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Hack Horizon hack on a plane poised for take off after 32 finalists chosen

Posted by Lee Hayhurst on
Hack Horizon hack on a plane poised for take off after 32 finalists chosen

Thirty two finalists are poised to take part in the Hack Horizon travel ‘hack on a plane’ between Hong Kong and London.

The event, which will take place on an overnight British Airways flight to Heathrow on Saturday, were chosen from 670 applicants drawn from 35 countries.

They went through three initial judging stages which saw 200 minute-long video pitches submitted and 100 interviews carried out to determine which 32 would process through to the final.

The event, which is being back by Hong and Heathrow airports, British Airways, Travelport and Skyscanner, is due to culminate in a pitching finale at the London Transport Museum on Monday.

Some fact about the final 32:

• Seven serial entrepreneurs who have had four exits between them
• Eight designers who have worked from the likes of Uber, VICE, and CityMapper
• 17 developers who have come from the likes of Facebook and Apple
• People from 12 different countries
• The average age is 32 meaning most have 5-8 years of industry experience
• +85% have either founded or worked for an early stage startup previously

To see the full list of participants go to hackhorizon.com

Kosta Kolev, Hack Horizon founder, said: “We have been incredibly humbled by the sheer volume of applications we have received for Hack Horizon and I think this just goes to show how powerful the travel industry is in inspiring such a globally diverse group of people to get excited about solving some of its challenges.”

Travolution will be following the progress of the hack live. Keep up to date on Twitter using the hastag #hackhorizon and keep an eye on travolution.com

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