This event takes place online! However we will strive to make it as interactive as possible by using the dedicated Microsoft Teams webmeeting!

Welcome to the IATA Cargo 2021 Hackathon, a round-the-clock experience which comprises:

  • One week ideation phase to prepare your project - starting Monday 6th September
  • A 28 hour coding experience to work on your projects and pitch ideas to a team of industry experts and mentors

During the Hackathon you will be asked to build solutions to enhance cargo products using the ONE Record Data Sharing standard by multimodal means. We will ask you to address at least one of the related challenges by using at least one of the APIs available at the event. In parallel, you will be able to attend some of the workshops that will take place remotely and gain access to mentors that will support you through the Hackathon experience.

NB - IATA does NOT retain developers' Intellectual Property (IP) on any of their ideas/prototypes presented at this Hackathon. Detailed information under Terms and Conditions.

More information can be found on the dedicated Developer Portal for ONE Record.




  • Friday 10th September 17:00CEST the welcome reception starts. Introduction of mentors, sponsors prizes and details of the challenges. Following on, each team should present their high level ideas for validation


  • Saturday 11th September 10:00CEST welcome back and start of workshops on the ONE Record and DCSA APIs (follow Microsoft Teams link) more information will be released at the ideation kick-off


  • Sunday 12th September 15:00CEST Coding finishes and submissions must be completed for judges to see.
    • At around 1600 CEST (this gives enough time for a quick drink/eat/smoke/powernap break) all team to dial into Teams meeting (just like the opening session) whereby IATA will host a few updates and ask each team (INFORMALLY) to present their ideas to the other teams. Note the judges wont be in this video as they are scoring the submissions through Devpost.
    • At around 1700/1800 CEST judging will be completed and the judges will then join the call and announce the winners
    • Around 1900 CEST the event closes



Each team should choose and address at least ONE (1) challenge

  • Track & Trace - Taking data sharing to the multimodal level
  • IoT - Unleash the Power of the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • PayCargo & MSC Challenge - Taking payment solutions to a new level
  • DCSA Challenge - Solving the digital identity challenge for container shipping
  • Open challenge

 More information can be found on the update tab and Discord feed

For the DCSA and PayCargo Challenge, you MUST opt-in during registration!

Note that full challenge and API connection details will be provided at the start of the Ideation phase on Monday 6th September - This is now available in Updates and Discord feed

Although all submissions must be submitted electronically through DevPost, we will ask all participants to show live using the Microsoft Teams link at the dedicated judging time (starting at 16:00 CEST) on Sunday 12th September. More information on the order and teams will be shared closer to the time.

Idea Submission 

  • Register on Devpost
  • Submit your idea / project proposal via email to
  • Describe the problem you are addressing and the solution you intend to build during the hackathon
  • Register on Discord/Devpost  to find your teammates (if required)
    • Describe team members' skills, plus skills needed by team members who may join your team
  • Promote your idea on Social Media: #ONERecord #DigitalCargo

The idea should be a project that you haven't done before and the first day of the hackathon (Saturday 11th September) should be the first day you start developing and coding.

In order to make sure that Ideas are on the right track, we invite each team to start designing at the start of the ideation phase (6th September) and share your high level ideas with the IATA Team during the welcome reception on friday live in person. All teams must submit their ideas for approval in order to be able to be eligible to participate. 


Final Project Submission (on Sunday 12th September)

Remember to submit on time (1500 CEST) the textual pitch and video (more info below) for the judging phase on Sunday 12th September!

1. Textual Pitch on Devpost

You should explain:

  • The problem your project solves, including which ONE Record challenge(s) are addressed
  • Your solution and what it does
  • How did you build it?
  • What are you proud of?
  • What is next step for your solution and how will you take that step?
  • Links to test the solution (e.g., Github, Website, App, adobe) and the code

2. Video Pitch (5 Minutes Max): 

Upload a video (5 minutes max) of the working demo of the solution on Youtube as a public video (it can be unlisted if you want) explaining your solution and the problems it solves. The link to the video must be uploaded on Devpost as well. 



Important Reminder

Team sizes should be MAXIMUM 6 participants. we recommend a minimum of 2.

All projects must be submitted by Sunday, September 12 2021, at 15:00 CEST.

Judging will take place straight after submission and award ceremony with winner annoucement following starting around 17:00 CEST.


Hackathon Sponsors


$15,000 in prizes

ONE Record Prize (2)

USD 3,000
The ONE Record prize is awarded to the solution that made the best use of the ONE Record API in terms of innovation and creativity.

Developer Prize

USD 3,000
The Developer prize is awarded to the solution that made the best use of technology, showed exceptional coding skills and (mostly) bug-free

PayCargo & MSC

USD 3,000
The PayCargo & MSC prize is awarded to the solution that best uses the PayCargo API and addresses the MSC/PayCargo challenge

DCSA Prize

USD 3,000
The DCSA prize is awarded to the solution that best uses the DCSA standards to solve the digital identity challenge for container shipping

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Lionel Van Der Walt

Lionel Van Der Walt
Global Chief Commercial Officer, PayCargo

André Simha

André Simha
Chief Digital and Information Officer, MSC

Christian Riege

Christian Riege
Managing Director, Riege Software

Anne Kammerer

Anne Kammerer
Airfreight Procurement & CargoiQ Project Manager, CEVA Logistics

Henning Schleyerbach

Henning Schleyerbach
COO, Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA)

Klaas Kurz

Klaas Kurz
Connectivity Manager, DB Schenker

Buu Trân Van

Buu Trân Van
Managing Director, VUUN GmbH

Jonathan Parkinson

Jonathan Parkinson
Senior Advisor, Air Canada Cargo

Matthias Hurst

Matthias Hurst
Director Global Airfreight Initiatives, DSV Agility

Alexandre Simões

Alexandre Simões
Manager, Product Architecture, MSC

Judging Criteria

  • Originality & Innovation
    Is the project bringing value add & unique solution to the market? Is it a solution or creation we have never seen before? Is it a better way of doing current processes?
  • Technical Merit & Difficulty
    Is it technically interesting or difficult to develop? Is the hack usable in its current state? Does everything appear to work as intended? Does it deliver a great experience? Is it mostly bug-free?
  • Impact
    Does the project have any feasible application and/or have an impact that goes above and beyond? Will this help the supply chain with a real problem that we are currently facing? Can this be implemented?
  • Presentation Skills
    Is the presentation clear & well structured? Does the project clearly define the problem? Solution? The features of the product or service? The benefits?

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