When you think of a “Hack Day” many definitions come to mind. To an innovative mind, a developer, an information engineer or any computer-savvy individual, it is a chance to work in a dynamic environment and push yourself to your physical and intellectual limits!
I have been a part of the Sabre Holdings family for a few months. When I joined the company, I knew that I would be part of a hard-charging technology company. When I read about Sabre Hack Day 2012 being held on our campus I jumped at the chance to showcase my ability to contribute to leading-edge work and become a part of a historical event:
Sabre Hack Day 2012 Southlake, Texas:
- 50 people,
- 15 teams,
- 24 hours,
- And a one-woman-show (me!) who took third place!
Only the best-of-the-best entities understand how important it is to allow their employees to dedicate time to new ideas that will reinvent or challenge the status quo for the benefit of the community. Here is an idea of what 24 hours, and an individual a part of a company that cultures innovative think tanks, can accomplish: I was able to hack an iOS development mashup using Foursquare’s social media API and Sabre Red APIs to better enhance traveler/end user experience and create an extended branded presence for Travelocity-Sabre Holdings.
Sabre has been an environment of growth and open-minded opportunity. Presentation hour for Sabre Hack Day was nothing short of impressive and extremely competitive. Judges included Sabre CEO Sam Gilliland, Sabre CIO Barry Vandevier and Travelocity Senior Vice President of the Americas Roshan Mendis; the event proved to be an extremely successful way to encourage technology-driven individuals to discover new innovative outlets and contribute to travel’s “next big thing.”