GodelTech this weekend won a 24 hour coding challenge or ‘hackathon’ held as part of Manchester Science Week’s Hack Manchester at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). The company won in the Lateroom’s Explorer Challenge category to develop a travel app called ‘Tripper’ which allows a user to plan a trip based on their individual budget.
There were around sixty teams involved in the competition which took place from 3pm on Saturday October 27, 2012 and ended late on Sunday October 28, 2012. GodelTech entered a team of four into the competition and beat off eight other teams with great ideas to take the top prize of a weekend away.
“The team worked through the night to develop an app that allows the user to plan a trip by budget taking flights, hotels and events – such as concert tickets – into account and planning the best trip based on cost,” explains Neil Turvin, CEO, GodelTech.
“With very little sleep and working around the clock, the team produced an innovative and creative app that captured the attention of the judges by allowing the user to enter the date, place, budget and number of people on a trip – and the app does the rest. It will even find local events to attend.”
The challenge in the Laterooms Explorer Challenge category was to find “anything fun, innovative and useful for today’s explorer”.
“Common perception of outsourcing software development is often negative; that teams aren’t creative or don’t add anything to the process – I think this challenge shows just how creative GodelTech can be in a short space of time to bring a software application to a mass market for a client in a fast paced sector,” explains Neil Turvin.
“The judges on the panel from sponsor Laterooms were so impressed with the app and the GodelTech team that we’re currently talking to them with regards to developing the app further.”