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Travel&Tourism Hackathon 2016

The winners of Travel & Tourism Hackaton were the team “Challengers”

They presented their unique project on how in the form of a game tourists can get acquainted with the culture and life of the Kyrgyz people.


At the American University in Central Asia, the tourist hackathon has come to an end, which has become a place where experienced experts from different spheres shared their experience with young children, eager to contribute to the development of the tourism industry.


For 54 hours people who did not know each other broke up into teams and worked on creating a project from scratch to the stage of a ready operating technological product.


Participants worked almost without sleep all this time. During the day, they met mentors and received feedback from them about the project, and at night they worked to fix these errors.


“We worked very well in the team. Despite the fact that we had the largest team, we all managed to find a common language and work on the creation of our project. Mentors undoubtedly helped a lot, asked leading questions, thereby showing what to work on and with their help we brought the project to the end result, “Faradj Musayev, a member of the” Challengers “team, said.


It is worth noting that, as the expert from Russia Konstantin Kirsanov suggested, the final projects differed from those that the children presented on the first day of the hakaton.
“All projects are quite real and necessary for Kyrgyzstan. Now tourism is moving in a different direction, and the guys just picked up these trends and, taking into account them, developed projects that will be of interest to tourists in Kyrgyzstan, “one of the jury members Atay Sadybakasov said.


One of the mentors of the hakaton, Chingiz Kanatbek, noted that all participants adequately perceived criticism in their address.
“They have a desire to learn and become better. The guys are very active and ambitious. From the point of view of marketing, they had one problem – lack of marketing. That is, they concentrated on advertising, and not on marketing strategies, which is important. However, after they were given a referral, they began to move on it and filled this gap, “said the founder of the branding agency” Mozgami “Chingiz Kanatbek.


Director of the Department of Tourism Azamat Zhamankulov noted for himself projects that have the potential to enter the global market.
“It was interesting for us to gather young people and see what ideas they have in this regard and what IT solutions they can offer. Today I saw not only regional ideas, but also several ideas that have the potential to enter the global market, “Azamat Zhamankulov said.


Despite the fact that all projects were developed with dignity, the ability to pitch, that is, be able to clearly present your project for one minute, highlighting the most important and interesting, was an equally important part in the evaluation criteria of teams. According to the speeches of some participants, it seemed that they were just born to present the projects. Speakers could in one minute win not only the attention of the public and jury members, but also made it clear that it was their project, like no other, that would become an assistant to tourists on a trip to Kyrgyzstan.
“Hakaton forces us to create something new for the world. Today I saw such projects, which have great potential. Second – the hakaton teaches you to strain. The guys practically did not sleep for 54 hours and during this time they worked hard on the projects. The skill of pitching is also very important and here you have been shown how to do it right. It’s great that you were so “pumped” here. It does not matter whether you won or not, but you learned to give the result by the right time. This is an excellent quality! “, – said one of the judges, the founder of Ololoohaus Daniyar Amanaliev.


The projects presented to the judges concerned different spheres of the tourism industry: these are cognitive applications that in the game form told about myths and legends of Kyrgyzstan, online resources for finding guides with specific skills: a guide-photographer, a guide-musician, a guide-ecologist and. . D, and much more.

But most of the audience remembered two teams – “Chuck-Chuck” and “Challengers”, which impressed not only the relevance of the developed product, but also its delivery. “Chuck-Chuck” presented a bot chat for Telegram, which is able to provide online information to tourists during their stay in the Kyrgyz Republic. The bot is able to provide information on the most important categories, starting from the prices for trips between cities and ending with an English-Kyrgyz phrase book. “Challengers” presented a platform that should become an application in the future, where the user can go through various quests, thus acquainting himself with the culture and life of our country. On the map, you can select an icon with an available quest. So, for example, a tourist can independently put a yurt, cook koumiss or a national dish and much more. All this is done under the control of skilled people. For completed quests, the user receives points, which can later be exchanged for discounts in partner shops of the project.

