FITUR is one of the biggest global meeting points for tourism professionals all over the world! Fitur 2018, the 38th edition, made of a new record with 251,000 visitors from more than 165 countries. It’s a great opportunity to take a tour around the world from Asia to Latin America. Since I moved to Madrid, I never miss a chance to visit Fitur. Yet, another key reason for me to attend Fitur is HackaTrips!
HackaTrips is a hackathon organized by minube. Its goal is to bring developers, designers, and experts in the tourism sector under one roof to develop innovative prototype solutions to burning issues in the tourism industry. The first edition of HackaTrips started last year and it was an amazing event. This was my experience at the second edition of HackaTrips.
Our team consisted of four members: Ricardo Crespo, Pablo Cano Huero, Mario Verdú Gambín, and myself. Even though we met each other for the first time during the event, we were able to make a great (award-winning) team. Minube had put a lot of effort to match our skills in such a way that we could work together easily and efficiently.
It was a pleasant coincidence that Ricardo, Pablo, and I all were working on Artificial Intelligence. We were the Java developers of the team while Mario was the designer. From 10:00 AM on Saturday 20th, we spent more than 12 hours working together physically in IFEMA. And then almost one complete night virtually on Slack. It was an intense session of brainstorming, programming, and making slides. But we enjoyed every minute of it!
Like all teams, our goal was to find a problem or a challenge. Though it was a bit unfortunate that we didn’t have a tourism expert on our team. Yet, we all were vivid travelers, so we brainstormed ideas based on our experiences while traveling, both good and bad! Finally, after much brainstorming, the problems we identified were:
Having these issues in mind, our idea was to build an app called Grupa. It would provide a platform to tourists to form groups with people of similar interests and budgets. The app will also help the users to discover places to visit that are not crowded. We also wanted to introduce local guides. These guides would show their towns, villages, cities and save tourists from paying overly expensive prices. To do all this, we planned to use the data provided by APIs from minube, BBVA API Market, and Hotels Combined.
While building Grupa, the first challenge was to build user profiles. This was to help form compatible traveler groups. We wanted reliable, up to date information about the users. This would allow us to generate accurate and detailed profiles.
After discussing with mentors from BBVA API Market, we figured that we can use the transaction history of users. This allowed us to build a very detailed profile without even bothering them with a single question. But this was only if the users authorize us to access their data through BBVA Connect.
The second challenge was finding tourist destinations that are not overly-crowded. We not only wanted to discover interesting tourist destinations but also find the occupancy patterns for each destination. The patterns we wanted to identify were: per month, per day-of-the-week, as well as per each hour of the day.
Finally, we built a web app that utilized a bunch of API’s. With this app, users could register using BBVA Connect and authorize it to access the relevant data. It then suggested groups based on the socio-economical profiles of the users and provided recommendations about places to visit and when to visit. Then, each group was connected with a local guide from the destination.
The final task of the hackathon was to present our idea, implementation, and a small demo to a panel of experts in the tourism industry. It was a 5-minute pitch so everything had to be concise and clear. I believe we did a good job presenting our app! Below is the complete slide deck that we used for the pitch.
Finally, after two days of hard work, we won the prize of 2,500€ for the app that makes the best use of APIs in the BBVA API Market! We were really happy that our efforts were recognized with such award! We were simply over the moon! After this awesome experience, we are eagerly waiting for HackaTrips 2019!
About the author: Nandana Mihindukulasooriya is a doctoral researcher pursuing a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence at Ontology Engineering Group of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. He is a graduate of the University of Moratuwa and worked as a Tech Lead at WSO2 before starting higher studies. Nandana also holds a masters in Software Engineering from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. He has a keen interest in open source and contribute as a committer and a Project Management Committee (PMC) member for several Apache projects and has completed three Google Summer of Code (GSoC) projects in 2006, 2007, and 2010. He is also an active member of several W3C WGs related Semantic Web and Linked Data. He has worked on several European and Spanish research projects, and also technology transfer projects with companies such as Banco Santander and IBM. Nandana has also published around 30 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals, conferences, and international workshops.
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Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start.
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start. A caravan stop consists of different sessions about creating unique ideas for startup ventures and strategies for financing those ideas.
Come join the sessions on the 19th of December, starting with 2 pm at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.
The event is free of charge! REGISTRATION is mandatory for this event
(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SLIIT, New Kandy Road, Malabe
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount Likuid Members: 20% discount Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount
Likuid Members: 20% discount
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount
Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity to help each other having a more productive digital nomad new year and build better cooperations for teamwork.
During this peer to peer learning session you can share your experiences to help others and learn from other practitioners. Together, dive into the most painful problems and brainstorm on solutions. It’s for you if you resonate with some of these questions:
How do I integrate work, life and travel?
How do I keep motivated to achieve?
How do I keep engaged with a client?
How do I manage my time and energy?
How do I get clients?
How do I find people to collaborate with?
How to deal with time differences?
How can I make human interactions with slack profiles?
How to set realistic goals in constantly changing environment?
What are the best tools & methods for productivity?
What’s the secret of aligned teams?
What are the best skills for a digital nomad?
ABOUT THE METHOD:
“We create space for meaningful conversations, experimental and peer to peer learning. Nothing frontal, no preaching. But space for your very unique questions.”
+ Full-day mentored learning program
+ Breakfast on the roof
+ BBQ lunch on the roof
+ Goodie bags & Take-home handbooks
+ Post-event networking
ABOUT THE HOST:
Kitti is a digital nomad herself and a marketing consultant for innovative companies and early stage startups. She is a conversation ambassador for tedxdanubia, hosted meaningful conversations on ideas worth spreading. In the past years she worked in self organized teams, practiced facilitation, joined peer to peer networks, decentralized teams and cocreated a collective of freelancers. She is a cofounder of a sustainability startup that just secured its first round of investment. Worked as a mentor for many startups, and in the meantime she visited more than 15 countries.
Are you a Sri Lankan female entrepreneur or a local social business? Reach out for your discounted tickets!
PRICE IN SRI LANKAN RUPEES:
Regular: LKR 5000
Early Bird till 16th of Dec: LKR 4000
Likuid Members: LKR 4000
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): LKR 2500
(Saturday) 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
5 Charles Place 00300 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup. He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup.
He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain technologies.
1. Work with Hyperledger Fabric and Explorer.
2. Business use case with Hyperledger Blockchain Framework
3. Q&A session
This is a Free session. Register here
(Friday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Startup X Foundry
07, Charles Place, Colombo 03, Colombo
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