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Everything You Need to Know about the Second Edition of the Winding Tree Hackathon

Eseandre Mordi

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Following the successful execution and completion of its first ever Hackathon, the blockchain enabled, open-source distribution platform, Winding Tree, has announced the second edition of its Hackathon, slated for the 3rd through the 5th of July, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. It is going to be a packed week for hackers and key players in the travel industry in Lisbon and all around Portugal in general.

What is the Hackathon about?

While the first hackathon was designed to promote collaborative efforts between travel companies, airlines and blockchain developers for the purpose of providing open source, decentralized solutions for the problems affecting the industry, this year’s hackathon will be focused on business innovation within the travel space. The event will be held at LX Factory, R. Rodrigues de Faria 103 in Lisbon.

When it comes to creating solutions that will address industry distribution challenges, defining these solutions often requires a knowledge of how to code with some technical and programming background. As such, the input of business experts and teams who may be interested in participating in such projects are often greatly limited due to their inability to make technical contributions.

Thus, to check this liability, the second edition of the hackathon is designed to be as inclusive as possible for all business experts regardless of their roles, whether it is a consulting or technical one so as to take advantage of the collective expertise of every professional input. The Lisbon hackathon will put the collective intelligence to work to create Proof-of-Concept proposals for tackling pain points in the travel industry.

Who can participate in the hackathon?

People who stand to gain a lot from the hackathon include business teams and executives from hotels, airlines, online travel agencies, travel start-ups and industry experts. Software development companies, technical teams and blockchain developers looking to access more business insights are invited as well.

Prospective participants in the hackathon are expected to apply early for their business tickets as there is a limit on the number of people Winding Tree will take on. Participants with at least one developer on their team will be given a 50% discount on their tickets. The developers will be given hacker tickets which will grant them free access to the entire program. Nonetheless, whether you are a developer or not, every participant is assured of consulting, facilitation and training from the Winding Tree team. Interested parties can apply here for their tickets.

What are the benefits of participating in the hackathon?

Below are some of the reasons why you should participate in the hackathon program.

  • Participants can take advantage of the collective intelligence of the Winding Tree team and other business experts to create real world Proofs-of-Concept to address the needs of their businesses.
  • The developers can also draw inspiration from the Proof-of-Concept ideas to create sustainable solutions to problems affecting the industry.
  • Participants will receive training and facilitation from the Winding Tree team which they can leverage to define decentralized solutions business.
  • Participants will get direct feedback from the Winding Tree team on their various solutions to enable them re-evaluate their approaches for better solutions.
  • Participants will be exposed to the Proofs-of-Concept projects of other businesses in the industry and the role Winding Tree plays in helping them achieve their business goals.

What will happen in Lisbon?

The business hackathon portion will kick off on July 3rd while the technical hackathon event will be held the following day on the 4th of July 2019. The order of events has been designed this way such that the two events do not overlap for the sake of participants who may want to attend both activities. On the 4th of July, participants in the business hackathon will be  given the chance to present their Proof-of-Concept proposals to the community to be dealt with by the developers (hackers).

The business hackathon portion of the program will be supervised by the Winding Tree team. The templates, demos from similar Proof-of-Concept projects and other necessary pieces of information participants will need to create their Proof-of-Concept proposal write-ups will all be provided by the team to ensure the process is as easy and straightforward as possible. The ideal Proof-of-Concept proposal is expected to be comprehensive and detailed with emphasis on the goals and needs of the business, success metrics, business strategy, roadmap, expected ROI and other points that would typically be featured in a business plan. Even with no technical skills, the average participant should be able to create a Proof-of-Concept proposal which is the main focus of the business hackathon.

Conclusion

The Lisbon Hackathon is crafted for both beginners and experts in business. The program presents a unique opportunity for the big names in the travel industry to work together, along with developers and software companies to tackle the challenges facing the industry. The addition of more activities like the business hackathon to the program eliminates the need for any sort of technical skills to participate. Your industry expertise is all you will need. You can check out the Winding Tree website for more information on the platform and you can learn more about the Lisbon Hackathon here.

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