Innovation Gateway Details

11-12 November | Victoria Park Plaza


Are you a start-up or SME with a great tech solution for airports and looking for a platform to present your idea? Then we have the competition for you!

This year the New Civil Engineer are launching Innovation Gateway where we are looking for SMEs and Start-ups who have bold ideas on how to drive productivity and efficiency of airports to enable more passenger to use their facilities.

A surge in passenger numbers at airports has created a huge demand for increased capacity in airports and large development plans up and down the UK to meet demand. Airports are facing obstacles over space constraints, pre-empting future trends and technology and maintaining a fully functioning airport while improving and expanding.

New Civil Engineer have brought together a panel of industry experts to hear your solutions.

Judges will be looking for innovations that are at early stage and are seeking a test bed to further prove the concept in a live environment.

What do I win?

  • Top three finalists will have exposure to the UK’s leading clients, contractors, engineers and suppliers
  • Finalists will receive 2 free delegate passes to both days of the conference to maximise networking time
  • Mentoring and feedback on your idea from our esteemed judges
  • The winner will have a write up by New Civil Engineer

Judging Process:

  1. ONLINE ENTRIES: Please submit a 500 word entry on our website by 1 March 2019. You should explain how your bold idea and implementation of technology will improve airport efficiency. These innovations should achieve one (or more of the following): increased number of passengers that can use the airport, improved passenger experience, improved efficiency of delivering expansion and development, reduced carbon emissions.
  2. LONG LIST JUDGING: On success of reaching the long list judging we will invite you into NCE, on the 9th April in London, to present in front of our judging panel. You should create an 8 – 10 minute presentation/pitch covering:
    1. What your innovations is
    2. Evidence of predicted impact – What changed will be noticed in 5 years, statistics on improved efficiency, previous trial results etc.
    3. How it will be installed/introduced in an airport environment (considering minimal disruption to passengers)  
    4. Long term prospects – how will it be maintained, what’s the life expectancy
    5. How/why is your idea the future of airports

This will then be followed by 10 minutes of questions from the judges.

 LIVE PITCHES: Three finalists will be chosen based on their innovativeness, ability to make a difference and will receive feedback from the judges on your pitch and idea. You will then be invited to present your idea on the main day of NCE’s Future of Airports conference on the 16th of May in London. This will be in front of leaders of the sector including clients, contractors and the supply chain giving you huge exposure to the aviation sector. 

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