Travolution Summit 2017: IBM joins discussion on future of travel tech

Travolution Summit 2017: IBM joins discussion on future of travel tech

Global technology giant IBM has been added to Travolution Summit panel discussion on the future of travel technology.

The penultimate session at next week’s annual day-long conference also features senior executive from Intent Media, Rentalcars, and Zen3, and Indian developer working in artificial intelligence for call centres.

Delegates will hear from IBM’s head of travel and transport Ian Leonard in a panel debate entitled “What does travel look like in the age of the super-computer”.

One of the world’s best known technology firms with a heritage dating back to 1911, IBM continues to forge the future of technology with projects like IBM Watson.

This natural language processing and machine learning technology announced its entry onto the world’s stage by winning the US game show Jeopardy! In 2011.

Today many travel firms are partnering with IBM Watson, identifying the potential of this powerful platform to revolutionise how travel is sold, marketed and delivered.

Lee Hayhurst, Travolution editor, said: “During this year’s Summit we’ll be returning to the theme of what impact emerging technology will have on travel throughout the day.

“So it’s fantastic to get a perspective from IBM which is at the cutting edge of technological developments in many areas, not just travel and retailing.

“Delegates will also be able to get an insight into the work it is doing in our new Technology playground zone outside the main conference theatre.”

The Technology Playground is a partnership with UK travel technology specialist Inspiretec providing an area where delegates can get hands–on with some of the latest tech.

The session involving IBM will take place before our final session of the day – an executive interview with Thomas Cook chief digial officer Gilles Despas who will talk about the opportunities and challenges associated with emerging technologies for traditional travel firms.

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