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Ryanair launches Innovation Lab to "reimagine online travel"

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By Jennifer Faull | Deputy Editor

July 7, 2014 | 2 min read

Ryanair has launched Ryanair Labs – a digital and IT innovation hub based in Dublin – as it seeks to “change the world of online travel”.

To fuel the lab, the low-cost airline has begun a massive recruitment drive and has put out job specs for 200 roles including chief technology officer, head of digital marketing, head of mobile and an innovation hacker - the latter a graduate position.

There are a variety of other roles being filled in the areas of software development, data, QA and testing, UX and design.

“Ryanair changed air travel in Europe forever – now we want to change the world of online travel and we’re going to do that through Ryanair Labs. We’re seeking to hire the best of the best to reimagine the online travel sector. Whether you write code or copy we want free thinkers, creatives and people who can not only imagine, but build amazing experiences,” said Ryanair’s head of communications, Robin Kiely.

“Strategy, architecture, design and content will all be done here in Dublin and the work will be used by millions of people. We’re proud to pay well to make sure we get and keep the best people and Ryanair Labs will offer the perks and culture of a start-up without the downsides. We’re hiring a range of digital and IT roles and those interested in starting an online travel revolution can apply through Labs.Ryanair.com.”

Ryanair is aiming to have all positions filled by December.

Earlier this year, John Lewis also established an innovation lab - JLabs - stating it was preparing for the 'future of retail' by setting up an incubator that would “identify and develop technology innovations" to give the retailer "future strategic advantage.”

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