Rethink. Rebuild. Reinvent. Travel and Tourism Industry post COVID-19

 

Calling all Hackers, Doers, Dreamers, Makers and Designers who want to help reshape the future of the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry, post COVID-19 pandemic.

The numbers tell a compelling story about the disruption of travel as we remember it:

  • The World Travel and Tourism Council projects a global loss of 75 million jobs and $2.1 trillion in revenue.
  • 10% of the world’s GDP is at stake.
  • It could take 10 months or more for the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry to get back to some sense of normal
  • Social distancing numbers measured in feet and meters have replaced previous travel indicators numbered in flight distances, nights in a hotel and friendly bragging comparisons of loyalty points.

Even in this time of uncertainty, when the numbers and projections show the real depth of disruption to the Tourism and Travel industry, there also is opportunity.

That opportunity is for each of us to share ideas, collaborate, innovate, build and challenge others to invent what travel will look like in the future.

Who are we?

<Trave/Scrum> is a non-profit organization created a few weeks ago during the pandemic by Travel and Tourism industry veterans. Our ranks are growing quickly and embracing our mission to mobilize and galvanize the Doers and the Dreamers of the travel industry, to band together to create a better travel experience for all.

<Trave/Scrum> Mission

To create digital, tech and design solutions for Travel and Tourism and enable the industry to imagine and deploy innovative, safe and sustainable experiences for consumer and business travelers.

The aim of TravelScrum Hackthon 2020 is to create working models, prototypes, products and designs that:

  1. Build trust and confidence and encourage consumers to travel post-pandemic
  2. Solve pain points for consumer and business travelers
  3. Solve problems faced by the industry
  4. Implement ideas and solutions that are safe and cost efficient
  5. Are scalable and customizable for regional and local travel markets and customer segments
  6. Are profitable and sustainable as products, experiences and, if possible, as businesses
  7. Are aesthetic and present a functional user experience

<Trave/Scrum> Hackathon 2020 Themes

1. Hygiene & Health

  • Hack the very definition of travel in ways that address the health concerns long after the COVID-19 slowdown has passed. These inventions must demonstrate how the well-being of travelers and businesses is preserved or improved during travel rather than put at risk.

2. Travel & Experiences

  • Hack the travel experience, in ways that leverage technology before, during or after the journey, and positively transform Travel and Tourism for consumers and the industry. Suggestion: consider travel inspiration, searching, planning, shopping, experiencing, memorializing and sharing ... and don't overlook mobile services.

3. Sustainability & Relief

  • With pre-pandemic travel practices as your starting point, and new business models and social/environmental impacts as your guide, invent new responsible, socially impactful products and services that drive exceptional traveler experiences and economic growth. Also, with public health and employment concerns at the forefront now, demonstrate how your invention measurably enhances economic conditions in regional and local destinations around the world.

Important Reminder

  • All participants and teams MUST address one or more of  the three <Trave/Scrum> challenges to qualify for project submission and judging. You are welcome to address all three challenges in a single project ... judges like that!

Mentorship

Do you have great ideas but are unsure of how to bring a project to life, or are you not from the Tourism and Travel industry? Fear not!

We have partnered with industry professionals who will be guiding you during this hackathon. We are also partering with mentor companies to provide in-kind donations of their advisory expertise, platforms and tools as prizes to our winners. 

Hackathon Flow

 

Steps

Topic

Platform / Tool

Main content

Dates

Step 1

Registration

Devpost

Register on Devpost page: TravelScrum Hackathon 2020

(all participants)

18 MAY - 11 JUN (Deadline - 11.59 PM UTC)

Step 2

Join Slack Workspace

Slack

Link as follows: TravelScrum Slack Workspace

(all participants)

18 MAY - 11 JUN (Deadline - 11.59 PM UTC)

Step 3

Recruitment of teammates

Slack & Devpost

If you applied individually, find a teammate in #looking-for-a-team slack channel or reach out to participants on Devpost

18 MAY - 11 JUN (Deadline - 11.59 PM UTC)

Step 4

Submit your idea as a team

(You can modify this at any time)

Devpost

Submit your project Idea on Devpost and add your team members (done by team lead)

How to Submit Idea?

