chosen by the Future Travel Experience Advisory Board at the event, and the winner will be announced at the 2017 FTE Awards ceremony on 7 September.
Don’t just take our word for it – read what FTE Global 2017 attendees had to say about the show.
“FTE Global was fantastic! It’s very inspirational and it opens the stage for a lot of collaboration and building the future of travel. I was very impressed by the exhibition this year. The diversity of the products and what could be built with the technology that was featured is really a new world.”
“FTE is one of my favourite conferences to go to. I like the fact that you bring in both airlines and airports, and the content is really different. I also enjoy that you bring in different speakers from other industries. I’m a “future” guy and this is a really good place to be. It’s fun because we’re all on the same page – we’re all looking for future technology.”
“The thing that’s really cool about this conference is most industry conferences just focus on tomorrow. With this one, people take a step back, are willing to consider new ideas, and think about the next 5, 10, 15 years.”
“I’ve been quite amazed by the quality of people that I was able to meet from the airline and airport communities, and also from the different innovative suppliers that were showcasing their latest innovations. For start-ups it’s a great event.”
“The networking opportunities are always fantastic at FTE Global. There has been a high level of interaction and engagement between delegates.”
“It is excellent to have the ‘Up in the Air’ stream. The conferences are definitely addressing the right issues. You hear about ideas, visions and aspirations – there is big value to attending FTE Global.”
“FTE Global is a wonderful event. I have met representatives from many different modes of travel, and heard what people need to think about in the next decades. In terms of networking, the right players are here to have conversations with.”
“I have particularly liked that the event helps from a strategic standpoint. FTE Global really allows for a holistic strategic mind-set. The conference sessions have been very relevant in terms of customer experience.”
“It’s great that we’re hearing about disruption. Blurring the lines between industries is very important, and this event does that very effectively.”
“I have been very happy with the conference sessions, which have been projecting us into the future. It’s my first time here at FTE Global and it has exceeded my expectations. I have met lots of different contacts – the event is very good for networking.”
“The panel sessions have been excellent, with good interaction with the audience. It’s a very forward-thinking event and people here are not afraid to talk about the future.”
“I’d heard a lot about FTE Global from industry colleagues and it has certainly met my expectations. The conference sessions have been very interesting, and it has been my pleasure to take part.”
“FTE Global was definitely a great opportunity for us to network and to learn from all the players that are changing the airline industry and the travel industry. During three days we were exposed to lots of insights and we were exposed to a broader way of approaching our business.”
“It has been great attending FTE Global. The conference sessions have really informed our thinking and the Co-creation Forums were particularly good in generating a high level of interaction. FTE Global is highly recommended – I will definitely attend again.”
“The event has been very insightful. I’ve been to a lot of conferences, and the knowledge gained at FTE Global is unique and innovative. It’s very good that the event is all about collaboration. I will take some nice concepts home with me.”
“There are very few events where airlines can get together and talk about what they’re doing. Here at FTE Global, we are able to hear in detail the experiences of others.”
Future Travel Experience Global 2018 is an independent global forum that brings together airlines, airports, government agencies, vendors, start-ups, terminal designers, architects, ground handlers, destination partners and various other travel industry stakeholders to define tomorrow’s end-to-end passenger experience.
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