WS Hosts First Hackathon

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On 18JUN, WestJet brought together WestJetters, frequent WestJet fliers and members of the technology industry for the company’s first hackathon at the hangar at the WestJet campus in Calgary.

In its inaugural #hackinthehangar teams were challenged to co-create and build world-class digital solutions focused on WestJet's premium and global travellers.

"The #hackinthehangar is focused on building digital solutions in a collaborative and fun environment, in a unique venue at a much greater velocity than ever before," said Alfredo C. Tan, WestJet's chief digital and innovation officer.  "This hackathon is an exciting step towards helping us think, move and act more like a tech company in some key parts of our business. This will help position WestJet as an industry leader in transforming the guest experience. Bringing this level of creative talent from some of the most innovative companies in the world to Calgary at this scale is incredibly unique. We're looking forward to seeing what some of the brightest minds in tech combined with our passionate employees and guests can create when given the opportunity to rise to the challenge and work together to win."

Attendees who participated in the first-ever #hackinthehangar included teams from Adobe, Amazon, Deloitte Digital, Facebook, Google, Hootsuite, Huge Inc., IBM, LinkedIn, Media Experts/IPG, Microsoft, Panasonic Avionics, Sabre, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Snapchat and Twitter. Each team was joined by two WestJetters and a premium guest traveller.

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