IATA Aviation Datathon

Athens, Greece​
24 June 2019
​Athenaeum Intercontinental

IATA Aviation Datathon focuses on addressing industry challenges and priorities and proposing solutions leveraging data science capabilities in areas where data is already available and accessible. All in support of IATA's renewed global strategic priorities which includes a strong pillar related to data.

The objective is to raise awareness and trigger innovative ways airlines and the wider aviation industry can extract value out of data.

Datathon Challenges

1. Social media Sentiment Analytics in Travel

More and more passengers express their feelings and opinions on social media networks. Mining this data could provide a measure for passenger experience and satisfaction.

With the provided data set, develop a social media sentiment analytics solution to mine social media engagement data of passengers, to track and rate passenger sentiment while traveling.

2. Global Aviation incident report classification

STEADES is IATA's aviation safety incident data management and analysis program and one of the data sources of the Global Aviation Data Management (GADM).

With the provided data set, propose an accurate incident classification system based on the data included in every incident report.

3. Disruptions Prediction, Correlations & Management

Disruptions such as delays and cancellations have a significant negative impact on airlines but also on the passenger experience.

With the provided data set, develop an analytics solutions, taking into account various external data sources for potential correlations, intended for airlines to prevent and mitigate disruptions.

Check out the Datathon 2019 video!

Aviation Datathon Event report

Have a read at the IATA Aviation Datathon event report (pdf)

Datathon Agenda

Jury Board

Fostering innovation in the age of data and digital needs a boost for aviation companies to be able to start somewhere and leverage the benefits of data. There are many technologies, and companies specialized in this space, however IATA as the neutral body is aiming to lead the industry, offer solutions, and raise awareness in an unbiased way.

Open sample data sets

The slides and Q&As of the webinar held on 23 May are now available (GitHub)

Recommended resources

Participants are invited to bring any IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and resources they are familiar with. It is recommended, however, to choose any open-source resource such as:

Sponsorship Contact

Datathon Sponsorship Team
E-mail: datathon@iata.org

The IATA Aviation Datathon offers an exceptional opportunity to showcase your products and services, while associating your brand with the latest industry insights, leadership and best practices, shaping the future of air travel.

Venue: Athenaeum Intercontinental Athens

The 1st Aviation Datathon is taking place at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Athens.

The Athenaeum InterContinental is located in the heart of the city, a few steps away from the center and offers 553 spacious and elegant rooms. It is also an award-winning conference centre that offers the perfect setting for business events, while the spa and gourmet restaurants add a subtle touch of luxury. This only Athenian conference hotel venue is able to accommodate a multitude of attendees or participants for professional events.

A treasure-trove of hospitality in the heart of Athens and 35 kilometres away from the Athens International Airport.

Destination: Athens, Greece

Athens offers a variety of things to see and do, and most of the times, under favorable weather conditions. Athens is considered one of Europe's safest capitals; its transportation network is user-friendly; there are numerous museums and archeological sites and hundreds of restaurants to satisfy every taste.

Surrounded by a lining of stunning seas and mountains, Athens is filled with gems just waiting to be discovered. Located at the crossroads of three continents, the capital of Greece with an overall population of close to four million has often been the hub of many cultures. Characterized by a culture and people that are welcoming and hospitable, every visitor just feels at home.

Athens is an ideal congress destination, combining state-of-the-art infrastructure, excellent conference facilities and easy access from all over the world with world-class cultural attractions, modern amenities, diverse entertainment and natural beauty.

Visa Requirements

If you are not sure about your visa requirements to enter Greece, the IATA TravelCentre provides passport, visa, health advice, and much more. Visit the IATA TravelCentre!


Data Science Hype or Ripe for Aviation is the first of a series of Aviation Data White Paper series. This paper outlines the state of the aviation industry in terms of the data science maturity, and It covers some of the high potential areas and specific use cases where the sudden availability of data in parallel with accessible and affordable computing power is clearing the road to unlock the potential of data.

Download the White Paper (PDF)

Our Diversity & Inclusion Pledge

IATA believes that diversity of culture, gender, age, orientation and experience boosts the success of the aviation industry. We actively encourage aviation professionals with diverse profiles to contribute to our events as speakers, panelists, facilitators, or in any other way.

Our 2019 Sponsors!

Principal Sponsors

Cloud Credit Partner

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Event Report

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