Travel Tech Con 2017 Schedule

  1. May 22: Pitch Competition
  2. May 23: Workshops
  3. May 24: Conference Day

May 22 — Pitch Competition

500 Startups 814 Mission Street, 6th Floor

  1. Registration — 12:01 pm

    Coffee, Snacks, Networking

  2. Presentations — 1:00 pm

    All ticket holders are welcome!

  3. Networking — 6:00 pm

    Awesome Bar Nearby

  4. Winner Announcement — May 24

    May 24, 5:30 pm at Treasure Island Venue

May 23 — Workshops

500 Startups 814 Mission Street, 6th Floor

  1. Registration — 8:00 am

    Coffee, Snacks, Networking

  2. Presentations — 9:00 am

    Full Ticket Required

  3. Lunch — 12:30 pm

    Boxed Lunch Provided

  4. Networking — 6:30 pm

    Awesome Bar Nearby

Startup Track

  1. 9:00 am
    1h 30m

    Working with a Strategic Investor

    Christina Heggie (JetBlue Technology Ventures)
    Ajay Sharma (JetBlue Technology Ventures)
    What to know, how to maximize your partnership, and why you should.
  2. 10:45 am
    1h 30m

    Hacking Acquisition of Corporate Customers

    Felicia Schneiderhan (30SecondsToFly)
    In this workshop we will have a look at how to successfully set up an inbound customer acquisition engine for corporate travel products. We’ll look at use cases and dissect the process of hacking PR, SEO and social media to build out a strong thought leadership position online. We’ll talk about how to align product strategy with an inbound acquisition model and how to drive conversions that ultimately lead to customer signups.
  3. 1:30 pm
    1h 30m

    Air Distribution 101 for Startups

    William Niejadlik (Niejadlik Consulting)
    A introduction to air distribution methods, technologies, and players for companies starting out in the travel industry. Learn what ATPCO does, the difference between a nego fare and private fare, what AVS, NDC, and ARC stands for, and what you need to know to become a travel agency.
  4. 3:15 pm
    1h 30m

    Startup Confessional — Who, What, Where, Why & How to Pitch Your Travel Product

    A conversation and discussion led by a travel industry pro who fields hundreds of travel startup pitches each year. Are you in the right place? How do you know your speaking with the best person? What do I need to do to get someone to listen to me? Where I am going wrong? What am I doing right? Nothing is off limits in this “confessional workshop” aimed to help travel startups increase their chances of adoption and success.
  5. 5:00 pm
    1h 30m

    Mentoring Session with Michael Coletta

    Michael Coletta (Phocuswright)

Developer Track

  1. 9:00 am
    3h

    How to Build a Chatbot

    Angik Sarkar (Waylo)
    At this workshop you will build a simple chatbot and add NLP to it (Wit.ai, API.ai, Rasa, NLTK). You will also learn about non-NLP machine learning tools, like Scikit Learn, and add sentiment analysis to your chatbot for human handover.
  2. 1:30 pm
    1h 30m

    From e-ticket to One Order

    Abram Richman (Datalex)
  3. 3:15 pm
    1h 30m

    Introduction to Blockchain and Smart Contracts

    Maksim Izmaylov (Winding Tree)
    Jakub Vysoký (Winding Tree)
    A coding session after which you will be able to deploy a simple smart contract on Ethereum

May 24 — Conference Day

HOME on Treasure Island 401 13th St

  1. Registration — 8:00 am

    Coffee, Snacks, Networking

  2. Presentations — 9:00 am

  3. Lunch — 12:15 pm

    Boxed Lunch Provided

  4. Afterparty — 7:00 pm

    Hawthorn, 46 Geary St.

Keynotes

  1. 9:00 am
    20m

    We Wanted Flying Cars...

    Maksim Izmaylov (Travel Tech Con)
    Travel Tech Con's plan to take us to the future with flying cars.
  2. 9:25 am
    35m

    Why Investors Hate Travel And Why They’re Wrong

    Gillian Morris (Hitlist)
  3. 10:05 am
    35m

    Adam Goldstein

    Hipmunk
  4. 10:45 am
    35m

    State of Startups

    Michael Coletta (Phocuswright)
  5. 11:25 am
    35m

    Are Travel Startups Still Relevant?

