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Teams that developed best solutions at “Cultural Adventure at Hand” hackathon will compete to win at Slovenian Tourism Days

The hackathon “Cultural Adventure at Hand” was held at the ABC Hub in Ljubljana last weekend. The event brought together 48 young programmers, designers, experts and lovers of cultural heritage and tourism.

The teams competed head on in developing solutions for thee set challenges, on the principle of open innovation:

1.    Connecting offers of different types of heritage (including digital) and integration of lesser known heritage in less-favoured tourist destinations, also outside the peak season or seasonally adjusted;
2.    Connecting heritage and gastronomy: Slovenia - European gastronomic region 2021 or Taste sLOVEnia;
3.    Greater connection of heritage in Slovenia on international lists (UNESCO and the European Heritage Label) with the local offer.

Solutions were created and delivered by 9 teams. The expert commission, according to the given criteria, was most convinced by the solutions of the following teams: Team Čarolet - Magical Experience for the Whole Family (Matic Moličnik, Pia Poljanšek, Mark Prelec, Primož Sagmeister and Jurij Tekavec), Team Proteus Explore Slovenia (Tina Avbelj, Matevž Lenič, Pavlin Polićar and Žiga Vučko) and Team Raketa (Andraž Erker, Matevž Gros, Domen Jelič, Urška Krivograd and Igor Pičuljan).

The selected solutions offer prototypes of applications that have clearly defined target groups, are closest to the concept of Tourism 4.0 and offer the most comprehensive and user-friendly experience and involvement of local actors in the presentation of Slovenian cultural heritage.

The three best teams will present their solutions at Slovenian Tourism Days in Portorož, on October 9, 2018, where the audience will decide on the winner. More information about the event.

Hackathon is a commendable example of inter-departmental cooperation between the Ministry of Public Administration, the Ministry of Culture and the Slovenian Tourist Organization, as well as with technological partners: Microsoft, IBM (the main technology partners), GDI Ljubljana, Oracle, Xlab and Comtrade.

The organizers agreed that the hackathon was a great success. The participants synthesized some of the country's key challenges in optimizing open data in order to improve the promotion and cultural heritage experience in tourism. All the solutions presented were of high quality and useful and will significantly contribute to the creation of new cultural and tourist products at the level of local communities and the state. They also demonstrated the usefulness of existing open data and identified areas where open data could further be improved.