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Unearth the future of travel tech today with the Travel Technology Disrupt Awards at TTE

Visitors to Travel Technology Europe (TTE) will discover pioneering new products and services with the show’s Travel Technology Disrupt Awards. New for the 2016 show, Launchpad is a dedicated area for tech start-up companies to present their business ideas and offer buyers the very latest in industry innovation.

The Travel Technology Disrupt Awards are part of TTE’s commitment to supporting and promoting start-ups and new travel tech ventures. The winner will receive a three-hour consultancy session with travel technology entrepreneur and investor, Matt Zito, and the Travel Startups Incubator advisory team and an exhibition stand at TTE 2017, worth £8,000.  

Eight finalists have been shortlisted which span innovations such as a mobile hotel concierge solution, a personalisation tool and a travel planning app that uses current social media trends to create day-by-day. Voting to decide the top five finalists is open now at www.traveltechnologyshow.com/visit/launchpad.  

Finalists will take to the stage for a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitching session at 1pm on Thursday 25 February in the TTE Disrupt theatre at London Olympia:  

• bd4travel is intelligent personalisation for travel. Delivering digital empathy capabilities, to understand and engage with every anonymous visitor and serve relevant offers and services in real-time, bd4travel’s mission is to bring online travel purchase to a new level of excellence – and significantly boost conversions.  

• SmartStay is a mobile platform for the hospitality industry to market services and promotions that engage guests throughout their stay. The mobile platform is fully customisable by the hotels’ needs and the mobile app can be branded with hotel logo. SmartStay’s USP is its machine learning algorithm which, using guest history and Facebook information, shows the most relevant information for the guest.  

• Reputize provides hotels with tools to monitor, collect and push guest reviews to OTAs such as TripAdvisor, HolidayCheck and Zoover. It features on-site feedback capturing tools (tablet-based surveys; QR-codes, e-mail, Wi-Fi); intuitive dashboarding of the hotel’s online reputation (all OTA reviews, social media, internal surveys); and automated marketing tools (Google search star rating, push reviews to OTAs, website widgets).  

• Trip Republic is a social travel planner and booking tool. Users can plan and book all parts of a trip together with friends and create a seamless travel experience. With its SaaS plans, travel industry professionals can engage, manage and up-sell current customers.  

• Every means of transport, from train to carpooling, in a single platform, Waynaut allows every website or app to show their users the best way to get where they need, with a simple REST API. Working with OTAs such as Lastminute.com, Waynaut provides them with bookable, multimodal travel solutions.

• YAMGU helps travellers to plan trips in just minutes. Simply by searching what you want to see, YAMGU organises day-by-day activities according to distances, opening/closing times, visit length and weather forecast. YAMGU allows users to discover places and events in real time looking through photos and comments shared from locals.

• OLSET powers personalisation for OTAs and TMCs based on a revolutionary recommendation system, built around the world's largest database of categorised traveller review sentiments. The software powers a personalised user experience for travellers, thus driving double-digit increases to conversions and substantial revenue growth for travel providers.  

• OnRoute is a compact smartphone or tablet with embedded SIM card and customised software providing a Wi-Fi hotspot for 3G/LTE internet access worldwide. Users can connect up to eight devices simultaneously for instant Internet access.  

David Chapple, event director, Travel Technology Europe, said: “We are excited to host the second  Travel Technology Disrupt Awards at this year’s show and to continue to support innovation in the industry. Visitors to the show have come to expect, and always relish in, delving into the new technology on display at TTE and finding out who or what is next to disrupt the travel tech arena. You can get involved and vote for your favourite start-up online ahead of the show and don’t forget to get there early to see which start-up comes out on top!”  

Travel Technology Europe will take place on 24 and 25 February 2016 at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London.

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