The fact that the “Challengers” will win the “People’s Choice Award” thanks to their dynamic presentation – there was no doubt. The audience gave more votes to this team. As for the decision of the judging team, the second place was awarded to the team “Chuck-Chuck”. And the main victory and the title of “The best project of Travel & Tourism Hackaton” rightfully went to “Challengers”. The most numerous team won twice.
“It was insanely productive 54 hours for which we were able to create our own project. We are grateful to the organizers of the Public Fund “KG Labs” for such a wonderful event. Special thanks to mentors and speakers who gave us valuable advice and told us many new and interesting things. Participation in this hakaton – a great experience for us “, – shared the impressions of the participants of the winning team.


The winners and prize-winners of the tourist hakaton were awarded valuable gifts and prizes. In addition, the winning team was given the opportunity to present its project at the Bishkek Investment Forum, which will soon be held in the capital. The silver medalists immediately received an offer of cooperation from investors immediately after the event.


“The event was wonderful! We are satisfied with the number of participants and projects, as well as the level of involvement of all teams. All participants are good fellows, very productively worked. Many thanks to our mentors who helped the teams and shared with the children the experience that they can apply in the further implementation of the project “, – summed up the event organizer, the founder of KG Labs Public Foundation Aziz Soltobaev.


Organizers of the event: KG Labs Public Foundation, whose mission is to promote technological entrepreneurship in the Kyrgyz Republic; American University in Central Asia is the leading innovation university in Central Asia; And start-up-incubator “Ideagrad”.
Partners of the project: Business Association of Young Entrepreneurs “JIA”, as well as the Tourism Department of the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic.
This project is supported by the Democratic Commission of the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic and the USAID Business Development Initiative.

Travel&Tourism Hackathon

What does Kyrgyzstan need to attract tourists from all over the world and stand out on the world map? How should you position yourself so that lovers of tourism, sports, adventure and travel know about the beautiful nature and magical hospitality of our country?

Contrary to the generally accepted opinion that the main thing is to build luxury roads and a large number of five-star hotels, Kyrgyzstan needs innovative technologies, availability of detailed information about the country on the Internet and convenient resources to give all opportunities for tourists to discover a genuine Kyrgyzstan, to ensure safety and adventure!

This is exactly what the participants of Travel & Tourism Hackathon, which will take place on December 2-4 at the American University of Central Asia, will be engaged.

Hackaton is an event where participants join teams in order to develop innovative products (start-ups, mobile applications, websites, etc.). Usually, the team consists of professionals in various areas: project manager, programmers, designer, marketer, expert in tourism and travel.

The goal of each team in 54 hours to develop a ready working prototype of the product (site, application, etc.) and present it to the jury members who will choose the winner!

Valuable prizes and excellent opportunities to continue work on the start-up are provided!

FOR WHOM?
Software developers: full stack, back-end, front-end, iOS / Android;
Specialists in marketing, project management;
Specialists from the sphere of tourism and travel;
Designers (web designers, graphic artists), usability specialists;

THE TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

You need to register via the link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17u-3-uuRWKhsF9IVkIa3hImvIwUGaLdDeccPYP50zIc/edit

And also to purchase tickets in coffee shops “Sierra” on Manas / Kievskaya and in the “Tashrabat” shopping center or at the event itself. The ticket price is 1000 soms per participant. The number of tickets is limited (120 pieces)

CONTACT DETAILS

For more information, contact Diana Durusbek gizi, coordinator of the project “Hackathon Travel and Tourism” by email. Address: dianadurusbekkyzy@gmail.com.
Journalists are kindly requested to pass the accreditation beforehand by sending Please share these events with others, please use hashtags #Hackathonkg #techkg #KGLabs #codeyourjourney #Ideagrad

INFORMATION ABOUT ORGANIZERS, PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
Organizers of the event:
KG Labs Public Foundation, whose mission is to promote technological entrepreneurship in the Kyrgyz Republic; American University in Central Asia is the leading innovation university in Central Asia; And start-up-incubator “Ideagrad”.
Partners of the project: Business Association of Young Entrepreneurs “JIA”, as well as the Tourism Department of the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic.
This project is supported by the Democratic Commission of the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic and the USAID Business Development Initiative.

