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FLYR Selected As Semi-Finalist in Richard Branson-Hosted Extreme Tech Challenge

Cutting-Edge Data Science Startup Selected Among 1,800 Contestants Vying to Pitch Branson, Other High-Profile Judges

San Francisco, CA – WEBWIRE

FLYR, the airfare prediction and optimization technology startup, announced their selection as a Top 25 Semi-finalist in Phase 1 of the ongoing Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), organized by MaiTai Global. XTC is a high-profile competition to attract and accelerate the world’s best emerging tech entrepreneurs.

“FLYR is incredibly proud to be selected to the Top 25, and in the company of fellow entrepreneurs with truly transformative ideas,” says Jean Tripier, CEO and co-founder of FLYR.

FLYR will now compete for the Top 10, who will each present live on stage at the CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The Champion will be chosen among the top three finalists, to be decided by an all-star panel of judges, including Sir Richard Branson, live from his private Caribbean island. To commemorate XTC and to celebrate Virgin as a contest sponsor, FLYR has created an airfare search and prediction site to assist the upcoming Top 10 winners in their Virgin America travel plans to CES. Through this innovative booking tool, contestants and CES attendees can now search for Virgin America flights, and know when to book their flight to get the best deal possible.

The site leverages Foresight, the FLYR proprietary prediction engine, allowing for ultra-relevant fare forecasts and providing immediate benefits to travelers.

“Air travel is something that affects many of us, and is ripe for innovation. The ability to look ahead and predict what will happen to fares in the future will be a game-changer for consumers,” comments Alexander Mans, CTO and co-founder of FLYR.

About FLYR — FLYR , Inc. is a data science company first conceived to relieve a universal pain point among travelers — the guessing game of booking airfares. While previous prediction solutions only allowed for basic forecasts on a route-by-route basis, the Foresight engine produces a comprehensive set of prediction data down to the individual flight. With the new FLYR search tool (currently in open beta), travelers can now assess future fare volatility with unprecedented accuracy and specificity. Visit for more information.

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