Emirates recognizes extraordinary ideas from young talents

A Monitor Report 26 Feb, 2020 | 724 Views|-+
Dubai: Young, bright and futuristic minds at Carnegie Mellon University in USA worked with intent over a 24-hour period to presented 10 extraordinary ideas from augmented and mixed reality to Emirates. The airline was the lead sponsor of the varsity hackathon.

As part of its internal business innovation initiative, Emirates sponsored two key business challenges to the students at TartanHacks, the university’s biggest hackathon. TartanHacks attracts the best minds, and this year 400 students congregated to take a crack at the challenges.

The sponsored challenges:

Enhance the Emirates Skywards member experience through more seamless, personal ways at Dubai International airport. The winning team presented an app that can recognise members, their membership tiers and location in the airport in order to assign them roving service agents.

The team won flight tickets to Dubai and hotel stays, and an opportunity to present their winning idea to Emirates’ Commercial executives.

Create an immersive experience by leveraging technology to engage Emirates’ customers with the airline’s products and solutions. The winning team presented a 3D mixed reality tour of Emirates’ A380, giving the sales team a product showcase that sits on multiple devices and can be tailored around customer preferences. The team won gift hampers and special A380 model aircraft.

Badr Abbas, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial – Africa, who opened the hackathon and presented Emirates’ challenges said: “TartanHacks is a great platform to crowd source ideas from the best academic minds. We were also keen to stretch the students’ thinking and their innovative spirit, and ensure they learned more about the airline industry. We will now explore ways to apply these ideas in our everyday business environment to continue to deliver amazing customer experiences every single day.”

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