Ideation Session #4 announcement

The fourth and final session of Ideation in preparation for Travel & Tourism Hackathon will be held this Wednesday in the hall of Ololohaus. At this meeting, 5 speakers will address the audience at once, many of whom will devote their speeches to travel and share their experiences of the various types of tourism that they have practiced. (The entrance is free)

The first three sessions of Ideation have become a platform for new acquaintances and exchange of information and ideas about the current situation in the sphere of tourism in Kyrgyzstan. Ideation Sessions play a big role in preparing for a tourist hackathon, since they help participants understand what problems exist in this area and what solutions they need. In addition, participants have the opportunity to get acquainted and even to form potential teams for participation in the hackathon.
The main ideas and suggestions expressed at previous sessions can be found on the Hackathon Travel & Tourism event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1662685977375003/)

Speakers Ideation Session # 4 will be:

Daniar Amanaliev, who managed the Kyrgyz Concept company for 10 years, and then left it. After that, this year he co-founded one of the most creative projects in Kyrgyzstan – ololohaus and Ololo art studio. The speaker will talk about the world trends in IT in tourism and travel;

Pavel Goldenshtein – representative of the public association I have a rest in Kyrgyzstan, which organizes tours to various regions of Kyrgyzstan, will tell what technologies tourists would like to see in Kyrgyzstan;

Ruslan Tokochev is a young Kyrgyz downshifter, known for having made a round-the-world trip across 17 countries in 588 days. He will share his experience of using technology in different countries;

Eldar Shabdanov, general manager of the Ambassador hotel and Solyutel in Kyrgyzstan, will talk about how to ensure the safety of tourists with the help of new technologies;

Johannes Khuduba is a consultant on strategic planning and management in Central Asia, who will talk about the mapping system and its capabilities.
Session moderator Aziz Soltobaev – founder of the KG Labs Public Foundation

Ideation Session # 4 will be held in the hall of Ololo House on November 30 (Moscow street 163/1). The event starts at 18.30.

Program:
18.30 Registration of speakers and participants. Networking
18:50 Moderator’s greeting and presentation of speakers
19:00 – 19:40 Block # 1: Mapping and security
Question number 1 What is “Mapping” and what opportunities are there in this area in the Kyrgyz Republic?
Question number 2 Security. The idea of ​​ensuring the safety of tourists with the help of new technologies.

19:40 – 20:00 Questions and Answers

20:10 – 21:00 Block # 2: World Trends in IT on Tourism and Travel
Question # 1 – On noteworthy aspects of innovation in tourism in other countries.
Question number 2 – What technologies would tourists like to use in the Kyrgyz Republic?
Question number 3 – What technologies are popular in the round-the-world trip? What interesting IT solutions are there in other countries that would be useful in the CD?

21:00 – 21:30 Questions and Answers
21:30 – 22:00 Networking
Organizers of the event:
KG Labs Public Foundation, whose mission is to promote technological entrepreneurship in the Kyrgyz Republic;
American University in Central Asia is the leading innovation university in Central Asia;
Start-up-incubator “Ideagrad”.
Partners of the project: Business Association of Young Entrepreneurs “JIA”, as well as the Tourism Department of the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic. This project is supported by the Democratic Commission of the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic and the USAID Kyrgyz Republic Business Development Project.
We ask participants of the event to come in advance. Limited number of seats. Journalists are asked to pass the accreditation in advance by sending a request to Arina Aparina by e-mail. To aparinar@gmail.com until November 29, 2016, 18:00.
For more information, contact Diana Durusbek gizi, coordinator of the project “Hackathon Travel and Tourism” by email. Address: dianadurusbekkyzy@gmail.com.
Event hashtags: #Hackathonkg #techkg #KGLabs #codeyourjourney #Ideagrad

This project was funded by the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic and the USAID Business Development Initiative. The opinions, conclusions and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein represent the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the State Department and the USAID Business Development Initiative.

Ideation Session #3 announcement

The first two sessions of Ideation were more than successful and became a platform for new acquaintances and exchange of information and ideas about the current situation in the sphere of tourism in Kyrgyzstan! The main ideas and suggestions expressed at previous sessions can be found on the Hackathon Travel & Tourism event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1662685977375003/)

The events preceding Hakaton play a very important role, since they help participants understand what problems exist in this area and what solutions they need. Moreover, participants get acquainted with experts and with each other, potential teams are already being formed, which have a common vision of the future of the project!

