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We attended the Winding Tree #HackTravel hackathon which took place from 3rd to 5th July 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sintra and West coast road trip

We booked our flights two days before the HackTravel, to explore part of Portugal. We rented a car for a day and visited the western coast and the Sintra area. We have visited Palace of Pena, Capela de Nossa Senhora da Penha, Praia da Adraga and Praia das Azenhas do Mar. Our trip was amazing, all of the locations were really unique, but unfortunately, it was pretty cloudy.

Sintra and West coast road trip

We booked our flights two days before the HackTravel, to explore part of Portugal. We rented a car for a day and visited the western coast and the Sintra area. We have visited Palace of Pena, Capela de Nossa Senhora da Penha, Praia da Adraga and Praia das Azenhas do Mar. Our trip was amazing, all of the locations were really unique, but unfortunately, it was pretty cloudy.

Business hacking

Day One of TravelHack was business-oriented. The idea was to form teams and brainstorm new ideas and business models, which are enabled thanks to decentralized travel inventory data distribution.

We also presented our tutorial for uploading the hotel data to the Winding Tree.

In a Challenge of Business “hacking”, we joined forces with Sean from Tugo and brainstormed an idea about 0% OTA (Online Travel Agency) with travel insurance.

Winding Tree announcing new features!

The next day there were presentations from the Winding Tree Team about decentralization and new concepts. Our CEO of Siesta Cloud, Mikolas Belec, presented our vision of “small and medium travel businesses in the age of blockchain” and we heard a great presentation about the research of blockchain utilization in the travel industry from Peakwork.

Later on, the Winding Tree developers team pulled out their “big guns” and showed new features related to trust and identity verification. They revealed a new role of organization, which has various features to increase trust, for example, LIF token deposit or domain verification. Support of other data formats, various trust clues, and new travel data segmentation was also introduced.

All these new features are well documented and described on https://developers.windingtree.com

In our opinion, this new identity & trust features are the final pieces of mosaic which are necessary to implement for real-world usage od the Winding Tree. We are looking forward to implementing it into our product and to become a trusted entity in the Winding Tree ecosystem.

An explanation of new features and live coding, performed by Jiri, showed everyone how simple it is to use it. Afterward, Hacking challenges were announced.

https://github.com/windingtree/wt-hackathon/issues

Hacking

Our team decided to pursue the following challenges in a single project:

#7 Website verification
#6 Receive bookings
#2 Sell a room
#1 Blockchain-based Metasearch

We wanted to play a bit with hardware, so we brought a Google Home Assistant device. We implemented Winding Tree hotel search in the voice assistant API to search for a hotel in a particular city and booking ability with Siesta Cloud as booking endpoint. As a bonus, we implemented a trust clue for the booking sender-signing by our HTTPS certificate

Pitching and the results

It was really fun to pitch the voice assistant, we performed searching, booking and receiving a reservation without any problems. Then we tried to search for hotels in a different city, which resulted in reading a long list of hotels stored in Winding Tree located in New York, and the only way to stop it was to plug out the power cable :-).

We ended up at a 3rd place and we are really happy about that!

The winning projects implemented very useful toolkits for organization development, debugging and trust verification. We will definitely use these new tools for further development! Well done guys!

Conclusion

Sadly, this HackTravel had fewer participants then it would deserve. Probably because in summer, developers are more focused on vacations rather than coding. Anyway, we learned a lot, met new friends and business partners!

The announced new features look really useful. We are looking forward to implementing them to Siesta Cloud soon. Also, we might polish the voice assistant and release it to production, so anyone will be able to search and book in Winding Tree using just voice!

As Jakub told during the speech, the Winding Tree is comparable to the internet. If you think about it, once the computer was invented, the invention of the internet was inevitable. It wasn’t a question of if it will be invented and adopted anymore, but when. The same story is with the decentralization of data in the travel industry, thanks to blockchain its not question if it will happen, but when. And we are proud to be part of this transformation.

Thanks, Winding Tree for the organization of this event, and Adel Ecosystem Ltd. for the community support of this project.

See you on next HackTravel!

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