Following our passion for innovation. Exploring new and undiscovered trends in the travel industry, and beyond. Ungrounded, by British Airways.

Vayable: An online travel planner for personal experiences.

We love anything that’ll enrich our trips. Such as Vayable—a travel planning service that lets you book personalized adventures with real people. Your contact is a local host at your destination who organizes and guides your travel adventure. That way you can plan the kind of unique experience you really want.

Founder and CEO Jamie Wong describes the origin, current status and future of Vayable. 

FlightCar: Share Your Car, Make Some Money.
Imagine leaving your car at the airport, and having it washed, detailed, and fueled by the time you get back—all while earning you a bit of cash. It could be a reality with companies like FlightCar. 
But there’s a catch: you have to rent it out to a fellow traveler, whom you’ve never met.
Currently available in Boston, San Francisco, and LA, FlightCar is a peer-to-peer car sharing service, fashioned after RelayRides, Getaround and Lyft, but focused on the airport experience.
Your car is insured for up to $1 million, renters are pre-screened and they wash the car before picking you back up. 

So, how would you feel about renting your car out while you’re away?

FlightCar: Share Your Car, Make Some Money.

Imagine leaving your car at the airport, and having it washed, detailed, and fueled by the time you get back—all while earning you a bit of cash. It could be a reality with companies like FlightCar

But there’s a catch: you have to rent it out to a fellow traveler, whom you’ve never met.

Currently available in Boston, San Francisco, and LA, FlightCar is a peer-to-peer car sharing service, fashioned after RelayRides, Getaround and Lyft, but focused on the airport experience.

Your car is insured for up to $1 million, renters are pre-screened and they wash the car before picking you back up. 

So, how would you feel about renting your car out while you’re away?

Rocketspace: Accelerating the growth of startups. 

New companies are multiplying because of innovative technology—but everyone needs to learn how to succeed. That’s where Rocketspace steps in, helping fast-growing, funded tech startups by creating an all-encompassing work environment for them to flourish in. Rocketspace has also branched out and created RocketU to target talent to work in these startups.

Learn more about Duncan Logan and his company, Rocketspace.

What’s new in travel innovation? Hear from Duncan Logan of Rocketspace.

There’s been an explosion of online apps in the travel management sector that seem to effortlessly coordinate entire vacations for you. And savvy travelers appreciate these tech updates. But what’s next? Find out from Duncan Logan, founder of Rocketspace.

Learn more about Rocketspace by watching this video.

A British Airways innovation: Digital Bag Tags

Airline luggage tags can be a hassle. They need to be printed (2.95 billion tags are printed annually – that’s a lot of trees).  And, they need to be manually scanned. That’s why we’ve been testing digital bag tags for permanent use on luggage. 

Find out how they’ll increase speed and convenience of travel in a BIG way.

To learn more, click here.

Beacons in a Backpack: an UnGrounded idea comes to life 

“Beacons in a Backpack” was an UnGrounded winning concept that’s now a true startup. Travelers take a backpack full of technology into the remotest areas of the earth and create hotspots, which in turn, expands connectivity worldwide.

British Airways’ Glenn Morgan walks us through how this initiative came about and what’s next for the team.

The Not-So-Little Details
For travelers looking to escape the cold winter weather, it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference. That’s why Frankfurt Airport introduced their Winter Coat Storage service.
Frankfurt natives traveling to warmer climates between the months of October and April can store their bulky winter coats at the airport for only 0.50 EUR per day. This convenient service proves that above technology, understanding your customer is the key to innovation.

The Not-So-Little Details

For travelers looking to escape the cold winter weather, it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference. That’s why Frankfurt Airport introduced their Winter Coat Storage service.

Frankfurt natives traveling to warmer climates between the months of October and April can store their bulky winter coats at the airport for only 0.50 EUR per day. This convenient service proves that above technology, understanding your customer is the key to innovation.

Inside UnGrounded: The first innovation lab at 30,000 feet

What was it like on the UnGrounded flight? Top innovators from all around the world spent 11 hours together in the air, concentrating on global problems they normally wouldn’t go about solving. This incredible flight experience spurred countless ideas, such as Beacons in a Backpack.

Hear from a few of our innovators about how they took on the challenge of bridging the social and technological divide, and get the latest on their progress since then.

