Skyscanner holds world's first in-flight hackathon on HK-London trip

Skyscanner holds world's first in-flight hackathon on HK-London tripTravel fare aggregator website Skyscanner has completed the world's first in-flight hackathon on an 80-hour trip between Hong Kong and London.

A total of 32 entrepreneurs, engineers and designers took place in the hackathon, which commenced on May 5 and involved the use of Skyskanner's Flights API.

The hackathon also gave participants access to Skyscanner's Travel Insight product, which provides  routes and pricing data and insights from the website's more than 50 million monthly users, and access to real life travel customers to test their assumptions while building an app.

Skyscanner was founded in Scotland in 2001, and was acquired by China's largest travel company Ctrip in November last year for US$1.75 billion.

The company said the novel hackathon was designed to allow developers to immerse themselves in the travel experience while building an app. Last year, the company also launched its Build with Skyscanner competition aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs.

“We are delighted to be supporting Hack Horizon and the 32 finalists chosen for this innovative event,” Skyscanner commercial director Paul Whiteway said.

“We are always keen to support great start-ups with our APIs, and are excited to see the results from the new products - particularly with the immersive and totally unique experience this hack provides for the developers involved."