The API Economy: Hacking Messenger, Social and Work-Leisure Travel in Berlin

Tnooz features the winners of THack Berlin 2016, where DataArt took the best large team prize for the second year in a row, with its mobile app for group communications about combined business-leisure trips. The article highlights the rise of the API economy, as big names in digital travel release APIs, and software like XapiX streamlines integration directly to API endpoints. Rapid deployment of new marketing channels for travel sellers, and new distribution for digital travel products through travel sellers are to be expected.

“Want a glimpse of what the emerging API economy looks like? Look no further than the rapid deployment of travel apps churned out at THack Berlin by 64 developers, with new software tools. At THack, big names in the digital travel economy – HomeAway and Skyscanner – tossed their vacation rental and metaserch APIs into hackers’ hands, but with a twist. After the 24-hour hackathon, 13 projects emerged and three teams were stymied. Among the more interesting [was]a slick mobile-first app by DataArt for group communications about combined business-leisure trips; the mobile app connected to a mobile web application that used a bot to gather group flight and accommodation booking details for hassled travel planners inside a company,” for which DataArt won best large team prize.”

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