SAP and Lufthansa launch first global Aviation Blockchain Challenge

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Lufthansa planes at Frankfurt airport. Photo: iStockphoto

In a bid to explore the potential of blockchain technology in the aviation sector, Lufthansa Innovation Hub and SAP iO Berlin Foundry have announced the first worldwide Aviation Blockchain Challenge.

With applications being accepted until August 31st, the blockchain idea contest was created to elicit blockchain-based solutions to improve the airline’s customer experience, processes, supply chains, and maintenance procedures.

“Blockchain is one of the game-changing technologies of our time, which we are systematically addressing as part of our digital strategy for the Lufthansa Group,” said Thorsten Dirks, member of the executive board, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, who is in charge of Eurowings and Aviation Services.

“We look forward to discussing innovative solutions and initiating experiments together with our partner SAP at the Aviation Blockchain Challenge. By combining our aviation industry expertise with the blockchain technology of a world market leader, we are creating the ideal worldwide framework for addressing blockchain entrepreneurs with an affinity for travel and mobility,” he said.

“SAP is excited to partner with Lufthansa on this startup innovation challenge to reinvent the traveller experience, airline operations, and supply chain with Blockchain,” said Deepak Krishnamurthy, chief strategy officer and executive vice president, SAP. ”With our industry leading SAP Leonardo Blockchain platform and Lufthansa’s market leadership and expertise in Aviation, we can foster a new innovation ecosystem that can potentially transform the entire travel industry,” he said.

The contest consists of three categories:
• Traveller challenge – Ideas that create clear added value for travellers throughout the travel chain, from booking flights and payments to loyalty programs and airport identification.
• Airline challenge – Ideas that improve airline operations and related processes, such as optimisation of data sharing of across the airline.
• Supplier challenge – Ideas that have the potential to rethink maintenance and related aspects of the aviation supply chain, from document tracking and digitisation to the transparent verification of documentation.

The best three ideas in each category will be nominated for the mentoring program, starting in September. Teams will then have the opportunity to pitch for further collaboration at the Lufthansa Innovation Forum on October 23, 2018,

Winning teams will have access to SAP’s Blockchain-as-a-Service to build or improve their minimum viable product and can use Lufthansa Group’s industry access to all major areas of the aviation ecosystem to move their projects forward.

Contest details and the link to the submission portal are located on the contest website:

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