– The startup from Cologne, Germany facilitates the booking of overnight
stays with local aid organizations
– Six finalist teams presented their innovative ideas to a top jury of experts
Six finalists of the “Changemaker Challenge” presented their digital solutions
for sustainable travel and mobility to a top jury of experts and several
hundred guests at the Lufthansa Group “Innovation Forum” in Frankfurt am
Main on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The winner was Socialbnb, a
startup that facilitates the booking of sustainable overnight stays. The team
impressed the jury with its innovative approach to sustainable tourism. Socialbnb’s booking platform allows travelers to book overnight stays directly
with local aid organizations, while supporting them financially. In total, there
were over 150 submissions from 41 countries.
“We are very pleased about the great success of the “Changemaker Challenge,”
which has featured a lot of inspiring ideas. The six finalists presented
compelling digital innovations along the entire travel chain. The
broad spectrum of themes in the submissions – ranging from the creation
of more transparency on the sustainability of travel to urban mobility and
the reduction of our social and ecological footprint – clearly demonstrated
the enormous potential of digitalization in our field with respect to sustainability,”
says Gleb Tritus, Managing Director of the Lufthansa Innovation Hub
and member of the “Changemaker Challenge” jury.
The second and third place winners were:
– Kind Traveler, a hotel-booking platform that donates $10 to local
nonprofit organizations with each booking.
– Breeze Technologies, a company that optimizes urban infrastructures
via artificial intelligence, air sensors, and big data to improve
air quality and traffic flow.
The other finalists included:
– Pinc, a booking platform that offers culturally and ecologically more
sustainable travel off the beaten track.
– Green Tickets, a travel-planning portal that offers travelers sustainable
travel options in Europe.
– AeroDelft, a company that makes flying more sustainable through
the development of a hydrogen engine.
The “Changemaker Challenge” is the first global competition for sustainable
ideas in the Travel & Mobility Tech sector. It is organized as part of the “Innovation
Forum,” the largest internal innovation event of the Lufthansa
This year’s expert jury included David Krieger (Senior Director Strategy
& Business Development, Expedia Group), Wieland Holfelder (VP Engineering
Germany, Google), Christoph Weigler (General Manager Germany,
Uber), Claudia Hügel (Senior Director Group Strategy, Lufthansa Group),
and Gleb Tritus (Managing Director, Lufthansa Innovation Hub).
The aim of the competition is to explore the potential of sustainable digital
solutions along the entire travel chain that can have a positive social or environmental
impact. The “Changemaker Challenge” wants to raise awareness
about these solutions and promote them further.