Global Travel Hackathon Barcelona

Join us in making travel better

by travellers, for travellers

At Kiwi.com, we care. We love the world of travel, but we’re aware of its dark side. That’s why we’re inviting everyone to help us reshape the way we travel to make it smarter, sustainable and accessible for everyone.

Let’s celebrate World Tourism Day by attending and organising travel hackathons all over the globe on 27 September. We want to bring together engineers, designers, and innovators: providing them with a creative and supportive environment, and encouraging their ideas on how to hack travel.

We hope to trigger a global #HackTravel movement that would become a platform for constant improvement in the travel industry. Here are the main topics for this year.

Sustainability

Do you have an idea on how to make travel more responsible? How to deal with mass tourism or how to support local economies?

Accessibility

How can we make travel better for people with disabilities? How to find well-adapted hotel rooms, accessible restaurants or how to travel easier with musical instruments or bikes?

Community

People are getting more and more interested in authentic experiences that support local communities. Connect the unconnected and make tourism become a tool building online and offline communities.

Meet our

Mentors

The mentors are top Kiwi.com engineers

Joan Albert Segura

Joan joined Kiwi.com almost 2 years ago looking for a company with a great tech stack, He likes working with GraphQL, React and writing clean code with all the latest JS technologies. He also like serverless so feel free to ask him about it, outside work he loves participating in hackathons and playing football.

Dimitri Herrero

Dimitri works as a Data Engineering Tech Lead at Kiwi.com. He is a big fan of Functional Programming (Haskell, Elixir, Scala, Elm). Also a data nerd focused on data streaming. He loves hackathons and he will try to make sure that the judging criteria won't disappoint you.

Daniel Spitzer

Daniel is a Senior Frontend Engineer at Kiwi.com. Ask him anything about JavaScript, Web API's (especially things related to Web Components and PWA's) and the latest CSS and HTML specs. Just in case, he can also help out with React and React Native. Do not ask him about Flow or TypeScript.

Milan Lesnek

Milan is a Backend Engineer at Kiwi.com. He is constantly discovering the beauties of Python. He's a part of Kiwi.com's team responsible for the automated booking of flights. He can help you with REST API, Docker, aiohttp or help you slow down your hacking with beautiful tests. Feel free to ask him any question on Linux, he can close vim, so he's a kind of a Linux expert. Oh, and he loves Pokemons.

Milan Suk

Milan is a Backend Engineer at Kiwi.com. He is Python developer with interest into devops. Also, he loves vim and uses it on a daily basis. In kiwi.com he works in Kiosk team which does automatic check-ins. Interested into K8S, microservices, functional programming or golang. Also adores Unix, theoretical physics and days without meetings.

Albert Alises

Albert works as a Full Stack developer at Kiwi.com. He finished MSc. in Computational Biomedical Engineering. Started doing VR and AR experiences and Computer Graphics for Surgery Planning in Cardiology and Neuroscience, moved to be a web developer to broaden his skills across the software development field. Currently working as a full stack JS developer at SmartFAQ, the Kiwi.com help center that tailors the content of the help to specific user booking. He also plays the synths in a shoegaze band in Catalan. Show him your playlists for coding!

Tales Ebner

Tales is an UX Designer at Kiwi.com. Tales is Brazilian with Czech and Italian ancestry, he is married, speaks three languages and has been drawing since he was a child. He has a Bachelor of Design and a B. Tech in Project and Development in Web Design. He chose a career with which he could always do good things and help people, and he is working in this field for 20 years, designing solutions for companies like Telefónica, BNP Paribas Cardif, Itaú, and now Kiwi.com.

David Chicaiza

David is a Javascript developer working with React & GraphQL at Kiwi.com. Always ready for a new challenge.

Meet our

Jury

Dani Jimenez

Dani is a software engineer (with a diploma in artificial intelligence) graduated by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Passionate about design and UX, he has participated in numerous competitions and projects and has founded Waynabox, the lead surprise trips company. He also has been traveling the world as a digital nomad since one year ago looking for new challenges and opportunities.

