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Seena Zandipour Crowned HTNG’s First Hackathon Winner

Thursday, February 7, 2019  
Posted by: Emily Wilson

CHICAGO (February 7, 2019) – Seena Zandipour won a first-place title and $3,000 prize for the internal dashboard he developed at HTNG’s hackathon.

HTNG’s first hackathon, Hack the Night, took place on January 25-27 at the Plug and Play Technology Center in Sunnyvale, CA. This event brought together over 50 hackers and fostered collaborative participation from 13 teams.

Hack the Night challenged participants to take guest data and create an innovative tool that leverages this information and ultimately benefits the company’s staff, guests, or both.

Zandipour created an internal dashboard for concierges and front of house staff which gathers data from local event organizers, and then creates augmented and personalized recommendations for guests based on the rich guest profile that was available through Oracle Hospitality's OPERA Cloud platform. In addition to the dashboard, the concierge can provide a physical copy of recommendations in a leaflet that customers can easily carry.

“I travel a lot and like to go to music festivals, but what makes me uncomfortable is that I never know what the scene is going to be like,” Zandipour says. “That’s definitely what I tapped into as inspiration for my idea."

Seetha Ramakrishna Madamsetti and Haoyand Li won second place at Hack the Night. Their solution alerts hotel staff to begin preparation for guests’ arrivals based on their proximity to the property. Third place winners, Luyanda Mdanda and Pasquale Ranieri, created a marketing segmentation tool which monitors purchases to create future spending recommendations.

Title Sponsor, Oracle Hospitality, and Diamond Sponsors, Hapi and Poynt, provided their APIs as well as mentors for participants to work with. Commenting on the success of solutions from the event, Mike Ferrier, Vice President of Oracle Hospitality states, “It was amazing to see the teams bring creative ideas to life over a weekend!  Using technology to anticipate guest needs and provide personalized, memorable, and sharable experiences are primary goals of the contemporary hotelier. Several of the participants’ ideas demonstrated how new technologies such as AI and data science could be used to predict and fulfill guest needs based on guest preferences, past stay data and guest buying behavior.”

 

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About Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)

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 this 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 3 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 into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit www.htng.org.

 

About Oracle Hospitality

Oracle Hospitality brings over 40 years of experience in providing technology solutions to independent hoteliers, global and regional chains, gaming, and cruise lines. We provide hardware, software, and services that allow our customers to act on rich data insights that deliver personalized guest experiences, maximize profitability and encourage long-term loyalty. Our solutions include platforms for property management, point-of-sale, distribution, reporting and analytics all delivered from the cloud to lower IT cost and maximize business agility. Oracle Hospitality’s OPERA is recognized globally as the leading property management platform and continues to serve as a foundation for industry innovation. For more information about Oracle Hospitality, please visit www.oracle.com/Hospitality