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39 transformational travel apps created at Sabre’s London Hackathon

Grand prize winners, Travita, among those with potential to reinvent travel

Twenty-four hours of intense hacking, creative thinking and problem-solving has just come to a close as the winners of Destination Hack, Sabre Corporation’s travel hackathon in London, were announced.
Sabre, a global technology provider to the travel and tourism industry, hosted its London hackathon – powered by Sabre Dev Studio – to challenge developers around the world to create new technology and apps that could reinvent global travel.


More than 150 participants from 18 different countries took part in the challenge for the chance to win the grand prize of £10,000, and for a range of other accelerator awards and cash prizes.    

From 39 entrants, here are summaries of all the winning apps.   

·         Travita (from London, UK)
Grand Prize (£10,000) and Best Use of TripCase APIs (£1,500)
Travita, is a corporate social responsibility online platform that connects business travellers that have spare baggage capacity with small charities in need around the world.  Via their accounts, travellers are able to view items needed by charities in the destinations they’re travelling to.  They can then opt to take these items with them on their travels, leaving them at a pick-up point for charities at the airport.  The app also links with Air Miles, awarding travellers each time they participate.  Travita was created by a team of four including three 19-year-old first year students from Queen Mary University, London.  Sameen Islam, Kristina Semenyuk and Jaykumar Pradeep Rawal, and 35-year-old Katie Rushton, who has a background working for start-ups.  The team took part in Destination Hack with their idea because “there is a real gap for a service like this in the market”.  

·         Further (from Cyprus, GB, Italy, South Africa)
Best Wearable Hack (£1,000) and Most Likely to Succeed – (£500 plus free Sabre API access, support, co-working space, marketing)
Further is an interactive app that lets travellers gain local advice and insider secrets about a destination directly from those living there.  The platform enables local people to offer their own experiences to tourists, advertising tailored experiences such as dinner in a local home, or a private tour; travellers can then choose to purchase these experiences, paying the local person directly through paypal.   

·         Ikaros VR (from UK)
Most Potential (£500 plus one week of acceleration in Bordeaux, France for the entire team, worth £7,000) and Virtual Reality Vision Award – (Oculus Rift SDK2 + featured in Timelooper)
Ikaros VR is a virtual reality app that would offer try-before-you-buy experiences to air passengers while they are on their flights.  The app, which would work with the Oculus Rift, would be a platform through which retailers could offer a range of goods and services relevant to peoples’ travels, such as airline ancillaries, car rental, hotel excursions and more.  This helps airlines and other travel companies drive additional revenue, whilst providing unique entertainment and experiences for passengers during flight. 

·         Airmax (from Germany and UK)
Best Twilio Implementation (Raspberry Pi 2 for each team member)
Airmax enables consumers to swap, sell or gift flights to other users, aiming to solve the problem of non-flexibility on ticketing detail changes.  The app links with TripCase to synchronise all bookings.  Users can then easily select the desired flight they want to swap, sell or gift, and then looks for a match amongst other users.  Users are then notified via an alert on their mobiles when a match becomes available.  

·         Route 99 (from Spain)
Joint winners of Customers Choice Challenge – multi-modal trips – (£1,000)  
Route 99 offers door-to-door travel booking, letting users of its online application create their routes on a map and then book all of their travel needs through one platform.  Connected to Sabre and Get Your Guide, Route 99 enables the booking of flights, hotels, car rental and other means of transport, ensuring the user gets from A to B in the most seamless way.  

·         WayDesk (from Italy)
Joint winners of Customers Choice Challenge – multi-modal trips – (£1,000)
Waydesk is a door-to-door travel booking solution allowing consumers to book services such as train tickets, flights, transfers or taxis through one simple system.  The idea for Waydesk was bron from its team’s day job – running a start-up, Waynaut, in Milan, Italy.  Waynaut focuses on making door-to-door travel available to book through one simple click.  It already covers journeys throughout the whole of Italy, but aims to expand this service internationally within the next few years.  Its Destination Hack winning entry was built by combining Waynaut API with Sabre API.  

·         OhSeat! (from UK)
Best Twilio Implementation (Raspberry Pi 2 for each team member) and Best Use of SeatGuru API (£650)
OhSeat! helps air passengers to find the best available seats for their flights in seconds. Either online or vie text message, a passenger can send the flight number and the app will show the best available seat plus provide further info on the seats, such as the proximity to the lavatories. Additionally, for passengers who already have seats, it allows them to send their seat numbers and the app will suggest options for switching to better seats. The application was built by Nick Tikhonov, Octavian Sima and Alex Ciminian, using Twilio and Sabre Seat Map API, alongside with FlightAware and SeatGuru.  

·         Qurated (from London, UK)
Most Innovative Use of GetYourGuide API – (£100 voucher for each member to use on any GetYourGuide products)
Qurated enables users to book travel based on recommendations from friends and family. With the aim of reducing the time researching for activities at a holiday destination, Cris Perera and his team developed the app that allows users to get local recommendation on both hotels and activities from friends and family living at the destination – without having to spend hours searching the web. The application is based on a connection between APIs from Sabre, GetYourGuide and Twilio.  

·         HotelSplitter
Best Use of GIATA API – (Weekend for two in Berlin)
HotelSplitter enables consumers to book multiple hotels on a trip – allowing travelers to get the best value for money in hotel booking. The app, developed by Santiago Navarro and his team, gives users the possibility to book hotels that are fully occupied for a part of the traveler’s stay by splitting the trip and therefore booking in another hotel for those nights. The application is built by combining Sabre and GIATA APIs.  

·         Safe Destination (from London, UK) People’s Choice Award (£1,000)
Safe Destination alerts travellers on the safety of destinations based on real-time information from social media. With the vision to make holidays saver, the developers built an application that allows users to find safe destinations. The app was developed by Pavan Bandhu and Jagdeep Nagpal by linking APIs from Sabre with GetYourGuide APIs, and further incorporates HP Sentiment Analysis API to get up to date information on which cities and countries are safest.  

“This Hackathon was eye-opening as it clearly showed how much we still have left to accomplish in travel technology and how the API's from Sabre and its partners allows innovation, from even small teams of entrepreneurs, to become reality so much faster than ever before,” added judge, Karl Peterson, senior partner at TPG.

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