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HT-NEXT 2022 Announces Grant Romundt, CEO, Ocean Builders as a Feature Speaker

Romundt to discuss how floating eco-restorative homes could change the way we live and travel.
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After living in a floating home in Toronto from three-and-a-half years, Grant Romundt, co-founder of Ocean Builders, discovered a new passion and a new calling. He moved out of that home and down to Panama to start Ocean Builders with his co-Founder Rüdiger Koch. Romundt and Kock are working to build eco-restorative homes, or SeaPods, that are meant to float a few kilometers off the coast (and seven-and-a-half feet above the waves) while providing individuals with 830 square feet of living space proportioned over two-and-a-half floors.

Grant Romundt

During his session at HT-NEXT 2022, Romundt will discuss his vision for these homes, the process that has gone into building them, the technology that powers them, and why he thinks they’ll change the way we live and travel in the near future. This is a session you don’t want to miss, so register today! (And don’t forget to check out our other amazing educational sessions!)

Romundt has a talent for spotting innovative technology and figuring out ways to use it to make life better. He has been an early adopter across many fields. He was the first and youngest to write a software program in Canada and compete in a science fair in 1980 at the age of 8, he had the most advanced mobile paperless office in Canada in 1995 including being the first to use VoIP technology in Canada, and he lived in a tech “frat-house” in San Francisco with one of the 6 co-founders of PayPal. Today he owns several businesses specializing in software development, video production, education, sales, and training. His customers include billion-dollar multinational companies like Wella Professionals, OPI, Clairol, Nioxin, Sebastian, L’Oreal Professional, and many others.



Hospitality Technology (HT) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) are collaborating for the sixth year in a row to host HT-NEXT 2022, a unique conference for the hospitality technology industry. HT-NEXT 2022 will take place Dec. 5-8 at the Fontainebleau Miami in Miami, Florida.

HT-NEXT ( brings together hotel technology solution providers with leaders and influencers from leading hotel companies spanning IT, finance, marketing, distribution and operations. The event typically attracts nearly 400 hospitality professionals. After the event, 87% of attendees say they meet a valuable new contact at the show, and 97% of attendees say they brought back a specific idea to implement at their organization.

HT-NEXT features emerging trends and the ability to dig in to work together to solve current industry problems. The program will feature thought-provoking keynotes, diverse educational sessions, HTNG workgroups and a technology exhibit hall for attendees to discover cutting-edge solutions.

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