Hacking marathon

The Emirates Travel Hackathon, an exciting 24-hour coding marathon, presented by the CMU Emirates Innovation Lab, offers a unique experience that brings together talented developers, designers and data scientists in teams to build new and innovative travel-centric solutions based on both web and mobile. Since 2013, more than one thousand hackers have participated in our hackathons around the world and have produced hundreds of hacks. The most innovative hacks won cash prizes and trips to our home Dubai.

This year the theme is ‘inspiring insights and personalized customer experiences with data, machine learning and AI’. Participants will be provided with a range of corporate data, along with data and platforms from our partners. We expect participants to intersect this data with any other publicly available sources such as Google, TripAdvisor, Facebook etc. and use their ingenuity to create innovative and feasible solutions that align with the theme.

Get ready for another fast-paced event filled with some of the smartest and most creative students and professionals of Silicon Valley. Join an existing team or form your own to create new and innovative travel-centric applications that offer an exceptional travel experience.

Santa Clara
30 SEP - 01 OCT 2017

Developers, designers and data scientists in the Silicon Valley.



Partner University


  • Grand Prize

    Emirates return ticket*

  • First Place


  • Second Place


  • Third Place


  • People's Choice


Partner Prizes

  • Coming Soon



  • Saturday

  • 8:00 AM

    Check in and Refreshment
  • 9:00 AM

  • 9:10 AM

    Welcome remarks
  • 9:30 AM

    Event brief
  • 10:30 AM

    Hackathon begin
  • 11:00 AM

    API coaching session
  • 12:30 PM

  • 2:30 PM

    API coaching session
  • 6:30 PM

  • Sunday

  • 8:00 AM

  • 9:00 AM

    Final Touch
  • 10:30 AM

    Submission deadline / Pre-screening
  • 01:00 PM

  • 1:45 PM

  • 4:45 PM

    Coffee Break
  • 5:15 PM

  • 6:00 PM

    Closing remarks