HomeAway's Summer Hackathon for Austin Interns

InternHackATX is a summer hackathon in Austin, TX put on by HomeAway. We are bringing together interns from across Austin to hack travel with us at our Domain office.

The event will take place from July 14th through July 16th and feature an introduction from our President, John Kim, as well as presentations from interns across our organization. Come hack the weekend away with us and enjoy great food all three days to help feed your creative spirit and interact with HomeAway engineers, product managers and designers who will be on hand to help mentor teams. As an added bonus, one of our Product Managers will present on how to plan and create that perfect pitch. 

Event Schedule:

July 14th - 6-9PM

6 - 7PM Registration/Check-In/T-Shirt Pick Up (Limited Edition)/Dinner Served

7 - 7:30PM Introduction by HomeAway President John Kim

7:30 - 8PM HomeAway Intern Presentations

8 - 9PM Team Pitches/Team Formation

 

July 15th - 9AM - 9PM ***(Building will close at 9PM for the evening.)

9 - 11AM - Breakfast/Hacking/HomeAway Mentors Available

  • 9 - 10 AM - Good Morning Yoga - Black Swan Yoga will be holding a Yoga class for all levels to help get you ready for a day of awesome hacking!

11 - 12PM - PRESENTATION - How to Make Your BEST Pitch Presentation - Dan Driscoll, Product Manager with HomeAway (He's also one of the judges, hint hint :) ) (Lunch Arrives)

12 - 2PM - Special Guest Mentors: Dan Driscoll and Aril Ely, Program Manager from HomeAway University

2 - 5:30PM - Hacking/HomeAway Mentors Available

5:30 - 9PM - Dinner/Evening hacking/HomeAway Mentors Available

 

July 16th 9 AM - 4PM

9 AM - Project Submittal Deadline (Breakfast Arrives)

9 AM - 10 AM - Booth/Presentation Set Up

10:30 : Must be at your booth/present and ready to present

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Project Presentations/Judging

11:30 AM - 12 PM - Judges Deliberate/Choose Finalists

12PM - 1PM - Lunch

1 - 1:30 PM Final Pitches

1:30 - 2PM Judging

2PM - 3PM Winners Announced, Prizes Awarded

3 - 4PM Celebration and Closing

 

Things to Keep in Mind:

- We will have mentors onsite throughout the hackathon to help with any questions you have.

- We will serve meals throughout the weekend and will do our best to provide options for gluten free, nut free and vegan particpants.

Communication at the Event: We will have mentors on hand to ask questions of and will also have a slack team set up to ask questions of the group as a whole. Details of how to engage with the slack team will be presented at the event.

We look forward to having you join us for this first of it's kind event at HomeAway!

View full rules

Eligibility

- You must be currently enrolled in an Undergraduate, Master's or PhD program.

- You must currently be an intern or student graduating between May 2017 to May 2021.

- Maximum team size is 5 people. Any number up to 5 members will be allowed.

- You must be present by 10 AM CST, July 16th at the HomeAway Domain office to be considered for prizes.

Requirements

Please submit your project through this DevPost site. All entries must be submitted by 9 AM on July 16th to be considered.

You must be in person by 10 AM CST at the HomeAway Domain office in order to be considered for prizes. Entries must include the following:

- Submission Type 1: Source Code (if applicable), Slide & Video Presentation

- Submission Type 2: Slide & Video Presentation 

Video Presentation Format: Video presentation should include introduction of team, explanation of idea and demo if applicable.

How to enter

We are excited to be launching this inaugural intern/student only hackathon here at HomeAway. Participation will require that you are in person at the HomeAway office at The Domain in Austin, TX by 9 AM on July 16th to represent and present your project for judging. 

PRE-REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE.

Let's Hack Travel - The Problem Statement:

One of the biggest challenges any online travel platform faces, especially in the vacation rental space, is monthly active or even daily active users. How can travel booking companies such as HomeAway and Expedia increase user engagement frequency?

Feel free to tackle this or any other problem that you think should be solved, related to travel or not!

API Info:

 

Judges

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Emily Bartha
Data Scientist

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Kellie Meredith
Software Engineering Intern

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Manny Pamintuan
Software Engineer

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Colin Grigson
Director, Experience Design

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Joie Chung
Experience Designer

Judging Criteria

  • Size of Problem Addressed
    Weight: 20%; Size of Problem Addressed - Is this a billion-dollar problem? If yes, it's a 10, Max Score. If
  • Creativity
    Weight: 10%; Creativity - How original is this solution?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Weight: 20%; Technical Difficulty - How big of a technical stretch was this endeavor to achieve within the time constraints? Is this a technical achievement that only a few people could achieve?
  • Usability
    Weight: 20%; Usability - How well is the product designed, given the time constraints?
  • Technical Achievement
    Weight: 20%; Technical Achievement - What percentage of the technical attempt was actually achieved over during the hackathon?
  • Presentation
    Weight: 10% = Presentation - How well did the team present the problem, its solution and the logical next steps to keep going after the hackathon?