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HTNG Announces the 2018 TechOvation Award Semi-finalists

Monday, February 5, 2018  
Posted by: Emily Wilson

CHICAGO (February 5, 2018) - HTNG is pleased to announce and congratulate the ten semi-finalists for the 2018 TechOvation Award, a premier innovation competition that recognizes and rewards new technology solutions in the hospitality space.

HTNG's TechOvation Award provides contestants enhanced industry visibility, optimized promotional opportunities and guaranteed audience participation.

Fourteen contestants entered the competition by submitting a video of their innovative solution. These videos, hosted on HTNG's YouTube Channel, have garnered over 44,000 views and 9,600 "likes" collectively from 64 countries across the globe. HTNG members, as well as the general public, selected three of the semi-finalists by "liking" the videos. In addition, a judging panel comprised of over 30 industry leaders voted to select the seven remaining semi-finalists.

2018 HTNG TechOvation Award Semi-finalists:

  • Ask Blue, BigParser
  • Beekeeper, Beekeeper
  • BeHive, BluIP Inc.
  • InnCable, InnSpire
  • Intelity Voice Request, Intelity
  • protel.IO - The Enterprise Hospitality Framework, protel hotelsoftware GmbH
  • SpriteGuard, TOM Ltd.
  • STAYmyway (formerly Lock Up), Lock Up
  • TELUS Channel on Demand, TELUS Communications
  • VINN Cockpit, VINN GmbH

The ten semi-finalists now advance to the second round of the TechOvation Award, held during the HT-NEXT Awards Program, sponsored by Datatrend Technologies, Inc. At the event, the semi-finalists will present their solutions live on stage where the judges will select three finalists. Finally, the winner of the 2018 TechOvation Award will be selected during a live audience vote.

The HT-NEXT Awards Program will be held during the 2018 HT-NEXT Conference on March 14, 2018 in San Diego.




About Hospitality Technology Next Generation

The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.

Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across the spectrum, including world leading hospitality companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's Board of Governors, consisting of 24 top IT leaders from hospitality companies around the world, itself has technology responsible for over 2.5 million guest rooms and world-leading venues. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit