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HT-NEXT 2022: How Kasa Uses Tech to Prevent a Labor Crisis

Learn how Kasa is able to do more with fewer staff.
Jeff McConathy, VP of Engineering at Kasa
Jeff McConathy, VP of Engineering at Kasa

During this fireside chat at HT-NEXT 2022, Jeff McConathy, VP of Engineering at Kasa - a tech-enabled flexible accommodations brand - will discuss how the brand is using tech to create “hospitality that is always felt but rarely seen.” From emphasizing contactless tech to creating its own task management system, Kasa is able to do more with fewer staff.

HT-NEXT 2022 will take place December 5-8 at the Fontainebleau Miami. It’s not too late to register or attend!


Jeff joined Kasa in 2021 as VP of Engineering, leading their global engineering team.

Kasa is building the global accommodations brand for the modern traveler. The engineering team works closely with a world-class operations team, creating attractive returns for property owners while quickly implementing new properties' operations. Through automation of reservations, booking flow, housekeeping operations, revenue management, and guest support functions, Kasa is successfully creating a highly desired and reliable guest experience that offers reasonable prices and a diverse selection of locations.

Jeff has successfully led startups through all engineering growth phases and has helped build several strong brands in multiple business verticals. Most recently focused on augmented reality, Jeff built, a real-time 3D reconstruction engine using neural networks running on mobile phones. Successfully acquired by Niantic, the technology is a revolutionary way to effectively and scalably scan and store the real world. Previously, Jeff spent over 12 years growing Trulia from a team of four people to an engineering team of hundreds and an entire organization of thousands. Trulia became a giant in the Real Estate Search category, enjoying a successful IPO in 2012 and a $2.5B acquisition by Zillow in 2015.

As an executive with over 26 years of experience in technology, Jeff enjoys building high-performing, energized teams with strong engineering cultures. In his spare time, he enjoys mentoring and building future leaders. 


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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