The definitive industry innovation prize

Who are the innovators in the region taking this industry to greater heights? You decide.

The FTE Americas Innovate Awards

At the heart of every FTE show this year are the dynamic and highly anticipated FTE Innovate Awards. Following the success of our EMEA edition, where leading companies such as International Airlines Group (IAG), Turkish Airlines, Air France, flydubai, Lufthansa Group, Qatar Airways, Fraport, Aeroporti di Roma, Schiphol Group, Galeri AG, Content Trip Solutions (Smartvel), ZestIoT, and more took part, we are thrilled to bring this prestigious regional competition to the Americas. Join us for the next exciting edition at FTE Global in LA from 28-30 October.

As the region’s largest and most respected innovation competition, industry stakeholders will pitch on-stage to impress our judges and audience, whose crucial votes will determine the winners.

Whether you’re an airline, airport, established vendor, or startup, we want to hear from you. The three categories are Best New Transformative Concept (open to vendors and startups only), Most Innovative Airline Initiative (open to airlines only), and Most Innovative Airport Initiative (open to airports only).

Winners will be announced on 30 October at the close of FTE Global 2024.

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Submission deadline – 16 August 2024

Awards categories:

The Best New Transformative Concept award is open to air transport industry vendors headquartered or with offices within the Americas region.

  • Please describe the initiative and how it came to be?
  • Has the concept gone live yet?
  • What is innovative about the concept?
  • Can you provide any tangible results that prove the success of this initiative?
  • What do you perceive to be the long-term impact of this concept?
  • To what extent did budgets, R&D and resources impact this initiative?
  • How much collaboration was needed internally, and with other stakeholders, to develop and roll this initiative out?
  • What are the key learnings, if any, from this project that other industry stakeholders could benefit from?
  • What benefits, if any, does your concept deliver in the areas of Operational Efficiency, Commercial Performance and Sustainability in the air transport industry?

If your submission is successful, can you commit to pitch your idea to our judges and audience at FTE Global in LA on 28-30 October 2024?

Please attach any relevant documents to support your submission.

The Most Innovative Airline Initiative award is open to commercial airlines headquartered within the Americas region. In order to qualify, the initiative must have gone live during or after January 2024. The judges will be looking for unique initiatives that display industry leadership and have delivered tangible benefits since being introduced. Initiatives that have delivered benefits in the following areas will be awarded extra credit: Operational Efficiency, Customer Experience, Commercial Performance and Sustainability.

  • Please describe the initiative and how it came to be?
  • When did the initiative go live within your organisation?
  • What is innovative about the initiative?
  • Can you provide any tangible results that prove the success of this initiative?
  • What do you perceive to be the long-term impact of this innovation?
  • To what extent did budgets and resources impact this initiative?
  • How much collaboration was needed internally, and with other stakeholders, to develop and roll this initiative out?
  • Is this initiative something that could scale across your organisation further, and perhaps the wider industry?
  • What are the key learnings from this project that others could take into their organisation?
  • What benefits, if any, does your initiative deliver on Operational Efficiency, Customer Experience, Commercial Performance and/or Sustainability for your airline?

If your submission is successful, can you commit to pitch your idea to our judges and audience at FTE Global in LA on 28-30 October 2024?

Please attach any relevant documents to support your submission.

The Most Innovative Airport Initiative award is open to airports headquartered within the Americas region. To qualify, the initiative must have gone live during or after January 2024. The judges will be looking for unique initiatives that display industry leadership and have delivered tangible benefits since being introduced. Initiatives that have delivered benefits in the following areas will be awarded extra credit: Operational Efficiency, Customer Experience, Commercial Performance and Sustainability.

  • Please describe the initiative and how it came to be?
  • When did the initiative go live within your organisation?
  • What is innovative about the initiative?
  • Can you provide any tangible results that prove the success of this initiative?
  • What do you perceive to be the long-term impact of this innovation?
  • To what extent did budgets and resources impact this initiative?
  • How much collaboration was needed internally, and with other stakeholders, to develop and roll this initiative out?
  • Is this initiative something that could scale across your organisation further, and perhaps the wider industry?
  • What are the key learnings from this project that others could take into their organisation?
  • What benefit, if any, does your initiative deliver on sustainability, passenger experience, commercial performance and/or operational efficiency of your airport?

If your submission is successful, can you commit to pitch your idea to our judges and audience at FTE Global in LA on 28-30 October 2024?

Please attach any relevant documents to support your submission.

Awards criteria:

Click on a category above to view the criteria.

In all categories, extra credit will be awarded to efforts that deliver tangible benefits in the following areas: Operational Efficiency, Customer Experience, Commercial Performance and Sustainability.

Why you should enter the FTE Americas Innovate Awards

The FTE Innovate Awards recognise and celebrate the best air transport industry innovations from across the Americas region. Successful entrants, including shortlisted companies and the overall winners, will receive huge recognition for their outstanding achievements through FTE’s media platforms in the months to come, and at Future Travel Experience Global, which will take place in LA on 28-30 October 2024.

Being part of these unique awards is beneficial for many reasons:

  • Showcase your achievements – tell everyone about your success!
  • Generate excellent PR opportunities
  • Generate new business opportunities
  • Receive validation for your team and organisation’s hard work
  • Inspire the industry with your ideas and contribute to our mission of continually advancing the industry for the benefit of its passengers and stakeholders

If your submission makes the final shortlist, you will be invited to deliver a pitch to your industry peers and a panel of expert judges at FTE Global 2024 in LA on 28-30 October. The judging panel will provide immediate feedback and each member of the audience will vote for their favourite entry using the event app. In each category, the initiative with the most votes will be named the overall winner.

The overall winner in each category will be announced on 30 October at the close of FTE Global 2024.

All submissions will be reviewed by the FTE team, select members of the FTE Advisory Board, and members of the FTE Global Innovate Awards judging panel. Those selected as finalists will be invited to deliver a pitch to their industry peers and the expert judging panel at FTE Global 2024 in LA on 28-30 October. The audience will vote for the winner in each category during the event.

If you are selected as a finalist and accept the invitation to deliver a pitch, your organisation will qualify for one complimentary ticket for FTE Global to enjoy the show and pitch your submission on stage. Airline and airport finalists will also be offered a showcase spot on the exhibition floor to display the details of their shortlisted initiative and enable our audience to engage with them directly to learn more before casting their vote.

FTE will share details of the finalists and their initiatives in advance of FTE Global through our many communication platforms. Onsite at the event in LA there will be a dedicated pitch session for each category, during which the finalists will have time to make their case directly on stage to our judges and audience. The judges will share their immediate thoughts and comments on what they have heard, including who they think the winner should be in each category, before the members of the audience cast their all-important votes.

  • Each entry may include a maximum of 10 appendices to support the submission
  • Appendices are supporting evidence and must be relevant to your entry
  • Any appendices too large to submit can be shared as a zip file using secure transfer sites such as wetransfer.com to kerry@futuretravelexperience.com
  • Entries made after the deadline will not be accepted. For questions regarding this deadline, please contact kerry@futuretravelexperience.com
  • Leave plenty of time to complete your entry to ensure it is of the highest quality and allow extra time for content to be signed off by your organisation internally
  • Ensure you have the appropriate permissions to share the information provided in your submission

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Vital Event Information

Future Travel Experience Global 2024 is a 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 learn, collaborate and be inspired on their next moves to transform their organisations’ passenger experience, business performance & sustainability strategies.

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Event
Future Travel Experience Global 2024
Date
- October 2024
Location
Long Beach Convention Center, California, United States