1. In 28 hours from the idea to the solution

In 28 hours from the idea to the solution

The “IATA ONE Record Hackathon“ is a platform for digital experts who want to develop innovative solutions based on the ONE Record standard for air cargo. Oliver Ditz, research associate at Fraunhofer IML and head of the Working Group Digital Air Cargo, took part in the seventh edition of the exclusive event in Frankfurt with his NE:ONE Play team. The countdown is on …
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Team NE:ONE Play is ready! It is one of 20 teams with 150 participants from all over the world, including the first all-female hackathon team from Lufthansa Industry Solutions, at the 7th IATA ONE Record Hackathon. The host is Lufthansa Cargo. The first ONE Record Hackathon of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the umbrella organisation of airlines, took place in Geneva in 2018. In the meantime, the event is held twice a year: in Amsterdam and Toronto in 2022, and in Frankfurt and Doha in 2023. Invitations are published on the international hackathon platform “Devpost”. Interested teams, mostly from companies, can simply register there. Participation in hackathons is generally free of charge; but each organiser handles the coverage of costs for accommodation and travel differently.


After the kick-off, with introductions and pitches from the teams in the late afternoon, Oliver Ditz and Daniel Döppner from the Digital Testbed Air Cargo (DTAC) team will have the opportunity to present the result of their work over the past weeks and month: version 1.0.0 of the opeN sourcE ONE record server software NE:ONE for the air cargo community. With the release in the repository of the Open Logistics Foundation, a significant milestone has been reached. Lufthansa Industry Solutions provides each team directly with an instance so that all participating teams can set up their hackathon ideas directly there.

In the evening there will be the opportunity to network. Always exciting to meet developers from companies that compete with each other – all in one place, all with the same mission.


8:00 a.m. – Coding begins: The teams now have 28 hours to code innovative solutions based on the IATA ONE Record data exchange standard. The developments are based on the challenges that the IATA announced at the beginning of the week. Team NE:ONE Play’s idea: a tool that helps both developers and non-IT professionals to get started and work with ONE Record.

Short crisis meeting at Team NE:ONE Play: More ONE Record servers are necessary …

A hackathon is also always a competition: the members of the eight-person jury with representatives from industry look over the teams’ shoulder to get an initial idea of the solution.

It works: Breakthrough for NE:ONE Play’s contribution in the early evening!

The sun is setting. The demonstration set-up for the obligatory video, which is part of the presentation of results at this hackathon, is being built. Team NE:ONE Play has a video specialist in the team who ensures a professional result. Shortly before midnight, a stop at the food truck – and a nightcap.

1:30 a.m.: The NE:ONE Play team’s solution still needs a little fine-tuning – and then finally a good night’s sleep until the project is handed in at 12:00 a.m. the next day.


The NE:ONE Play team dismantles in the morning – and can leave after the award ceremony in the afternoon as one of six winning teams, exhausted but happy. In their luggage: the prize money of 3,000 US dollars, the recognition of all participants and lots of new impressions.


Oliver Ditz, Fraunhofer IML

Information about the challenge and the NE:ONE play video (4:09 min) can be found on the Devpost website.

This article was published in the second issue of the Open Logistics Magazine. You can read the entire magazine and register for future editions here.

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Carina Tüllmann

Head of Communications and Marketing

Open Logistics Foundation

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