Global Travel Hackathon Barcelona

Join us in making travel better

by travellers, for travellers

At, 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.


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


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?


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


The mentors are top engineers

Joan Rueda

Javascript Developer I joined almost 2 years ago looking for a company with a great tech stack, I like working with GraphQL, React and writing clean code with all the latest JS technologies, I also like serverless so feel free to ask me about it, outside work I love participating in hackathons and playing football.

Dimitri Herrero

Data Engineering Tech Lead Big fan of Functional Programming(Haskell, Elixir, Scala, Elm). Also a data nerd focused on data streaming. "I love hackathons and I'll try to make sure that the judging criteria won't disappoint you."

Daniel Spitzer

Senior Frontend Engineer Ask me 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, I can also help out with React and React Native. Do not ask me about Flow or TypeScript.

Milan Lesnek

Backend engineer Milan constantly discovering the beauties of Python. He's a part of'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

Backend engineer Python developer with interest into devops. Loves vim and uses it on a daily basis. In 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

Full Stack developer 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 my skills across the software development field. Currently working as a full stack JS developer at SmartFAQ, the help center that tailors the content of the help to specific user booking. I also play the synths in a shoegaze band in Catalan. Show me your playlists for coding!

Tales Ebner

UX Designer Brazilian with Czech and Italian ancestry, I am married, speak three languages and have been drawing since I was a child. I have a Bachelor of Design and a B. Tech in Project and Development in Web Design. I chose a career with which I could always do good things and help people, and I am working in this field for 20 years, designing solutions for companies like Telefónica, BNP Paribas Cardif, Itaú, and now

Local Prize

The winning project of each location will be invited to send a demo for a global round where top 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 travel vouchers

Take part in Global Round* merchandise

This round is 100% remote and you can win up to € 4,000 in 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


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, 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 engineers.

How can I reach out to the organizers?

Send us an email at or find us on Twitter (@codekiwicom) or Facebook (

Schedule for 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.


Application deadline for hackathons


Confirmation of attendees of hackathons

27–28.9. hackathons



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