Welcome Home

Winner Dutch Open Hackathon 2014

Coming home from a holiday after a long flight is often uncomfortable. All the fresh food has been finished before leaving the country and we all know the feeling of coming home to an empty fridge. In addition the arrival at Schiphol is currently quite impersonal.

During the first edition of the Dutch Open Hackathon I developed with three others the application Welcome Home, which won the first price of around 500 contestants. It’s a service to deliver a personal gift package to the Conveyor belt together with the passenger’s luggage. It enables you to search for a friend’s flight and choose from one of the pre composed packages or combine different products into your own special package. This package will then be delivered to your friend, moments after he exits the plane since our package is assembled at Schiphol and can be moved to the right baggage belt immediately after the plane has landed.

The Dutch Open Hackathon was organized by a group of leading international companies from the Netherlands like KLM, Philips, Rabobank, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, TomTom Telematics, Transavia, Albert Heijn, bol.com, and USG People to drive global innovation. During this challenge, participants had to build and create a working application within 30 hours with the API’s of the organizing companies and present it to a jury that consists of management of the organizing companies. Within our team, I was mainly responsible for the UX and UI design.

At the moment we’re right in the middle of pitching and talking with potential partners. We try to make this idea reality, to give everyone a wonderful welcome home experience.