South Africa gears up for 1st travel hackathon

July 26, 2019 • Digital Transformation, Features, Southern Africa

South Africa gears up for 1st travel hackathon

South Africa gears up for 1st travel hackathon.

On Thursday, 25 July 2019, Zulu Nomad, a travel tour operator, announced its plans to partner with Geekulcha, the Northen Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism,  and BrownSense InSights to hosting the Africa Travel Hackathon. The event will take place from 5 to 8 September 2019 onboard the Premier Classe Train from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

#TrainTourHack will consist of 20 teams of coders, designers and data scientists who will work on practical technological solutions for the tourism industry. 

“This hackathon is the first of its kind in this market. And we are excited to be at forefront of revolutionising tourism to catch up with the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) with the aim of also collecting and storing accurate industry data,” says Phaka Hlazo, Managing Director at Zulu Nomad. 

“Tour operators and accommodation providers, largely small businesses who create experiences and host travellers need reliable data around who is travelling exactly, where they are going, what they do when they get there, and how long do they stay. This kind of data would transform the domestic travel industry by allowing for the creation of new tourism products, and more importantly, new jobs in this sector.”

“This kind of data is not available locally, however, we have international partners who do have real-time access to rich data on inbound travellers into South Africa who use their apps. This is why Geekulcha and BrowSense Insights are embarking on this project we want to explore the technology tools available to us. We also want to empower techies to build innovative solutions for the domestic travel market from which we can then start producing the data so desperately needed to grow this sector.”

With the guidance of mentors and seasoned travel influencers, the teams will aim to fix issues around tourist safety, SMME digital enablement and niche markets with only 36 hours to complete the job. The winning team will be funded to develop their solution(s) further.

Edited by Jenna Cook

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