The Cathay Pacific 24-hour Hackathon is an annual event where a select group of applicants will be given 24 hours to develop an innovative technology solution for travellers. As part of this elite group, you’ll work together with a range of students, professionals, and experts who share the same passion for tech and travel, and with whom you’ll collaborate to achieve success.
This signature event – hosted at Cathay Pacific’s headquarters – will allow you to bring your ideas into the real world. You will be challenged with real business problems, and will have the chance to pitch your unique solutions to influential industry professionals.
Join us on 3-4 November 2018 at Cathay Pacific City, as we embark on an exciting journey to bring “Smart Travel” ideas from future to present.
Application to our student stream is open now until 23 September 2018.
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Experience the only hackathon event in Hong Kong with an aviation and travel focus. With access to experts with insights and the inner workings of the aviation industry, participants will get to understand more about the industry through exclusive empathy days and technical workshops provided by Cathay Pacific and our partners.
Pitch your ideas and gain validations from aviation and technical professionals
Bring winning solutions to life in the near future with support from our partners
Anyone who does not fall into the student stream, and is at least eighteen years of age at the time of registration
Application is now closed, all successful applicants have been informed.
Round trip business class tickets to any destination in the Cathay Group network
Round trip premium economy class tickets to any destination in the Cathay Group network
100,000 Asia Miles per team
Opportunities to the final pitch for the Cyberport Incubation Programme or the Cyberport Creative Micro Fund
Round trip premium economy tickets to any destination in the Cathay Group network
IT Internship or Fast track to IT Graduate Trainee Programme
Round trip economy class tickets to any destination in the Cathay Group network
50,000 Asia Miles per team
Opportunity to the final pitch for the Cyberport Creative Micro Fund
Overseas trip to visit technology firms
Crowdsourced Prize worth $2,000 each
10,000 Asia Miles
Opportunity to pitch the best airport application for the AAHK Innovation Fund
Free aviation courses
We want you to understand how we operate as an international carrier, we hope you can develop systems with state-of-the-art technology that can meet our challenges and make both our customers and our employees happy. With the kick-start programme prior to the hackathon, we have organised a series of Empathy days and technical workshops including AWS experience day and Cyberport day.
Allowing you to have a comprehensive understanding of our operations – you will have the opportunity to observe and experience our operations and the technologies that we use. You will be able to talk directly to our people, both working on the frontline and behind the scenes. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity, there are limited places for each Empathy Day!
What makes Hong Kong International Airport one of the world’s best airports? See the hardware and software that make it famous
Every second counts, experience our seamless airport operations on the ground with tours to front-line customer service touchpoints
Ever wondered what happens behind those curtains? Get up-close and personal with our cabin mock-up and crews to learn about what we do behind the scenes
Come to visit the food factory with the secret cookbook that brings you our delicious Baked Pork Chop with Rice when you are flying at 35,000 feet!
Try out the latest cloud technologies brought to you by Amazon Web Services and bring your ground-breaking ideas to life.
Meet the masterminds behind some of the most successful start-ups enabled by Cyberport, like Klook and TravelFlan, and learn about their secret recipe.
Expertise in business and domain knowledge
Expertise in UI / UX and graphics design
Expertise in software and application development
Composition of each team must consist of all three roles, with a team size between three and five members. Teams can be formed during application or on our dedicated Hackathon website, which will be available to successful applicants later on.
As one of the prizes from last year’s Hackathon, the champion team was invited on a trip to Dublin to visit the offices of leading technology companies, including Facebook, Accenture and Microsoft. It was an insightful visit, with live demonstrations of some of the latest technologies. The team also joined the celebration of the launch of direct service between Dublin and Hong Kong and took the first flight back to Hong Kong!
Prior to the event, we will host a series of exciting activities. You'll be able to gain an exclusive insider understanding of our airline operations, and partake in ‘empathy days’ and technical workshops provided by our partners, all in preparation for the big event.
On the day of the event, mentors from Cathay Pacific will be present to provide support to all participants. Guidance will be provided on airline industry knowledge, technical development, prototype design, as well as presentation skills. Partner organizations from different technological areas, including cloud service provider Amazon Web Services, will also provide technical support and advice on the spot.
We want you to understand how we operate as an international carrier, and we hope you can develop systems that can meet our challenges and make both our customers and our employees happy. Therefore, we have organized a series of Empathy Days to allow you to have a comprehensive understanding of our operations – you will have the opportunity to observe and experience our operations and the technologies we use. You will be able to talk directly to our people, both working on the frontline and behind the scenes.
Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity as there are limited places for each Empathy Day! More details of Empathy Days and enrollment specifics will be announced on the participant portal.
Teams must consist of at least 3, and no more than 5 people. Each team must also comprise of all 3 roles (Product Master, Designer and Developer).
Participants may apply as a pre-formed team, or join as an individual (forming a team on our platform before the Hackathon).
For pre-formed teams:
Yes, you are welcome to apply as an individual without any pre-formed team members.
You will have the opportunity to know other participants and form your own team on our participant portal after the confirmation of your attendance. Otherwise, you can join others' teams, or form your own team on the morning of 3 November.
Yes, you can choose to apply on an individual basis or with a pre-formed team representing your company.
The application for our professional stream is closed, all successful applicants have been informed.
Application for our student stream will close on 23 September 2018 and all successful applicants will be informed of their application results by email on or before 28 September 2018.
Since laptops will NOT be provided at the venue, you must bring your own laptop and any other required electronic devices.
You should also bring an extra set of clothing, as the event will last overnight.
Participants will present their ideas and conduct a live-demo in their first round pitch, while Top 6 teams will then have the final round pitch to the Judging Panel.
You must present a functional demo of your idea at the pitch sessions on 4 November. The prototype should demonstrate the key features, but not in alternative forms such as presentation slides - it has to be the real thing!