Dublin Airport to host smart airport hackathon in April

7 Mar 2016

If you’re a fan of all things aeronautics, then you might want to try your hands at a smart airport hackathon called #hackDub, taking place at Dublin Airport this April.

The #hackDub smart airport hackathon is being supported by DCU’s Alpha Innovation Campus with the aim of bringing engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and airport customers together and opening their minds to design hardware, software and service solutions and improvements that will radically enhance the customer experience at Dublin Airport.

Much like the concept development of smart cities, airports are one area of a country’s infrastructure always crying out for greater innovations in efficiency to keep up with the hundreds of flights departing and arriving every day.

Taking place from 15-17 April, the organisers of the hackathon expect between 150 to 200 hackers to take part in the event.

Solutions to everyday travel problems

The solution that most impresses the five judges will win a cash prize of €7,000, with the runner-up to receive €3,000.

Dublin Airport has partnered with RTÉ Digital and Frontline Ventures, which will act as judges and mentors for the duration of the three-day hackathon.

“Continuously improving the passenger experience at Dublin Airport is a key priority for us,” said Dublin Airport’s managing director, Vincent Harrison.

“We are looking for bright, entrepreneurial minds to open up and impress us with their solutions to everyday travel problems from the time a passenger books a flight to boarding the aircraft.”

There’s an entry fee of €20 to take part, but a €20 voucher for Dublin Airport’s retail area, The Loop, is also included.

Airport image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic