Delta and LinkedIn Join Forces to Create Innovation Class

Posted by John H. Heinrichs

Apr 16

Delta and LinkedIn Join Forces to Create Innovation Class

It is a Mentoring Program with Delta and LinkedInknown fact that business people spend a lot of time flying for business.  First class is often call “business class.”  However, there’s a new section of seating on select Delta flights called the Innovation Class and it will likely attract many business people. The innovation class is a mentoring program at 35,000 feet in the air. The first Delta innovation class flight was taken by Eric Migicovsky, who is the creator of Pebble Smartwatch. He understood that sometimes your schedule can become overwhelming and you have very little free time. In fact, he created the Pebble smartwatch to save time so he could see what was happening on his phone without taking it out of his pocket. Migicovsky loves to talk to people and share his perspectives. Migicovsky met with James Patton to discuss their love of technology. Had they met in person, they probably would have spoke for no more than five minutes but because they were sitting in innovation class, they had three hours to discuss. This is a corporate social media match made in the sky.

How does it work?

You apply through LinkedIn to see what innovators will be flying in innovation class.  You are able to sign up for specific flights with select mentors.  The goal is to provide the opportunity for successful people to share their wisdom and knowledge with others who yearn to hear it during a time where they would be en route to a place they need to go.  Delta also allows you to suggest a mentor.

Upcoming Flights:

  • On May 5th, Sean Brock will be flying to New York for the James Beard Awards.  Brock is an Executive Chef at Husk & McCrady’s.  The James Beard Awards celebrate people who turn food into something more similar to art.
    • On September 8th, Delta Innovation Class will be flying to Techcrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.

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(All credit and accolades for this tremendous blog post are for Sari Gordon who is the author and content creator.)

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