Gatwick Airport supports world’s first coding event hackathon


London Gatwick Airport has joined six other airports to support the first ever international airport coding event ‘hackathon’.

Hackathon challenges programmers and computer coders to enhance travel experiences for passengers by developing new app ideas over a 48h period.

In order to help the participants with the challenge, Gatwick Airport will share its flight and waiting time data with developers.

The six other airports supporting the event are Stockholm, Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich, Copenhagen and Schiphol, the organiser of the initiative.

Schiphol Airport innovation manager Christiaan Hen said: “Re-coding aviation represents the first time in history that so many international airports have joined forces by opening up access to data for the development of innovative applications.

"The challenges faced by every airport have been made central to the themes, and this ensures that the solutions developed by the participants will be widely applicable."

“The challenges faced by every airport have been made central to the themes, and this ensures that the solutions developed by the participants will be widely applicable.”

Hackathon has brought together all seven international airports for the first time to share data for enhancing passenger experiences by managing efficiently passenger flows, along with preventing flight delays and inconvenience to the travellers.

The event will be divided into four major themes, covering passenger experiences before, at, in between and after the airport.

As part of the competition, the participants will be divided into teams to present their ideas to a judging panel, which will then award the winning team of each theme.


Image: The four themes of the event together involve every aspect of a flight trip, from booking the journey to travelling. Photo: courtesy of Gatwick Airport.