An IATA hackathon is an around-the-clock  event bringing together teams of developers and designers that compete against one another to develop innovative solutions to address an industry challenge.

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


IATA Hackathon program

In the context of enhancing airlines' retailing capabilities, IATA began organizing AIR hackathons in 2015 to work on the New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard.The scope has since evolved to address other areas including: environment, blockchain, cargo, accessibility etc. To date, 18 IATA hackathons were completed. Below a summary of hackathons events and media assets when available. 

Hackathons Partners Media


Virtual - Sept, 2020

Leverage ONE Record API for the logistics supply chain

- Track & Trace

- Quote & Book

- PayCargo Challenge

- "Open challenge"

Riege Software, PayCargo

Supporting organizations: Devpost



Seattle, USA

Feb, 2020

Booking solutions for passenger with reduced mobility

Microsoft, Delta Air Lines, Air France/KLM and Virgin Atlantic, IBS Software, TIBCO Software, Boeing and Expedia Group

Supporting Organizations: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, HackAcess Dublin, EqualWeb Digital Accessibility

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Montreal, Canada

Nov, 2019



Frankfurt, Germany

Oct, 2019


- Carbon offset

- Leisure travel

SunExpress and Fraport, Cirium, IBS Sofware, Duffel and TIBCO

Supporting Organization: AWS Travel

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Crans Montana, Switzerland

Sept 2019


- Optimizing baggage operations

- Enhancing travel for people with disabilities and reduced mobility

- Improving the end-to-end travel journey


Madrid, Spain

June, 2019

- Corporate Booking Tools

- Cargo- ONE Record

 Comunica+A, IBS Sofware, Duffel, and TIBCO

Supporting Organization: AWS Travel and Air Canada Cargo

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Seattle, USA

April 2019

- Improve passenger experience through dynamic offers

Expedia Group, IBS Sofware, Boeing, Cirium and TIBCO

Supporting Organization: AWS Travel and Microsoft

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Barcelona, Spain

March, 2019



Lapland, Finland

Dec, 2018

- Improve the passenger experience through dynamic offers 

- Create scenarios  using any Blockchain API

Finnair, IBS Sofware and TIBCO

Supporting Organization: AWS

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Geneva, Switzerland

Sept, 2018

- Reduce passenger stress (using at least one NDC APIs)

- Enhance the Air Cargo journey Experience (using OneRecord API)

Lufthansa Group, Geneva Airport, IBS Software, TIBCO, Unysis, PayCargo, Air Canada Cargo

Supporting Organization: Geneva Convention Bureau, Softweb, The United Nations

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Unlocking business and technical creativity with hackathons

IATA hackathons were launched in 2015, initially focused on enhancing airlines’ retailing capabilities. The scope has since evolved to address other areas including environment, blockchain, cargo, accessibility etc. To date, 18 IATA hackathons have been completed, resulting in more than 24 implementations  

Their success relies on a simple recipe: access to schemas and technologies, a clock-ticking healthy pressure, a competitive spirit, IATA and key partners' industry expertise, all on hand to give guidance, opinion and technical assistance. 

Hackathons encourage the emergence of startups such to establish themselves as new impactful players in the industry value chain. Hackathons will continue to leave a mark in transforming the industry with the following three objectives:

  • Develop: Foster new ideas for airline innovation based on induistry technical standards. ​
  • Disrupt: Explore new business applications from industry standards and identify early stage startups to the industry.
  • Enhance: By stress testing industry schemas and technical standards, developers contribute to enhancing technical standards.