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Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Lufthansa Innovations, D-Lab Deutsche Bahn and others join HTT to kick off the creation of an all-in-one solution for commute and travel at the Hyperloop Digital Challenge in Bratislava

PLAYA VISTA, Calif., June 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — As part of Jumpstartfund’s Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. (HTT) mission to solve the issues faced by travellers and commuters, the company is announcing the creation of a digital ecosystem—a marketplace—exclusively for travel solution apps. In light of HTT’s development agreement with the Slovak Republic and the relationships forged with partnering companies there, a Digital Innovation Challenge will take place in downtown Bratislava, Slovakia on July 6 at Old Market to further develop this ecosystem.

HTT has teamed up with Lufthansa Innovations, Deutsche Bahn D.Lab, Startupbootcamp, Towercom, Anext, Amazon Web Services, Five by Five, Campus Party, IBM, and Catalysts CC to support a day devoted to designing and creating solutions based on traveller data and needs. The event will be attended by special guest and HTT board member Nolan Bushnell; known for creating the Atari game system, Bushnell is regarded as the father of the modern video game industry.

The Hyperloop Digital Experience is an all-encompassing digital space that allows passengers to book travel and address other commuting needs. Startup companies and developers can offer services through an integrated marketplace to solve travel needs and offer services. For example, Airlinecheckins, one of the Lufthansa services that will be part of the marketplace, will allow the passenger to be checked in automatically on every flight they book.

“In order to build something people will use every day for example we need to solve the first and last mile as well as offer the best passenger experience possible. All modes of transportation need to work seamlessly together. Through the creation of an ecosystem, ongoing innovation is a guarantee. Just like the app store on your phone, the creation of a marketplace will revolutionize transportation and help solve all those small and big hassles, and maybe make us smile from time to time,” said Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of HTT.

“On the digital and mobile side of Hyperloop we’re able to do some very innovative things that promise to bring new levels of fun and convenience to travel in general. We’re looking forward to seeing what the brilliant minds at the challenge come up with, from things like commuter dating, gamification, luggage services, the possibilities are endless,” said Lloyd Marino, HTT’s Digital Experience Team Leader. HTT’s Digital Experience team consists of top minds from MIT and Catalysts CC, one of Europe’s leading software development companies.

Throughout the 8-hour event, mobile developers, students and other organizations will be introduced to the new platform and given access to travel data from many of Europe’s biggest travel organizations to create new and exciting solutions. Participants will have access to top mentors and all entries will be judged at the end of the day. While teams compete throughout the day there will also be presentations from leading transportation and technology companies and new announcements concerning the development of Hyperloop.

To register please visit HTT’s Innovation Challenge landing page.

HTT Digital Press Kit available here.

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