Bangalore Airport, Microsoft challenge developers to create super app for passengers

18th November 2021
Bangalore Airport, Microsoft challenge developers to create super app for passengers

Bangalore, November 18 2021: To foster technology-led innovation and seamless passenger experiences, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) — operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore (BLR Airport) has partnered with Microsoft India for the ‘BIAL Genie Hackathon’ to develop an app using Microsoft Azure.
The hackathon invites professional developers, data scientists, data engineers and hackathon enthusiasts to participate in this challenge and design innovative solutions that will improve the end-to-end passenger experience at BLR Airport. The winner gets Rs 1,50,000 as prize. The runner-up gets Rs 1,00,000.
There are consolation prizes of   Microsoft Azure certification voucher and a Bluetooth headset for free
The hackathon which commenced on October 27 and will end on January 21, 2022, will allow developers to leverage a wide array of Microsoft Azure services to improve a passenger’s experience across different stages of their journey – starting from planning the journey and boarding the flight to arriving at their destination airport. Developers will showcase their solutions and shortlisted participants will submit their prototypes which will be evaluated by the jury. Shortlisted teams will be provided Azure credits, technical resources, and mentoring sessions by Microsoft subject matter experts (SMEs). The winning teams will be announced on January 24, 2022.More details on the hackathon here.
Suggested areas of innovation
1) Pre-travel experience 
Booking travel tickets
Planning ride/commute to the airport
Planning the stay
Personalized recommendation from user-behaviour
2) Airport transit (from your home/hotel to the airport)
Smart travel to the Airport
Showing travel checklist and important guidelines
3) Experience at the airport (during travel)
Smart parking services
Self-serve kiosks
Commercial information
Maps and wayfinding
Entertainment and services
Food and beverage 
Omnichannel shopping
Smart security and boarding
Departure and arrival 
Baggage collection and departure 
4) Post travel experience
Smart commute to destination
Passenger feedback management
Customer support bots