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Call for Entries: Lufthansa’s Changemaker Challenge


Lufthansa’s first Changemaker Challenge seeks ideas for sustainable innovation in travel and mobility, and you can submit applications to Climate CoLab!

How can digital and technological initiatives, products, services or tools help to make travel and mobility more sustainable?

It is self-evident that the decision to live more sustainably heavily affects ones travel and mobility habits. Negative effects such as CO2 emission, over-tourism, pollution and overstraining of travel destinations have become the self-induced enemies of our time. We believe that digital and technological solutions can enable a more sustainable future of Travel & Mobility Tech, both by changing the travelers’ behavior and the nature of resources.

Lufthansa Innovation Hub, Lufthansa Group, Expedia Group, Google, and Uber seek digital and tech solutions to make travel and mobility more sustainable. Ideas can be submitted online until October 30, 2019. Early-stage startups, students, and young professionals worldwide are welcome to participate.

Applicants can compete in four different categories:

1. “Upgrade to Sustainability”

Platforms consolidating various travel products (flights, hotels, etc.) that currently often lack sustainable options. Travelers need tools, add-ons, and services that present sustainable alternatives in the planning and booking process.

2. “Disrupt Urban Mobility”

Urban mobility should be accessible to all citizens and enable them to be mobile, connected and efficient while acting sustainably. Ideas are therefore needed that shape the urban mobility landscape with a focus on sustainability.

3. “The Good Traveler”

Travel can have negative effects on local communities and the environment. In this category we seek digital solutions that contribute to an improved social and ecological footprint at the travel destination.

4. “Beyond Booking”

Passengers are usually presented with a carbon-offsetting option during the booking process, but lack such an alternative later. In this category, solutions are sought that support sustainable behavior and decision-making throughout the travel journey.


The finalists of the Changemaker Challenge will benefit from comprehensive expertise during the final pitches in December. During the finals, they will be judged by an expert jury consisting of high-level executives from each company on December 4, 2019 at the Lufthansa Group headquarters in Frankfurt (Main), Germany.

The event will be part of the “Innovation Forum”, Lufthansa Group’s main global innovation event. Winners will receive prizes worth 30,000 euros.

Applications can be submitted via and the Climate CoLab platform: You can submit applications from now until October 30, 2019. The finalists will be announced by November 15, 2019. Applications from both Climate CoLab and the Changemaker Challenge site will be considered. Judging for the challenge will not take place on the Climate CoLab platform. Additional information can be found on the Changemaker Challenge website.