Where hoteliers meet startups
The Hotel Technology Forum is a hospitality summit joining hotel technology startups and hoteliers along with numerous investors, all with the same purpose to be at the forefront of digitalization.
This year HTF will take place on the 2nd day of HOTREC Annual Congress, one of the biggest hotel events in Vienna. HTF will be held on the 27th of April from 9:00 to 17:00 at Le Meridien.
Startups will show the latest ideas and technological innovations in hospitality. Hoteliers and investors will be able to attend from stand to stand discovering the different startups. Hoteliers will get the opportunity to discover the latest solutions and most innovative tools to be more competitive, sustainable and efficient in the market.
During the day there will be keynote speeches with industry professionals giving their insights regarding the future of the industry and battleground sessions of 8 minutes by startups.
09:00 - 09:10 am – Welcome and Introduction to Hotel Technology Forum - Dorian Wilson-Debriano and Ullrich Kastner
09:10 - 09:55 am -
Interview with Johannes Thomas (Chief Revenue Officer trivago) -
Quo vadis trivago? Quo vadis Metasearch?
What are the current travel trends and what will be the challenge for individual hotels to participate more active in the customer experience of the search funnel? In a dynamic interview we will try to get some exclusive answers from Johannes Thomas, one of the youngest and most successful startup leaders in the travel industry .
conducted by Susanne Kraus-Winkler (President HOTREC) and Ullrich Kastner (CEO of Myhotelshop)
09:55 - 11:10 am – Battleground for young startups: 6 young startups, 6 elevator pitches à 5 minutes + 3 minutes Q&A by the Jury:
- Lohninger Wunder, Cornelia Lohninger (CEO)
- Paceup, Wolfgang Depauli (Business Development Director)
- Hotelforce, Helmut Harz (Founder & CEO)
- Seatris, Vivien Richter (Founder & CEO)
- Mountlytics, Bastian Kneissl (CEO)
- Upsellguru, Karl Schmidtner (Managing Director)
Jury: Matthias Koch (Managing Director WKO), Tilmann Fabricius (MairDumont Ventures), Johannes Thomas (Chief Revenue Officer trivago)
11:10 - 11:35 am - Coffee Break
11:35 - 12:00 am - Dirk Führer (CCO Falkensteiner) - How Falkensteiner managed the digital change, increases direct revenues and makes customers and controllers happy at the same time
12:00 - 01:30 pm - Lunch Break
01:30 - 01:35 pm – Wirecard Introduction by Vincent Frontzek
01:35 - 02:25 pm -
Battleground growing startups:
5 growing startups, 5 elevator pitches à 5 minutes + 3 minutes Q&A by the Jury:
- Hotelchamp, André Bressel (Head of Operations)
- Apaleo, Martin Reichenbach (Founder)
- Tigaeleven, Georg Parth (CEO)
- Clock PMS, Krasimir Trapchev (Co-founder & CEO)
- Hotelkit, Marius Donhauser (CEO )
Jury: Markus Luthe (Managing Director IHA), Sascha Hausmann (CEO Howzat), Thomas Vierich (ÖGZ)
02:25 - 03:00 pm - Kevin Koidl (Trinity College, futurologist) - Starwars meets Social Media - the dark and the bright side of the digital future
03:00 - 03:35 pm - Battleground for growing startups:
4 growing startups, 4 elevator pitches à 5 minutes + 3 minutes Q&A by the Jury:
- The Hotels Network, Sonia Merena (Sales Manager)
- Betterspace, Robert Böhl (Head of Business Development)
- myhotelshop, Ullrich Kastner (CEO)
- Wanup, Rosa Montero (CCO)
Jury: Thomas Allemann (Managing Director Hotelleriesuisse), Herwig Springer (i5 Invest), Roland Toch (Wirecard)
03:35- 04:00 pm - Coffee Break
04:00 - 04.25 pm - Investoren Panel:
Sascha Hausmann (Howzat), Tillmann Fabricius (Mair Dumont Ventures) and Herwig Springer (i5 Invest Wien) – How do investors look at startups and the hospitality industry? What can hotels learn from them? And what do they expect to be a key driver fort he next 5 years?
04:25 - 04.50 pm - Vanessa de Souza Lage (Co-Founder & CMO Rentals United) - The State of the Vacation Rental Industry as an integral part of the hospitality industry in 2018
04.50 - 05.00 pm - Closing & wrap up
For any questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact us:
+49 341 392 816 751
27th of April 2018
Le Meriedien | Robert-Stolz-Platz 1 | 1010 Wien