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Tuesday, November 7

Rise & Shine

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
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Breakfast and Networking

Sponsored by: American Airlines

Exhibitor Showcase, Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center

Summit – Presented by Brand USA

9:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Sessions take place in the Theater of the Great Hall, 3rd floor of the Convention Center. Other locations are noted.
All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM
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Welcome to The Phocuswright Conference

Lorraine Sileo, Senior Vice President, Research and Business Operations, Phocuswright Inc.

9:05 AM – 9:15 AM
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Welcome to Summit

Summit showcases the best startup and emerging companies selected by industry experts and Phocuswright technology analysts.

Pete Comeau, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Phocuswright Inc.

9:15 AM – 9:25 AM
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Mileslife

Mileslife is an innovative mileage-earning app to connect airlines, merchants, consumers and banks.

Presenter
Troy Liu, Founder and CEO, Mileslife

9:25 AM – 9:35 AM
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Redeam

Redeam solves a multi-billion dollar problem by eliminating paper vouchers from the Tours & Attractions industry.

Presenter
Leith Stevens, Vice President, Business Development, Redeam

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM
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conichi

Defining tomorrow’s hospitality: The future of hotels and how digitization can change the travel industry.

Presenter
Maximilian Waldmann, Founder & CEO, conichi

9:45 AM – 9:55 AM
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ConnexPay

Visually see ConnexPay re-invent how travel companies accept cards and pay for travel to save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Presenter
Bob Kaufman, Founder and CEO, ConnexPay

9:55 AM – 10:05 AM
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Bidroom.com

Bidroom brings fairness to the hospitality industry with a 0% commission booking platform and discounted room prices.

Presenter
Michael Ros, CEO, Bidroom.com

10:05 AM – 10:15 AM
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Splitty Travel

Splitty's unique hotel deals help travelers find lower prices by improving how hotels utilize their inventory.

Presenter
Eran Shust, Co-Founder and CEO, Splitty Travel

10:15 AM – 10:25 AM
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Waylo

This first hotel price prediction app is like Hopper for hotels.

Presenter
Angik Sarkar, Chief Executive Officer, Waylo

10:25 AM – 10:35 AM
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Beach-Inspector.com

The first metasearch tailored to the needs of beach holiday tourists.

Presenter
Anton Werner, Co-Founder, Beach-Inspector.com

10:35 AM – 10:45 AM
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Pablow Inc.

Travel insurance isn't innovative. Pablow is flipping this perception via AI and automation in the vacation rental market.

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Steve Sherlock, Co-Founder and CEO, Pablow Inc.

10:45 AM – 10:55 AM
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Maidbot

There are many issues in housekeeping surrounding costs, injuries, and guest satisfaction. Maidbot intends to solve these issues through…

Presenter
Cody Martin, Vice President of Key Accounts, Maidbot

10:55 AM – 11:05 AM
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CONZTANZ

Reduce data complexity and augment experience intensity with the first independent data agility platform for the air industry.

Presenter
Philippe Der Arslanian, Acting CMO & Head of U.S. Business Development, CONZTANZ

11:05 AM – 11:15 AM
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Mezi

Mezi, an AI-powered personal travel assistant, arms TMCs, corporates and travel agents with the most advanced AI for travel.

Presenter
Johnny Thorsen, Vice President, Travel Strategy & Partnerships, Mezi

Workshops

11:45 AM - 12:20 PM

Workshop sessions take place in the Regency and Atlantic ballrooms, 2nd floor of the Convention Center. All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).

11:45 AM – 12:20 PM
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Creating Intelligent Travel Experiences: Leveraging the “I” in AI

Presented by: WNS Global Services

The dynamic travel industry now focuses on personalization and creating content-rich experiences. Travel organizations are using artificial…

Presenter
Deepak Gupta, Business Unit Leader - Travel, Shipping & Logistics Service, WNS Global Services

11:45 AM – 12:20 PM
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Global Payments Report: Travel Trends and E-Commerce Data

Presented by: Worldpay

Gain exclusive access into the 2017 Global Payments Report. Explore new trends in travel and how consumers are paying online globally. You’ll also…

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John O'Brien, Vice President Business Development, Worldpay

11:45 AM – 12:20 PM
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Optimizing Metasearch on Mobile: Follow the Consumer Journey

Presented by: Button

Mobile’s explosive growth has created a shift in how metasearch giants evaluate consumer bookings. More than half of travel-related browsing now…

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Mike Dudas, Co-Founder and CRO, Button

11:45 AM – 12:20 PM
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The Power of Data and Digital: The Smarter Way for Traveler Marketers

Presented by: Conversant

You know all the actions your travelers take when they engage with your brand. But what about the wealth of other actions they take and purchases…

Presenters
Nancy Hall, Senior Vice President, Travel Solutions, Conversant
Jason Simon, Sr. Vice President, Sales, Epsilon

Lunch

12:20 PM - 1:40 PM
12:20 PM – 1:40 PM
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Networking Lunch

Sponsored by: Hertz

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Convention Center

Workshops

1:40 PM - 2:50 PM

Workshop sessions take place in the Regency and Atlantic ballrooms, 2nd floor of the Convention Center. All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).

