2016 TechOvation Awards
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  The TechOvation Award recognizes and rewards technology innovation in the hospitality industry. The contest, open to members and nonmembers, offers outstanding visibility, provides excellent promotional opportunities and includes audience participation through live events at the 2016 North American Conference.



key dates

Key Dates

Jan 27 Entry Form Due to HTNG 
Feb 3 Payment Due to HTNG
Feb 17 Slide Presentation Due to HTNG
Mar 2 Award Presentations - Preliminary Round
Mar 3 Final Presentations and Winners Selected

Media Partner


















Nick Price - CIO, CitizenM Hotels



Benefits of Entry


Exposure with the hospitality community through the live presentations and voting process.


Winning companies can promote the technology with their respective TechOvation Award title and trophy for the life of the product.


HTNG will announce the three winning products through a global press release and social media.


John Burns
Hospitality Technology Consulting
Jeff Bzdawka
Senior VP, Global Hotel Operations
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Michael Coletta
Managing Director
Travel Startups Incubator
Todd Davis
Choice Hotels International
Peter Engel
Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Vineet Gupta
Fairmont Raffles Hotels International
Henry Harteveldt
Founder/Travel Industry Analyst
Atmosphere Research Group
Laurent Idrac
Ed Malinowski
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts

Mark McBeth
VP IT - North America
Starwood Hotels &

Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Wendy Mertz
Sr. Director, Applications & Strategy
Hard Rock Hotels  
Monika Nerger
Global CIO
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group 
Christian Palomino
VP of Global IT
MeliĆ” Hotels International 
 Page Petry
Americas, Marriott International
 Kevin Quinlivan
Delaware North Companies, Inc.
Mark Rupert Read
Director of IT
Firmdale Hotels
Bryan Steele
Head of IT
Royal Automobile Club
Richard Tudgay
VP IT Services and Delivery
Highgate Hotels
 David Velasquez
Vice President, IT
Best Western International







Entry Guidelines


Presentation Guidelines 

One person for each entry will present the product to the judging panel and audience for no more than five minutes.
Presenters can use PowerPoint slides at a 16:9 ratio, Prezi, live demonstrations and/or embedded videos
The presentation must be received by HTNG no later than February 17, 2016.
Products can be any technology that was introduced in 2015 and is available for use at individual hotel properties or hotel groups.  
The product must be available for purchase in the general marketplace, and be live and in production in at least one hotel location.  
A limit of 15 companies will be allowed to enter their products  
The entry fee is US $2,900 for HTNG members and US $3,700 for nonmembers. HTNG membership must be current through the end of March 2016 to be entitled to the discount.  
The applicant company must have developed, assembled or integrated the entry. Companies that co-developed a product may submit their product jointly.  



Voting Process

All entrants will deliver a five-minute presentation Wednesday, March 2 to a judging panel of hotel IT executives and a live audience at the HTNG North American Conference.

The judges will select three finalists, who will present again during the general session on Thursday, March 3.

The audience in the general session will then choose the first, second and third place winners by voting on the conference mobile app.


Questions? Contact HTNG's TechOvation Award Team.