Cathay Pacific gives a leg-up for eight innovative start-ups at RISE tech gathering

Business | 8 Jul 2019 3:53 pm

Cathay Pacific is supporting eight innovative local start-ups at RISE, Asia’s largest technology conference being held until Thursday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The eight start-ups were selected for their potential in making a difference to the travel industry and the technology sector.

More than 350 speakers including leaders of the world’s biggest companies and emerging technology start-ups are scheduled to participate.

As the official airline sponsor of RISE for the second consecutive year, Cathay Pacific is leveraging its position to press ahead with its “Ignition Project,'' a new wide-reaching IT ecosystem launched at last year’s conference.

The airline’s involvement in RISE forms a key part of the initiative, which involves the core pillars of reinforcing the airline’s in-house technological capabilities, cultivating young talent with the Cathay Pacific 24-hour Hackathon, and supporting startups through the Hong Kong Science Park’s Global Acceleration Academy.

Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, Paul Loo, said the eight start-ups share the airline's passion for innovation that also benefits the local community.

Cathay Pacific is “moving beyond” for its customers and has enthusiastically pursued the development of new technology that has allowed it to give customers more choice and control over their journeys.

These improvements include implementing chatbot and livechat functionality in order to expand the number of self-service touchpoints available to customers; developing new mobile apps that assist cabin crew in delivering an elevated inflight service experience to passengers; and bolstering the efficiency of its loyalty programme and cargo operations using blockchain technology.

The eight start-ups are drawn from various sectors including travel and hospitality, smart and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, artificial intelligence, social media and education:

Among them, is Breakup Tours, which is developing a mobile platform that offers personalized itineraries and travel activities across Asia for travelers who have recently  gone through a breakup. Film Players has been developing new applications for smart film, from curtain walls and partitions in hotels to vehicle glazing.

The Hong Kong Tourist Pass, is an app-based, pass for visitors to Hong Kong. Available for three, five or seven days, it includes airport pick-up services, unlimited public transport, access to 13 attractions, and dining at more than 150 restaurants. KaChick Ai curates and connects people with local photographers and experiences in Asia so you can collect moments, not things, wherever you travel. AR Phoenix, founded in 2017, develops augmented reality solutions for brands, helping them better promote their products and services. Travel Technology International has developer “Tourbox,'' a mobile app that automatically creates travel journals, allowing users to share itineraries, photos and travel experiences. The 42 Laboratory, is a biotech education start-up, which offers portable and affordable Internet of Things biotech equipment for use in the classroom. The equipment also comes with an artificial intelligence powered mobile app as a teaching assistant. And, Xccelerate is an immersive learning platform offering courses for making tech education attractive and accessible.

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