    Tahnee Perry (Deem)
    Yes, but you’re crazy if you start one. The industry maxim for innovation says that for every ten ventures, two will fail outright, six will stagger along as walking wounded and two will hit home runs – hello Airbnb and Uber. If 80 percent of startups all but fail, why start one? You’re either remarkably brave or undeniably foolish. Regulation, low margins, consolidation, fragmentation, legacy technology and fickle consumers leave behind an unattractive and almost impenetrable market for entrepreneurs and their venture funding. But according to Phocuswright and CB Insight’s latest data, a few bright spots remain for the tenacious and courageous. Join the session to find out what they are.

Startup Track

  1. 1:00 pm
    35m

    VC Panel

    Eric Wiesen (Bullpen Capital)
    Christina Heggie (JetBlue Technology Ventures)
    Rom Hendler (Innovel)
    Christopher Hemmeter (Thayer Ventures)
    Discussion about VC funding in the travel industry
  2. 1:40 pm
    35m

    Data Opportunities in the Travel and Loyalty Spaces

    Jessica Coane (PEX+)
    Learn about big data in the travel and loyalty spaces, current big data issues, and how your company can seize these industry opportunities.
  3. 2:35 pm
    35m

    The New Old Marketing — Why Beating Your Customers Won't Help You Beat the Competition

    Alex Sumin (Claim Compass)
    The talk will address growth and marketing approaches in the travel sector, within an increasingly challenging environment of high levels of uncertainty and rapid change.
  4. 3:15 pm
    35m

    Two Viewpoints on Startup-Corporate Partnerships

    Emre Mangir (Mozio)
    Jonathan Lee (Stay Delightful)
  5. 4:10 pm
    35m

    Considering Accelerator Programs — Risks and Benefits

    Margot Schmorak (Hostfully)
  6. 4:50 pm
    35m

    What Does it Take to Win at Phocuswright?

Developer Track

  1. 1:00 pm
    35m

    The Internet of Things is already here—and it's much bigger than you realize

    Christine Kim (Uber)
    Everyone's waiting for the Internet of Things to arrive—but it's already here. And surprisingly, our Internet of Things is not really about the "things" at all. See how IoT has already profoundly changed our world and where Uber thinks it will go next.
  2. 1:40 pm
    35m

    Flying with ClojureScript and React

    Nicolás Berger (Roomstorm)
  3. 2:35 pm
    35m

    My data is bigger than your data, and I don't use hadoop

    David Kelso (Beyond Pricing)
  4. 3:15 pm
    35m

    Web Scraping at Scale

    Quynh Pham (TourMega)
    Thang Dao (TourMega)
    John Zhu (TourMega)
    What do you do when you are working with amazing app that does not have an API? Web Scraping is your only way. Let's talk about how to scrape data with ease, get around IP addresses blocking with proxies and turn other people's data into yours.
  5. 4:10 pm
    35m

    Building Innovative Travel UX for Enterprise

    Matt Hubert (Bitmatica)
    User experience is paramount for today's innovative travel apps, and enterprises are often left behind to watch startups drive user growth and satisfaction through superior experiences. This talk covers the do's and don'ts of building modern user experiences for even the most legacy of applications.
  6. 4:50 pm
    35m

    Travel Light — A "Carry-On" Approach to Machine Learning

    Shawn Vo (BusBot)
    AI is changing the way we travel, but you don't have to be a machine learning expert to implement this technology. We'll explore some practical use-cases that will delight your users and move your product forward.

Closing Session

  1. 5:30 pm
    30m

    Pitch Competition Winner Announcement

    Christina Heggie (JetBlue Technology Ventures)
    Michael Coletta (Phocuswright)
    Amir Amidi (Plug and Play Technology Center)
    Norm Rose (Travel Tech Consulting)
    Gadi Bashvitz (Deem)
    Rom Hendler (Innovel)
    Christopher Hemmeter (Thayer Ventures)
    Nathan Bobbin (Travelport Labs)
    Henry Chen Weinstein (Cockpit Innovation Hub)
    Kerri Zeil (Amadeus)
    Sylvie Charbonnier (Switchfly)
    Our partners from JetBlue Technology Ventures will kick off the final session followed by the announcement of pitch competition winners (there will be more than one!)

Afterparty

Hawthorn

46 Geary St.
7 pm
hawthornsf.com

DJ Justin Paul

justinpaul.com

Open Bar for First 75 TTC Attendees