The Take Off Hackathon

By: ovi

2 days of intense hacking to tackle some of the travel industry's biggest challenges THE TAKE OFF

Lowcosttravelgroup are inviting developers, designers and entrepreneurs to a 2 day fun-fuelled hackathon to solve some of the travel industries biggest challenges. It doesn't matter if you've never been to a hackathon before or if you are a seasoned hacker, we're looking for anyone who has a passion for solving problems and creating bold solutions! Hackers will choose from a number of challenges and have 2 days to build and pitch an innovative, compelling product to a panel of expert judges.


The Take Off will be hosted in the unique White Loft on 7th - 8th July 2016.

You can sign up as an individual or as a team. If you sign up as a team, team sizes should be between 4 - 6 hackers. If you sign up as an individual, there will be lots of opportunities to match yourself with other hackers to find the perfect team.

Once you've signed up and your participation gets confirmed, we'll send you a link to join our hackathon Slack team where you can find more information on the event. Although no coding should be done until the event, we want the ideas to start flowing now and invite all hackers to join our Slack channel to start forming teams, sharing ideas with team members and get excited about the event!


Thursday 7th July

08:00 - 09:30 Arrival, registration, breakfast, chatting

09:30 - 10:00 Intro and presenting the challenges

10:00 - 10:30 Guest speaker to get you inspired

10:30 - 11:00 Meet and form your teams

11:00 - 12:30 Hacking, chatting, creating

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 19:00 Hacking, chatting, creating

19:00 Dinner

19:00 - late More hacking, chatting, creating

Friday 8th July

08:00 - 09:30 Open start to arrive, have breakfast and start hacking

12:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:30 Final hour of hacking

14:30 Code freeze

15:10 Pitches

16:30 Judging

17:15 Prizes and Wrap up


How can I apply?

All participants must apply through Eventbrite before June 29th Once your application is received a member of the judging panel will contact you to confirm your participation in the event.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

All participants must bring a printed ticket to the event. Each member of the team must bring a ticket. Also bring great ideas, your laptops, devices, adapters and anything you think you'll need in order to make your idea a reality!

I can't make both Thursday and Friday. Can I come for just one of the days?

As the teams are set on the first day, we'd expect all hackers to attend both days so that you'll be involved in every step of the hackathon as one team.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

You can find all transport info on this site:

Where can I contact the organiser?

You can ask any other questions on our Slack channel or email




Terms and Conditions

By entering the The Take Off Hackathon (the “Hackathon”), you agree to abide by the Agreement outlined below which is a binding legal agreement between Participant and Lowcosttravelgroup Limited (“Lowcosttravelgroup”) with respect to the Hackathon. 


Participants must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible to participate in the Hackathon. Lowcosttravelgroup has the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any Participant for breach of the Agreement.

All participants must apply through Eventbrite before June 29th. All participants must bring a printed ticket to the event. Each member of the team must bring a ticket.

Once your application is received a member of the judging panel will contact you to confirm your participation in the event.

By participating in the Hackathon, you acknowledge and agree that if you share an idea, suggestion, or discuss an application concept that you are working on that Lowcosttravelgroup and others may use your idea, suggestion or concept and incorporate into an application that they are working on now or in the future, and you waive any and all claims that you may have against Lowcosttravelgroup or anyone participating in this Hackathon and Lowcosttravelgroup may use or incorporate into an application or other service or product, any idea, suggestion, or concept that you mention.


You can sign up as an individual or as a team. Participants are expected to form their own teams either prior to the event or on the day of the Hackathon. All team members must contribute to the final product through coding or design. Team size will be a minimum of 4 Participants and a maximum of 6 Participants unless otherwise stated. Teams can come to the event with ideas but no code. All products must be built from scratch at the event. Teams of Participants are expected to provide submissions relating to one of the challenges presented. Teams must provide the submission in source code form and provide a working demonstration on the 2nd day of the Hackathon. By providing a submission in the Hackathon, each Participant represents and warrants that the submission does not violate any applicable law or any third party intellectual property rights.


The Hackathon winners will be chosen from the teams of Participants by a panel of judges selected by Lowcosttravelgroup. The judges’ decisions are final, binding and uncontestable. Each team will present a functioning application as part of the pitch on Friday 7th. All teams will have 10 mins to pitch and judgment will be based on:

Impact (15 points)
How well does it address the challenge presented?

Innovation (15 points)
How unique is the idea?

Design (10 points)
Is it easy and fun to use?

Presentation (5 points)
How compelling was the pitch?

