MURTEC 2019 Restaurant Technology Event Concludes with Record Attendance
MURTECⓇ, (Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference) wrapped up its successful 2019 event in Las Vegas on March 13 with a significant 8.5 percent surge in restaurant operator attendance and 11 percent growth in the number of participating companies.
Produced by Hospitality Technology (HT), MURTEC featured a sold-out show floor with a record number of exhibitors and sponsors offering solutions in every category from workforce management to AI to restaurant management software and point of sale systems.
Leaning into the theme of "Powering the Possible," MURTEC 2019 identified the major trends facing restaurants and how to implement solutions to challenges such as managing data, capturing customer loyalty, making delivery a strategic success, and leveraging voice technology.
Nearly 900 technology executives from quick service restaurants, fast casual, full-service, upstart brands and solution providers attended. “MURTEC has been at the center of the restaurant technology industry for more than two decades, and the pace of innovation continues to move faster,” commented Vice President and Brand Director Abigail A. Lorden. “We’re passionate about helping this industry stay ahead of tech trends and delivering the most innovative and valuable experience we can. The surge in attendance and energy in the sessions and exhibit hall reinforce that we’re providing a must-attend event to this industry.”
During MURTEC, Hospitality Technology announced the launch of the Restaurant Technology Network (RTN), a new membership community dedicated to technology innovation for restaurants. RTN enables restaurant operators and solution providers to identify and solve industry challenges through peer work groups, standards development and best practices.
HT also revealed the winners of the 2019 Top Women in Restaurant Technology Awards, sponsored by 7shifts. Honorees for the third annual celebration of innovative women include: Cacy Merrifield, Sonic Drive-In; Carissa De Santis, TGI Friday's; Laura Kirkwood, Merivale; Sif Rai, QikServe; Kesha Williams, Chick-fil-A; Allison Page, SevenRooms; Nora Naranjo, eatsa; Kathy Hartman, HubKonnect; Kristi Turner, Compeat; and Laura Rea Dickey, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.
The spirit of MURTEC continues for senior-level restaurant executives at the MURTEC Executive Summit, October 28-30, 2019, in Scottsdale. MURTEC returns to Las Vegas March 9-11, 2020, to continue its mission of connecting restaurant technology leaders with cutting-edge solutions. For more information, visit hospitalitytech.com.
About Restaurant Technology Network
Supported by Hospitality Technology magazine and parent company EnsembleIQ, Restaurant Technology Network (RTN) is a global membership community serving the needs of restaurateurs, technology solution providers, consultants, academia and the entire restaurant technology ecosystem. With access to valuable resources, RTN members solve restaurant technology pain points large and small, while inspiring bold ideas for the future. To learn more or to join RTN, visit www.restauranttechnologynetwork.com. Follow RTN on Twitter @RestTechNet and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/showcase/restaurant-technology-network.
About Hospitality Technology
Hospitality Technology (HT) is the only publication dedicated to covering the role of information technology in improving business performance for hotel and restaurant operators. The Hospitality Technology portfolio includes: a print publication that publishes eight times annually and reaches more than 16,000 hospitality industry executives, three networking and educational events (MURTEC, HT-NEXT and MURTEC Executive Summit), a comprehensive website, e-newsletters, web seminars, and several exclusive annual reports and studies. Visit Hospitality Technology online at http://www.hospitalitytech.com. Hospitality Technology is owned by Chicago-based EnsembleIQ.
EnsembleIQ is a premier business intelligence resource that exists to help people and their organizations succeed. It is structured to serve the business-to-business needs of retailers, consumer goods manufacturers, technology providers, hospitality and healthcare professionals, marketing agencies and retail solution providers by using its integrated network of media and information resources designed to inform, connect and provide actionable marketplace intelligence. EnsembleIQ is a portfolio company of RFE Investment Partners, a private equity investor with more than 30 years of experience investing in growth companies in partnership with strong management teams. Information on RFE can be found at http://rfeip.com.