Hristina Racheva

Hristina is a Localisation Product Manager at Skyscanner where she leads the localisation team and focuses on evangelisation, localisation strategy and workflows optimisation. Call her crazy but she thinks that localisation is a fascinating discipline and crucial for any business, being at the intersection of languages, technology, product, design and UX. And she is on a mission to get everyone else excited about it. After all, how can a business or a product be successful and truly global if it doesn’t respond to the needs of all its users no matter where in the world they are from.

Sunethra Boyinova

Sunethra was born in Prague and has Srilankan-Indian roots. Currently works in Barcelona as a Product Manager at 21 Buttons. She also co-founded toFood. app (a marketplace which connects travellers and natives over homemade food). Previously, she lead the product development and marketing teams of LGBTQ dating apps at STRV.

Local Prize

The winning project of each location will be invited to send a demo for a global round where top Kiwi.com developers and managers choose the winner of the global prize. To get more info about the Global Prize see the Home page.

€ 1,000

In Kiwi.com travel vouchers

Take part in Global Round*

Kiwi.com merchandise

This round is 100% remote and you can win up to € 4,000 in Kiwi.com travel vouchers.

What do we evaluate?

Technical aspects 40%, Design 20%, Idea 30%, Wow factor 10%

Technical aspects: The judging team would like to hear the answer to these questions when your team will present the final work: Is the project demo ready? What data and API’s did you use for your project? What technical challenges did your team have and how did you solve them? Did you use a particularly clever technique or did you use many different components?

Design: How well is it designed? Did you put thought into the user experience?

Idea: How creative is your idea? What approach did you follow? How well is it aligned with the hackathon topics?

Wow! Factor: show the jury what is unique about the solution you provided, the way how your team worked or something special about your project

FAQ

What is a hackathon?

Hackathon is an unorthodox way to solve different kind problems. It is a competition that gathers programmers with different skill sets to work collaboratively, on a software project, which creatively solves various problems on a given topic.

Who’s behind the Global Travel Hackathon?

The idea was born at Kiwi.com, however, each of the hackathons has a different organiser. Please, consult the web page to see who’s the main organiser of the hackathon you are interested in.

What should I build?

It depends on each location. The general theme of the Global Travel Hackathon is sustainability, accessibility and community in the world of travel; however, you can consult the particular event web page to see if there are some other topics.

Can I join any of the hackathons?

Yes, you can definitely join us in the location you prefer. If you miss a location close to you, you can add your own event.

In order to participate, do I need to stay for the whole 24 hours?

It depends on each hackathon.

Can I get support to travel to a hackathon?

We do not provide travel support to attend a hackathon of your choice. You are free to organize a hackathon in your city by yourself – if you would like to, let us knowhere.

Who can organise a hackathon?

Anyone who wants to. For example, you might be a member of a hackerspace or a local meetup organiser who wants to become a part of a global event.

What support do the independently-organized hackathons get?

We’re running a global campaign promoting the whole initiative. Additionally, the winner of your hackathon will get the chance to win the main prize – 4,000 € in travel vouchers and feedback from Kiwi.com engineers.

How can I reach out to the organizers?

Send us an email at globalhack@kiwi.com or find us on Twitter (@codekiwicom) or Facebook (facebook.com/codekiwicom)

Schedule for
Kiwi.com hackathons

We begin on Friday, 27 September and we will be hacking for 24 hours. Don’t worry, we will provide everything you need so you can last all night long. Please note that for some hackathons, the schedule might differ. Check the event website.

22.9.

Application deadline for Kiwi.com hackathons

25.9.

Confirmation of attendees of Kiwi.com hackathons

27–28.9.

Kiwi.com hackathons

Contact

Questions

Do you have a question, an idea or another request? Don’t hesitate to drop us a line at globalhack@kiwi.com.

Get involved

Do you want to join us as a Global Hackathon Ambassador, Partner or Volunteer? Shoot us an e-mail at globalhack@kiwi.com.

Join Us

Please, fill in your application carefully and thoroughly, we'll be choosing the attendees based on what you write there.

We value the participation of each member and we want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

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