Travel 2.0 at NY TravFest - The Future Is Coming!

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*** Saturday Ticket required for entrance: $30 ($5 off with discount code: '2015') ***


Our next event will take place at the New York Travel Festival on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at W83 on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

"Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF" is a full-day event packed with informative presentations and panel discussions exploring the future of travel.

In 2014, we focused on travel innovation, investment, big data, and the sharing economy. (Click here to watch the videos from 2014’s event (

In 2015, the theme is "The Future Is Coming!", and we will focus on cutting-edge topics that will have an impact on the travel industry sooner than most people think, including:

• The rapidly shifting mobile landscape
• Virtual/augmented reality
• Artificial intelligence/big data

As with all Travel 2.0 events, networking and brainstorming will be encouraged!

Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF page with full details:


***Tickets: (required for entrance) ***

*** Saturday Ticket: $30 ($5 off with discount code: '2015') ***




10:00 - 10:50 am

Networking / Exhibitor Time / Demos
Meet new people in travel tech, say hi to our exhibiting startup sponsors, and demo the latest virtual reality (VR) technology and experiences from and .

11:00 - 11:10 am

Introduction To Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF
Learn about Travel 2.0, a 1,200 member Meetup group focused on travel innovation, technology, and startups.

• Mike Coletta - Organizer, Travel 2.0 / Founder, Fantrotter

11:15 - 11:50 am

Keynote Address: "Be First To The Future" by Google Travel

Learn how the Google Travel team is helping travel companies to manage the accelerated pace of technological change, and incorporate the following principles into their digital marketing strategies:

1) Innovate and grow
2) Make better decisions
3) Win moments that matter

• Ting Ting Yan - Sr Account Planner, Google
• Sarah Robinson - Account Manager, Google

12:00 - 12:50 pm

2015 Megatrend: The Year of Mobile Innovation and Disruption
Mobile as a 2015 megatrend is fundamentally changing the way travel brands do business. Not since the arrival of the web has there been such a seismic shift in the industry. Mobile is not only fueling key shifts in consumer behavior but also initiating new business models and industry partnerships. In this session, we focus on three award-winning travel mobile innovations – and why they are deemed “best of the best” by bloggers, industry mavens and consumers alike. Innovative, disruptive and seamless. Come see what the future of mobile travel holds for you. Bring your “A” game, and your crystal ball!

Susan Black - Founding Partner, Black & Wright

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Lunch break / Exhibitor Time/ Demos
Grab a bite, say hi to our exhibiting startup sponsors, and demo the latest virtual reality technology and experiences from and .

2:00 - 2:50 pm

Panel discussion: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Travel
Learn how virtual and augmented reality will help you research and enjoy your next vacation. Virtual reality is a new way to test drive a potential vacation, enabling a virtual visitor to get a sense of a place as if they were really there. Augmented reality is already helping travelers navigate experiences, from finding their way around a city to learning about a painting in a museum. Businesses are just starting to tap the potential of these technologies to help travelers learn what they have to offer in a new and powerful way.

Mike Coletta - Organizer, Travel 2.0 / Founder, Fantrotter

• Rob Weiss - Director of Business Development, YouVisit
• Craig Gilbert - Co-Founder, TotalCinema360
• Ori Inbar - CEO,

3:00 - 3:50 pm

Panel discussion: Artificial Intelligence in Travel
Did you know that the computing power of a $4,000 computer will likely surpass that of a human brain in 2019? Learn how artificial intelligence will soon be helping travelers plan their trips more quickly and efficiently, providing personalized answers for complicated trips. We’ll also explore how businesses are beginning to leveraging AI technology for true hyper-targeting in their marketing efforts.

Larry Smith - Partner, Thematix

• Kunal Kapoor - Business Development Manager - Watson Ecosystem at IBM
• Michael Becker - CEO, Geosure Global

4:00 - 4:50 pm

Travel Startup Presentations

5 minute presentations by:

• Threestay (
• Poshpacker (
• Travel Monkey (
• (
• GeoSure (
• Minaal (
• Fantrotter (

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Networking / Exhibitor Time / Demos
Meet new people in travel tech, say hi to our exhibiting startup sponsors, and demo the latest virtual reality (VR) technology and experiences from ( and (


Exhibiting Travel Startups:

Threestay ( has merged highly sophisticated hardware and software components into a fully integrated platform that gives independent property owners the power to provide guest booking services on par with major hotels.

Poshpacker ( is the leading source to discover and instantly book an unrivaled selection of the world’s most affordable & creative hoteliers. Created for travelers with the millennial mindset and budget, we feature inspiring places such as poshtels, design hotels, chic b&b’s– all at a happy price. Our mission is to create a trusted, global lifestyle brand for a new generation of travelers.

Travel Monkey ( provides safe, fun, and customized group travel packages for groups of 15+ to the destination of your choosing. With years of experience under our belt, we’ve created an extensive & reliable network of resources in the travel industry, enabling us to offer high-quality, custom travel packages at a competitive price. ( is an online marketplace for immersive, impactful travel experiences provided by nonprofits around the globe. Our visits do not include service work, but rather are designed as hands-on tours, workshops, activities, and presentations offered by members of the local community. Travelers can build full itineraries with these half-day experiences or simply add them to existing travel plans. Host organizations reinvest proceeds into programs that benefit local communities.

GeoSure ( is a new technology providing personalized travel safety content via mobile. Crowd-sourcing and data feeds from global sources fuel proprietary risk algorithms, delivering powerful threat temperatures to assess relative vulnerability anywhere in the world, street level, real-time. Essential to the world traveler, GeoSure responds to the safety information needs of business, holiday and educational travelers.

Minaal ( makes gear that helps you live and work from the road, by getting you to your destination faster, happier and more productively. From location-independent entrepreneurs, to photographers, to aid workers, we serve people who don’t want to worry about the durability, style, weight or functionality of their gear – they (you!) have much more important things to do.

Fantrotter (, the first travel site specifically for globetrotting fans, provides door-to-venue travel itineraries for concerts, festivals, sports, and other live events. Fans can see how much it would cost to travel to see their favorite band or team on the road and book it, while event producers can leverage our technology to provide a turnkey travel solution to their audience and earn money from travel bookings.

Virtual Reality Demos by:

Demo the latest virtual reality technology and experiences from ( and (

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