Do you have a brilliant idea for reshaping the future of airlines?

In the Aerospace sector, governments, airports, airlines, pilots, crews and passengers rely on Thales to make flight safer, easier and more efficient.

We do this by designing, delivering and supporting the systems that keep our skies running. From air traffic management, training and simulation solutions, nose-to-tail aircraft connectivity and in-flight services, we enable and connect all parts of the aerospace ecosystem in the air, on the ground, and in between.

In a post-pandemic world, passengers and crew safety will become a priority for the recovery of the airline industry. To support our customers facing these new challenges, Thales is looking for innovative solutions to help airlines maintain the trust of their clients and the regulatory authorities.

We are looking for AI-enabled startups to help us solve challenges such as:

How to ensure sanitary protocols in airline operations?

How to help companies with fleet management and optimization?

How to monitor and manage airlines’ fleet?

How to build consumer confidence in the future of Leisure travel?

Applications are closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted their solution!

CHALLENGE: What will cabin operations and the passenger experience look like in a post-pandemic flight? We are looking for solutions to help our clients make flying safe and secure for passengers and cabin crew.

En partenariat avec


  • Level of maturity : MVP ready
  • Product company
  • Team of minimum 2
  • Canada
  • AI-solution only


  • Level of maturity of the technology
  • Level of maturity of the team and the company
  • Production capacity


  • Connection with Thales business lines worldwide for integration
  • Access to a Thales secure cloud
  • Fast-track to AI@Centech, a 6-month acceleration program with Thales
  • Possibility of creation of a proof of concept with a Thales business line

How to participate?

  1. Make sure you meet the admission and selection criteria
  2. Apply using the form below, (you will be redirected to the Centech Collision Lab registration form)
  3. Provide a document that presents:
    • your technology/product/solution
    • how it can respond to the challenge
    • your team (why you?)
  4. You will be contacted for a videoconference interview

Applications are closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted their solution!


Submission deadline

Monday, June 29, 2020 23:59 EST

Assessment phase

from June 30 to July 31, 2020

Announcement of the preselected teams

August 3, 2020

The selected teams will integrate AI@Centech, a 6-month acceleration program with Thales, to initiate a collaborative exploration process with their business lines, worldwide, and will have the opportunity to develop a proof of concept.


As part of the registration process for the AI​​@Centech program, you share certain personal data with CENTECH, in particular, the names, first names and contact details of the founders of your company (“Personal Data”).

This Personal Data is processed for the purpose of studying applications; security and compliance with applicable legal requirements. The purposes here referred to are necessary for the operation of the AI ​@Centech program offered by THALES.

For each of the purposes set out above, unless otherwise required by law, your Personal Data will be kept for two (2) years from the time it is collected.

CENTECH also reserves the right to transmit and give access to all or part of the personal data collected to the targeted staff of other entities and subsidiaries that are part of Thales Group in the context of this processing for the purposes of administration, supervision, management.

In any event, you have the right to access your personal data. For legitimate reasons, you can request access, communication, modification, rectification and erasure of your data. You also have the right to request a limitation of processing and to object to their processing.

In any event, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection authority.


Our registration link will redirect you to Centech’s Collision Lab registration form. Make sure you identify the challenge. You will need to provide a document that presents your technology/product/solution, how it can meet the challenge and your team (why you?).

You have until June 29, 2020 at 11:59pm, EST, to submit your application.

You will join the AI@Centech program, a 6 month accelerator program with Thales.

The first 3 months is an exploration and definition period, followed by another 3 months of development and demonstration. For more information, please visit the page.

In the Aerospace sector, governments, airports, airlines, pilots, crews and passengers rely on Thales to make flight safer, easier and more efficient. Learn more on the company:

Collision Lab X Centech is an open innovation platform where corporations become part of a world-class high-tech ecosystem. Submerged in Centech’s technological dynamism, corporate members are accompanied to learn, collaborate and share in order to accelerate their innovation goals while creating an entrepreneurial culture to adopt new technologies faster and access new markets.