IATA AIR Hackathon

Welcome to the AIR  Hackathon, around-the-clock experience to enhance airline retailing. The AIR Hackathon comprises:

  • One week ideation phase to prepare your project around leisure and business travel (ideation is available only for registered participants and they will be invited on 14 February 2020)
  • A 28 hour coding experience in Seattle, USA to work on your projects and pitch ideas to a team of industry experts and mentors

During the AIR Hackathon you will be asked to build solutions to enhance booking experience for passengers travelling with mobility aids (wheelchairs) and/or tracking or mobility aids (wheelchairs). We will ask you to address at least one of the related themes published for this event. In parallel, you will be able to attend some of the workshops that will take place on-site and gain access to mentors that will support you through the Hackathon experience.

We are thrilled to have the 14th edition of IATA AIR Hackathon in such a vibrant location to take experience of passengers travelling with wheelchairs to the next level!


NB - IATA does NOT retain developers' Intellectual Property (IP) on any of their ideas/prototypes presented at this Hackathon. Detailed information under Terms and Conditions. 

Host Organization

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Host Airlines

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Gold Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
Platinum Sponsor
Platinum Sponsor

NDC Info

The New Distribution Capability (NDC) is a travel industry-supported program launched by IATA for the development and market adoption of a new, XML-based data transmission standard. The NDC Standard enhances the capability of communications between airlines and travel agents and is open for others to implement and use.

The NDC Standard enhances the capability of communications between airlines and travel agents. 

The NDC Standard is open to any third party, intermediary, IT provider or non-IATA member, to implement and use. 

The NDC Standard enables the travel industry to transform the way air products are retailed to corporations, leisure and business travelers, by addressing the industry’s current distribution limitations:

  • Product differentiation and time-to-market
  • Access to full and rich air content
  • Transparent shopping experience 
You must use at least an NDC API if you decide to solve the challenge 1 of this Hackathon.

Reduced Mobility Info

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that there are more than 1 billion disabled people worldwide, equivalent to 15 percent of the global population. This number is expected to increase as the average age of the global population continues to rise.

It is also envisaged that the number of aging and disabled persons who want to travel by air will increase significantly in the future.

Some of these individuals travel with their mobility aids which are very diverse in terms of typology, height, width, length and weight.

The air travel experience of passengers with disabilities initiates long before the time of boarding and includes a broad range of stakeholders, third-party ticketing providers, travel agents, airlines, airport operators, ground handling agents, mobility aids manufacturers, and others.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has been the most swiftly ratified international human rights treaty, with 161 signatories and 177 ratifications. This convention considers disability as a social concept whereby it is societal barriers that exclude persons with disabilities.

For their part, airline members articulate their commitment to facilitate seamless and dignified travel for passengers with disabilities through the adoption of the board Resolution at the Annual General Meeting in Seoul.
Issue today: Most persons with accessibility problems agree that traveling by air with a mobility aid can be a challenging experience. In some cases, mobility aids are damaged and the cost of repairs (to customers and airlines) can be millions each year for the airline industry.
At the same time, in some cases airlines are notified about the dimensions of the mobility aid too late i.e. when the passenger arrives at the airport. Depending on the routing and the aircraft type, the mobility aid may be too big or too heavy to be loaded in the cargo compartment (e.g. small aircraft with no mechanical loading system and bulk load cannot accommodate large mobility aids in the cargo compartment).
As a result, the customer experience might be very poor as they may:
  • Be required to change their routing in order to travel with their aids
  • Be required to take more than one flight to reach their destination
  • Need to fly from a different, less convenient airport
  • Not be able to fly at all and be forced to use another mean of transportation.

PICK ONE TO TAKE OFF

Choose at least one of the challenges below to participate! (click on the icon for details)

Challenge 1 - Booking

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Challenge 2 - Tracking of Mobility Aid

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Agenda

Friday 21 February 2020

  • 5PM
    Registration opens
  • 6:15PM
    Intro & Sponsor presentations
  • 6:50PM
    Pitch Ideas
  • 7:30PM
    Networking Cocktail
  • 9PM
    Closure

Saturday 22 February 2020

  • 8AM
    Breakfast
  • 8:30AM
    Coding starts
  • 9AM
    Workshops start
  • 12PM
    Lunch
  • 7PM
    Dinner
  • 9PM
    Coding continues

Sunday 23 February 2020

  • 8AM
    Breakfast
  • 12PM
    Lunch
  • 2:15PM
    Coding finishes!
  • 2:30PM
    Final demos
  • 5:30PM
    Jury deliberation
  • 6PM
    Winners announcement
  • 7PM
    Hackathon finishes!

Flight Booking NDC API

SITA

Travel APIs/Sources

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SITA

Non-Corporate Prizes

Best Booking Experience

Best Booking Experience

5,000 USD + Presentation at IATA event+
Showcase on AIR Tech Zone

Best Wheelchair Tracking Solution

Best Wheelchair Tracking Solution

5,000 USD + Presentation at IATA event+
Showcase on AIR Tech Zone

Corporate Prizes

Best Booking Experience

Best Booking Experience

Presentation at IATA event+
Showcase on AIR Tech Zone

Best Wheelchair Tracking Solution

Best Wheelchair Tracking Solution

Presentation at IATA event+
Showcase on AIR Tech Zone

Cloud credits

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Location: Bellevue, WA