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Ten Semi-finalists Advance in HTNG's 2019 TechOvation Award Contest

Monday, February 25, 2019  
Posted by: Emily Wilson

CHICAGO (February 25, 2019) - After two weeks of voting, ten entries have been chosen to move forward as semi-finalists in the next round of the 2019 HTNG TechOvation Award.

This year captured the largest amount of participation with 17 contestants all vying for one of the 10 semi-finalist spots. The contestants submitted 90-second videos to showcase their innovative solution that is new to the hospitality market. Three of the semi-finalists advanced from the videos that received the most YouTube "likes" from the public. The other seven semi-finalists were determined based on votes from the 25 judges.

2019 HTNG TechOvation Award Semi-finalists:

  • Airangel Wifi Assure, Airangel Wifi
  • dailypoint Data Laundry, dailypoint
  • GlobalReach Hotspot 2.0, GlobalReach Technology Inc.
  • Cloud5 Hospitality Dashboard Experience (HDX), Cloud5 Communications
  • InnSpire GuestMagic.AI, InnSpire
  • OPERA Cloud Services, Oracle Hospitality
  • protel Services Marketplace, protel hotelsoftware GmbH
  • Sertifi eAuthorize, Sertifi
  • TraknProtect Safety Button, TraknProtect
  • UgoVirtual, Ugo Virtual

The next round will take these semi-finalists to New Orleans, where they will give a four-minute presentation on Wednesday, 10 April to the audience at HT-NEXT. The judges will rank the onsite presentations and narrow the ten semi-finalists down to just three finalists. Then, the audience will participate in a live voting poll to determine the 2019 TechOvation Award Winner.

For more information on the HTNG TechOvation Award, please visit:




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 25 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