THack Sydney – Winners cover off mobile assistance and event travel planning

Another city, another travel hackathon – with a team from Flight Centre creating a mobile service to help travellers on the road and another team helping festival goers organise their trip.

The Flight Centre team (Tom Kyte, Dan Shaw and Rob Gott) built an iPhone application using what they called a “scenario-based results” algorithm to give leisure travellers a better way to manage and enjoy their trip.

Using APIs from Rome2Rio, Viator and TourWrist, NowWhat gives a user suggestions of what to do on a journey based on the weather (it’s raining – do something indoors, etc) and other variables.

The service also uses feeds from Google Places, Travellr and Panoramio to populate the app with content and help with functionality and other tools.

A particular helpful and clever element is the real-time accessibility to content on the app, allowing users to organise and change a trip on-the-go.

The judges (Martin Kelly of TravelTrends, entrepreneur Mark Pesce and Ian Cumming of TravelMassive) said:

“This is a brilliant application, solved a problem and was a clear winner. The scenario algorithm is an excellent idea and gave the overall service the edge over the other entries.

“Not only did it work very well, pulling results in easily from other sources, but  it has a solid and easy-to-use UEX.

“A sensible and helpful product – great work.”

The winning team for two or fewer members created a service called TheFestWay.

The hack came together in less than 24 hours and was headed by Rome2Rio’s co-founder Michael Cameron with Kevin Lippy, a resident of Fishburners in Sydney and founder of Brokepacker.

The tool allowed users to search for new festivals and cultural events in Australia and plot their journey from point-to-point. The hack used both the Rome2Rio and Australian Tourism Data Warehouse APIs, as well as Google Maps.

The judges said:

“TheFestWay is doing some something different and focussing on a specialist area of the travel sector – festivals and cultural events – which could appeal to both Australians and overseas visitors.

“The inspiration element at a search level was well executed and a creative idea. We also admired how the hack could be plugged in easily into existing services or travel providers.”

Other participants in THack Sydney included two teams from Amadeus, local travel technology company Tramada, TripCommon in the US and a stealth startup from Toronto.

For the first time at a THack, entries were asked to solve one of four problems.

NB: Pictures from the THack Sydney week (Facebook fan page)



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Kevin May

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Kevin May was a co-founder and member of the editorial team from September 2009 to June 2017.



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  1. Psycho

    So the judges liked the solution which is for event travel planning. That’s good for this part of online travel, thus it’s good for us as we also try to bring something for those who are avid event travel fans. Btw, we like Rome2rio and plan to include its API in our solution too.

  2. Michael Cameron

    Thanks to Kevin and Gene for organising the event and making the lengthy trip down under.

    It was great to see so many hacks using the rome2rio API too.

    • Psycho

      Btw, Michael, can we have a little talk about our solution and ways to collaborate with you? I think that it would be useful for us to share our vision on event travel with each other.
      Thank you,


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