Hackathons are a great way of demonstrating how NDC, by modernizing the communication protocols between airlines and travel agents, creates opportunities for new entrant developers to build innovative solutions around the NDC standard.
And for winning developers, it is an opportunity to go through a six-week incubation period to sharpen their projects and a unique networking opportunity to connect with industry players and pitch their ideas at a global event.
Iñaki Uri, CEO at Caravelo, the winning start-up at the Berlin hackathon, described the experience as follows “What really mattered was the follow up; the process that IATA opened up to us: presenting at the NDC Corporate workshop and ultimately presenting the solution at the World Passenger Symposium. Networking opportunities that money can’t buy helped to shape the NINA offering into what it is today”.
“Hackathons work because they provide a level playing field; the same access to content, support and guidance and infrastructure. They give an opportunity for team development like nothing else,” added Iñaki.
See the short video featuring two #NDCHack success stories to get a flavour of what a Hackathon might bring to you and your business. The most recent one, #NDCHack in Kochi, India was on 23-25 February, hosted by IBS Software Services.
This summary was written by Anderson Pacchioni from IATA.
We believe that Hackathons also clearly show how much is possible in a very short period of time thanks to new technology and an open mind. In an airline world where "can't do" has become so normal this can be a crucial part of the strategy to change the culture and to innovate.
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