Travel technology is in our blood
At Holiday Extras we believe time is precious, and holidays are some of the most precious times we have. So it’s fitting our purpose and promise to our customers is less hassle, more holiday.
We’re a fast-moving travel technology business, obsessed with making it easy for customers to make the most of their trip. With over 4 million bookings a year we are one of the UK’s most innovative travel companies and continue to grow fast and expand our offering as a trips-based business.
We’re the UK market leader in travel ancillaries; once you have booked a flight and accommodation, we take care of the rest. That includes airport hotels, insurance, airport parking, lounges, foreign currency, car hire, resort transfers and attractions. Almost all of our business is conducted online, either direct through our own website and app or through our network of partners that include the major travel retailers, airlines and tour operators.
Our product engineering team are based in our custom-built Wave and Reef campuses, just 5 minutes from the beach in Hythe, Kent, less than an hour from London. We also have engineers in Sofia (Bulgaria) and at our tech hub in Birmingham. In total we have more than 130 people working on our product development including engineers, product managers, testers, and designers.
µCon London 2018 - The Microservices Conference
Two days in London
Speed of change matters to anyone building software. Many engineering teams have identified Microservices as an important component of this architectural approach to designing more flexible systems that can meet the needs of their fast changing businesses. Applying this approach however, is hard....cloud serverless architecture mucon microservices
Windows 10 IoT
Featuring Sandeep Kapalawai
Microsoft is making big investments in the Internet of Things (IoT). Earlier this week at Microsoft Convergence 2015, Satya Nadella outlined their investments for IoT across Windows and Azure that will provide a comprehensive IoT offering for their customers and partners. In parallel, at WinHEC...windows iot internet-of-things windows-10 azure
Workshop: PM2 to manage your micro service app & Keymetrics to monitor them
Featuring Alexandre Strzelewicz
Alexandre wrote PM2 two years ago. PM2 is a website manager for NodeJS that has been downloaded more than 1.2 million times. Now Alexandre and the team are building the company Keymetrics. It's an extension of PM2 and allows to monitor in realtime all your applications across numerous...pm2 nodejs keymetrics
API Blueprint for API Design Lifecycle
Featuring Vincenzo Chianese
APIs are software and as such they are a target of the basic software engineering rules we are all taught for decades. Unfortunately, this fact is often ignored or forgotten, and the common API design process resembles the infamous waterfall model. As APIs are often sitting on boundaries between...apiblueprint webapi web-languages fullstack
Keynote: The toxic side of free. Or: How I lost the love for my side project
Featuring Remy Sharp
Open Source isn't all champagne sipping, closing GitHub issues and sleeping on a bed of cash. That said, it doesn't help when you build a product that anyone can use, any way they choose, utterly unchecked, because eventually, and quickly, it'll be abused.open-source github js-bin
Robocalypse: Controlling Nodebots with Kinect gestures
Featuring Joel Lord
React and Three.js: React All The Things!
Featuring Peter O'Shaughnessy
Blowing Out The Lamp
Featuring Oliver Rumbelow
Holiday Extras, a Times Top 100 company, maintains a big online presence selling airport parking, travel insurance and overnight stays in hotels. They made over 4 million bookings last year and their API serves around 35 requests/second - they aren't big big, but they're big enough to...holiday-extras api lamp-stack nodejs nodejs-api
Building actionable intelligence on the smart grid
Featuring Paul Kavanagh
At one of the worlds largest power companies, based in Florida, we have smart devices at all levels of the grid (meters, transformers, laterals, feeders) and we monitor them to understand what is happening, predict outages, and route teams to repair problems when or before they happen.
Physics Simulations from the Ground Up
Featuring Matthew Keas