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GE and Partners Alaska Airlines and Ochsner Health System Announce Winners of Industrial Internet Flight and Hospital Quests - Open Collaboration Innovations Could Transform Air Travel and Improve Patient Experience (NYSE: GE) -
GE and Partners Alaska Airlines and Ochsner Health System Announce Winners of Industrial Internet Flight and Hospital Quests


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• Using never-before-released data, Flight Quest leads to nearly 40% improvement in flight arrival time predictability, potentially saving time for travelers and millions of dollars for airlines;
• Hospital Quest design applications address the estimated $100 billion wasted annually in healthcare inefficiencies; winning entries could lead to better patient outcomes, prompter discharges, and increased focus on recovery and care for patients;
• Phase two of Flight Quest will launch in Q2.

GE and partners today announced the winners of the first “Industrial Internet Quests,” an open innovation challenge to create new algorithms to reduce air travel delays and design applications to improve the healthcare experience. Launched in November 2012 in collaboration with Kaggle, a leading platform in solving data science challenges, and with Alaska Airlines and Ochsner Health System, the Quests invited data scientists and designers to use analytics and design to find ways to increase efficiency for airlines, travelers, hospitals and patients. The Quests are part of a broader effort to create an open platform, cultivate a community, and develop Industrial Internet solutions. Full details and information on the contest winners can be found at

Developers and data scientists representing 58 countries submitted more than 3,000 combined ideas. A total prize pool of $600,000 in cash awards will be distributed among the winners of both Quests. Kaggle’s live leaderboard scored the Flight Quest algorithms, determining the most accurate predictive models compared to the industry benchmark. A panel of five judges from GE, Ochsner Health System and Kaggle scored the Hospital Quest entries.

Bill Ruh, vice president of GE’s Software and Analytics Center said,“Developers and data scientists everywhere answered our challenge to transform the aviation and healthcare industries and have embraced our goal of open collaboration. The winners have shown that an open platform, such as these Quests, does spur innovation and new ideas, and we are excited about continuing to work with them to integrate their innovations into GE solutions.”

Anthony Goldbloom, chief executive officer at Kaggle said,“The level of ingenuity and creativity among the participants of the Industrial Internet Quests is amazing each competitor has dramatically raised the bar for innovation in their relevant industries. Engagement for the Quests exceeded any previous contest we’ve executed. GE challenged data scientists and developers, and the resulting solutions, once implemented, will quickly have an impact on air travel and the patient experience.”

Flight Quest:

Using national airspace data, made available for the first time for an open data analytics challenge, the winning Flight Quest algorithms show a 40% improvement over the industry benchmark of seven minutes average error in predicted arrival time. This has the potential to save travelers more than five minutes at the gate and could translate to significant savings for airlines. A one-minute reduction per departure could save an average-sized airline 1,700 hours per year, the equivalent of reducing crew costs by $1.2 million and fuel costs by $5 million.

Flight Quest participants received a two-month data set of flight information of the National Airspace System including flight number, origin, destination, take-off time, arrival time, latitude and longitude at frequent interim waypoints along the journey, and weather and wind data. They used this to develop algorithms to better predict time of arrivals at run-ways and gates to improve the efficiency in how airlines fly their planes, better balancing cost and customer satisfaction.

1st Prize - Gxav &*: Xavier Conort, Cao Hong, Clifton Phua, Ghim-Eng Yap and Kenny Chua (Singapore)
2nd Prize - As High as Honor: Jonti Peters (Preston, UK) and Paweł Jankiewicz (Warsaw, Poland)
3rd Prize - Taki: Gabor Takacs (Gyor, Hungary)
4th Prize - Sun: Sergey Kozub (Russia)
5th Prize - Jacques Kvam: Jacques Kvam (USA)

Gary Beck, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of flight operations said,“Predicting arrival times more accurately offers several benefits. Improved accuracy can help us avoid gate congestion, minimizing delays for passengers and crews. It means less wait time and better efficiency for ground crews. And, ultimately, it means more efficient use of our aircraft, which saves fuel and helps us offer low fares. GE is continually pushing innovation and we look forward to continuing our partnership with GE in Flight Quest II to help pilots make smarter in-flight decisions.”

Pawel Jankiewicz, a winner of the Flight Quest said,“The latest advancements in real-time big data analytics are already changing the course of flight, and the results of the Flight Quest prove that. It’s a thrill to know that something my team developed will have a profound effect on the aviation industry and save millions of dollars. Ultimately, we’re excited to see our, and the other contestants’, work implemented and for future collaboration with GE.”

Hospital Quest:

The eight winning Hospital Quest applications address the estimated $100 billion wasted annually due to healthcare inefficiencies by aiming to improve the communication throughout a patient’s time in the hospital, as well as before and after a patient’s stay. These apps include:
• a smoother patient transfer and discharge process;
• streamlined scheduling between primary care physicians and specialists;
• automated pre-authorization requests for patient medications; and
• a set of tools empowering patients to be more connected to their health decisions.

In total, the winning entries demonstrate the potential to reduce delays, anxieties and cost, and improve both care and the overall experience for patients.

The Hospital Quest winners submitted designs for an improved healthcare experience that could lead to better patient outcomes, prompter discharges, and increased focus on recovery and care for patients.

The eight grand prize and one Lean Startup prize winners are:
1st Prize - Aidin: Helping patients find the best post-acute care available
2nd Prize - Discharge Roadmap App: A patient-centric app for a better discharge experience
3rd Prize - Request-a-Porter: Reforming the transport request process in hospitals
4th Prize - WorkMeIn: Reducing friction for patient referrals
5th Prize - Sherpa: Empowering patients and caretakers for a successful post-hospital transition
6th Prize - CoverMyMeds: Streamlining the prior authorization process
7th Prize - Hospitable: Making patients feel at home and in control of their stay
8th Prize - Vive: Enhancing the patient experience and operations management

Lean Startup Prize - Info Point Dashboard: Improving patient communications and transport

Warner Thomas, Ochsner Health System president and CEO said,“At Ochsner, innovating the way we deliver patient care to maintain the highest quality and improve the patient experience is critical. The Hospital Quest was an opportunity to identify new ways to empower patients, eliminate wait times and increase communication before, during and after a patient's stay. As a judge, I was incredibly impressed with the insight, creativity and realism behind the submissions and look forward to bringing the ideas from the Quest to the innovation team at Ochsner. ”

Hospital Quest grand-prize winner Russ Graney was shocked by how much work a single discharge required for his uncle’s post-acute care, so he and his team created Aidin, a web application built specifically for discharge planning professionals. Aidin allows social workers to re-center their time around patients, helping them to make quick, easy and informed decisions that benefit the patient and their family the most.

Russ Graney, co-founder and CEO at Aidin said,“The inspiration for Aidin is a personal one for me, and a more seamless and transparent hospital discharge experience benefits hospitals, patients and post-acute partners alike as our healthcare system evolves. The patient experience as a whole is ripe for transformation and it’s a testament to GE to lead this charge through the Hospital Quest. We’re looking forward to expanding Aidin’s reach with GE’s support.”

Information on the winning teams, along with a gallery of the Hospital Quest submissions are available at

What’s Next:
Launching in Q2, the second phase of Flight Quest will focus on developing an in-flight management tool to help pilots choose the best route to reduce cost, avoid bad weather and increase on-time arrivals. GE will use the winning submissions from Flight Quests I and II to create an onboard flight management application. For more information on Flight Quest II, visit

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