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Innovation in Travel Tech

Innovations in travel booking and travel information that enable people to make informed decisions and have a good user experience

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AirWander (formerly QuestOrganizer)

"QuestOrganizer creates savings & turns any flight into a multi-city adventure by offering optimal route suggestions with free stopovers."

Source: Crunchbase

"Using machine-learning, QuestOrganizer compares hundreds of possibilities for every connection and learns from each search you make. This gives you the ability to find savings by arranging the perfect combination of flights and multiple-book airfares. Flying is no longer only about getting directly to your destination, you can now enjoy the journey as well."

Source: Brain Gain

Can we use a similar system to optimize classroom courses, MOOCs and work experience/internships?

Vayable

"Vayable is an online marketplace enabling people to discover, buy and sell unique travel experiences, activities and extended trips."

Source: Crunchbase

"Vayable matches visitors with local “insiders” who can provide targeted one-on-one guidance about their home cities and their special interests. Destination insiders list special local knowledge and skills, design specific tours, and set prices for services."

Source: Huffington Post

Are higher education institutions fully utilizing insider advice and knowledge?

Tripshare

"Tripshare is the only way to discover the world, create and edit your itinerary BEFORE you book and share it "

Source: Crunchbase

"Looking for more suggestions about where to travel and what to do when you get there? Using Tripshare, draft an itinerary, maybe with a few options, then share it with others and receive feedback. You can do this before making final arrangements, and then tweak your itinerary in light of the responses to your first ideas."

Source: Huffington Post

What opportunities do higher education students have to share their planned modules, work experiences etc. for feedback from academe, industry etc. on whether it is the 'optimal' combination?

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Tell us about your work experience:

I am the Community Guide for this challenge. I have studied at Birmingham, Nottingham, and Leeds Universities in the UK and graduated with qualifications in Biochemistry, Toxicology, and Environmental Management. I have held a number of jobs including being a TEFL teacher and energy analyst.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Can innovations in the travel booking inspire ideas to make it easier for people to pick higher education courses that meet their needs in terms of careers and time constraints? What else can higher education institutions learn from the travel tech industry?

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