IATA NDC Hackathon

FlightStats Participates in IATA NDC Hackathon as Travel Partner API Provider

FlightStats is thrilled to announce our participation in this year’s IATA NDC Hackathon, taking place in Dubai on October 14-15.

As a Travel Partner API provider, we will offer our suite of flight, airport, and trip information APIs for hackathon participants to use.

Supporting the NDC Program

The New Distribution Capability (NDC) Program is a travel industry-supported program launched by IATA for the development and market adoption of a new, XML-based data transmission standard (NDC Standard). NDC was designed to address the travel industry’s current distribution limitations: product differentiation and time-to-market, access to full and rich air content, and transparent shopping experience.

The NDC Standard enhances the capability of communications between airlines and travel agents, which FlightStats has long encouraged for the sake of providing a higher level of service to travelers. We are proud to support an initiative dedicated to delivering enhanced customer experiences using travel data and technology.

Our involvement with the hackathon

Hackathon participants will have 28 hours to develop a mobile app or travel solution using an approved NDC API. The solution will address at least one challenge from the business or leisure travel categories:

  • Big Data. How to track traveler behaviors and preferences, and make the most out of it taking into account data privacy rules?
  • Personalized Shopping Experience for Corporates. How to empower corporate booking tools with a retail logic -as per company’s travel policy- rather than anonymous shopping?
  • Increased Loyalty. How to drive more loyalty by anticipating traveler needs?
  • Traveler Journey. How to enhance the customer experience and reduce stress at the airport by providing ‘on the go’ services?

In addition to using the NDC API, participants will also be able to enhance their app by combining the NDC API with various Travel Partner APIs. FlightStats is providing Travel Partner APIs from both our Flight Data Services and Trip Data Services portfolios.

The NDC Hackathon will be the first time we open up our advanced Trip APIs to hackathon participants. When looking at the goals of the IATA NDC Standard, it is clear that our Trip APIs and trip repository are ideal for NDC solutions. The APIs in our Trips Data Services portfolio enable developers to build more personalized solutions that layer flight status data with itinerary data and other relevant data sets. These APIs are designed to power applications and services that deliver contextual information tailored to each traveler’s individual journey.

Who will be there

Two members of the FlightStats team will be in attendance at the IATA NDC Hackathon: Steven Stark, our Flight Data Services Product Manager, and Mark Tilden, one of our co-founders.

steven-starkSteven Stark

Steven has been with FlightStats for three years. In his role, Steven is responsible for the entire process of creating a solution, from understanding the customer side all the way to managing the actual development. He is an expert at explaining the functionality of our technology in a way that demonstrates the value of what we do.


mark-tildenMark Tilden

Mark has played an essential role in building the systems that allow us to get information in real-time on any commercial flight, anywhere in the world. Mark connects the dots between our technology and our customer needs. His focus has always been on creating technology that makes life better for real people.

At the event, Steven and Mark will present a brief overview of our APIs and will be available to answer questions. There will be resources available at the hackathon to help participants understand the capabilities of our APIs and how to integrate them into their solution.

“FlightStats has a long-standing relationship with the developer community,” said Steven. “We’re looking forward to being a part of an event that encourages innovators to collaborate and use data to solve high-value problems for the travel industry. Our APIs are well-configured to support the development of a variety of leisure or business travel technology. There are endless possibilities.”

Stay tuned for more

We are excited for this opportunity to support the NDC Standard and can’t wait to see the creative solutions that will be created using our APIs during the hackathon. Look out for our wrap-up post to find out how our APIs were used to build the newest innovations in air travel.