Honoring Visionary Hotel Companies & Innovative Products Sponsored by: Hospitality Technology (HT) magazine and HTNG are pleased to present the HT-NEXT Awards Program, including both the 2017 Hotel Visionary Awards and the HTNG TechOvation Award, taking place at HT-NEXT on April 11, 2017. PROGRAM OVERVIEW Through a two-part program, the HT-NEXT Awards honor both hotel companies and the technology suppliers that serve them. Showcasing these innovations in one joint awards presentation presents a broader picture of the inspiring advances that are being made in both technology and strategic implementation. HT VISIONARY AWARDS The Hotel Visionary Awards are open to hotel companies (including corporate brands, property management companies, and owners). Past award winners include: Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, La Quinta Inns & Suites, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Fontainebleu Hotel and more. Honors are presented in two categories: Customer-Facing Innovator and Enterprise Innovator. Companies interested in submitting a nomination should fill out the nomination form no later February 3, 2017. Hotels may self-nominate and are encouraged to do so. Technology vendors/suppliers may also nominate hotel companies, but are not themselves qualified to receive the Hotel Visionary award. HTNG'S TECHOVATION CONTEST HTNG’s TechOvation Contest was created to recognize and reward technology innovation in the hospitality industry. To Enter: Companies must submit a 90-second video showcasing the product, which will be hosted on HTNG’s YouTube channel. HTNG members and non-members will be able to vote on what technology they find most innovative. Judging: The three videos with the most votes, along with seven contestants selected by a panel of judges, will advance to the next round and will have the opportunity to present their technology live at HT-NEXT. Three finalists will be chosen and the winner will be selected via a live audience vote. Deadlines: Initial applications and payment must be submitted by February 9 and video submissions must be logged by February 15. Online voting ends on March 5 and semi-finalists will be announced on March 6. For more information visit HTNG’s TechOvation Webpage or contact HTNG at TechOvation@htng.org.