60 IT-teams and 10 winners: the Final Competition of 2nd Travel Hackathon Took Place in Moscow
On March 27-28, the second Moscow Travel Hack in tourism sector was held in Moscow. It was attended by 60 teams from 16 Russian regions. The competitors solved the tasks proposed by Russian travel companies and services for almost 30 hours. As a result, the jury selected 10 winners.
“It is the second hackathon dedicated to digitalization of the tourism industry It helps the city and travel industry to find optimal solutions for specific everyday tasks. This is a great opportunity for the IR developers to make themselves known, to attract attention of potential customers and investors. This format is interesting for both parties, the interest in the event is growing,” said Natalia Sergunina, Deputy Mayor of Moscow.
The Moscow Travel Hack was organized by The Moscow City Tourism Committee.
According to its chairman Ekaterina Pronicheva almost every successful travel product and service is based on digital solution. This trend has intensified especially since the pandemic. The solutions found within the hackathon are a good starting point for future projects in the travel-tech-sphere, which may affect the further development of tourism.
Finalists completed assignments from hackathon partners, developing useful digital solutions for the industry. For example, they were asked to come up with an algorithm for integrating the Russpass travel service with partner sites.
The teams also came up with a solution of planning or searching of travel entertainments, created a personalized service for the tour operator's website and a module in the airline's application for self-planning travel. In addition, the finalists developed software for audience research in the museum, for the improvement of customer experience of the hotel guests.
Natalia Klimenok, graduated from two the most popular Russian universities, Moscow State Linguistic University in 2001 (specialization - linguistics and intercultural communication) and Moscow State University in 2002 (specialization - PR and publicity), several years worked on radio station, before to come to tourism industry in 1995. 8 years she worked in one of the biggest tour operator in Russia, Labirint Travel Company, the main wholesales for such destinations as Greece, Finland and Scandinavia. Natalia has experience in MICE industry, including cooperation with federal organisations. Natalia has PhD in social science. Recently Natalia works in Baginet Sales and Marketing Agency as Executive Director.