Global Travel Hackathon London

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. More names are coming soon.

Katie Gamanji

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.

Lukáš Kubiš

Self-taught pythonaut, occasional speaker and coach. Currently leading a team of engineers responsible for the automation of order processing at Specialties include rapid prototyping, API design, microservices, message queues. Willing to dabble in metaprogramming if needed. Hates the word 'agile' for some reason...

Josef Duda

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 Search frontend tribe. He'll be more than happy to answer all your curious questions about APIs, React, React Native, GraphQL or JS in general.

Bence Nagy

Previously led the software platform of, now working in information warfare. He will be happy to help with software architecture and travel tech insight during the hackathon.

Janine Luk

Born in Hong Kong, lived in Northern Ireland, Vancouver, France and now in London, Janine started her journey as a programmer by self-teaching via online platforms while working full-time in Luxury Marketing. She furthered her knowledge in programming through attending a coding bootcamp and now works as a Software Engineer at Avast. In addition to her job, she is passionate about Cybersecurity, Cloud, and Ethical Hacking and is also one of the event organisers at JS Monthly London - a London-based meetup group focused on JavaScript. The challenging and collaborative aspect of programming is what she loves most about code.

Jakub Wolf

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 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.

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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