Now more than ever, innovation and tech startup solutions are a business imperative for hotels. Join us to listen in to some of the latest tech trends and hear from exceptional startup founders and disruptors that are bringing real value and innovation to hotels locally and internationally.
Lio Chen Managing Director Travel & Hospitality (Silicon Valley) – Plug and Play
Managing Director Travel & Hospitality (Silicon Valley) – Plug and Play
Lio Chen is Managing Director of the Travel and Hospitality Center of Innovation at Plug and Play. Based in Silicon Valley, Chen is responsible for managing and growing the overall travel ecosystem for Plug and Play, connecting emerging tech startups with established travel and hospitality corporations.
In the past 10+ years, Chen devoted his career to B2B SaaS companies in the hospitality industry. He joined Nor1 as one of the founding members and later co-founded LodgIQ. Chen’s extensive experience entails leading customer success and growth, delivering sales support & professional services as well as overseeing business operations with a special focus on strategic initiatives and product engineering. Chen holds a M.S. in Hospitality Management from Purdue University.
Startup Innovation Showcase:
Roy Azzi CEO – HYBRID Installations/HYPERVSN
CEO – HYBRID Installations/HYPERVSN
A certified event producer at TISOH Las Vegas with accomplished trainings at MGM Grand and Caesars Palace
Has been attending CES for the past 5 years seeking and adopting new innovations and modern tools to increasing consumer's attention and transforming the guest experience in retails, physical and virtual events
Antonio Bustamente CEO and Founder – Chekin
CEO and Founder – Chekin
David Phillips Co-founder and President – Jurny
Co-founder and President – Jurny
David Phillips is the co-founder and President of Jurny, a hospitality tech company offering SaaS-based management solutions designed to accommodate the evolving needs and expectations of the modern traveler. David has over 10 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development. In his early 20s, he was responsible for building global brands that amassed tens of millions in sales and entered negotiations for major entertainment production deals. David has been responsible for over $75 million in licensed consumer product sales over the course of his career.David co-founded GuestWiser, now Jurny, with Luca Zambello in 2017. The duo bootstrapped the company prior to raising more than $4.9M in funding to build technology and develop a complex infrastructure designed to remotely operate thousands of professionally run short-term units with minimal staff. The company now operates in five markets managing the highest reviewed and revenue-generating units in the industry year-over-year.
Scott Long Director – Go Moment
Director – Go Moment
Mohamed Nassar COO & Co-Founder – FunDok
COO & Co-Founder – FunDok
Mohamed is a serial entrepreneur who has previously founded an award-winning company recognized consistently as a top 100SME and top innovator by Dubai government. His passion for entrepreneurship and hospitality has seen him jump at the chance to join the founding team at Fundok.
Mohamed has worked on some of the region’s highest profile infrastructure, real estate and construction projects. He led his business to numerous industry awards and became involved with the region’s highest reputed entrepreneurship and SME development initiatives and programs. As a business advisor and mentor, he has worked with companies operating across a wide industry spectrum, from online retail and F&B to construction products and building technologies.
With an MBA from the London Business School and an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the American University in Cairo alongside several professional certifications such the sustainability centric LEED AP and quality management, Mohamed’s foundations in technical knowledge coupled with a strong industry background and a far-reaching network are unparalleled.