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On 2nd and 3rd July, join us on a 2 day virtual Hackathon to help transform the air travel industry! For this Hackathon, participants will form teams and work on creating prototypes that fall in one of the below categories:

  • Passenger Flow – During the journey at the airport and aircraft, passengers pass through multiple touchpoints. For this challenge, we would like to see how participants can help improve and enhance the passenger journey across these touchpoints.
  • Business Intelligence and Data Analytics – As a relatively closed network, the Air Transport industry has a plethora of data available to them. For this challenge, we would like to see how participants can use data (that is publicly available in regards to travel) in ways that can positively impact passenger experience, business decisions and ultimately, the bottom line.
  • Touchless & Mobility – Travelers are increasingly becoming more accustomed to BYOD (Bring your own device) and touchless offerings where they’re in control of how and when they perform certain tasks. For this challenge, we would like to see which areas Hackathon participants believe require touchless/mobile technologies and how they can be applied through the travel journeys.
  • Non-Aeronautical Revenue – Traditionally, being a building that housed passengers at the start and end of their journeys, airports have now become their own small ecosystems. For this challenge, we would like to see how participants can help airport teams manage operations and their relationship with customers, to optimize systems and assist in generating more revenue. 

The Hackathon will be hosted virtually and residents from across Middle East, Africa and Turkey are eligible to participate. Winners will receive monetary prizes as well as support and mentorship from the SITA Team to further build and develop their products.



The Hackathon is open to those who are interested in the aviation and technology industries and are passionate about creating new and innovation solutions within the scope of the challenges. Potential participants fit the eligibility criteria if they are:

  • Residents of Middle East, Africa or Turkey
  • 18 years or older
  • Developers, designers, business experts, aviation enthusiasts or have a skillset that may prove useful for the Hackathon
  • Not an employee (or immediate family member) of SITA or any of the participating Hackathon partners


Hackathon Sponsors


$5,000 in prizes

First Prize

USD 2,500
1 year of mentorship

Second Prize

USD 1,500
1 year of mentorship

Third Prize

USD 1,000
1 year of mentorship

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Hisham Akhtar

Hisham Akhtar
Programs & Partnerships Manager, Plug & Play Abu Dhabi

Thabile Mathe

Thabile Mathe
Director of Innovation & Technology, ACI Africa

Khaled Salman

Khaled Salman
Commercial Director, SITA Jordan

Fatos Erendemir

Fatos Erendemir
Business Development Manager, SITA Middle East & Africa

George Fenergi
VP of Business Transformation, SITA Middle East & Africa

Marica Attorresi

Marica Attorresi
Head of Marketing, SITA Middle East & Africa

Dawit Anbesu
Orange FAB Manager, Ethiopia

Rami AlKarmi
Professor, Al Hussein Technical University

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity/Innovation
    Is this project unique? Is this solution a better way of solving the problem?
  • Usability/User Experience
    Is the solution easy to use? Could a user with low to no technical skills use and enjoy using it?
  • Technical Implementation
    Can your project be implemented to its entirety? Does the solution function as described?
  • Usefulness & Business Case
    Is your solution practical? Is your solution a must-have for your target audience? Can you create an effective business case around it?
  • Challenge & Industry Impact
    Is your solution fulfilling at least one of the challenges? Is your solution helping solve an industry issue?

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