1:40 PM – 2:15 PM
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Airfares Liberated: Anybody, Anywhere, Anyway

Presented by: iGola

Metasearch and online marketplaces evolved to bring choice and transparency in products and pricing. While a Russian traveler might be able to…

Presenter
George Zhang, CEO, iGola

1:40 PM – 2:15 PM
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From Booking Websites to Chatbots: Leveraging Travel Product DNA

Presented by: Travelsify

The rise of mobile bookings and chatbots fosters the need for greater relevance and trustworthiness in travel offers. Gain an in-depth…

Presenters
Bruno Chauvat, CEO, Travelsify
Alexandra Fernandez Ramos, Chief Product & Sales Officer, Travelsify

1:40 PM – 2:15 PM
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The Rise of the Robots: Automating the Content Chain for the Connected Traveler

Presented by: SDL

The growing popularity of smartphones and tablets among travelers has proven a challenge in managing the consumer journey. Delivering personally…

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Kevin Ashbridge, Vice President, Global Travel and Leisure Solutions, SDL

2:15 PM – 2:50 PM
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Networking Break

Presented by: Allianz Global Assistance USA

Exhibitor Showcase, Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center

Summit – Presented by Brand USA

2:50 PM - 6:00 PM

Sessions take place in the Theater of the Great Hall, 3rd floor of the Convention Center. Other locations are noted.
All times shown are EST (GMT -5 hours).

2:50 PM – 3:00 PM
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Gaest.com

Futurists have long predicted that technology will end of face-to-face meetings. They were wrong! Gaest.com empowers buyers with tools to easily…

Presenter
Anders Mogensen, CEO & Co-Founder, Gaest.com

3:00 PM – 3:10 PM
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Beachy

Beachy maps beaches and powers beachfront commerce with the first SaaS solution built specifically for beachfront vendors.

Presenter
Matt Houston, Co-Founder & CEO, Beachy

3:10 PM – 3:20 PM
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Service

No one likes flight disruptions. Explore a better way for travelers to get compensation and airlines to retain loyalty.

Presenter
Michael Schneider, CEO, Service

3:20 PM – 3:30 PM
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Wanup

Wanup is a new loyalty club solution. The alliance boosts business within partner hotels, while offering relevant rewards to business travelers.

Presenter
Natalie Batlle, Brand Director, Wanup

3:30 PM – 3:40 PM
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Travel Appeal

Travel Appeal finds all relevant data about a venue, analyzes it through AI and provides plain-English insights.

Presenter
Mirko Lalli, CEO and Founder, Travel Appeal

3:40 PM – 3:50 PM
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Luxtripper Limited

See how to find the perfect hotel for customers via tools built with travel innovation insights.

Presenter
Nena Chaletzos, Founder & CEO, Luxtripper Limited

3:50 PM – 4:00 PM
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AVUXI

TopPlace uncovers the most-loved areas in any city on Earth. Travelers can book the best location for their stay, no research time needed.

Presenter
Alexis Batlle, CEO, AVUXI

4:00 PM – 4:10 PM
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Freebird

Freebird is a flight rebooking tool that improves traveler experience after disruptions, saving businesses time and money.

Presenter
Ethan Bernstein, Co-Founder and CEO, Freebird

4:10 PM – 4:20 PM
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TWIP - Travel With Interesting People

TWIP connects travelers based on travel behavior. Consider it the LinkedIn and Netflix for travelers.

Presenter
Lauren Koenig, CEO, TWIP

4:20 PM – 4:30 PM
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UpLift

UpLift announces new flexible payment solutions for travel providers including integrated layaway and loans for web and agents.

Presenter
Brian Barth, CEO, UpLift

4:30 PM – 4:40 PM
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STAY

"Concierge as a Service" - A superior guest experience chatbot for hotels, spas and resorts.

Presenter
Joan Llado, CEO, STAY

4:40 PM – 4:50 PM
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Bizly Inc.

Bizly is an enterprise solution for managing small meeting spend and compliance risk.

Presenter
Ron Shah, CEO, Bizly Inc.

4:50 PM – 5:25 PM
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Startup Stories

Some raise a ton. Others go by bootstrap. Some take to flights. Others focus on the stay. But one constant remains: Travel is attracting more…

Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, OYO
Oliver Dlouhy, CEO, Kiwi.com
Lawrence Hester, CEO, FareHarbor Holdings, Inc.

5:25 PM – 5:55 PM
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The Investor View

Leaders in venture and corporate investing from Silicon Valley to London to China convene to share their insights on the global state of startups,…

Panelists
Sophie Forest, Managing Partner, Brightspark Ventures
Ben Johnson, Partner, Vitruvian Partners
Woody Marshall, General Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures
Jenny Wu, Managing Partner, Baidu Capital
Moderator
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Founder, WIT and Editorial Director, Northstar Travel Group Asia

5:55 PM – 6:00 PM
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Summit Awards Ceremony

Cocktails

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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Phocuswright Innovation Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by: Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Exhibitor Showcase, Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center

All Day

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
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Phocuswright Reception Desk Open

Foyer, Great Hall, 3rd Floor, Convention Center

Register or check in, and collect your conference materials. Phocuswright Reception is the go-to spot for all your needs.

8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
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Exhibitor Showcases and Networking Lounge Open

Great Hall and Foyer, 3rd Floor, Convention Center

The showcase is open for business and abuzz with activity. Meet the Summit demonstrators and connect with exhibitors one-on-one!

Note: All conference information (including program, speakers, etc.) is subject to change without notice.