Travel Experience and JetBlue
Technology Ventures today announced four finalists in the 2017
Start-up Competition and Showcase, a global start-up competition
designed to help discover early-stage start-ups developing innovative
concepts or products that aim to enhance the future passenger experience
or ancillary revenue opportunities during the airport or inflight phases
of travel. The finalists will now advance to a Start-up Showcase at
Future Travel Experience Global 2017 in Las Vegas from 6-8 September
2017, where they will exhibit their products to an audience of 700+
senior attendees representing airlines, airports and other air transport
and travel industry stakeholders. The winner will be chosen by audience
vote and announced at the FTE Global Awards Ceremony.
2017 Start-up Competition and Showcase Finalists:
Destygo (Paris, France) builds artificially intelligent
chatbots for travel companies, giving travellers instant personalised
offers and fast answers. Destygo’s mission is to create, build and
improve powerful chatbots for the travel industry through its own
technology and a dedicated team of chatbot specialists.
SeatAssignMate (New York) aims to help airlines and agencies
increase ancillary revenue from email point of sales by building an
interactive check-in app into travellers' inboxes. Through
SeatAssignMate, travellers can purchase paid seats, select meals, and
check-in bags whenever or wherever they open up their confirmation
email, either via mobile device or on desktop.
SkyLights (San Francisco) is developing a virtual reality (VR)
platform for inflight entertainment. SkyLights enables passengers to
tune out of their environment by enjoying premium cinematic
entertainment using VR headsets. Passengers can enjoy premium 2D, 3D
or 180º cinematic entertainment on an IMAX-like wide-angle screen.
Skylights integrates content licensing deals, secure software, headset
hardware and ground operations.
TravelCar (Los Angeles) is a peer-to-peer car-sharing service
that provides an affordable, trustworthy, and environmentally-friendly
alternative to traditional car rental services at train stations and
airports. Using TravelCar, car owners can park for free at the airport
and earn money by renting their car to other travellers.
The winner of the Start-up Competition and Showcase will be announced at
the FTE Global Awards Ceremony at the Gala Evening, taking place at
Omnia, Caesars Palace on Thursday, 7 September.
For more information about Future Travel Experience Global 2017, please
About JetBlue Technology Ventures
JetBlue Technology Ventures invests in, incubates and partners with
early-stage start-ups at the intersection of technology and travel to
improve the entire travel experience. The company prioritises
investments that advance the customer-centric journey;
technology-empowered customer service; the future of operations and
maintenance; revenue management, sales & distribution; and new regional
transport ecosystems. Founded in 2016, JetBlue Technology Ventures is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU) and
is located in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, visit JetBlueVentures.com.
About Future Travel Experience
Future Travel Experience (FTE) was established in 2006 and is an
independent events and online media business dedicated to improving the
end-to-end passenger experience. Having started with a standalone event
in North America, FTE now hosts four annual events around the world – FTE
Asia EXPO, FTE
Europe and FTE
Ancillary – which are attended by thousands of senior air transport,
travel and technology industry figures each year. For more information,
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