Global Travel Hackathon Belgrade

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 and designers. More people will be announced soon.

Luděk Vepřek

Luděk is one of the maintainers of our Orbit design system and he ensures to deliver the best quality components for others. You can ask him everything regarding Javascript - React, CSS, NodeJS or GraphQL.

David Komljenovic

David is a backend developer with experience in Python, Go and Java. Currently he is working in the Flight Ancillaries at Kiwi.com. He is passionate about Python, open-source and game development.

William Kolmačka

William is a UI Engineer responsible for the design part of the Orbit design system. He joined Kiwi.com almost 2 years ago, started with creating prototypes & coding components in React. Later he started maintaining our Orbit UI library, which helps designers to work better and faster. You can ask him on everything related to UX/UI, HTML, CSS.

Dmytro Kasianenko 

Dmytro is a backend engineer at Kiwi.com. He can help with REST and GraphQL APIs in Python and Go, deploy it serverless and stuff.

Viktor Genaev

Viktor works mostly on our component libraries. He is responsible for refactoring and providing new components. Started his career as PHP developer, but quickly fell in love with JS and React. Spends his leisure time learning Haskell, programming in JS, playing ice hockey and enjoying ice skating.

Teodora Stojšin

Teodora works in Internal Communications and she will help the team with brainstorming throughout the process and also reshaping the idea into a clear message for the jury.

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 and JetBrain licences

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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