18 MAY - 11 JUN (Deadline - 11.59 PM UTC)

Step 5

Create a team channel in Slack

Slack

Create a channel with your team name #team-<your-team-name>

(done by Team Lead)

18 MAY - 11 JUN (Deadline - 11.59 PM UTC)

Step 6

Mentor Attribution

Slack

Each team will be attributed a mentor to guide them through the hackathon

11 JUN 

Step 7

Hack Starts

Zoom

Opening Ceremony:

Welcome Words by Travelscrum Team

Speakers:

Florian, Gene and Saloni

The state of Travel & Tourism Industry(An industry overview)

Speaker:

Olga Gomez Garcia - Inter-American Development Bank

The state of Travel & Tourism (The view from the field)

Speakers:

Stephan Copart - IATA

Susan Lichteinstein - 

DigiTravel Consulting

Peter Syme - Disrupt Travel 

Closing Words by Travelscrum Team

Youtube

Facebook

11 JUN (02.00 PM UTC)

Step 8

Checkpoints

Slack

Each team can have a daily checkpoint with their mentors throughout the hackathon. 

12 JUN - 14 JUN

Step 9

Submission

Devpost

Submit your project through Devpost: https://travelscrumhackathon.devpost.com/

14 JUN (Deadline - 11.45 PM UTC)

Step 10

Judging

   

15 JUN - 19 JUN

Step 11

Results

 

Award Ceremony 

19 JUN 

We will also have Live Q&A sessions to support you during the hackathon on a daily basis and the schedule is as follows:

DATE

TIME

PROGRAM

CHANNEL

FRI 12 JUN

12.30 PM - 13.00 PM (UTC)

LIVE Q&A Session

Youtube, Facebook

SAT 13 JUN

12.30 PM - 13.00 PM (UTC)

LIVE Q&A Session

Youtube, Facebook

SUN 14 JUN

12.30 PM - 13.00 PM (UTC)

LIVE Q&A Session

Youtube, Facebook

View full rules

Prizes

$97,000 in prizes

Global Hackathon Grand Prize Winner

The winner exhibits exceptional elements of the spirit of the hackathon, how the project idea tackled one or more challenges and most competently addressed all of the judging criteria.

• Agora Next Hub - 1 week accelerator program for 2 pax (including accommodation, food, daily accelerator program, Demo Day; flights not included) in September 2020 at Tulum Travel Hub

• Duffel Package - $1000 worth of free airline tickets; 3-months mentoring with a business or technical leader of the management team; 300 free transactions on Duffel's platform

• Amadeus Starter Package including 8 hours (8 sessions of 1 hour) during the next 6 months; unlimited access to all Amadeus Self-Service APIs in Production until the 31st of Dec of 2020; communication-marketing

• Hotelhero Advisory (if the winner is from hospitality industry) – Product video and interview to be shared with hotel database of 1000 hotels; advisory and coaching regarding sales and strategy

• 1 night stay at Citizen M hotel for 2 pax

• $2500 worth AWS credits

• $1500 worth Glidr credits

Regional Winners (4)

Three Regional winners from Americas, EMEA and APAC who demonstrated exceptional ideas and execution for projects undertaking one or more of the three hackathon challenges.

• Agora Next Hub- 1 week accelerator program for 2 pax (including accommodation, food, daily accelerator program, Demo Day; flights not included) in September 2020 at Tulum Travel Hub worth 4500$ (all 3 winners)

• Advisory and Mentoring from one of our various partners based on the project requirement – BCD Travel (business travel), SHR (tools and services in hospitality), SciantLabs (technology integration and cash prize), Festive Road (travel management), Wanderlust (start-up scaling), Traveling Spoon (start-up scaling)

• $2500 worth AWS credits (all 3 winners)

• $1500 worth Glidr credits (all 3 winners)

• EMEA only - 1 night stay at Citizen M hotel for 2 pax; 5 days advisory from Smart Hotel Rate

• Australia only – Virtual Office subscription; event space hire and $500 credits

• India only – 2 nights stay at Intellistay Hotels

Best Design team Winner

Prize is awarded by the judges to best designed prototype (e.g., business model, user experience / interface, or some other non-technical element(s). The award recognizes the uniqueness of design elements of an exceptional idea.

• Agora Next Hub - 1 week accelerator program for 2 pax (including accommodation, food, daily accelerator program, Demo Day; flights not included) in September 2020 at Tulum Travel Hub worth 4500$

• $1500 worth Glidr credits

• Customized Market report based on project by Sojern

• Advisory and mentoring from our partners based on the project

People's Choice award

Voted best-in-show by the individual participants of the hackathon based on each voter's personal opinion of how the winning project addressed the challenge(s) and the judging criteria.

