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2016 TechOvation Award Winners

The TechOvation Award was created to recognize and reward technology innovation in the hospitality industry. The contest offered outstanding visibility, provided excellent promotional opportunities and included audience participation through live events at HTNG's 2016 North American Conference.

The 2016 TechOvation Award results are in. Our top three were selected by a panel of 10 judges, to advance to the final round. After presenting during the final rounds, the rankings were chosen by a live audience vote. For more information, view our press release.

Winner: Interel Water Management System

Interel’s WMS (Water Management System) is the world’s first, TCP-IP based hospitality guestroom water management solution which includes; the WMS Water Control Unit: which allows the WMS solution to be online and control single or groups of guestroom basin and shower water temperatures and flows as well as monitor water consumption to optimize guest experience and water usage/savings. The WMS Electromechanical Valves which delivers precise, intuitive and attractively designed capacitive touch, icon-based guestroom basin and shower control panels.

First Runner-Up: Relay by ISavioke

Relay is the first autonomous robot for hotels. It delivers amenities to guest rooms quickly (typically under 5 minutes), delighting guests and leaving staff free to interact with guests. Beyond amenities, Relay can take grab-and-go food, beverages, (one hotel is delivering Starbucks) and other times to support housekeeping staff. Relay supports process innovation, raising the service level at hotels for very little additional cost. Relay has done over 15,000 deliveries to date.

Second Runner-Up: Travel Tripper Rate Match by Travel Tripper


Travel Tripper Rate Match is a price matching widget installed into a hotel’s booking engine. When a guest checks for rates availability, the widget instantly compares the hotel’s current rate with several OTAs. If a lower price is found anywhere else, the widget automatically price matches the lower rate (with discount, if the hotel chooses) so the guest is guaranteed the best rate at booking. This effectively eliminates the need for archaic best rate guarantee programs.