API Showdown: Hack Your Trip

Ladies and gentlemen, Discover Global Network has turned on the Hackathon sign. If you haven’t already done so, please read all the details below carefully.

The travel and tourism industry is the fastest-growing economic sector globally and is forecasted to contribute more than 2.6 trillion U.S. dollars to GDP by 2027. Even with tourism being a personal focus and source of income for many people globally, there are still major gaps in the way we experience it.

That’s where you come in. Discover Global Network is looking for you to create innovative solutions in a multi-trillion dollar industry that will create better experiences for the world’s nomads. Whether it helps people navigate airports or clarifies tip etiquette, we are looking to you to create the next best technology milestone in travel.

Please take your seat, register for a ticket, and make sure your seat back and your laptop are in their full upright positions. And as always, thanks for hacking with us.


Venue: ThinkSpace
Location: 1700 Westlake Ave N Suite 200, Seattle, WA



$10,000 USD


$5,000 USD


$2,000 USD

The Challenge

Hack the travel industry by using two to three of Discover’s APIs to create an innovative solution with the goal of improving the travel experience.


Featured APIs

ATM Locator

Currency Converter

Tip Etiquette

DCI Customer Service

Airport Lounge Locator


City Guides


Wednesday, December 5th:

6:00 – 7:00 PM The Pre-API Showdown: Hack Your Trip Virtual Session via Zoom
Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/359983555

Saturday, December 8th:

09:00 - 10:00 AM Doors Open & Breakfast Served
10:00 - 11:00 AM Opening Ceremony
11:00 AM Coding Begins
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch Served
1:00 - 2:00 PM Breakout Session(s)
6:00 - 7:00 PM Dinner Served
8:00 - 8:30 PM Pitch Workshop
11:59 PM Midnight Snack

Hack through the Night*
*The venue will be open and staffed overnight if you’d like to hack through the night.

Sunday, December 9th:

07:00 - 08:00 AM Breakfast Served
10:00 - 11:00 AM Pitch Practice Session
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch Served
1:00 PM Submission Deadline
2:00 - 3:00 PM Judging/Demonstration (2min pitch w/ 1min Q&A)
3:00 - 3:30 PM Judge Deliberation
3:30 - 4:00 PM Closing Ceremony & Awards
4:00 PM Event Close

Judging Criteria

Each submission will receive a minimum score of 0 and maximum score 25 points.


What is the growth potential of this application? What impact can it have
on the world as a whole? (0-5 points)


How creative was the team in developing an innovative solution for the challenge?
Is the idea defensible or unique? (0-5 points)


Did the team create an application that can have a real and valuable impact?
Would the idea work in the real world? (0-5 points)


Was the end-to-end user experience for the solution effective? Was it built into the design in an intuitive and appealing way? (0-5 points)

Technology Usage:

Did the team utilize at least two of the API’s presented by the Discover team? (0-5 points)


Stay tuned! The final judging panel will be announced closer to the event.


  • Teams of up to 5 participants are allowed. All team members must have completed the participation agreement to compete.
  • Participants of this hackathon must be 18 years or older and be residents of the United States of America.
  • You may not begin your project until the competition officially begins. Please don’t come in and build on top of previous projects if you want to win.
  • Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning.


Who Can Attend?

All developers, designers and entrepreneurs who are 18+ and U.S. Residents.

How are Teams Formed?

Teams can be created in advance using the Hack Your Trip Slack channel and/ or onsite and will be comprised of one to five individuals.

What is the Fresh Code Rule?

All code developed as part of Hack Your Trip must be fresh. Before the start of Hack Your Trip, developers can create wireframes, designs and user flows. They can also come with hardware. But to keep things fair, all code must be written onsite at Hack Your Trip. Other than that, almost anything goes and you can use any coding languages or open-source libraries.