SITA Innovation Day 2016 | SITA


This year's Innovation Day was a great success. Watch the videos, view the photos or scroll down to download individual presentations.

ID 2016 video playlist
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Open Stratosphere
OpenStratophere is an independent company that builds and operates regional fleets of stratospheric drones that fly for weeks above commercial airlines and weather using 100% solar energy.

Thanks to rapid mission deployment and repurposing, they offer persistent earth observation, flexible environmental intelligence and impactful communication infrastructure. In addition, OpenStratosphere provide sovereign nations with a trusted and neutral alternative to handle their sensitive data and critical satellite-like services.


Simon Johnson acts as a mentor to several Swiss tech start-ups and is a board member of the Swiss National Centre for Robotics. He started his career with Hewlett-Packard, gaining sales and marketing experience in Africa and the Middle East.

His latest venture is working with drones in near space, but as a serial entrepreneur, Simon has also created a satellite positioning, navigation and tracking systems company and was co-founder and CEO of a venture capital funded company providing the first premium content on mobile phones for companies, including Yahoo! and Microsoft.

Simon produces and presents a primetime Swiss television program showcasing life changing technologies.

OpenStratosphere presentation



Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud services platform, offering compute power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow.


Tomasz Stachlewski is a Principal Solutions AWS. He helps companies of all sizes (from startups to enterprises) in their cloud journey.

Tomasz is a big believer in innovative technology such as serverless architecture, which allows organizations to accelerate their digital transformation. Before joining Amazon, he worked at LOT Polish Airlines, where he architected their first cloud projects, and at Accenture.

Amazon presentation




Monax (previously known as Eris Industries) is a company that is building a platform for smart contracts and legal applications using blockchain technology.


Casey Kuhlman is the CEO of Monax (previously Eris Industries). Prior to co-founding Monax, Casey was the head of legal information systems at the US Open Data Institute.

A lawyer and international development practitioner for nearly a decade, Casey has worked extensively in the Horn of Africa, including co-founding the first law firm in Somaliland. Casey has also been a New York Times bestselling author, an infantry officer in the Marines, and is an avid participant in open source software development.

Monax presentation



Valorem Consulting

Valorem Consulting (formerly IdentityMine) are a developer of user interfaces for computing platforms, including augmented reality. The company offers user experience design and application development services for mobile, web, desktop, game console and wearable platforms, focusing primarily on Microsoft technologies.


René Schulte is Director of Immersive Experiences at Valorem leading teams across the globe. He has more than 10 years of experience with VR, AR/MR technology and 3D programming, developing for the Microsoft HoloLens since 2015.

René is a frequent speaker at tech conferences, such as //build, Unite, VRDC (GDC), as well as a blogger. He also created and maintains popular open source libraries like WriteableBitmapEx or the AR library SLARToolKit. René Schulte has received several honors for his developer community work.

Valorem presentation



Max Planck Institute

The Max Planck Society is Germany's most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, putting it on a par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide.

The currently 83 Max Planck Institutes and facilities conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.


Heinrich Bülthoff is scientific member of the Max Planck Society and director at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. He is head of the Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action and holds a Ph.D. degree in the natural sciences from the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen, where he is currently Honorary Professor.

Previously Heinrich was Assistant, Associate and Full Professor of Cognitive Science at Brown University in Providence. He was also Adjunct Professor (2009 -2015) at Korea University (Seoul).
Heinrich Bülthoff is involved in many international collaborations and member of several European research networks. He has participated in many projects funded by the European Commission and is head of the EU myCopter project on Enabling Technologies for Personal Aerial Transportation Systems.

Max Planck presentation




SolarStratos is the world’s first commercial two-seater solar plane and it will be the first manned solar plane penetrating the stratosphere. This new expedition is called Mission SolarStratos and the solar plane is expected to be ready by the end of the year.

Beyond this mission, the project aims to open the door on commercial electrical or solar aviation on the edge of space for private passengers or scientists.


Raphaël Domjanged 42, has proven experience organizing eco-adventures and in ground-breaking ambitious projects. He is already well known in the nautical world for his solar-powered boat, the PlanetSolar, which completed the first circumnavigation of the globe in 2012 without using a drop of fossil fuel.

Raphaël has been a long-time champion of renewable energy. He developed the first solar-powered hosting site. Today, Raphaël is an eco-adventurer and a lecturer and passionate about everything related to aeronautics.



30 Seconds To Fly is a startup that has developed the first artificially intelligent travel management software called CLAIRE. ‘Claire’ takes care of all your bookings and over time learns your preferences while interfacing with your travelers and with your management team.


Felicia Schneiderhan invented a new hair styling tool and started her first company, Blackbun Fashion, while studying for her Masters degree. She built a supply chain from China to Lithuania and automated the company.

Felicia met her co-founder Riccardo during her Fulbright year in New York where the two started their first tech startup together. In the summer 2015, Riccardo and Felicia started working on 30SecondsToFly. Today the company counts 10 employees with offices in New York and Bangkok.

Claire presentation



API.AI (now acquired by Google) builds brand-unique, natural language interactions for bots, applications services, and devices.


Chris Blocker has more than 25 years of experience leading business development and partnership teams across software and hardware platforms.  As VP of Sales and Business Development at API.AI Chris was responsible for the development and launch of its business model and for online and direct sales.

Prior to joining API.AI Chris held senior leadership positions at Ustream (now an IBM company), Dabkick, Sling Media (acquired by Dish) and Solid Data Systems.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Santa Clara University and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. 



Loyyal is a universal loyalty and rewards platform, built with blockchain and smart contract technology. By using blockchain technology it is more secure from hackers and helps travel companies to track their customer’s preferences, build more personalized and meaningful interactions, and extract more value from loyalty programs. It can also act as an umbrella for uniting many rewards programs under one banner.


Robert Moerland works as EVP Global Business Development at Loyyal. He brings over 15 years of global experience in designing and implementing loyalty programs and innovative solutions for some of the world’s biggest brand names.

Robert has experience in the hospitality, financial services and airline sectors gained from working at Carlson Marketing (AIMIA), Loylogic, and Engage People. He is responsible for the company’s growth as it seeks to achieve its goal to establish Loyyal as the “Internet of Loyalty”.

Loyyal presentation




SkyLights has developed a new IFE system with immersive cinema glasses offering virtual reality, an experience akin to sitting right in the middle of a movie theater, for 2D and 3D movie-viewing. SkyLights solution includes a wide range of movies, provided by Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks. The company has been working with several airlines in Europe, including Air France, KLM and leisure carrier XL Airways.


Dieudonne Kamate is VP of Business Development at SkyLights. His responsibilities include designing and implementing the Skylights system for airlines and other key Partnerships. Previously, Dieudonne worked for Air France in both marketing and customer service roles.

Dieudonne holds an Executive MBA from Leonardo da Vinci University in Paris. He is skilled in Business Development, Innovation & Customer's Experience with over 10 years of experience building tailored customer engagement strategy. 

SkyLights presentation
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