Speakers Ideation Session # 3 will:

The founder and director of the company “Avisa Technologies” (www.tez.kg) Maksat Rysaliev, who will talk about the successful implementation of the mapping system in the regions of the country;

The founder and director of the company “Asia for Adventures” Ricardo Thomas, who has vast experience in working with renewable energy sources. He will also share his vision of tourism development in Kyrgyzstan, since he has been working here for several years;

Ecologist Sergey Krivoruchko, who is a member of the International Academy of Ecological Safety and Nature Management. Being an independent expert on environmental issues, he knows how to protect the ecological resources of Kyrgyzstan and develop ecotourism in our country;

Session moderator Aziz Soltobaev – founder of the KG Labs Public Fundation.

Ideation session # 3 will be held on November 25 at 18.30 at the coffee shop Sierra-Tash-Rabat.

Organizers of the event: Public Foundation “KG Labs”, whose mission is to promote technological entrepreneurship in the Kyrgyz Republic; American University in Central Asia is the leading innovation university in Central Asia; And start-up-incubator Ideagrad.

Partners of the project: Business Association of Young Entrepreneurs Zhash Ishkerler Associations, and Tourism Department under the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic. This project is supported by the Democratic Commission of the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic and the USAID Business Development Initiative.
We ask participants of the event to come in advance. Limited number of seats. Journalists are asked to pass the accreditation in advance by sending a request to Arina Aparina by e-mail. To aparinar@gmail.com until November 24, 2016, 18:00.
For more information, contact Diana Durusbek gizi, coordinator of the project “Hackathon Travel and Tourism” by email. Address: dianadurusbekkyzy@gmail.com.
Please share these activities with others!
Event hashtags: #Hackathonkg #techkg #KGLabs #codeyourjourney

Program:
18.30 Registration of speakers and participants. Networking
19:00 Moderator’s welcome and presentation of speakers
Theme # 1: Introduction. The overall situation in the industry (Ricardo Thomas and Davran Osmonkulov)
Topic # 2: Opportunities in the industry – development of ecotourism (Sergey Krivoruchko)
Topic # 3: IT solutions in the industry – mapping (Maksat Rysaliev)
19:50 – 20:10 Question and Answer Session
20:10 – 20:30 Training on “Business Model Canvas”
20:30 – 21:00 Networking

This project was financed by the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic and the USAID Kyrgyz Republic Business Development Project. The opinions, conclusions and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein represent the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the State Department and the USAID Business Development Initiative.

Ideation Session #2 announcement

Being at the right time in the right place and with the right people is not a matter of luck, but the professional skill of every successful person. How to become a “person with connections” and effectively build your network? How to be remembered by a potential investor in one minute and interest your startup? Then you should definitely visit our second event, Ideation Session # 2, which will be held on November 18 at the coffee shop Sierra Tash-Rabat.

The first event from the Ideation Sessions series in the framework of Hackathon Travel & Tourism took place in the coffee shop of Traveler’s Coffee last week and gathered over 60 stakeholders. The hackathon itself will be held from 2 to 4 December on the campus of the American University of Central Asia.
For the majority of participants, the Ideation Session # 1 event became a platform for new acquaintances and knowledge, where together experts discussed the current situation of tourism in Kyrgyzstan, received valuable information from leading experts and learned how the brainstorm in the Silicon Valley is taking place.

This time we will focus on the important factor of success for every entrepreneur and project, which is “networking”. Networking is the ability to create your own business network and receive important information from it – new ideas, necessary resources and business opportunities. The important thing is not who you know, but how many people know you.
A number of experts and professionals will share the event with their practical knowledge and unexpected discoveries from the world of “networking”. The invited speakers will speak on the topics related to the main trends and trends in the development of the hospitality industry. And also share information that can not be found on free channels and popular sites. This is their own experience, which has been developed over the years and which they will share only with you.

