The Team - Hoiio & Wego: Both API providers for THack, 2 singapore startups - Hoiio: Telephony Platform - Wego: Travel Search - Alliance. Challenge. Hacked 10 days.
The Fare Hound Project - We didn’t start off by brain storming what ideas to hack out for competition - We started off by defining the technology to use - A new software stack for building web applications. Play! is like ruby on rails for Java/Scala. We want to use a software stack different from our daily work. Something challenging - Fully open source. So that we can also demo how our API can be used. - Hoiio Telephony API - Wego Best Flight Deal
When is airfare cheapest? Admit it. Before you click the Buy button, you always ponder: is the ticket at it’s cheapest? should I wait longer? That’s the problem FareHound wants to solve. FareHound monitors airfare tickets and alert you when it drops. We know there is already many existing solutions.
Lots of website searching for flights Competing on User Experience
And there are tons of mobile apps
Strategy: Avoid websites/mobile apps, focus on a different medium - SMS Also playing to our strength - Hoiio is telephony platform SMS Alert
So we come up with a simple and beautiful solution, which all mobile device can access. No more going through websites after websites, entering airport destinations, dates, blah blah, then wait for the search to be completed. You send an SMS, and we will watch, till it drops Let me show you how FareHound works.