Competition launched with chance to win mentorship from Skyscanner founder Gareth Williams and a week working in HQ
Skyscanner is challenging developers and aspiring entrepreneurs to build the next big thing in travel tech.
The company has launched a competition calling on developers to build a game-changing new travel tech product using its API technology.
Those lucky enough to get through to the final will be in with a chance of winning one-on-one coaching from founder and CEO Gareth Williams and a week to be spent working at Skyscanner’s Edinburgh HQ, as well as a £1,000 cash prize to help kick-start their new business.
Skyscanner says it’s looking for product ideas that have the potential to truly disrupt the travel industry, giving entrants four months to come up with and build their new site or app.
The entrepreneurial winning product will spend the week in Skyscanner’s office HQ in Edinburgh, where they’ll also receive coaching from a world-class team of engineers, product managers and growth strategists to help their new business take flight.
Entrants will power their pioneering new website or app using Skyscanner’s world-class Travel APIs, which connect developers to all the data they need to create innovative and unique travel solutions.
Skyscanner for Business, the company’s independent B2B unit offers three stand-alone APIs to choose from – flights, hotels, and car hire – offering the most flexible integrations and inspirational search features in the market.
After starting out from a simple spreadsheet back in 2003, Skyscanner has grown to become a world leading travel search engine, attracting over 50 million monthly visitors, with 10 global offices and over 770 staff.
The company has already partnered with a number of promising start-ups who have gone on to do great things by using the APIs.
LuckyTrip, which powers its flight search using Skyscanner’s inspirational Browse API was named as ones of iTunes ‘Top Apps for 2015’, while US-based app Hitlist which powers its price alerts via the Skyscanner API, has had 400,000 downloads of its app.
CEO Williams said: “We are delighted to invite start-ups and developers to take part in this competition, which we hope will inspire young programmers and businesses to build something truly cutting-edge and bring something fresh to the travel industry. Travel is one the most fascinating industries to due to its complexity and size, and I believe there are endless traveller problems still waiting to be solved. With the right drive and a great idea there is boundless opportunity for trailblazing new products within the travel space.”