eDreams ODIGEO challenges experts in artificial intelligence globally to build improved deep learning technology for travel

  • More than 25 different nationalities from experts in AI participate in the company’s 2018 Datathon

 

  • eDreams ODIGEO, Europe’s largest online travel agency, challenged leading minds in AI from inside and outside the business to develop algorithms, using deep learning technology, to improve the company’s ability to personalize experiences for travellers

 

Barcelona, October 23, 2018: At eDreams ODIGEO’s annual Datathon, international experts with more than 25 different nationalities were challenged to create deep learning algorithms focused on image recognition initiatives and thereby improve the personalisation of recommendations for travellers. Experts from eDreams ODIGEO together with international engineers and data scientists worldwide dedicated over 12 hours to develop AI solutions for the recognition of characteristics of more than 4,000 destination images to predict the most suitable type of accommodation for travellers and help tailor their experience when booking a trip.

 

 

 

Shravan Kochhar, Director of Strategic Insights of eDreams ODIGEO, said, “We are proud to have built the largest Data Science team dedicated to travel technology, working alongside a team of more than 400 software developers and data analysts who are always looking to put technology to work on behalf of our customers. This new edition of our Datathon has allowed the best minds in artificial intelligence to work together in the development of new algorithms that will help millions of customers choose the best accommodation options. The calibre of the projects developed is very impressive, and we are excited to explore how we can use them to improve the traveller experience.”

The business already provides a truly personalised service to travellers by presenting the most relevant and tailored offers through the implementation of cutting-edge machine based learning technology. By leveraging algorithmic analysis, while ensuring the confidentiality of customer data, Europe’s largest online travel agency has been making approximately eight billion personalised predictions per day and seeing significant benefits for its customers.

Alongside members from eDreams ODIGEO’s technology team  – the largest of any online travel agency or airline in Europe – external speakers included Esteve Almirall, from the Department of Operations, Innovation and Information Sciences of ESADE Business School; Javier Fernández, Head of Data Science at Barcelona Football Club and Xander Steenbrugge, from Arxiv Insights.

 

About eDreams ODIGEO

eDreams ODIGEO is one of the world’s largest online travel companies and one of the largest European e-commerce businesses. Under its four leading online travel agency brands – eDreams, GO Voyages, Opodo, Travellink, and the metasearch engine Liligo – it offers the best deals in regular flights, low-cost airlines, hotels, cruises, car rental, dynamic packages, holiday packages and travel insurance to make travel easier, more accessible, and better value for the more than 18.5 million customers it serves across 43 markets. eDreams ODIGEO is listed in the Spanish Stock Market.