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HACK ATTACK

Amadeus hack team wins competition 

Solution helps sports fans make better travel plans 

Amadeus took top honors at the recent TNooz THack Boston, a 24-hour programming marathon held September 15-16 in Cambridge, Mass.

The competition challenged the software development community to use as many industry application programming interfaces (APIs) as possible to create a digital, Web or mobile-based tool that enables travel technology.

According to Mary Keagul, Amadeus Vice President of Product Development in North America, eight Amadeus software developers worked around the clock at the company’s Waltham, Mass., offices to develop the winning solution, a tool that enables sports fans to plan and book travel to their favorite sports teams’ away games.

The developers used five APIs, including Amadeus Master Pricer,  which automatically researches and selects the cheapest flights and hotels based on the traveler’s history, and new Amadeus Hotels APIs, which enables quick search and recommendations. They integrated rail options from SilverRail, added activities from Goby.com, and plotted options on Google Maps. A Facebook social component was added so sports fans could share their trip plans online.

According to Keagul, the competition challenged the developers (affectionately known as “hackers” at these types of events) to unleash their creative abilities and quickly create a piece of useful technology.

“Our group focuses on developing business solutions for the travel and tourism industry. Making travel more convenient—and fixing the travel puzzle for consumers in this special niche—was a very attractive idea that everyone embraced,” she said.

When asked if Amadeus plans to market the solution commercially, Keagul replied with a wink, “You never know!”

Learn more about Amadeus’ Brighter, Bolder, Better solutions for the travel industry.

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