British Airways have released their latest video taken from this month’s Innovation Lab in the Sky.

The overnight flight from San Francisco to London on 12th June included 100 of the tech world’s leading innovators. Where will the next one take place – London & Africa?

After months of planning and preparation, British Airways first Innovation Lab in the Sky finally touched down in Heathrow last week.


As the countdown begins to the inaugural UnGrounded flight from San Francisco later this month, British Airways have released this latest video conference involving just some of those involved.

The theme of this particular video conference, chaired by Chris Pirillo, is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) so, if like us, you’ve never come across this acronym before, sit back and enjoy…….

British Airways has released details of the guest list for its inaugural UnGrounded flight on 12th June.

BritishAirwaysUnGroundedThe private flight from San Francisco to London Heathrow has been conceived as an ‘innovation lab in the sky’, with the 100 plus invited guests set to work together on a number of pre-ordained tasks and challenges. The ideas and solutions that they come up with will then be presented to the United Nations ITU Secretary General at the DNA (Decide Now Act) Summit in London.

Amongst the invited guests will be Gavin Newson (California Lieutenant Governor), Craig Newmark (craigslist and craigconnects), Gina Bianchini (Mightybell), Andrew D’Souza (Top Hat), Claudia Fan Munce (IBM), Will Young (Zappos Labs), Alexis Ringwald (LearnUp), David Raskino (Microsoft), Anthony Goldbloom (Kaggle), James Beshara (CrowdTilt) & Tiffany Shlain (The Webby Awards).

In addition, Mashable, one of the leading news sources for the internet, was invited to select 10 participants based on a competition which asked entrants to put forward their own ideas and suggestions. Amongst the winners were Jen Padgett (CTA), Brian Doll (GitHub), Kimberlie Cerrone (Tiatros) & Kristen Christian (Bank Transfer Day).

Further details regards UnGrounded can be found at the following website – http://ungroundedthinking.com/

first class at sunset

Just like home only better..

It was back in March that we first brought up the subject of UnGrounded, a British Airways innovation bringing together 100 tech luminaries on a flight from California to London. Rather than just flying them to yet another conference, the novel idea of UnGrouded is to use the flight itself as a temporary “innovation lab in the sky” during which the various company owners, funders, innovators, academics and journalists can get together and discuss ways of connecting what they do, and what they can do in the future, with the needs and aspirations of less developed parts of the world.

As Britsh Airways work towards the first such UnGrounded flight later in June, they have released this video featuring contributions from just a few of those involved.