How to improve air travel: Atlanta teams propose ideas in airport hackathon

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

What do travelers need in an airport app? How can Delta Air Lines improve its handling of unaccompanied children and passengers in wheelchairs? And what would it take to get people to do their shopping at the airport?

Those are some of the questions that 22 teams of entrepreneurs tackled in a hackathon sponsored by Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Delta. The program stretched over several weeks with an ideation lab, hackathon and pitch competition this month.

At the final pitch competition, one of the teams selected to develop their idea with the airport over the next 90 days is Flycart, which plans to deploy personal shoppers around the airport that can take orders for items from airport shops via an app and deliver the purchases to passengers at their gates.

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