FAQs

What is Emirates Travel Hackathon?

Emirates Travel Hackathon is a weekend coding marathon focused on travel-centric applications.

What should I build?

You can build web or mobile applications in the language and platform of your choice. The hack should revolve around the experience of traveling. There are many websites and applications that focus on the logistics of travel – scheduling flights, reserving seats, booking hotels, etc. However, we're looking for apps that help people experience the excitement of travel to the fullest extent, so get creative and build something innovative and unique!

I can't stay the whole 24 hours, can I still participate?

Of course! We realize that 24 hours is a long time and people may need to attend to other commitments, or just shower and sleep! We do, however, strongly encourage you to be present for the first few hours of the hackathon to see the idea pitches, as well as the final few hours for the presentations and judging. Note that you need to be physically present to qualify for the late night raffle prizes that will be handed out during the hackathon.

How big can my team be?

Teams can be anywhere from one to five members. All members must register and RSVP for the event.

Can I get a head start on my hack?

To ensure a level playing field for all participants, all code and assets must be created during the hackathon. Failure to comply with this rule may result in the offending team's disqualification. You are, however, free to make plans, create wireframes, and brainstorm prior to the event.

Can I use external APIs, services and SDKs?

You are encouraged to use any 3rd party services, APIs, open source projects, libraries, and frameworks as long as they are publicly available on the web.

Who owns the intellectual property generated during the hackathon?

Please see "Protection of Intellectual Property" in Terms & Conditions.

What if I don't know how to code?

You are still welcome! As long as you come willing to learn and ready to contribute ideas, you can contribute to a team.

What are the demos like?

You'll have 120 seconds to pitch to a panel of judges. You'll be provided with A/V support, a microphone, and a projector. Judges will evaluate your hack based on level of completion, novelty of the idea, and how well it adheres to the theme of the hackathon.

How can I reach out to the organizers?

Send us an email at staff@emirateshackathon.com or find us on twitter (@TravelHackathon)