Miami-Dade Innovation Authority (MDIA) has launched its second Public Innovation Challenge in collaboration with Miami International Airport (MIA). They are seeking proposals from both local and global technology companies that offer new and creative solutions to improve the airport experience for passengers and staff across several specific focus areas.
At least three early-to-growth stage technology startups will be selected, with $100,000 in funding provided to each company to support testing of solutions at the airport, so they can be scaled to airports globally afterwards. The deadline to submit proposals is 19 January 2024. To submit, click here.
“The MIA team is thrilled to partner with MDIA on the Public Innovation Challenge,” said Ralph Cutié, Director and CEO, Miami International Airport. “By tapping into the creativity of the global technology community, we aim to enhance accessibility, convenience, and sustainability at our airport to better serve our growing number of passengers. Through an open innovation format allowing anyone to submit ideas, we look forward to piloting cutting-edge solutions that make travel efficient and inclusive for our diverse travellers. Most importantly, we aspire to create an airport environment championing sustainability across operations.”
This Public Innovation Challenge seeks solutions in the following categories:
- Accessibility – assistive technologies, including those built to improve the passenger experience for those with reduced mobility, and travellers with different physical and hidden disabilities, such as travellers who are neurodivergent, and/or who experience mental health conditions like PTSD.
- Navigation – wayfinding solutions that allow passengers to navigate the airport more effectively and seamlessly. Solutions may include technologies such as digital displays, virtual reality maps, omnichannel support and chat including AI, navigation instructions in various languages including sign language, and many more.
- Sustainability – recycling solutions ranging from AI-enabled and autonomous recycling onsite, signage and support for distinguishing recyclable materials from trash, automatic waste data collection, solutions to reduce single-use plastics and waste through promoting consumer behaviour change, and incentivising reuse and recycling.
“MDIA’s second Public Innovation Challenge is not just about transforming travel, it’s about elevating MIA – one of the 10 most transited airports in the country and the largest gateway to our community,” said Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, President & CEO, Miami-Dade Innovation Authority. “By prioritising the airport experience, we pave the way for improved connectivity and equitable accessibility, fostering a more vibrant and interconnected community. A well-equipped, sustainable airport opens doors to opportunities, enriching the lives of every resident and visitor.”
In addition to the six-figure investments, selected companies will participate in a product testing programme directly with MIA. MDIA will oversee each testing process and will work closely with the portfolio companies to publish a report on the outcomes and results, as well as activate its network of partners and resources to publicise the report and key findings.