• Agora Next Hub - 1 week accelerator program for 2 pax (including accommodation, food, daily accelerator program, Demo Day; flights not included) in September 2020 at Tulum Travel Hub worth 4500$

• $1500 worth Glidr credits

• Advisory and mentoring from our partners based on the project

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Eligibility

Participants

  • Participation is free of charge.
  • Participation is open to anyone: developers, designers, business and marketing professionals, students and others.
  • Age - 18 years and older. All underage persons 13 to 17 may only participate with written consent of a legal guardian.

Teams

  • Participants can register as individuals or team members on Devpost, compete and build projects during the term of the hackathon.
    • Teams may be from 1 person to 6 people.

Countries

Worldwide (refer to Rules above)

Requirements

Idea Submission 

  • Register on Devpost
  • Submit your idea / project on Devpost. (140 words description maximum)
  • Describe the problem, your target customer and market
  • Describe your solution
  • Describe what you plan to build during the hackathon (e.g. app, device, design solution)
  • Share what technical and non-technical challenges you might face
  • Register on Slack and do the same to find your teammates
  • Describe team members' skills, plus skills needed by team members who may join your team
  • Once the team is assembled, go to Devpost to register the final team and final idea
  • Create your Slack team channel
  • Promote your idea on Social Media: #travelscrumhack

The idea should be a project that you haven't done before and the first day of the hackathon should be the first day you start developing and coding or designing it.

Final Project Submission

1. Textual Pitch on Devpost

You should explain:

  • The travel problem your project solves, including <Trave/Scrum> challenge(s)
  • Your solution and what it does
  • How did you build it?
  • What are you proud of?
  • What is next step for your solution and how will you take that step?
  • Optional for deisgners - What tech did you use to build it? (e.g., APIs, tools, other relavent details)
  • Links to test the solution (e.g., Github, Website, App, adobe)

2. Video Pitch (2 Minutes Max): 

Upload a video (2 minutes max) of the working demo of the solution on Youtube as a public video (it can be unlisted if you want) explaining your solution and the problems it solves. The link to the video must be uploaded on Devpost as well. 

Important Reminder

You are not allowed to start working on your project until the event begins on June 11, 03.00 PM UTC.

All projects must be submitted by Sunday, June 14, 2020, at 12.00 AM UTC.

Judging will take place during the week after submission between June 15 - 18.

Winners will be announced on June 19 in the afternoon.

Judges

Olaf Slater

Olaf Slater
Sabre

Kemel Kharbachi

Kemel Kharbachi
Agora Next Hub & IT Holding

Lorraine Sileo

Lorraine Sileo
Travel Expert

Alessandro Petazzi

Alessandro Petazzi
Musement

Evan Konwiser

Evan Konwiser
American Express GBT

Jeroen Van Velzen

Jeroen Van Velzen
Roadmap

Mark Lenahan

Mark Lenahan
Travelport

Stephen Joyce

Stephen Joyce
Sentias

Guilain Denisselle

Guilain Denisselle
TendanceHotellerie.fr

Alex Kremer

Alex Kremer
Arival

Taru Aalto

Taru Aalto
Wowanders

Bijan Mawji

Bijan Mawji
Mycellium & Frequency

Bart Bellers

Bart Bellers
Xpdite Capital Partners

Aurélie Krau

Aurélie Krau
Festive Road

Mike Bishop

Mike Bishop
IBM

Noemie Turcotte

Noemie Turcotte
Syrus Reputation

Darrin Moore

Darrin Moore
Sabre

Irina Matz

Irina Matz
BCD Travel

Serge Pilicer

Serge Pilicer

Pierre Daems

Pierre Daems
Aube Conseil

Susan Lichstenstein

Susan Lichstenstein
Digitravel Consulting

Clyde Hutchinson

Clyde Hutchinson
Journey Partners

Brian Marrinan

Brian Marrinan
Journey Partners

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    Does the project have any feasible application and/or have a social impact that goes above and beyond? Will this help the community with a real problem they are facing? Can this be implemented?
  • Originality & Innovation
    Is the project bringing a value & solution for the market? Is it a solution or creation we have never seen before? Is it a better way of doing something?
  • Technical Merit & Difficulty
    Is it technically interesting or difficult to develop? Is the hack usable in its current state? Does everything appear to work as intended? Does it deliver a beautiful experience? Is it mostly bug-free?
  • Presentation Skills
    Is the presentation clear & well structured? Does the project clearly define the problem? Solution? The features of the product or service? The benefits?