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.
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.
The mentors are top Kiwi.com engineers. More names are coming soon.
Currently a Cloud Platform Engineer at Condé Nast International. Previously worked on maintaining and automating site delivery on OpenStack based infrastructure, which transitioned into a role with a focus on designing, deploying and evolving a Kubernetes centric infrastructure.
Self-taught pythonaut, occasional speaker and coach. Currently leading a team of engineers responsible for the automation of order processing at kiwi.com. Specialties include rapid prototyping, API design, microservices, message queues. Willing to dabble in metaprogramming if needed. Hates the word 'agile' for some reason...
After spending some time exploring possibilities of "Write Once, Render Anywhere" approach on our open-source Margarita project. Josef is currently applying gathered knowledge as part of the Kiwi.com Search frontend tribe. He'll be more than happy to answer all your curious questions about Kiwi.com APIs, React, React Native, GraphQL or JS in general.
Previously led the software platform of Kiwi.com, now working in information warfare. He will be happy to help with software architecture and travel tech insight during the hackathon.
An engineer on a mission to help fellow engineers to pursue their goals. Jakub has 8 years of experience in fields such as DevOps to Web development. In Kiwi.com he started as Python developer and he is currently working as a Software Engineering Manager where he leads backend developers. The position let Jakub encounter software development not only from an engineer but also from business and product point of view. With enough coffee and VIM in a terminal, he still writes code.
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.
In Kiwi.com travel vouchers
This round is 100% remote and you can win up to € 4,000 in Kiwi.com travel vouchers.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Twitter (@codekiwicom) or Facebook (facebook.com/codekiwicom)
Application deadline for Kiwi.com hackathons
Confirmation of attendees of Kiwi.com hackathons
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.Check our Code of Conduct