The HITEC Legacy Continues in 2020 with The Best of HFTP, Centered on Health and Safety

Event-planning in the midst of a global pandemic is no easy task, and while it may be difficult to imagine at this very moment, a foray back into face-to-face meetings and conferences is inevitable. It is just a matter of when. When planning its 48th annual HITEC North America, HFTP…

Exploring Solutions in the #HITEC Exhibit Hall

Written by: Jennifer Jones — Official HITEC® Minneapolis 2019 Guest Blogger As HITEC is now behind us and I unpacked all of the vendor swag and business cards, I wanted to share a recap of a few things that stood out to me at the show —including a vendor attending HITEC for…

E20X Europe 2019 Award Winner Tackles Genuine Industry Problem and Solves It

AN INTERVIEW WITH HANNU VAHOKOSKI, HOTELWAY CEO Meet Sam. Sam is a bright, AI-based chat bot designed by Finnish hospitality startup company Hotelway. Hotelway provides professional management of customer engagement for hotels. What can Sam do? In addition to answering general questions and providing automated customer service, Sam is a great tool…

E20X Amsterdam Judge’s Award Winner KITRO Designed Innovative Solution to Combat Food Waste

It takes a truly cutting-edge business concept from a startup to best the competition and take home the coveted Judge’s Award at Entrepreneur 20X (E20X). During E20X Amsterdam in April 2018, that kind of groundbreaking concept was presented by KITRO — a startup company that designed a digital device to…

What to Expect at HITEC Houston 2018: Elite Education, Exhibits, E20X and More

HOUSTON: A booming cosmopolitan city that is home to more than 2 million Texans, NASA’s famous Johnson Space Center, and — in just two short months — the world’s largest hospitality exhibition HITEC®. In late June, scores of hospitality technology and finance professionals will travel to Texas’ most populous city for first-rate industry education, networking,…

HITEC Amsterdam 2018: Why I Will Definitely Be Back

Written By: Sherif Mamdouh, official guest blogger for HITEC® Amsterdam 2018 This has been my first HITEC conference, and it has been one of the most informative three days I have had since I entered the world of hospitality a couple of years ago. While I prepared for the conference, I read…

13 E20X Pitches and One Home Run

Written By: Jennifer Jones As a native to Baltimore, Maryland USA, I was excited to see that the Orioles are in town this week playing the Blue Jays. Now that I reside out west, I do not get to see them much anymore. Granted with a full schedule of meetings, sessions…

Entrepreneur 20X: Wi-Fi, Upselling, AI and Digitalizing Daily Operations

Written By: Fee Naaijkens On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, HFTP’s hospitality start-up pitch competition Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) took place in Europe for the first time at HITEC Amsterdam. Each participant had four minutes to pitch their business concept, followed by four minutes for the expert judges panel to ask questions….

What to See at HFTP’s Inaugural HITEC Amsterdam Conference — Spotlight on Entrepreneur 20X

Who does not enjoy a little friendly, but very competitive, competition? Whether you are a budding hospitality technology entrepreneur or just interested in the startup world, it is thrilling to watch bold entrepreneurs compete. Making its debut in Europe this month, HITEC Amsterdam attendees should start with the action-packed Entrepreneur…

Past Judges Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Information about HFTP’s Entrepreneur 20X

For many hospitality technology entrepreneurs, being selected to participate in HFTP’s Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) innovation competition is a milestone accomplishment on the road for their startup’s successful endeavors. It is no secret that E20X participants gain exposure to a global network of leading industry professionals including: c-level executives, hospitality CIOs,…