Snakes on a plane? No, it’s hackers on a plane

Flying at 40,000 feet, 32 entrepreneurs, developers, engineers and technology designers will take to the skies on May 6 and immerse themselves in the travel technology and experience while travelling at 500 miles per hour.

Participants have three days to build new products that can make travel “simpler, safer, cheaper and way more fun”.

They will use Travelport’s mobile-optimized API, Travelport Trip Services, to gain access to content from airlines.

Members of Travelport Labs will also join the mentoring slots during the BA flight, while Phil Donathy, vice-president of product management at Travelport, will be on the judging panel for the pitching and award ceremony at the London Transport Museum on May 8 from 6.30-10pm.

Matt Minetola, executive vice-president and global chief information officer at Travelport, said: “We are excited to be working with Hack Horizon participants to build something amazing together. Through our technological innovations and content leadership, we are continually redefining the way our customers buy and sell travel and Trip Services is our first mobile-optimized API.

“Focused first on lowest-fare air search Trip Services offers developers a fast and lean development experience to efficiently perform a lowest-fare search against Travelport provider content.”

Hack Horizon co-founder Kostadin Kolev added: “We’ve embarked on a unique and ambitious project but we are delighted that so many leading players in the travel industry are supporting us. Through the hackathon our aim is to support the growth of new and innovative products to ultimately improve the end-to-end customer experience in international travel.

“Asia has moved beyond imitating the West and has developed into a home of world-class talent, innovation and start-ups. Hack Horizon will not only help secure Hong Kong’s position as the region’s leading technology hub but also help break down potential silos in the ecosystem.”

The Hack Horizon plane lands in Heathrow on Monday May 8, and participants will pitch their ideas at the London Transport Museum from 6.30-10pm – and TTG Media will be there on the night to bring you live updates!


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