Technical Difficulty (5 points)
How sophisticated was the solution/design?


To the teams that finish in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize money will be awarded.

The 1st place team will be awarded Ł5000. We'll announce details of other prizes nearer to the event.

Some teams will also be eligible to receive funding to continue to develop their idea further as part of a Lowcosttravelgroup incubator fund. Specific terms and conditions apply.

The prizes will be divided evenly amongst Participant team members unless otherwise noted. Lowcosttravelgroup reserves the right not to award a prize in the event of an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria. Lowcosttravelgroup is not responsible for any dispute among teams or team participants related to prizes. Participants are solely responsible for any applicable taxes for any prize.

Some teams will be eligible to receive funding to continue to develop their idea further as part of a Lowcosttravelgroup incubator fund. Specific Terms and Conditions apply.


Participants will retain ownership of their submission, however, participation in the Hackathon shall signify each participant’s agreement to grant Lowcosttravelgroup and their respective promotional partners, developers, legal representatives, a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub-licensable, unconditional and transferable license to reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used) any submission in connection with the Hackathon. This includes being able to edit, modify, cut, rearrange, add to, delete from, reproduce, encode, store, modify, copy, transmit, publish, post, display or adapt the submission. Lowcosttravelgroup can also use the submission for any promotional, advertising or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the Internet or other public events, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law. 

Participants allow Lowcosttravelgroup to use their name, voice, likeness, biographical data, submission materials, and recordings of their activity or participation at the event in programming or promotional material. Except as expressly provided herein, nothing in these Terms and Conditions may be construed as transferring any rights of ownership, by implication or otherwise, technology or intellectual property. Lowcosttravelgroup is not obligated to use any of the above mentioned information or materials, but may do so and may edit such information or materials, at Lowcosttravelgroup’s sole discretion, without further obligation or compensation.

General Conditions/Indemnification

By entering, participants warrant and represent that their team is the sole creator of the Submission and that they have obtained permission from all persons or intellectual property owners whose materials, likeness, work or mark are depicted in the submission. Participants will allow Lowcosttravelgroup to publish or use their Submission in any media worldwide and agree to confirm any of the foregoing in writing. Further, by participating in this Hackathon and/or by accepting any award, participants agree that Lowcosttravelgroup and all associated parties shall not be liable for any and all actions, claims, including any third party claims arising from or relating to the Hackathon, or the acceptance or use of any award, or any travel or activity related to any of them. By participating in the Hackathon and/or accepting any award, participants agree to fully indemnify Lowcosttravelgroup and associated parties from any and all such claims by third parties without limitation.


Each participant understands and acknowledges that Lowcosttravelgroup has access to ideas, stories, designs, film, tape, video, and other literary materials, and those new ideas are constantly being submitted to it or being developed by their own employees. Participants acknowledge that many ideas, concepts or technologies may be competitive with, similar to, or identical to content in the Submission and/or each other. Participants will not be entitled to any compensation as a result of Lowcosttravelgroup’s use of similar or identical material that has or may come to them from other sources. Except where prohibited by law, each participant acknowledges and agrees that the Lowcosttravelgroup does not now and shall not have in the future any duty or liability, direct, indirect or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of the participant’s rights in and to the Submissions. Finally, each participant acknowledges that, with respect to any claim by an participant relating to or arising out of any Lowcosttravelgroup’s actual or alleged exploitation or use of any Submission or other material submitted in connection with the Hackathon, the damage, if any, caused to the applicable participant will not be irreparable or otherwise sufficient to entitle such participant to seek any injunctive or other equitable relief. Nor will it in any way enjoin, otherwise interfere with, delay, or interrupt the production, distribution, exhibition, or other exploitation of any production based on, or allegedly based on, the Submission. Participant’s rights and remedies in any such event shall be strictly limited to the right to recover damages, if any, in an action at law.


Except where prohibited by law, entrants agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Hackathon or any award provided shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Terms and Conditions, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Hackathon, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the English law.

Data Protection

We are committed to protecting your privacy and security. All personal data that we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

By entering the Hackathon event, you agree we may use and disclose the information you provide to contact you about The Take Off Hackathon event and any future hackathon events organised by Lowcosttravelgroup or The Take Off Hackathon sponsors. We may share your contact information with The Take Off Hackathon sponsors who may contact you directly in connection with similar events in the future or with their special offers, products and services. If you do not wish for your details to be used in this way, please contact us with your request.



Thursday, July 7th, 2016 from 08:00


White Loft - Southwark, SE1 0DW