Goibibo.com, the largest online hotels aggregator is hosting its first hackathon – GoCode, on the HackerEarth platform. The focus of the hackathon is to encourage developers to build innovative apps using travel API’s on the five themes – itinerary planning, event planning, collaborative planning, exploring hotels and personalization (in which the app tunes itself to the needs of the individual customer). The apps can be built for web, mobile, tablet and desktop. The hackathon has seen over 4500 participants for its online version. Twenty applications will be selected for the offline hackathon. Three winners will receive cash prizes worth up to 5 lakhs.
The hackathon is being conducted in two phases; the first phase (September 18th to September 28th) saw more than 4500 developers participate in the online hackathon. These teams will be evaluated by Goibibo and the top 20 apps will be shortlisted. The second phase of the hackathon, which will be offline, is scheduled for October 17th and 18th. The event will happen in Bangalore, where the teams will get to work on and present their application in front of a panel of judges. The winner takes home INR 3 Lakhs, first runner-up will receive INR 1.5 Lakhs and the thirs will take away INR 75,000.
Talking about the Go-Code hackathon, Ashish Kashyap, founder & CEO IbiboGroup said, “We think of Goibibo as an ecosystem that enables innovation. We are creating a platform that solves problems for various constituents. By opening up our platform and API’s for thousands of developers we are catalysing innovation and solutions in the travel space. This is in line with our mission to organise transportation and accomodation industry.”
Commenting on the hackathon, Sachin Gupta, CEO and co-founder, HackerEarth said, “Technology has been enabling every facet of our lives. Technology, in the form of apps are not only convenient, but they also provide a lot of information for the user on the go. It is heartening to see companies like Goibibo using technology to better their offerings and empowering developers to come up with apps that would help any kind of traveller.”
Goibibo is one of the top 3 online travel aggregators in India. Goibibo’s core value differentiator is delivery of the fastest and most trusted user experience, be it in terms of quickest search and checkout flow, fast payments, settlement and refund processes. All this is backed by customer service excellence and innovations in our operations and back end. Goibibo enables travelers to search, compare and buy from across categories and a width of travel suppliers comprising air tickets, bus tickets, holidays, hotels and car rentals. Goibibo is also a leading app across mobile operating systems: iOS, Android and Windows. Goibibo takes pride in delivering these services at the lowest prices in the market. It is these attributes that has enabled Goibibo to trounce hundreds of players in the online travel space. Goibibo is part of the ibibo Group that also owns India’s No. 1 online Bus ticketing platform, redBus.in.
HackerEarth is the fastest growing community of developers in the world. Developers engage on the community to learn new programming concepts, improve their technical skills, discover relevant jobs, and compete in programming challenges. HackerEarth also provides a platform for recruiters to discover the best technical talent through this community of developers. By democratizing talent sourcing, HackerEarth is making it more objective and skill driven – where each of its developers are indexed and ranked by their skills and automatically validated by mining their online social and professional data.