Within the Air France-KLM group, a dedicated team focuses on strategic innovation and prospective research. By working with a network of partners, researchers, scholars, scientists, sociologists, industrialists, etc., the idea, for example, is to identify and analyze the impact of emerging technologies in order to reflect on future mobility challenges and develop solutions that we could implement in 10, 15 or 20 years’ time to prepare for the travel experience of the future.
In this framework, the Air France-KLM group is a partner of Hello Tomorrow, an initiative founded in 2011 in an aim to create a collective ecosystem of innovation and deep-tech players. Since 2014, Hello Tomorrow has carried out numerous innovative initiatives to identify start-ups able to convert scientific discoveries and emerging technologies into concrete solutions to societal or companies’ future challenges.
Over a period of 5 years, thanks to a partnership with universities and incubators in over 100 countries, Hello Tomorrow has discovered and accelerated thousands of start-ups, via fund-raising actions and partnerships with industrial leaders worldwide.
To mark the upcoming Hello Tomorrow Global Summit taking place on March 14 and 15 at the 104 in Paris, the Air France-KLM group will be present with a dedicated booth at the fair. Over this two-day event, the group’s innovation teams will have the opportunity to meet different players from this ecosystem and promote Air France-KLM’s achievements in the field of innovation. This year, aeronautical maintenance will notably be in the spotlight. This state-of-the-art industrial activity is a sector that permanently innovates to always stay ahead and retain a recognized leadership position. Anne Brachet, EVP Air France Industries-KLM Engineering and Maintenance will represent the Air France-KLM group as jury member during the Global Challenge.
The Global Challenge is an opportunity for start-ups to work on specific themes and to meet major groups to propose their concrete solutions. This year, Air France-KLM will study with the rest of the jury the proposals of several start-ups in the “Aeronautics” category.
Following the judges’ deliberation, the winners will be awarded their prizes at a ceremony held on March 15 in the presence of the jury members.