Coding gurus ready for worlds third airport Hackathon event

October 2nd, 2015 5:22 PM

By Southern Star Team

At the launch of IT@Cork's upcoming flyhackfly event at Cork Airport were Blaine Doyle,, Philip Mngadi,, and Will Martin, (Photo: Diane Cusack)

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COMPUTER whizzkids will be gathering for a unique Hackathon event in Cork Airport next month.

COMPUTER whizzkids will be gathering for a unique Hackathon event in Cork Airport next month.

IT@Cork and Cork Airport are pleased to announce an upcoming Hackathon event titled “FlyHackFly”. 

The event, a first for an Irish airport, will take place at Cork Airport over two days, October 2nd and 3rd, as part of the Start-up Gathering.

FlyHackFly will be Cork’s marquee event for The Start-up Gathering and will effectively be the first of a week-long schedule of 300 events.

Developers, designers, marketers and entrepreneurs from Ireland, the UK and beyond have been invited to take part in FlyHackFly at Cork Airport in what will be only the world’s third ever airport hackathon. 

It follows similar events at San Francisco in 2012 and a Paris/ Amsterdam co-hosted event in June 2015. Registration for the event, which is free, is now open at Anyone interested can register as an individual or as a team.

Ireland’s best and brightest entrepreneurial minds will be taking part to impress the judging panel as they compete for the grand prize. Over the two days, the airport and its passengers will act as a live test bed, allowing the hackathon participants research customer needs, validate their proposition and battle test their solution. 

The Flyhackfly hackathon will endeavour to find solutions to every-day travel problems in the areas of queueing, transportation, smart airport, premium and social, and the organisers are hoping to make it an annual event.

More information on the event can be found at Judges for the event are Finbarr Ring of Airport IT Systems; Kinsale-baesd Bill Liao, co-founder of, and Kevin Cullinane, Cork Airport.

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