HFTP aims to help develop the professional skills of the industry leaders of tomorrow, and will support this initiative with an exclusive Young Professionals education program at the upcoming HFTP Annual Convention & Tradeshow. A highlight of the program is the first GenYP Challenge, an interactive competition that will encourage the participating young professionals and students to put their professional skills to the test.
About the GenYP Challenge: The Big Easy Edition
The objective of the GenYP Challenge is to increase the involvement of the young professional and student members of HFTP and HFTP Annual Conference & Tradeshow attendees. This challenge will:
- Engage the student and young professional attendees with specific conference education;
- Allow participants to network with peers and industry leaders;
- Push participants to think outside the box during GenYP case studies;
- Provide hands on learning experience to apply education and real life experience.
In this challenge college students and Young Professionals will be divided into teams. Teams will be distributed at the Young Professional and First Time Attendee reception, Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Teams will be assigned an educational theme; once assigned to the themed tracks the teams will attend the educational sessions within the theme. Teams will work together to create an innovative 10 minute presentation demonstrating their knowledge and aptitude to solve real issues in the hospitality industry.
The presentations will be given Friday, October 25, 2014, during the Young Professionals’ education session at 10:30 a.m. The winning team will be selected by a panel of judges from the HFTP Young Professionals Council. Each member of the winning team will be awarded a $200 Amazon gift card.
Participation in the GenYP Challenge will be limited to students or young professionals (under age 30) registered as attendees of the HFTP Annual Convention and Tradeshow. Each team will be partnered with an HFTP Membership Mentor to offer guidance on the presentations and networking throughout the conference.
Preparing for the GenYP Challenge
Participants for the GenYP Challenge must be registered for the 2014 HFTP Annual Convention & Tradeshow. Students and Young Professionals may register for the HFTP Annual Convention & Tradeshow at a discounted rate:
- Student rate – $100
- Young Professional rate (under age 30) – $325
All students and young professionals are encouraged to enter the GenYP Challenge before the Annual Convention; however onsite entries will be accepted. There is no additional charge for early registration to the GenYP Challenge.
The early registration deadline for GenYP Challenge is October 15, 2014. Register today!