Fast, fun and fierce: the second annual Cathay Pacific Hackathon competition inspires innovation

Published on : Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Image1Innovation was the name of the game at the second Cathay Pacific 24-hour Hackathon, which was successfully held this past weekend at the airline’s
headquarters at Hong Kong International Airport.

The competition was fast and fierce as over 100 tech-savvy, business-minded
youngsters gathered together at the “battleground” of Cathay Pacific City to try and
outdo each other in creating workable technology solutions that enhance the
experience of the airline’s customers.

The dynamic and fun-filled Hackathon represents Cathay Pacific’s ongoing
commitment to developing local talents across various sectors of the aviation
industry. This year’s extravaganza produced a number of exceptional concepts, with
the winning teams earning tickets to destinations of their choice across the airline’s
worldwide network and Asia Miles.

First prize went to a team of five students from the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational
Education, who developed a concept they named “TouchCX”.

TouchCX would allow customers to request inflight services – such as pillows and
food and drinks – through technology known as NFC (Near Field Communication),
allowing delivery of the items without the need for the inflight service call.

Lead developer Lam Tsan-shing said: “This Hackathon event was great fun and very
meaningful for all of us. Our mentors taught us so much about presentation skills and
we also learned a lot from fellow participants about ideas and technical experience.
Many thanks to Cathay Pacific for this opportunity.”

Aside from claiming the overall champions’ prize, Lam and his team also won the
Inflight Entertainment (IFE) Challenge, thereby earning the opportunity to visit Dublin,
one of the latest destinations announced by Cathay Pacific and considered by many
as the digital capital of Europe.


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