We’re well underway on planning HT’s 2014 spring conferences, the Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference (MURTEC, March 18-20th) and Hotel Technology Forum (HTF, April 16-18). Both of these events owe their success to you, our readers, for your willingness to come together, share your stories, and collaborate on solving industry challenges. These are truly your industry events.
I encourage you to bring your ideas, business challenges and success stories to HT as we shape the educational agendas for next year’s events. Many of you have even asked for more event! That is, even more opportunities to participate in small-group format discussions. We listened, and are excited to announce the addition of open-door workshops at HTF and the debut of MURTEC University (both taking place on arrival-day). These small-group sessions will be moderated by topic experts and offer participants action plans for specific IT projects, including cloud, mobile and more.
For MURTEC 2014, we’re thrilled to announce that global futurist and best-selling author Jim Carroll will be your Keynote speaker. Carroll has well over 20 years of experience in studying what makes companies relentlessly creative, and how they ride critical trends in order to achieve success. At MURTEC 2014, he tackles the future of food service, covering everything from consumer expectations, to changes in e-commerce, to greater innovation trends, and more. Also, back by popular demand is MURTEC’s New Vendor Showcase, where we seek to bring in innovative companies who have never before exhibited at the show.
HTF is celebrating its 10th anniversary next year, and we hope you’re there to celebrate with us! For updates on these events, be sure to check out www.murtec.com and www.htmagazine.com/htf14. In fact, you’ll see a very fresh face online in the coming weeks, as Hospitality Technology unveils a totally redesigned website, making it even easier for you to stay abreast of news, new technologies and cutting-edge trends.
Until we see you next, good luck in all of your IT endeavors!