Recap of the {re}coding aviation hackathon in Berlin

With over 150+ participants, 30+ representatives from 7 international airports, and 10+ technical experts from partnering companies, it’s safe to say that {re}coding aviation was a hackathon for the books.

The 3-day hackathon took place at Deutsche Telekom’s prototyping hub in Berlin, hub:raum. The weekend was filled with intense coding, a paper airplane challenge, networking, burgers at 1 am, endless bottles of club mate, jumping drones, hard work from the 37 teams, and big prizes.

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The {re}coding aviation hackathon is the brainchild of 7 international airports who — all together — had a common vision of improving their passengers’ airport experience through disruptive technology solutions. The 4 challenges of the hackathon were fairly broad in order to leave plenty of room for devs and designers to create original and innovative ideas. The challenges included: Life before the airport, Life During the Airport, Life In Between the Aiport, and Life After The Airport.

The airports’ included: Schiphol Amsterdam (leading organizer), Munich, Frankfurt, Arlanda Sweden, Gatwick, Geneva, and Copenhagen. All 7 airports opened up their API’s and datasets for the participants to hack.

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Not only did the participants have the 7 airports’ APIs and data to build with, they also had access to the APIs of the 17 technology partners: SITA (golden partner), ACI, KONE, IBM Bluemix, IBM Watson, Locus Labs, Pointr, Reply, Beyond Verbal, Estimote, Visioglobe, Redhat, Twilio, Turkish Airlines, Uber and Transavia. The APIs ranged from air transport and interactive maps to people flow and chatbots.

Throughout the weekend, we provided activities for the hackers who needed a break from being glued to their computers. Activities included Jumping drones races, Twitter selfie challenges, massages, and — the most simple, yet popular of them all — a paper airplane challenge.

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{re}coding aviation {re}coding aviation

On the final day, the end of coding was announced at 12:30 pm, whereafter the first phase of judging took place – science fair style – in order to choose the top 3 teams from each of the 4 challenges.

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After the judges deliberated, 13 teams were selected to advance to the final round. The catch? The teams weren’t aware if they had been selected or not until everyone from the hackathon was gathered on the 7th floor of Deutsche Telekom’s headquarters. The 13 teams pitched, the judges left for the second round of deliberation, and finally, the winners were announced. Following the distribution of prizes, hand-shakes and team photos,  the crowd gathered on the terrasse of the Deutsche Telekom building which offered an amazing view of Berlin; it was the perfect way to end the intense, fun-packed weekend.

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{re}coding aviation grand prize winners

Winners of Challenge 1: Team Freemium Security; Challenge 2: Team PaxFlux; Challenge 3: Team Skillport; Challenge 4: Team Landing Pal; Grand Prize Winner: Team Unstuck. Congratulations!!

Following the distribution of prizes, handshakes, and team photos, the crowd gathered on the terrasse of the Deutsche Telekom building which offered an amazing view of Berlin; it was the perfect way to end the intense, fun-packed weekend.


A huge thank you to Schipol, along with the 6 partnering airports, the tech partners, Deutsche Telekom for hosting the event at hub:raum and, of course, the amazing participants who dedicated their weekend to sleepless nights of hard work!

You can find all of the photos from the {re}coding aviation hackathon here.





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