Data Innovation Challenge - Asia

Challenge Launch
30 Nov
ember 2018

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Somewhere in the world, there is a Rolls-Royce powered aircraft taking off every 16 seconds.

Rolls-Royce is enhancing our role in empowering the aviation industry to be more sustainable in both profits and carbon emissions.

We believe the answer lies in data. How might we leverage data for better decision-making in, for instance, flight scheduling, flight planning, and maintenance scheduling? What new use cases might emerge from sharing, merging and interpreting data to unlock business value?

At the inaugural Rolls-Royce Data Innovation Challenge - Asia, we are providing 12 months’ worth of aviation and environmental data for you to design the “perfect flight”.

Whether you are a startup with strong data and AI capabilities or a data enthusiast, we want you to participate and help solve some of the aviation industry’s biggest challenges.

Shortlisted teams will get the opportunity to work with Rolls-Royce domain experts to enhance their solutions, and stand a chance to win the top prize of USD10,000!



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How might we optimise flight schedules that take into consideration factors such as weather and congestion?

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How can we help pilots and flight planners make better decisions for their flight and flight plans respectively?

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How might we better manage engine maintenance through its varied operational usage?

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For data and tech companies that collect or have access to other aviation-related datasets, what new use cases can you develop by mashing up datasets?

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We will provide 12 months’ worth of aviation and environmental data for shortlisted teams.

You can also learn more about the data at the Challenge Launch.

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How to participate?

Applications will open on Friday, 30 November and end on Sunday, 16 December, 2359h Singapore / Hong Kong time (GMT +8). In your application, you will be asked to share details of your team / startup and your response to one of the challenge statements - your approach, what (datasets) and how you would use the datasets, and the expected outcome. You can download the sample data here.

We will shortlist 10 teams by 21 December to progress in this competition and participate in the Pitch Day in February 2019.  At this stage, these teams will then be provided the full datasets.

For the shortlisted teams, you will get to:

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Learn more deeply about aviation industry problem statements and opportunities.

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Consult with

Connect with experts from Rolls-Royce and other aviation industry partners.

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Pitch in

Deliver your final pitch to industry leaders on a regional stage.

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Win prizes &

Stand to win from a prize pool of USD15,000 and jumpstart collaborations.

Who should apply?


Are you a startup with a cutting-edge AI engine or other data capabilities?

You might already have unique insights, working with the aviation industry, and even have access to datasets that can be used to solve a big problem in a new way!

Community teams

Do you have an interest in the aviation industry and how data science could help solve big problems in this industry?

This is your opportunity to pit your skills in advanced analytics and AI against the best teams across Asia!

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Challenge Launch

Come to the event in Singapore and meet the team from R² Data Labs, Rolls-Royce’s data acceleration hub.  We will also explain the challenge and the datasets.


  • Introducing Rolls-Royce Data Innovation Challenge - Asia by Adrian Man, Head of Ecosystem and Partnerships

  • Diving into the challenges and data with R² Data Labs team

  • Q&A

  • Challenge process

  • Networking drinks

Event Details

Friday, 30 November
4:00pm - 6:30pm

Mapletree Business City
20 Pasir Panjang Road, East Wing
#03-22/24, Singapore 117439

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