Media Advisory - You're invited to WestJet's first Hackathon #hackinthehangar
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CALGARY, June 15, 2018 /CNW/ - Some of the top minds in technology are coming to WestJet's campus for its inaugural Hackathon on Monday, June 18 at the Russ White Hangar. Media are invited to attend the kick-off of WestJet's #hackinthehangar where teams will be challenged to focus on world-class solutions for WestJet's premium global traveller. Interview opportunities with WestJet's chief digital and innovation officer along with some of the brightest and creative minds in technology will be available upon request.

Over 100 attendees will be participating in WestJet's first-ever #hackinthehangar with teams from Adobe, Amazon, Deloitte Digital, Facebook, Google, Hootsuite, Huge Inc., IBM, LinkedIn, Media Experts/IPG, Microsoft, Panasonic Avionics, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Snapchat and Twitter. Each team will also be complimented by two WestJetters and a premium guest traveller.

WHAT:
WestJet's first Hackathon (Media Availability)

WHEN:
Monday, June 18, 2018

WHO:
Alfredo C. Tan, WestJet's chief digital and innovation officer
TBD, Hackathon participants

TIME:
8:30 a.m.9:00 a.m. (Event Kick-Off/Interviews & B-Roll)       

WHERE:
WestJet Campus – Russ White Hangar
22 Aerial Place NE, Calgary, Alta.
*Please park in Orange Lot across from visitor parking if the lot is full

RSVP:
Media are required to RSVP for in-person availability to media@westjet.com no later than June 17 at 5:00 p.m. MT. If you are unable to attend but would like to speak with WestJet regarding its Hackathon, please submit a request via email.

About WestJet
Together with WestJet's regional airline, WestJet Encore, we offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe and to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries through our airline partnerships. WestJet Vacations offers affordable, flexible vacations to more than 60 destinations and the choice of more than 800 hotels, resorts, condos and villas.  Members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of flights and vacations packages to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods, and have access to Member Exclusive fares offering deals to WestJet destinations throughout our network and those of our partner airlines.

WestJet is proud to be recognized as Best Airline in Canada and Travellers' Choice winner – North America for 2017 and 2018 in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines. The airline was also named the Travellers' Choice Winner – Economy, North America, 2018. All awards are based on authentic reviews from the travelling public on TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site. We are one of very few airlines globally that does not commercially overbook.

WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol WJA. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.  

Recent recognition includes:
2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada and Travellers' Choice Winner Mid-Sized and Low Cost Airlines – North America (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)

2018 Travellers' Choice Winner – Economy, North America (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)

2018/2017/2016 Canada's Most Trusted Airline (Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria)
2016 Canada's most reputable company for Corporate Social Responsibility (Reputation Institute)
2016/2015/2014/2013/2012 Ranked top three for Canadian Brands (Canadian Business Magazine)
2016/2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (MoneySense magazine)

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