As part of the speakers:
Azamat Zhamankulov – Director of the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of Kyrgyzstan.

Meder Tilekmatov – Chairman of the Association of Resorts of Kyrgyzstan will share his invaluable experience in the field of hospitality.

Alex Johnson – Volunteer of the Tourist Union of Kyrgyzstan. A person who knows about the tourism industry of Kyrgyzstan and its features is better than anyone else. Having worked with many travel agencies, Alex made unexpected and important conclusions for himself, which he will share with you at the meeting.

Fabien Seloss, travel specialist at Nomad’s Land.

At the event you will find concrete advice and recommendations, a society of future and current entrepreneurs, interesting classes and new, promising acquaintances.
The moderators of this event will be Diana Durusbek Kyzy and Anatoly Fedorenko, organizers of “Hackathon Travel & Tourism”.

Ideation Session #1 announcement

As part of the Travel & Tourism hackaton, KG Labs Public Foundation conducts a series of seminars for potential hackathon participants, where they can learn about current problems and challenges of the tourism industry, bottlenecks that need attention. As a result of these seminars, we expect that participants will be able to generate potential ideas / projects that they could implement on the hakaton.

In this connection, KG Labs Public Foundation is pleased to invite you to the first of four Ideation Session seminars where you can get a complete picture of the current situation in travel and tourism in Kyrgyzstan, get acquainted personally with experts and experts in these fields with whom you can discuss current problems tourist business.

The program includes speeches by well-known specialists of the tourism sector in Kyrgyzstan. The following speakers will share their experience in travel and tourism in Kyrgyzstan, will tell you how to become a professional in this field and answer your questions:

Marat Danilov, executive director of the NGO “Union of Pedestrian Tourism of Kyrgyzstan” will talk about problems, lack of appropriate advertising to attract tourists and the development of domestic tourism. And the speaker will share his impressions of the most interesting trips and trips of the Union.

Nurbek Saparov, executive director of the Kyrgyz Association of Tour Operators (KATO), about the importance of bills on visa-free travel for attracting more tourists and, in general, the role of the state in creating infrastructure in the tourism industry.

Razhiev Asylbek, Executive Director of the Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism Association, will talk about the peculiarities and potential of the tourism sector of our country, the role of families involved in ecotourism and how this practice in turn allows income for the inhabitants of the countryside and mountain areas and also the preservation of local culture and ecology.

Aziz Soltobaev, the head of the KG Labs Public Foundation, an expert in the field of technology projects and moderator of this meeting to share his knowledge about the existing in Kyrgyzstan technological projects in the field of travel and tourism in Kyrgyzstan.

Time and place: November 11, 18:30 at Traveler’s Coffee (Address: Baitik Baatyr 70 (between Mederov and Gorky). Admission is free, registration on the spot.

The organizers of the event are the KG Labs Public Foundation, whose mission is to promote technological entrepreneurship in the Kyrgyz Republic; American University of Central Asia, the leading innovation university in Central Asia. The partners of the project are the Business Association of Young Entrepreneurs “JIA”, as well as the Tourism Department of the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic. The project is supported by the Democratic Commission of the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic.

We ask participants of the event to come in advance. Limited number of seats. Journalists are asked to pass the accreditation in advance by sending a request to Arina Aparina by e-mail. To aparinar@gmail.com until 10 November 2016, 18:00.

For more information, contact Diana Durusbek kyzy, coordinator of the project “Hackathon Travel and Tourism” by email. To the address: dianadurusbekkyzy@gmail.com

Please share these events with others, please use hashtags #Hackathonkg #travelhackkg #techkg #KGLabs #codeyourjourney

Program:

18.30 Registration of speakers and participants
19:00 Moderator’s welcome and presentation of speakers
Theme # 1: Introduction. General situation in the industry
Topic # 2: Current problems in the industry
Topic # 3: Opportunities in the industry
Topic # 4: IT solutions in the industry
19:30 – 20:00 question and answer session
20:00 Training “brainstorming method Silicon Valley”
20:10 Group formation and brainstorming practice
20:30 – 21:00 Networking

This project was funded by the US Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic. The opinions, conclusions and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of State.