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An IATA hackathon is an around-the-clock event, that brings together teams of developers and designers to  develop innovative solutions to address an industry challenge.

Focused on industry standards and initiatives, developers dive into the aviation environment where they can work together to explore new business applications and generate exciting ideas. Solutions are presented to a jury, and the winners have the opportunity to share and communicated their solutions to the industry.


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IATA Hackathon program

Upcoming Hackathon events to be announced soon. Contact us for more information.

Below a summary of previous hackathon events and media assets when available.

Hackathons Partners & MEDIA

CARGO Hackathon

Shenzhen, People's Republic of China

In person event only (not hybrid) - 15-17 March, 2024

  • Leverage ONE Record API for the logistics supply chain

Host and Executive Sponsor: ICCS

Gold Sponsor: GLS, Cathay Cargo and Riege Software

CARGO Hackathon

Doha, Qatar 

In person event only (not hybrid) - 24-26 November, 2023

  • Leverage ONE Record API for the logistics supply chain 

Host and Platinum Sponsor: Qatar Airways

Main Hackathon Sponsor:  Riege Software


CARGO Hackathon

Frankfurt, Germany 

In person event only (not hybrid) - 23-25 June, 2023

Host and Platinum Sponsor: Lufthansa Cargo

Main Hackathon Sponsors: PayCargo, Riege Software

Supporting organization: Lufthansa Seeheim

Diversity Datathon

Virtual (April 2023)

  • Creation of innovative and impactful proof of concept (PoC) to increase gender diversity across the aviation industry in support of IATA’s global 25by2025 initiative.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and The International Air Transport Association (IATA)  virtual Diversity Datathon.

CARGO Hackathon

Toronto, Canada (October, 2022)

Sponsors: Air Canada, IBM, PayCargo, Riege Software

Supporting organization: Alha Group

Charity partner: Air Cargo Foundation

CARGO Hackathon

Amsterdam, the Netherlands (May, 2022)

Sponsors: Riege Software, PayCargo, Dcsa

Supporting organizations: Skyteam Cargo, Msc , Nexshore, IBS Software


Unlocking business and technical creativity with hackathons

IATA's hackathon program was launched in 2015, initially focusing on airlines’ retailing capabilities. The scope has since evolved to address other areas including environment, payment, cargo, accessibility, among many others.

The hackathon success relies on a simple recipe: access to technologies via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), a clock-ticking healthy pressure, and an industry challenge to be solved. All these three ingredients together encourage the emergence of the following three objectives:

  • Development of new ideas for airline industry based on industry standards. ​
  • Disruption by exposing new products and services from new startups and corporations to the industry.
  • Enhancement of standards by exposing them to developer community who can provide direct feedback on the industry schemas.