Garage48 hackathon to find innovation in tourism

Tallinn's Old Town is an asset for Estonia's tourism industry, but it's not enough to make the country famous (Photo by Kaarel Mikkin/courtesy of EAS)
10/27/2015 1:25 PM
Category: Sci-Tech

Garage48, in co-operation with the Estonian Tourist Board of Enterprise Estonia, is organizing a tourism hackathon in Pärnu to find innovation in the global tourism industry.

According to the company, “women working in the tourism and IT sector are especially welcome to participate”. The company said in a statement that in the previous three years,“the women special event series” have turned out to be “huge success” with startups like Timbeter, GoWorkABit and Sorry As A Service being developed under the intense week-end action-only workshop.

The hackathon will take place from November 13-15 at Pärnu Koidula Gümnaasium. Registration is now open for tourism entrepreneurs and professionals, back-end and front-end developers, mobile developers, UI and UX designers, marketers and project managers.

According to the company, international tourism grows by 3.3 percent a year. “The number of travelers in 2014 is a whopping one billion individuals, which by market size equals the one of Facebook and Google.”

In order to take part in the hackathon, a participant does not have to be an idea owner, but can choose a team to join at the event. There are no limits to the topic for the idea, but it is recommended to develop ideas in the food and wellness, lifestyle tourism, entertainment and activities, and eco-tourism categories.

Estonian-founded Garage48 runs hackathons where computer programmers and others in the field of software development – like graphic designers, interface designers and project managers – collaborate intensively on software projects within 48 hours over the weekend. The aim of the event is to set up working firms by the end of the weekend.

S. Hankewitz

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