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OpenTravel Alliance (OpenTravel) is hosting a series of virtual hackathons, with the first taking place now.Ê Register and submit your web-based application until 8 April 2018. The online event, sponsored by LinksRez, is designed to enhance the experience of the connected travel consumer.

The challenge includes creating a web-based application that enhances the connected consumerÕs travel experience in a unique way, utilizing at least one of the provided APIs that implement OpenTravel messaging. API providers include: LinksRez, IATA and MASAI Mobility Community (M2C) and encompasses travel verticals including hotel, car rental, ground transportation, air and golf.

Open Travel is the source for the most adopted, cross-industry technology standards that enable business solutions driven by the travel community.Ê ÒOur virtual hackathons create opportunities to build solutions around OpenTravel standards,Ó said OpenTravel CEO Mike Tinkey. ÒWe encourage developers to be creative and innovative. We look forward to seeing what new insights this yearÕs events bring.Ó

The OTA virtual hackathon will feature five judges who will judge the applications based on originality, technical merit, presentation skill and how well the project addresses the hackathon challenge. Along with cash prizes the winners of the virtual hackathon will have the opportunity to have their applications presented at the OpenTravel Advisory Forum in Amsterdam next month.

If you are interested in providing your APIs which use OpenTravel messaging, or in sponsoring a future event, please email OpenTravel Director of Specifications Sandy Angel at for more information. Click here to register for the event.

About OpenTravel Alliance

OpenTravel Alliance is passionate about solving the problems inherent with connecting multiple systems within the complex travel distribution arena. Our mission is to enable the future of travel by driving the evolving digital experience for consumers. OpenTravel Alliance creates, expands and drives adoption of open specifications, including but not limited to the use of XML and JSON, for the electronic exchange of business information among all sectors of the travel industry.

OpenTravel Alliance is comprised of companies representing airlines, car rental firms, hotels, cruise lines, railways, leisure suppliers, service providers, tour operators, travel agencies, solutions providers, technology companies and distributors. Tens of thousands of OpenTravel Alliance message structures are in use, carrying tens of millions of messages between trading partners every day.

OpenTravel Alliance is a not-for-profit trade association, founded in 1999 by travel companies, with a primary focus on the creation of electronic message structures to facilitate communication between the disparate systems in the global travel industry. For more information on OpenTravel Alliance membership, new products, or projects, please visit or email

Photo:ÊHacking. Photographer: Christopher Schirner/Flickr.

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