The 2018 TechOvation Award was presented to Beekeeper by Hospitality Technology Next Generation during the HT-NEXT award ceremony in San Diego last week. The TechOvation Award recognizes companies for innovative products new to the marketplace in 2017 or coming in 2018. Beekeeper earned the award for its workplace app that digitizes hospitality workers who don’t sit behind a traditional desk and don’t have access to work email.
By connecting operational systems and communication channels within one secure, intuitive platform, Beekeeper is helping hoteliers exchange information, share property updates and communicate best practices within or across departments in 30 languages.
“The Beekeeper app uses both factors of convenience and mobility that we see rapidly growing in the hospitality industry,” HTNG CEO Michael Blake said in a statement.
The TechOvation Award Contest began in December with contestants producing creative videos featuring their products. During the first round of the competition, Beekeeper was chosen as a semifinalist after its video explained how the app connects desk and non-desk employees across locations and departments in real time via mobile or desktop, and how its intelligent dashboard improves internal communications and streamlines business processes. During round two, and after presenting its workplace app solution to a panel of 34 judges comprised of individuals of HTNG’s global leadership councils, Beekeeper was named a top three finalist. In the final round, more than 600 hospitality technology professionals voted Beekeeper as hospitality’s most-innovative technology solution for 2018.
“Because hotel employees do not have traditional desk jobs, and therefore emails are ineffective, many properties rely on bulletin boards for internal communication, and it isn’t resonating well with today’s employees, especially millennials,” said Corey McCarthy, Beekeeper VP of global marketing. “This critical information app is also integrating with other popular applications and seamlessly bringing other tools and information to hotel employees' fingertips, such as scheduling shifts and managing tasks in real time.
InnCable by InnSpire was a finalist in this year's TechOvation Award. The InnCable is really a "computer in a cable." This Android device makes any TV smart and connected by plugging one end into a network-socket, and the other into the HDMI-port of the TV. The InnSpire features, with sales, entertainment and analytics, become instantly available for guests to enjoy their experience even more.
Protel.IO by protel hotelsoftware was also a finalist in this year's TechOvation Award. Delivering open and performing data integration, protel.IO is vendor neutral by design. This framework is able to move any data in any format through any number of destinations, using standard HTNG messaging. Real-time data from touchpoints across the hotel ecosystem can be subscribed/contributed to, surfacing actionable business insights from real guest preference.
The HT-NEXT Awards Program was sponsored by Datatrend Technologies.