API Showdown: Hack Your Trip

Ladies and gentlemen, Discover 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 using payment functionalities and Discover APIs. Whether it be helping people clarify tip etiquette or currency conversions we are looking to you to create the next best financial 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: LEVEL 2/3 11-31 YORK ST, SYDNEY NSW


Cash Prize: $ 10,000

Cash Prize: $ 5,000

Cash Prize: $3,000

The Challenge

Hack the travel industry by creating a best in class travel experience using payment functionality and Discover APIs.


Featured APIs

ATM Locator

Currency Converter

Tip Etiquette

DCI Customer Service

Airport Lounge Locator


City Guides

Country Acceptance


Saturday, October 19th:

09:00 - 10:00: Doors Open & Breakfast Served
10:00 - 10:30: Opening Ceremony
11:00: Coding Begins
12:00 - 13:00: Lunch Served
13:00 - 13:30: Pitch Workshop
18:00 -19:00: Dinner Served
18:00: Submission Deadline
18:30 -19:00: Judging/Demonstration (3min pitch w/2min Q&A)
19:00 - 19:30: Judge Deliberation
20:00 - 20:30: Closing Ceremony & Awards
20:30: Event Close

Judging Criteria

Each submission will receive a minimum score of 0 and a maximum score of 20 points. The submission with the highest score with being the Grand Prize Winner, subject to verification; the submission with the second-highest score with being the Runner-Up Prize Winner, subject to verification; and the submission with the third-highest score will be the Second Runner-Up Prize Winner, subject to verification.


Are you building something that no one has seen before? (0-5 points)


Can you explain the value proposition in 2 sentences or less? (0-5 points)


How impactful can this idea be? (0-5 points)


Quality of design (0-5 points)


  • 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.
  • 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+.

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.