Can Vacationing Change the World?
Rather than supporting only large chain hotels and well-travelled restaurants on your vacation, why not put much of your travel budget directly back into the community you’re visiting?
Only Six Degrees is setting out to do just that, with unique travel packages to Cambodia, Tanzania, and even Kilimanjaro. 

With a surprisingly large percentage of the package cost and a donation going straight to your local guides, operators, hotels and community-based projects, you can feel even better about your trip.
Learn more

Can Vacationing Change the World?

Rather than supporting only large chain hotels and well-travelled restaurants on your vacation, why not put much of your travel budget directly back into the community you’re visiting?

Only Six Degrees is setting out to do just that, with unique travel packages to Cambodia, Tanzania, and even Kilimanjaro. 

With a surprisingly large percentage of the package cost and a donation going straight to your local guides, operators, hotels and community-based projects, you can feel even better about your trip.

Learn more

Adding More Air to the Airline Industry 
The luggage industry might have just stumbled upon its newest innovation—air. The winner of the 2013 Airbus Fly Your Idea competition were the Brazilian design students who developed a luggage loading system with air cushion technology. 
Like an air hockey table, this cargo solution would allow baggage handlers to quickly and safely slide luggage on and off planes, cutting the time travelers would have to wait to receive their bags.
Read more

Adding More Air to the Airline Industry

The luggage industry might have just stumbled upon its newest innovation—air. The winner of the 2013 Airbus Fly Your Idea competition were the Brazilian design students who developed a luggage loading system with air cushion technology.

Like an air hockey table, this cargo solution would allow baggage handlers to quickly and safely slide luggage on and off planes, cutting the time travelers would have to wait to receive their bags.

Read more

Two Hotels that are Changing the Way You Interact with Your Room

Aria Las Vegas

Although Aria Las Vegas is known for its stunning views of The Strip and the vast Nevada landscape, it also allows you to check in and out with your mobile device and features bedside touch-screens to control your room’s curtains, lights, and temperature.

Eventi New York

It’s tempting to explore the sights and sounds of NYC while visiting for work, but sometimes you have to actually work. 

Rather than being tied to a traditional “business center”, with your laptop connected to an Ethernet cord, why not grab an iPad and relax in your room? 

Manhattan’s Eventi Hotel features a complimentary “Business Bar”: a selection of Apple products that all have wireless printing capabilities, free for the borrowing.

Global Connectivity: Just Around the Bend?
With the advent of startups that help you manage roaming costs like Roamer and KnowRoaming, and wifi in airports and an increasing amount of transatlantic flights, we can’t help but wonder if we can finally keep our devices running affordably and seamlessly—whether we’re overseas or on a plane.
How would it change the way you travel, if you could keep your smartphone on?

Global Connectivity: Just Around the Bend?

With the advent of startups that help you manage roaming costs like Roamer and KnowRoaming, and wifi in airports and an increasing amount of transatlantic flights, we can’t help but wonder if we can finally keep our devices running affordably and seamlessly—whether we’re overseas or on a plane.

How would it change the way you travel, if you could keep your smartphone on?

The sky is not the limit!

The UnGrounded experience is over, but the impact is only beginning. Take a look at the challenges, the highlights, and the minds behind one of the most groundbreaking flights in recent history.

We’re excited about the results of much hard work, incredible collaboration and a little bit of fun. 
Hear from the teams’ experiences. Afterward, have a look at their ideas posted below and let us know what you think. 
Thank you to all our participants for making ungrounded a huge success!
Overview
An online community that leverages the power of pipeline programs to advise, advocate, and accelerate women into STEM university programs and STEM companies.
The community taps women leaders in STEM companies, retirees, and former participants to advise and advocate.
AdvisHer reduces attrition rates in STEM university programs, increases the funding of women startups as well as the number of women in STEM-related companies and VCs.
The Team
Sue Black
Kimberly Bryant
Lauren Hasson
Kelly Hoey
Will Hurley
Cindy Padnos
Cassidy Williams
 

Overview

  • An online community that leverages the power of pipeline programs to advise, advocate, and accelerate women into STEM university programs and STEM companies.

  • The community taps women leaders in STEM companies, retirees, and former participants to advise and advocate.

  • AdvisHer reduces attrition rates in STEM university programs, increases the funding of women startups as well as the number of women in STEM-related companies and VCs.

The Team

  • Sue Black
  • Kimberly Bryant
  • Lauren Hasson
  • Kelly Hoey
  • Will Hurley
  • Cindy Padnos
  • Cassidy Williams