A web application made to simplify organizing hackathon travel logistics.
Hackathon organizing is hard.
Between ensuring a seamless hacker experience, securing enough sponsorship to host a great event, and actually having the logistical backend to pull off the affair, the challenge organizing a hackathon presents is unique and challenging.
As organizers of a very special event called VandyHacks, we want to make our jobs easier so we can focus on hosting the best hackathon possible. That being said, having to manually parse through travel reimbursements, coordinate buses and other vehicles with the risk of human error making a mistake, and finding the time to actually do all of this by hand is a daunting task we'd like to streamline for ourselves and the organizing community at large.
That's where trvl comes in.
trvl is a web application whose primary goal is to ease the lives of hackathon organizers. Logistics is tough - it pertains to securing a venue, transporting attendees, and feeding lots of hungry mouths. trvl focused on the second task of the logistics team - actually getting attendees to the event.
Okay, so how exactly do hackers get there?
- Car - People can drive themselves if they have access to a vehicle.
- Bus - We send out buses to schools with many interested applicants.
- Flight - In some cases, we can fly attendees out for our event!
Coordinating all of this is tedious. trvl offers an interface to let hackathon attendees make travel plans and hackathon organizers leave the heavy lifting of organizing travel to the application and simply view what plans exist.
trvl does a few things.
- Given a starting location, figures out how much of a gas reimbursement an attendee can receive.
- Shows available flights, and lets attendees know how much of the ticket can be subsidized.
- Neatly organizes all of this info for organizers.
How is trvl built?
trvl was built with love using Firebase, Node.js, Express.js, and JQuery.
trvl was originally designed and built by Irfaan Khalid, Benjamin Cooper, John Valin, Ray Sun, and Arun Arjunakani at HackIllinois 2017.
Yes! trvl is built under the MIT License - feel free to fork this repo whenever you'd like. We want to see trvl grow and become a tool that can benefit the entire community.