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Open-source hackathon for the travel industry comes to London

Zug, Switzerland, October 2019 – Winding Tree, the open-source travel distribution platform, announces today that it will be hosting its third travel hackathon with Travel Forward, the newly created technology track of World Travel Market (WTM). The hackathon will run throughout the duration of WTM London 2019, one of the largest travel trade shows in the industry, taking place in London from November 4-6, 2019. It offers the opportunity for attendees to code and work together in order to tackle real-world industry pain points.

WTM London hosts over 50,000 industry professionals, corporations, and businesses from the travel and hospitality sectors. Whereas the travel industry is infamous for being closed off to collaboration, siloed, and protected from within, the Winding Tree/Travel Forward Hackathon aims to tackle this head on.

Key industry leaders have participated in Winding Tree’s previous two #HackTravel hackathons in Prague and Lisbon. The hackathons allow participants, whether they be large corporations, OTAs, or travel startups, to create Proof-of-Concept proposals, code technical hacks and gain collective expertise. Previous Hackathon winners included:

  • Air France-KLM (Prague 2018) – The coding team from AirFrance developed A fully functional flight search with actual UI using multiple APIs and the core of Winding Tree
  • Etihad Airways (Lisbon 2019) – The Etihad team won the business hackathon challenge with the proposal of a web-based application for Abu Dhabi layover packages, by integrating multiple existing APIs published on Winding Tree

Focus on Blockchain
During Travel Forward and WTM London, Winding Tree will also offer participants onboarding demos for its platform, teach crash courses on decentralisation, smart contracts, public blockchains, and open sources, as well as present successful partner case studies.

We are honored to be able to participate in World Travel Market (WTM) and Travel Forward in such a profound way,” said Pedro Anderson, COO, and Co-Founder of Winding Tree. “WTM is one of, if not the, biggest event in the travel industry, and we’ll be able to showcase our technology to an audience like never before. Each Hackathon we’ve held in the past has had impressive results, showing the possibility and necessity for open-source technology among travel and hospitality companies, and I’m sure this one will be no different.”

For more information on Winding Tree’s #HackTravel Lisbon event: https://windingtree.com/hacktravel-lisbon-2019