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Reimagine the travel – Sabre Poland Hackathon

Sabre employees think about travel, technology, and innovation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That is why main topic of Sabre Krakow Hackathon, which took place on 17-18 October, was Reimagine the travel.

Rules were simple: 24 teams had 24 hours to develop an idea, collaborate with cross-functional, and cross-business unit teams of developers, product managers, business analysts, and UX professional to solve a travel-related problem. Criteria that a traveler may take into consideration when selecting a particular offer, for example, schedule, layover, how often is the flight delayed or canceled, frequent traveler awarded mileage, aircraft equipment, price, preferred carrier, available seats and more.


Sabre employees stepped outside their day to day roles to promote creative thinking in an epic battle of ideas and technology innovation. Product development ideas included the use of new services, as well as other innovation like artificial intelligence for example. A big part of the judging criteria included an evaluation of the business case, use of Sabre APIs, alignment with the goals of the event, how well does it meet market needs, overall pitch, and how it utilizes current tech trends.

Sabre’s hackathon has several business opportunities to inspire our dedicated hackathon teams. We call them themes:


  • Reimagine Travel – main theme
    • Lodging Ground and Sea Services
    • Digital Connect/Digital Connect Check In Services
    • Out of Tulsa
    • RedHat Technology

There were 24 teams and 24 great ideas, but as in every battle there was only one winner – this time it was amazing Red Team!

Sabre Hackathon 2018 results:

1st Place Main Theme prize goes to Red Team!

2nd Place Main Theme prize for Shopping Crew team

3rd Place Main Theme prize for Ninja Jelly Beans team

Best Business Case prize goes to Shopping Crew team

Supporting Challenge Theme Prizes goes to:

Lodging Ground Sea Services Prize for United Colors of SRW team                               

Digital Connect/Digital Connect Check In Services for ARM team

Out of Tulsa Prize for Lorem Ipsum team

Red Hat Technology Prize for United Colors of SRW team

Microsoft Technology Prize for Lorem Ipsum team

Hackathon is not all about hacking. Sabre and Sponsors organized many workshops for participants – in area of business, technology and user research. Such event couldn’t go without quizzes, chillout zone and great food.

Hackathon was supported by two Platinum Sponsors – Red Hat Software and Microsoft, a Partner – Edge One Solutions and five Sponsors – itKontrakt, j-labs, SII, Relyon and intive.