IATA, the airline industry trade association, has announced the prize winners from its recent Hackathon, at which Cloverly was a featured API.
Of the 6 winners, 5 chose to use the Cloverly API. At IATA's invitation, a 3-person Cloverly team attended the hackathon, presented a workshop, and mentored teams that developed projects.
The hackathon took place 2 weeks ago at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. It drew 15 teams from around Europe and elsewhere who spent 28 nonstop hours creating their projects. IATA (the International Air Transport Association) asked the developers to work in at least 1 of 2 areas: carbon offsetting and avoiding, and leisure travel.
Here are the winners:
Carbon Offset Non-Corporate Prize, which carries a $6,000 award: Thrust. According to the hackathon website, "Thrust has created an easy to use, simple to understand, and incentivized payment API that can be dropped into any checkout flow with just 3 lines of code, to get your customers going green."
Leisure Travel Non-Corporate Prize, also carrying a $6,000 award: FLYLA. With this app, consumers can pick Instagram posts showing travel destinations that look appealing. The app creates curated travel itineraries for those destinations and lets customers book the full itinerary with 1 click.
Developer Non-Corporate Prize, carrying a $4,000 award: Reforest. The project allows air travelers to compensate for the carbon emissions of their flights through a reforestation project of their choice. This is the only winner that didn't use the Cloverly API; Reforest built its own API.
Leisure Travel Corporate Prize: App in the Air. The app, designed for group travel, allows groups to see how other groups are greening their travel so they can compete against each other in minimizing their carbon footprints.
Carbon Offset Corporate Prize: Cooless by Skyscanner. Skyscanner, an online travel agency based in Edinburgh, Scotland, has created an end-to-end booking platform with an option to offset the carbon impact of flights and a loyalty program for carbon offsetting.
Carbon Offset Corporate Prize: SunExpress. SunExpress, an airline based in Antalya, Turkey, flies to Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. It is adding an option for offsetting the carbon cost of its flights "to demonstrate that we are taking action towards reducing CO2 emission and increase the public awareness."