HTNG 2016 North American Conference Agenda Addresses Hot Topics for Hospitality

Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) is set to present an agenda of current issues and emerging technologies to hospitality leaders at the HTNG 2016 North American Conference in Amelia Island, Florida this March. The program includes more than 40 experts who will share their knowledge in sessions that address current hot topics in hospitality technology.
In addition to the sessions listed below, the agenda will feature two notable keynote speakers. Henry Harteveldt’s address, “The Three I’s Influencing Hotel IT,” will demonstrate how three factors driving the future of the hospitality business – immediacy, inspiration and individualism – both arise from improved lodging IT capabilities and will impact IT systems during the next few years. In the second keynote session titled “The Genius of Opposites: How Introverts and Extroverts Achieve Extraordinary Results Together,” best-selling author Jennifer Kahnweiler will offer a five-step process that will enable introverts and extroverts to better understand one another to leverage their strengths and create strong teams in the workplace.
“HTNG is excited to have some interesting new speakers and industry experts who will address relevant and important top-of-mind issues at the North American Conference,” said Michael Blake, Executive Vice President and CEO of HTNG, a nonprofit association governed by senior IT hospitality executives from around the world. “The program aims to educate and entertain, while also providing a venue for members to share experiences, successes and recommendations with their colleagues.”
Experts from both hospitality companies and technology vendors will present the program, comprised of both strategic and technical sessions throughout the conference, including:
Cloud PBX – The Time Is Now
Don’t Let the Cloud Rain on Your Parade
Event Space ArchiTechnologySM:  Planning for the Future of Meetings
Fresh from China: Big Data on Steroids
Innovative Power Distribution for Fiber Optics
Internet of Things Security
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A New Twist on E=MC2 -- E+C=M2
OpenTravel’s Architectural Direction; Moving Beyond XML Messaging 
The Cloud Imperative – Oracle’s Perspective
PCI Security Council Presents
Physical Security in Hospitality
The Third Generation of Payments
Virtual Reality: Not Just for Gamers Anymore
Wi-Fi and Big Data – How to Capitalize on the Investments
In addition to some of these topics, the first day of the conference will also consist of working meetings of HTNG member volunteers who have formed teams to solve hospitality technology problems such as lightweight messaging, scalable cellular service and more. Leaders from the Software Resource Team and the Infrastructure Resource Team will update attendees on current activities and recently published documents, all of which can aid hotels in choosing the appropriate technologies for their properties.

The conference also will feature HTNG’s TechOvation Award competition, recognizing the top cutting-edge technologies introduced in the past year. Fifteen participants will compete through live presentations in a qualifying round on Wednesday March 2. Three finalists, selected by an industry expert judging panel, will then present to the general session on Thursday March 3, with the winner chosen by live audience voting.

The HTNG North American Conference will be in Amelia Island, FL at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort from March 1-3, 2016. The program and speakers are subject to change. For information or to register, visit
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